Case Competitions

Case Competitions, held around the world, are an excellent opportunity for students to sharpen their critical thinking and problem-solving skills in a fun environment.  Participants strive to develop the best solution to a given business problem within a limited period of time.


The Alvarez & Marsal case competition introduces students to the consulting industry through a simulated client-consultant engagement, enabling students to see what a consulting project entails.   The competition lasts for three weeks during the spring semester and includes weekly lessons on a variety of topics that are critical to consulting.  The competition culminates with each team presenting before a panel of Alvarez & Marsal consultants. Students form their own teams and the competition is open to all Mays sophomores and juniors.  POC:  Ms. Kris Morley,


The Ethics Case Competition provides students with an opportunity to build Mays students’ ability to make ethical decisions and challenge their ethical reasoning by being presented with an ethical dilemma that they may one day encounter in their careers. The competition also reinforces student learning of the ethical, social impact, and analytical mindsets, as well as the critical thinking and communication competencies, of the Mays Strategic Learning Framework. Students are given about three weeks to prepare their solutions.

Students can form their own teams or sign up individually. If students form their own teams, it must be diverse: at least three business majors represented and two different class years.  The judges will be comprised of industry professionals.


Mays Business School, along with Halliburton, hosts a case competition where teams of four undergraduate or master’s students compete to develop a solution to a problem relevant to an oilfield services company. At least three team members must be in Mays, with up to one member from a discipline outside Mays, providing many teams with a multidisciplinary experience. Students are given 48 hours to prepare their solutions. The cases are presented to Halliburton executives with prize money awarded to the first through third-place teams.

The competition will be judged by Halliburton executives.  Teams must include four members with at least three members being Mays students (MS or BBA, no MBA or Ph.D.).  The fourth member can be from a college outside of Mays or a Mays student.  Successful teams in the past included a petroleum engineering student, students from the geology department, Bush School energy policy program, etc.  Having a diversified team might be valuable.  Previous participants said the benefits of participating were the interaction with executives and the information learned in such a short period of time.