Full-time MBA | Experiential Learning
Stand and Deliver
You’ve read the textbooks and taken the exams. Now can you deliver? TCU’s consulting program, investment fund, case competitions and other stand-and-deliver programs will put you to the test.
TCU’s MBA focuses on doing real work on real projects for real clients. In other words, results that can transform your resume. Proof to show recruiters from top companies that you have the experience and skills they are seeking.
- Neeley & Associates Consulting
This is where the rubber meets the road. Neeley & Associates combines leading-edge instruction on consulting practices with real projects for corporate clients. Not only does this consulting experience enhance the learning process, it makes your resume stand out.
As part of a team, you undertake consulting projects for corporate clients ranging from marketing to real estate to supply chain. One of the primary differentiators that sets Neeley & Associates apart from consulting programs at other business schools - the projects are real work. Companies are charged a significant fee for the work and expect impactful results. The recommendations made by the team are frequently put into practice by the client.
The consulting teams are first-year students led by a second-year student selected to serve as a Neeley & Associate Principal. In addition to the Principal's experience with a consulting project in his/her first year, the teams have access to an advisory board of professional consultants from leading global firms as well as resources to hire faculty as subject-matter experts as needed.
The results - for both the corporate clients and student consultants - can be transformational. Clients have included Nike, Bell Helicopter, PepsiCo, Alcon, GM Financial, Frito-Lay, Lockheed Martin and many more.
Visit the Neeley and Associates Consulting website to learn more, or watch the video:
- Integrative Project
Here’s your chance to show what you can do. In the business world, problems don't come in tidy packages. Effective business professionals must draw from many disciplines to make sound, strategic decisions. The Integrative Project requires you to do just that.
At the end of your first semester, you will tackle a week-long business simulation that tests all that you have learned to date. You and your team must be ready to convince a panel of business professors — and the corporate execs there to see you in action — that your plan solves the problem at hand and makes the most of the opportunities ahead.
The Integrative Project tests your strategic thinking, team leadership and presentation skills. And for many students, it’s a foot in the door for internship opportunities with companies such as:
Bell Helicopter Textron
Federal Reserve Bank
TTI – Techtronic Industries
Learn more about the Integrative Project
- Educational Investment Fund
Think you can you outsmart Wall Street? Here’s your chance to prove it.
The William C. Conner Educational Investment Fund, one of the first student-run investment portfolios in the country, has grown to be one of the largest in the world. TCU’s students manage the $1.5 million dollar fund — and often beat Wall Street’s returns.
EIF adds real investment experience to your résumé and gives you access to successful fund alumni who manage money around the world. And with its 6-percent payout for charity, the fund has raised more than $2.5 million for nonprofit groups.
- National Case Competitions
Student teams sponsored by Neeley compete against students from other top MBA programs at case competitions across the country. Whether it’s planning a large-scale real estate deal or launching a new product into the marketplace for Sony, TCU students prove that they have the right stuff.
Recent successes from around the country:
- 1st place, Association for Corporate Growth, Texas competition
- 1st place, Oil & Gas Finance Case Competition at University of Houston
- 1st place, Texas Shoot-Out Real Estate Challenge held by National Association of Industrial and Office Properties
- 2nd place, International Graduate Logistics Case Competition held by Supply Chain Management Research Center at University of Arkansas
- 2nd place, Big 12 MBA Case Competition hosted at TCU
- TCU MBA students on the 1st, 2nd and 4th place teams, Babson Marketing Case Competition, Boston
- TCU MBA students on the 2nd and 3rd place teams at the PepsiCo Invitational MBA Case Competition held at TCU
- TCU MBA students on 1st place, 2nd place and 3rd place teams, Simon Marketing Association, University of Rochester, New York
- C-Level Confidential
Take the power lunch to the next level. Through C-level Confidential, you and a handful of your classmates will sit down for dinner with a senior executive to share a candid conversation about industry trends. You’ll learn about the challenges faced by business execs, see how they make decisions—and leave an impression that adds a powerful name to your professional network. It’s also a rare chance to hear the inside scoop about how each executive’s career progressed.
Recent participants include:
Steve Hill, Partner, Advisory Services, Innovation Leader, KPMG
Kurt Kimball, EVP-North America, Compass Group
Keith Harrison, Global Product Supply Officer, Proctor & Gamble
Matt Rose, CEO, BNSF Railway
Joe Clayton, former CEO and Chairman of the Board, Sirius XM Satellite Radio
John Garrison, CEO, Bell Helicopter-Textron
Julie Wilson, VP-Urban Development, Chesapeake Energy
Ralph Heath, CEO, Lockheed Martin
Neeley hosts the annual PepsiCo MBA Invitational Case Competition for students from top b-schools across the country. Students from different schools are teamed together to take on a case written by PepsiCo and judged by some of their top executives.