Case Competitions

We’re in it to win it.

How do TCU MBAs stack up against the B-school elite? Let’s just say our MBAs enjoy a little healthy competition. They showcase strategic thinking and speaking savvy at national case competitions, often ousting star students from big-name schools.

When MBA Graham Radler’s team presented at the MIT Real Estate Case Competition in Boston, TCU outperformed business schools like Harvard, University of Texas, Rice and Northwestern. The real estate team’s plan for converting a giant hole in the ground into a mixed-use, LEED-certified apartment and retail development placed just behind Cornell, MIT and Columbia. “It lets you know you can do anything with the right resources, the right team and the right passion,” he said. “I’m proud of what we achieved.”

MBA Morgan Steinbrunner earned her bragging rights after her team placed fourth at the Leadership in Healthcare Case Competition at Emory University. The first-time TCU team beat out students from the University of Chicago, University of Texas and Ohio State to make it to the finals. “Going in, we didn’t know what to expect from other students,” she said. “But now, I think we could go up against anybody. I’ve got so much confidence in TCU. If we did it again, we could win the whole thing.”

TCU’s winning streak continued at other competitions. In the Babson Marketing Case Competition in Boston—where TCU students worked alongside MBAs from Wharton, Babson, Yale, Boston University, Purdue, Wisconsin and others—TCU students earned spots on the first- (Lena Jucho), second- (Davin Sanchez) and fourth-place teams (Karthik Srikanta). And TCU’s Pratheeba Panneer Selvam finished on the third-place team at the Sony case competition in San Diego.

But winning isn’t everything. After presenting strategic recommendations at case competitions, panels of industry experts pepper you with questions. “Now I know what it’s like to work in private equity and investment banking,” said MBA Bakai Madybaev. “You learn the concepts in your finance classes. But this is where you apply all the knowledge and see why these theories make sense.”

A numbers game:
#1
Tied for fastest-rising school
U.S. News and World Report
MBA rankings

#4
Most financial value at graduation
U.S. News & World Report

Top 15
America's "most-competitive students"
The Princeton Review

Top 15
Business operations/supply chain programs
The Princeton Review 2010

#46
World's best MBA program integrating social, environmental and ethical issues
Aspen Institute's Beyond Grey Pinstripes

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