5 Signs Getting an MBA is Right For You

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If you’re looking at MBA programs, you've certainly been presented with the idea that the degree is an investment. What does that actually mean? An investment delivers returns and, if managed wisely, promises to earn more than it costs. But an investment only realizes its maximum potential as it matures. In other words, every investment is an investment of time.

As you contemplate your current job responsibilities, family obligations, personal goals and professional ambitions, figuring out whether you should return to school right away or simply begin making plans now for an eventual transition back to the classroom can be something of a challenge. Whether you're considering a full-time MBA program or a part-time evening program that would give you the flexibility to continue growing in your current position, making the right decision requires that you ask yourself some critical questions — and pay special attention to what your answers have to say about your priorities.

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Neeley MBA Data Analysis Expert Making an Impact at The International Monetary Fund

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Annie Agarwal and Christine Lagarde (Managing Director IMF)

At the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the bar for prospective employees is set very high. That’s a primary reason why Annie Agarwal (MBA, '15) chose to apply for a position within this prestigious organization.

Annie's international work experience, superb presentation skills demonstrating her analytical capabilities, confidence in answering questions, and personal and professional accomplishments on her résumé left a powerful impression on her interviewers at the IMF and landed her a dream job at this noteworthy institution.

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DFW Gives TCU MBA Students a Unique Competitive Advantage

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TCU offers its MBA graduates several specific advantages that are impressive, even when compared to other top-tier programs, one of them being its Dallas-Fort Worth location. The DFW Metroplex, the world’s 14th largest metro economy, is home to 7 million people participating in Texas’ distinctive culture. Fort Worth continuously ranks among the top places to live and work in the United States, making it an ideal location for a fulfilling social life and successful career.

DFW is one of the most powerful economic engines, helping to drive not just the state economy, but also growth and opportunity nationwide. According to D Magazine, for 2017, at least the four largest industries in North Texas were expected to remain in decent shape and continue adding jobs, both locally and nationally. Those markets are “logistics and transportation; banking and financial services; healthcare and life sciences; and technology and telecommunications.”

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The Recent Wall Street Reunion of Two TCU Alumni Was No Mere Coincidence

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Graduates of TCU’s MBA program go on to seize new opportunities and take new responsibilities in a wide variety of industries both here and abroad. As large as the global economy has grown, and as international as Neeley's MBA cohorts have become, the world can still be a small place. So much so that two Frogs from the same class recently ended up on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) together.

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This TCU MBA Is Creating Her Own Opportunities in the Growing Business Analytics Field

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Tracey Smith, MBA '06

In business, every transaction, whether it involves an actual economic exchange or not, leaves a trail of information. Collecting that information is one thing. Organizing that data and transforming it into knowledge that informs actual business decisions and contributes to the bottom line, however, requires special expertise.

Tracey Smith (TCU MBA ‘06) is one such expert. In 2013, she founded Numerical Insights LLC, a boutique analytics firm that provides consulting expertise to clients such as Adidas, FedEx and ServiceMax. With her impressive background in engineering, supply chain and strategic operations, has also wisely leveraged the skills she honed at Neeley to establish herself as an author and speaker on numerous topics.

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Evening MBA and MS Students from Across DFW Find the Road to Success Starts in Fort Worth

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For professionals looking to enhance their skills, build their networks and get the experience they need to make the next big move in their careers, the Neeley School of Business' various Evening Programs offer a great work-life-school balance. Moreover, Neeley’s unique curriculum and diverse student body contribute to a learning environment that extends well beyond the classroom. Enlivened by a strong sense of community, Neeley attracts enterprising professionals from across the entire Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Metroplex — and beyond.

Nevertheless, DFW is a huge region. While that means it’s also a region full of great opportunities, its sheer scale and scope can make attending classes on nights and weekends a challenge. You'll be required to change old habits, adopt new ones and master the art of scheduling. And that applies to how you manage the time you spend getting from your home to your employer to campus and back again.

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