Top Tips from Current Students for Incoming Students

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As an incoming student at TCU’s Neeley School of Business, perhaps the excitement you’re feeling is tempered with a little apprehension. While the journey is going to be an incredible, life-changing one, plenty of unknowns still lie ahead.

To help you get off to a great start, we asked three of our current students — full-time MBA Kelsi Teakell and evening Professional MBA (PMBA) candidates Haden Masterson, and Matthew Degrasse — to share their stories of how they came to TCU and to offer some advice on how to best prepare for the grad student lifestyle.

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Resources Current MBA Students Recommend

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Are you looking forward to earning your MBA, either this semester or in the near future? If so, you already have some idea of how much time, energy and hard work you’ll have to invest in your degree.

At TCU Neeley, we do everything we can to help our students to get off to a strong start and get the most out of their education. Mitchell Smith and Sean Melton are both current students in our MBA program. Both returned to school after spending some time in the workforce, and arrived on campus a little unsure if they were ready to pick up where they left off in their studies. But they soon discovered that, with a little initiative and the help of some valuable TCU resources, making the switch from “incoming student” to “future alumni” has been more than a manageable process — it’s been enlightening experience.

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Financing Your MBA

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Earning an MBA offers you many excellent benefits and opportunities for professional growth regardless of your industry or current role within your organization. However, choosing to further your education does require making an investment. As a prospective student, you may be hesitant to commit to an MBA program until you have a better idea of the quantifiable return you can expect on your investment. While the affordability of a degree can be a legitimate concern — and financing a great education is a reality that needs to be addressed — the cost of an MBA shouldn’t stop anyone from pursuing their career goals.Read more >>

Alumni Spotlight: Michael Noblitt, MBA ‘07

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Michael Noblitt, MBA '07

Michael Noblitt graduated from TCU’s MBA program over 10 years ago and has since enjoyed a rewarding career at Distribion/Belo + Company. During that time, several facets of his MBA experience have proven instrumental to his success.

According to Michael, the first challenge he encountered at Distribion—a software as a service (SaaS) company that offers multi-channel marketing automation to large brands—was to “remaster our product development process. I used the product management skills I learned through my MBA along with my technical background to create demonstrable improvements in this area.” As Michael notes, that was in 2012—a long time ago in terms of digital technology. But those revisions to Distribion’s product development process continue to pay dividends.

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Admissions Staff Spotlight: Christina Rangel-Bautista

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Meet Christina Rangel-Bautista, Coordinator of Evening Graduate Programs at TCU Neeley. Christina has made significant contributions to TCU during the seven years she has been with the university. She’s spent the majority of her time working in the Neeley School of Business, first in the Executive Education and Executive MBA programs, and now as one of the chief recruiters of Neeley’s various Evening Graduate Programs.Read more >>

Alumni Spotlight: Major Marshall Gray, MBA '16

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Major Marshall Gray, MBA ‘16

A member of the TCU MBA Class of 2016, Major Marshall Gray has dedicated his career to setting ambitious goals for himself — and achieving them. Fascinated by all things aviation from an early age, Major Gray only decided to pursue a business degree after nearly a decade of military service.

Currently, Major Gray serves as the Assistant Product Manager for the RQ-7B Shadow Weapon System in the Program Executive Office – Aviation in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. In this role, he explains, he is responsible for "the cost, schedule and performance of the overall program, ensuring that the government delivers unmanned aviation capability to the warfighter around the globe today in support of ongoing combat operations.”

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