TCU's incoming Evening Graduate Student cohort brings diversity and a wealth of professional experience to campus


This past summer, TCU Neeley welcomed more than 120 new graduate business students to its portfolio of graduate programs. While the individual members of this cohort may come from many different backgrounds — and will be specializing in a variety of disciplines — they all share something in common. They are bright, highly motivated and willing to invest significant time and energy in their professional and personal development

Nearly three-quarters of these new students are DFW-area working professionals who joined one of Neeley’s several evening graduate programs: the Professional MBA, the Health Care MBA, the Energy MBA and the MS in Supply Chain Management. These incoming students bring a wealth of diverse experiences to the classroom.

  • More than 25% of these students are working or have worked at Fortune 500 companies such as Lockheed Martin, American Airlines, and Exxon Mobil.
  • They represent an extensive range of industries, including the transportation, technology, energy, manufacturing, and non-profit sectors.
  • Although many are currently based in DFW, these students come to Neeley from across the country and hold undergraduate degrees from universities in 17 different states.
  • The members of this group are beginning their studies with an average of 5 years of previous work experience

“My classmates are a very intelligent and driven group of people,” said Haley Frank, a new student in the Professional MBA program and Assistant Accounting Manager at BNSF Railway. Haley feels she will learn a great deal from her classmates because “they are inclusive and come from many different industries.” She looks forward to further building that student camaraderie by participating in the program’s study-abroad experiences. Haley also believes the Professional MBA will allow her to think more strategically and better position herself for advancement within her company.

When asked what he was looking forward to in joining the Energy MBA Program, Grant Sigler singled out the development of “personal relationships with my classmates and the Neeley faculty.“ Grant, a Fuel Specialist Engineer for American Airlines, elaborated, noting that “TCU Neeley is a tight-knit community that feels like a family. Everyone shares a personal interest in your overall success and strives to make the experience about you. The MBA Program at TCU differs from other MBA programs because the professors are as focused on building people as they are on teaching classes.” Grant also chose TCU’s Energy MBA in order, as he said, “to diversify my available career options and provide me opportunities for becoming a significant leader within an oil and gas company.”

For Jaime Moreno, a Schedule Analyst for Scribe.ology, LLC., the Health Care MBA was an obvious choice. An initial campus tour was enough to communicate to him that the Neeley MBA community is, in his words, “open and diverse but united by a set of common goals.” Jaime is excited to meet the academic challenges he knows the program will present. “It combines the generalized skills that are transferable across the business world with a deep dive into the nuances of the healthcare industry," he notes. "In the end, though, earning my degree will increase my marketability and networking opportunities.” 

Learn more about TCU's unique Evening Programs — and how the Horned Frog community works together to give working students the support they need to achieve their educational and professional goals — by visiting the Neeley School of Business School website.

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