Everything you need to know about what to do before your program starts.


Key Dates

April Online academic modules available
Online statistics modules, designed to prepare you for intense MBA academics, will be available here and should be completed by July. 
By July Complete Spouses/Significant Others survey
If you have a significant other, please complete this survey so we can invite him/her to a special event during START workshop.
July  Transition to Fort Worth
Build some time in your summer plans to move to DFW and take care of logistics. Once START Workshop begins on August 3, you will have very little free time.
July 1 Deadline to submit your video interview
Refer to Pre-enrollment Tasks > Career Planning for details.
July 28 Incoming Students Meet-and-Greet
6:00 p.m. – Join incoming and returning students on Press Cafe's beautiful rooftop patio overlooking the Trinity River. Attire is business casual.
July 27-Aug 1 International START
Incoming international students will spend time with the Graduate Programs Staff and benefit from training delivered by TCU's Intensive English Program faculty. 
Aug 3 START Workshop - Opening night, 4:30-9:00 p.m.
Join your classmates and MBA faculty and staff for programming designed to help you get to know each other while setting the tone for your MBA experience. You will have a professional headshot taken, so attire is business professional.
Aug 4-17 START Workshop
Required for all incoming full-time MBA students, this immersive onboarding experience prepares you for all aspects of life as an MBA student. Sessions will take place on campus, beginning at 8:00 a.m. each day. You will enroll in fall classes and participate in a friendly case competition as part of START Workshop. 
Aug. 22 Fall classes begin

Key Dates

May 15 Academic Advising & Class Enrollment
During the month of May, please email Bianca Upshaw at b.j.upshaw@tcu.edu, Graduate Academic Advisor, to arrange a 1:1 academic advising appointment focused on preparing you for fall class enrollment. Following this meeting, which can take place virtually or in person, you will receive detailed instructions regarding enrollment for summer and fall classes.
June 2 Accelerated Programs Orientation
5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Join other incoming Accelerated students on campus for professional headshot, photographs, dinner, and programming designed to set up for success as an MBA student. You will receive an email with additional details in May.
June 4 Marketing Fundamentals Course Launch
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Join Dr. Minakshi Trivedi on campus to kickoff your first course, Marketing Fundamentals. Breakfast will be available at 8:30 a.m. and class will begin at 9:00 a.m.
June 18 Marketing Fundamentals Course Wrap-up
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Following two weeks of remote (on your own time) coursework, return to campus for the in-person wrap-up of Marketing Fundamentals. Breakfast will be available at 8:30 a.m. and class will begin at 9:00 a.m. Following the completion of this course, you have a break until Saturday, June 25.
June 25 Finance Fundamentals Course Launch
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Join Dr. Vassil Mihov on campus to kickoff your second course, Finance Fundamentals. Breakfast will be available at 8:30 a.m. and class will begin at 9:00 a.m.
July 16 Finance Fundamentals Course Wrap-up and Supply Chain Fundamentals Course Launch
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Folling three weeks of remote (on your own) coursework, return to campus for the in-person wrap-up of Finance Fundamentals. Breakfast will be available at 8:30 a.m. and class will begin at 9:00 a.m.
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch provided
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. In the afternoon, Dr. Morgan Swink will kick off your Supply Chain Fundamentals course.
July 28 Incoming Student Meet-and-Greet
6:00 p.m. Join incoming and returning students on Press Cafe's beautiful rooftop patio overlooking the Trinity River. Attire if business casual.
July 30 Supply Chain Fundamentals Course Wrap-up
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Following two weeks of remote (on your own time) coursework, return to campus for the in-person wrap-up of Supply Chain Fundamentals. Breakfast will be available at 8:30 a.m. and class will begin at 9:00 a.m.
Aug. 5-7 Business Simulation Course
First-year accelerated students will complete a three-day business simulation course beginning the evening of Friday, Aug. 5 and running through later afternoon/evening on Sunday, Aug.7. You will receive 1.5 academic credit hours following the successful completion of this engaging course, which integrates what you learned in the summer fundamentals courses.
Week of Aug. 22 Fall classes begin

Key Dates

July 28 Incoming Student Meet-and-Greet
6:00 p.m. – Join incoming and returning students for a networking event on the beautiful rooftop patio at the Reata restaurant in downtown Fort Worth. Attire is business casual.
Aug. 8 Accounting Workshop #1 of 2 (Required)
6:30-9:00 p.m. via Zoom – As an onramp to one of your initial fall classes, Financial Reporting, join your professor Dr. Pat Walters for content you will be expected to know on the first day of class.
Aug. 11 Accounting Workshop #2 of 2 (Required)
6:30-9:00 p.m. via Zoom – This session, also led by Dr. Walters, will complete your preparation for the fall Financial Reporting class.
Week of August 15 Fall Class Enrollment Information Available
Watch for an email from Olivia Williams, Director of Graduate Academic Programs, regarding the fall class enrollment process. You will have the opportunity to enroll in fall classes prior to orientation.
Aug. 18 Orientation – Opening Night and Dinner
Join your classmates and MBA faculty and staff on campus for programming designed to prepare you for an outstanding MBA experience. Business casual attire is appropriate, but you may want to bring a jacket to wear for the professional headshot photograph that will be taken shortly after your arrival. Dinner will be provided.
Aug. 19 & 20 Orientation (Days 2 and 3)
Join other incoming students for professional development, an introduction to the Graduate Career Center, and lunch with your newly assigned fall learning team.
Week of Aug. 22 Fall classes begin

Key Dates

May 15 Academic Advising & Class Enrollment
During the month of May, please email Bianca Upshaw at b.j.upshaw@tcu.edu, Graduate Academic Advisor, to arrange a 1:1 academic advising appointment focused on preparing you for fall class enrollment. Following this meeting, which can take place virtually or in person, you will receive detailed instructions regarding enrollment for summer and fall classes.
June 2 Accelerated Programs Orientation
5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Join other incoming Accelerated students on campus for professional headshot, photographs, dinner, and programming designed to set up for success as an MBA student. You will receive an email with additional details in May.
June 4 Marketing Fundamentals Course Launch
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Join Dr. Minakshi Trivedi on campus to kickoff your first course, Marketing Fundamentals. Breakfast will be available at 8:30 a.m. and class will begin at 9:00 a.m.
Week of June 5 Summer classes begin
June 18 Marketing Fundamentals Course Wrap-up
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Following two weeks of remote (on your own time) coursework, return to campus for the in-person wrap-up of Marketing Fundamentals. Breakfast will be available at 8:30 a.m. and class will begin at 9:00 a.m. Following the completion of this course, you have a break until Saturday, June 25.
June 25 Finance Fundamentals Course Launch
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Join Dr. Vassil Mihov on campus to kickoff your second course, Finance Fundamentals. Breakfast will be available at 8:30 a.m. and class will begin at 9:00 a.m.
July 16 Finance Fundamentals Course Wrap-up and Supply Chain Fundamentals Course Launch
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Folling three weeks of remote (on your own) coursework, return to campus for the in-person wrap-up of Finance Fundamentals. Breakfast will be available at 8:30 a.m. and class will begin at 9:00 a.m.
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch provided
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. In the afternoon, Dr. Morgan Swink will kick off your Supply Chain Fundamentals course.
July 28 Incoming Student Meet-and-Greet
6:00 p.m. Join incoming and returning students on Press Cafe's beautiful rooftop patio overlooking the Trinity River. Attire if business casual.
July 30 Supply Chain Fundamentals Course Wrap-up
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Following two weeks of remote (on your own time) coursework, return to campus for the in-person wrap-up of Supply Chain Fundamentals. Breakfast will be available at 8:30 a.m. and class will begin at 9:00 a.m.
Aug. 5-7 Business Simulation Course
First-year accelerated students will complete a three-day business simulation course beginning the evening of Friday, Aug. 5 and running through later afternoon/evening on Sunday, Aug.7. You will receive 1.5 academic credit hours following the successful completion of this engaging course, which integrates what you learned in the summer fundamentals courses.
Week of Aug. 22 Fall classes begin

Key Dates

July 28 Incoming Student Meet-and-Greet
6:00 p.m. – Join incoming and returning students for a networking event on the beautiful rooftop patio at the Reata restaurant in downtown Fort Worth. Attire is business casual.
Aug. 8 Accounting Workshop #1 of 2 (Required)
6:30-9:00 p.m. via Zoom – As an onramp to one of your initial fall classes, Financial Reporting, join your professor, Dr. Pat Walters, for content you will be expected to know on the first day of class.
Aug. 11 Accounting Workshop #2 of 2 (Required)
6:30-9:00 p.m. via Zoom – This session, also led by Dr Walters, will complete your preparation for the fall Financial Reporting class.
Aug. 16 PMBA Online Orientation
Join your classmates and PMBA faculty and staff online for programming designed to prepare you for an outstanding PMBA Online experience. Details will be provided after acceptance.
Week of Aug. 22 Fall classes begin

Key Dates

July 28 Incoming Student Meet-and-Greet
6:00 p.m. – Join incoming and returning students for a networking event on the beautiful rooftop patio at the Reata restaurant in downtown Fort Worth. Attire is business casual.
Aug. 8 Accounting Workshop #1 of 2 (Required)
6:30-9:00 p.m. via Zoom – As an onramp to one of your initial fall classes, Financial Reporting, join your professor Dr. Pat Walters for content you will be expected to know on the first day of class.
Aug. 11 Accounting Workshop #2 of 2 (Required)
6:30-9:00 p.m. via Zoom – This session, also led by Dr. Walters, will complete your preparation for the fall Financial Reporting class.
Week of August 15 Fall Class Enrollment Information Available
Watch for an email from Olivia Williams, Director of Graduate Academic Programs, regarding the fall class enrollment process. You will have the opportunity to enroll in fall classes prior to orientation.
Aug. 18 Energy in the 21st Centry Intersession Class
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. – Join Ann Bluntzer and other faculty for the kickoff of your initial core class, Energy in the 21st Century.
Aug. 18 Orientation – Opening Night and Dinner
Join your classmates and MBA faculty and staff on campus for programming designed to prepare you for an outstanding MBA experience. Business casual attire is appropriate, but you may want to bring a jacket to wear for the professional headshot photograph that will be taken shortly after your arrival. Dinner will be provided.
Aug. 19 Energy in the 21st Centry Intersession Class
12:30 - 5:00 p.m. – Day two of your initial core class, Energy in the 21st Century.
Aug. 20 Orientation
8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. – Join other incoming students for professional development, an introduction to the Graduate Career Center, and lunch with your newly assigned fall learning team.
Week of Aug. 22 Fall classes begin

Key Dates

May 15 Academic Advising & Class Enrollment
During the month of May, please email Bianca Upshaw at b.j.upshaw@tcu.edu, Graduate Academic Advisor, to arrange a 1:1 academic advising appointment focused on preparing you for fall class enrollment. Following this meeting, which can take place virtually or in person, you will receive detailed instructions regarding enrollment for summer and fall classes.
June 2 Accelerated Programs Orientation
5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Join other incoming Accelerated students on campus for professional headshot, photographs, dinner, and programming designed to set up for success as an MBA student. You will receive an email with additional details in May.
June 4 Marketing Fundamentals Course Launch
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Join Dr. Minakshi Trivedi on campus to kickoff your first course, Marketing Fundamentals. Breakfast will be available at 8:30 a.m. and class will begin at 9:00 a.m.
Week of June 5 Summer classes begin
June 18 Marketing Fundamentals Course Wrap-up
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Following two weeks of remote (on your own time) coursework, return to campus for the in-person wrap-up of Marketing Fundamentals. Breakfast will be available at 8:30 a.m. and class will begin at 9:00 a.m. Following the completion of this course, you have a break until Saturday, June 25.
June 25 Finance Fundamentals Course Launch
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Join Dr. Vassil Mihov on campus to kickoff your second course, Finance Fundamentals. Breakfast will be available at 8:30 a.m. and class will begin at 9:00 a.m.
July 16 Finance Fundamentals Course Wrap-up and Supply Chain Fundamentals Course Launch
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Folling three weeks of remote (on your own) coursework, return to campus for the in-person wrap-up of Finance Fundamentals. Breakfast will be available at 8:30 a.m. and class will begin at 9:00 a.m.
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch provided
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. In the afternoon, Dr. Morgan Swink will kick off your Supply Chain Fundamentals course.
July 28 Incoming Student Meet-and-Greet
6:00 p.m. Join incoming and returning students on Press Cafe's beautiful rooftop patio overlooking the Trinity River. Attire if business casual.
July 30 Supply Chain Fundamentals Course Wrap-up
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Following two weeks of remote (on your own time) coursework, return to campus for the in-person wrap-up of Supply Chain Fundamentals. Breakfast will be available at 8:30 a.m. and class will begin at 9:00 a.m.
Aug. 5-7 Business Simulation Course
First-year accelerated students will complete a three-day business simulation course beginning the evening of Friday, Aug. 5 and running through later afternoon/evening on Sunday, Aug.7. You will receive 1.5 academic credit hours following the successful completion of this engaging course, which integrates what you learned in the summer fundamentals courses.
Aug. 19 Energy in the 21st Century Intersession Class
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.– Join Ann Bluntzer and other faculty for the kickoff of your initial core class, Energy in the 21st Century.
Aug. 20 Energy in the 21st Century Intersession Class
12:30 - 5:00 p.m.– Day two of your initial core class, Energy in the 21st Century.
Week of Aug. 22 Fall classes begin

Key Dates

July 1-15 Schedule Academic Advising Session
Email our MS in Supply Chain Faculty Lead Cliff Defee at cliff.defee@tcu.edu and your academic advisor, to schedule a one-on-one advising appointment in preparation for fall class enrollment.
July 28 Incoming Student Meet-and-Greet
6:00 p.m. – Join incoming and returning students on Press Cafe's beautiful rooftop patio overlooking the Trinity River. Attire is business casual.
Week of August 8 Fall Class Enrollment Information Available
Watch for an email from Olivia Williams, Director of Graduate Academic Programs, regarding the fall class enrollment process. If you have completed your advising session with Cliff Defee, you will have the opportunity to enroll in fall classes prior to orientation.
Aug. 15 Optional Excel Workshop
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., TCU Campus – We will offer the first four hours of an eight-hour beginner’s Excel class. The second part of this class will be offered via Zoom on Saturday, Sept. 18, 8:30a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Watch for an email from Olivia Williams in late July for details on how to secure a spot in this two-part class, which is being offered at no charge.
Aug. 18 Orientation – Opening Night and Dinner
5:00 - 8:00 p.m. – Join your classmates and MS faculty and staff on campus for programming designed to prepare you for an outstanding MS experience. Business casual attire is appropriate, but you may want to bring a jacket to wear for the professional headshot photograph that will be taken shortly after your arrival. Dinner will be provided.
Aug. 19 Orientation (Day 2)
8:15 - 12:30 p.m. – Join other incoming students for professional development, an introduction to the Graduate Career Center and lunch.
Aug. TBA Alumni/Incoming Student Mixer
5:30 p.m. – Join alumni and incoming students from all business graduate programs for a networking mixer at the Legends Club at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Attire is business casual
Aug. 22 Fall Classes Begin
Aug. 31 Tentative BBQ with the Center for Supply Chain Innovation (CSCI) Advisory Board
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Neeley School, Third Floor Balcony – Join supply chain classmates, faculty and the CSCI advisory board for dinner and networking. Attire is business casual.
Sept. 27 Tentative Meet the Supply Chain Faculty

Key Dates

May Academic Advising & Class Enrollment
During the month of May, Olivia Williams, Director of Graduate Academic Programs, will send out information about summer and fall class enrollment. Olivia and her team will be at orientation to help answer any and all questions.
May 31 Excel Certification Prep Course
2:00 - 5:00 p.m. – This class is for all incoming students who did not get their undergraduate degree from Neeley. If you have an Excel certification from another institution, please email it to Olivia Williams by May 23.
May 31 Orientation (In-person, On campus)
5:30 - 8:00 p.m. – Join other incoming MSBA students on campus for professional headshots photographs, student ID, dinner and programming designed to set you up for success as an MSBA student. You will receive an email with additional details in April.
June 1-2 Orientation (In-person, On campus)
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
June 3 Orientation (In-person, On campus)
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
June 6 Summer classes begin! (Remote, Synchronous)
June 21-24 Virtual Career Week
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – Our Graduate Career Management Team with meet with you and provide you with training and tools for your career.
July 28 Incoming Student Meet-and-Greet
6:00 p.m. – Join incoming and returning students on Press Cafe's beautiful rooftop patio overlooking the Trinity River. Attire is business casual.
Aug 7-10 Tech Boot Camp (In-person, On campus)
This course is a survey course, introducing a range of programming tools and modeling techniques. No technical knowledge is assumed on the part of the student. Specifically, we will use the Python scikit-learn library via Jupyter notebooks and several R packages through the RStudio IDE. Through these tools, we will explore functions for unsupervised machine learning and supervised learning models. We will also explore artificial intelligence via functions for neural nets.
Aug. 12-14 Business Simulation Course (In-person, On campus)
First-year MSBA students will complete a three-day business simulation course on campus beginning the evening of Friday, August 12 and running through late afternoon/evening on Sunday, August 14. You will receive academic credit hours following the successful completion of this engaging course, which integrates what you learned in the summer fundamentals courses.
Aug. 22 Fall Classes (8 week blocks) Begin

Assignments

We want your skills to shine to potential employers from the moment you walk onto campus...and even before! In order to hit the ground running on the first day of orientation, kick start your MBA program with the following career assignments:

  1. MBA Résumé
    Deadline: July 6
    Click here for instructions on how to complete.

    Download the template and toolkit here
  2. LinkedIn Profile Updates
    Deadline: July 6
    Click here for requirements and examples.

Resources

Orientation, the Career Management Course and one-on-one coaching will equip you with abundant tools for career search success. In the meantime, explore the sites below to begin focusing in on your MBA internship search and post-graduate career goals.

To help you “hit the ground running” when classes begin, you will be asked to complete the Harvard Business Schools Quantitative module.  This module is designed to give you the base of knowledge necessary to be productive in your classes.

This module is required. You are expected to have a working knowledge of statistics on the first day of class.

The Harvard Business School Quantitative Methods module is a required prerequisite for INSC 60010, Statistical Models. You must be a deposited student and complete the module prior to the start of INCS 60010.

The estimated time to complete the module is 20-40 hours.

Learn more and get started.

START Workshop

Evan Konecky, Director, Student Engagement Graduate Programs
evan.konecky@tcu.edu  | 817-257-4681

International Student Services
John Singleton,
Director, TCU International Student Services
j.singleton@tcu.edu  | 817-257-7292

Neeley Graduate Career Services
Jessica Cates
Senior Director, Graduate Student Success
j.cates@tcu.edu | 817-257-7152

Pre-Enrollment Modules 
Olivia Williams, Director, MBA Academic Services 
o.williams@tcu.edu  | 817-257-7155  

Need-Based Financial Aid, Student Loans and Grants 
Kyle Parsons, Associate Director of Financial Aid 
TCU Office of Financial Aid 
k.parsons@tcu.edu  |  817-257-7858

Scholarships 
Stephen Jenkins, Senior Director, Graduate Admissions 
s.jenkins@tcu.edu  |  817-257-4671 

Health Insurance and TCU Health Center 
healthcenter@tcu.edu |  817-257-7940

To request to enroll in a graduate independent study course, please download the form and follow the instructions.

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FAQs
We asked our staff and students to respond to frequently asked questions about student technology, transitioning to Fort Worth, START Workshop, academics, student life and more.

TCU Bookstore
Information about books for the fall semester will be available in the spring.

Campus Map

Academic Calendar
The 5-year calendar provides key dates for TCU. Please note that the MBA program does not observe the university fall break. A detailed calendar specific to the MBA program will be made available at START.

TCU Recreation Center
No need to join a fitness center! The “Rec” has everything you will need. Once you are a student in the fall, you will have free access to the Rec. For those arriving in the summer, we will offer reduced rates for access. More information soon.

TCU Health Insurance
For more information about health insurance for Graduate and International student, please click here to learn more.