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


Key Dates

April Online academic modules available
Online statistics and accounting 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 2, you will have very little free time.
July 2 Career Planning Assignments #1 and #2 Due
Learn more on the "Career Planning and Information Tab" on how to get your MBA Résumé and LinkedIn Profile market ready!
July 27 International Students Welcome Session and Dinner
International students meet with members of the Graduate Programs staff for introductory conversation and dinner.
July 28-30 International START
Students will spend time with the Graduate Center Staff and benefit from training delivered by TCU's Intensive English Program faculty. 
July 30 Deadline to submit your video interview
Refer to the Career Planning and Information tab in MBAFYI for details. 
Aug. 2 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. 2-19 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. 9 Spouses & Significant Others Event
Incoming MBA spouses and significant others gather to connect with each other, gain perspective from the spouses and significant others of second year students, and understand the rhythm of the MBA experience. 
Aug. 20-21 Free days
Enjoy a well-deserved break before classes start on Monday, August 23.

Required Online Modules

Get the base of knowledge you need to hit the ground running when classes begin. You’ll also have access to tools to help you refresh or build skills in Excel and PowerPoint.

These may take more than 40 hours to complete. You must be a deposited student and have set up your TCU email account to access the modules. Access to the modules will be available April 1.

  • Accounting Online
    This prepares you for your accounting workshop this summer and your financial reporting class in the fall. Gain an understanding of accounting, the language of business. Read financial statements. Understand, explain and record basic business transactions.
  • Harvard Business School Quants Module
    This prepares you for START Workshop and your statistical models class in fall. You will focus on quantitative analysis, presented as if you are a consultant. Eight units cover data description, regression basics and decision analysis, and more. This module was originally designed for incoming MBA students at Harvard Business School.

 

Corporate Boot Camps

Gain insight into potential career tracks and get a first shot at summer internships. (Check for updates on 2021 details in early spring.)
 
DELOITTE
CORE Leadership Program
Open to incoming MBAs who have separated from the armed forces in the past 12 months OR active duty members who will be separating in the next 12 months.
Learn more.
 
FORTÉ FOUNDATION
Financial Services FAST Track
Open to incoming MBA women interested in a finance career.
Learn more.
 
JUMPSTART
Brand Management & Marketing and Finance & Consulting Diversity Forum 
Open to incoming MBAs pursuing a marketing or finance career who are African American / Black, Hispanic or Latino, Alaskan Native / American Indian, Asian, Pacific Islander or female.
Learn more about marketing event.
Learn more about financial event.
 
P&G 
MBA Brand Management Camp
Open to incoming MBAs pursuing brand management and marketing careers.
Learn more.
 
ROMBA (REACHING OUT MBA)
Finance, Marketing and Retail, Technology and Retail, Tech, General Management and Consulting, and Health Care and Insurance Career Treks
Open to incoming LGBTQ MBA students. Includes multiple career treks and company tours across major cities in the U.S. with various dates.
Learn more.
 
TOIGO FOUNDATION
MBA Fellowship
Open to incoming MBAs pursuing a finance career who are African American, Asian American / Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, Native American / Alaska Native and/or South Asian American.
Learn more.

Students admitted to the Accelerated MBA will begin their core coursework in June following the schedule below. It is important that you schedule a time to meet with Olivia Williams, Director of Academic Programs, to develop your curriculum plan for the fall and spring semesters.

Key Dates

By May 15 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.
June 1 and 3 Accelerated Programs Orientation Nights
Join incoming classmates from across all accelerated programs for two evenings designed to help set the tone for your MBA experience. Details will be provided closer to June.
June 5 Marketing Fundamentals Kickoff
Incoming accelerated students in the MBA, Energy MBA and PMBA programs will complete their first three courses in a hybrid delivery model. This first course runs from June 5-19, with a live session at the beginning and at the end of the course.
June 19 Marketing Fundamentals Wrap-up
You will wrap your first fundamentals class during this Saturday session.
June 26 Finance Fundamentals Kickoff
You will begin the second summer class with a Saturday session.
July 17 Finance Fundamentals Wrap-up, Supply Chain Fundamentals Kickoff
You will wrap your second fundamentals class and then begin the third and final fundamentals course with this Saturday session.
July 31 Supply Chain Fundamentals Wrap-up
Finish your final fundamentals course with this live session on campus.
Aug 6-8 Business Simulation Course
Incoming accelerated PMBA and MBA students will complete a three-day business simulation course the weekend of August 6-8. 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 2-19 Full-time MBA START Workshop
You will participate in select portions of this workshop for the broader full-time MBA cohort. Specific dates and times TBD.
Aug 23 Fall classes begin
Aug 27 Second-year Re-START
This afternoon session will provide an important opportunity for you to get to know the second-year MBA class. Times and details TBA.

Key Dates

May 1 Optional Accounting Pre-Enrollment Module Now Open
This module is available if you would like additional background in accounting before the semester begins.
July 23 Virtual Welcome Event for New Students
Join us for a casual, fun opportunity to get to know your new classmates and others from TCU Neeley.
Week of Jul. 27 Class Registration Information Available
Watch for an email from Olivia Williams, Director of Graduate Academic Programs, regarding the class registration process.
July 29 Academics Q&A Virtual Session
Questions about the registration process? Join Olivia Williams, Director of Graduate Academic Programs, and faculty guests to get answers for your questions. 5:15-6:00 p.m. at https://tcu.zoom.us/j/99768746706.
Aug. 4 Class Registration for Fall Semester Begins
Aug. 7 Pre-recorded Orientation Sessions and Surveys/Forms
Please complete these required tasks by this date.
Aug. 15 Orientation
You can choose to attend in-person or online. Let us know your preference for orientation format by Aug. 1. For those attending in person, arrive at 7:30 a.m. to check in at the registration desk in the Rogers Rotunda - first floor Hays Hall atrium. Orientation will meet from 8:00-11:30 a.m. Breakfast and snacks provided. We will have a professional photographer on hand to take headshots that will be used for our student directory and will be available to you for LinkedIn, etc. Attire is business casual, but you may want to bring a jacket for your photo. Note that facemasks are required at all on-campus events.
Aug. 15 Orientation - Virtual Professional Development Sessions
Join us via Zoom from home or your preferred location for an afternoon of great content from nationally known experts. More details to come!
Aug. 17 Fall semester begins

Key Dates

May Academic Advising
During the month of May, please reach out to Olivia Williams, Graduate Academic Program Director, to arrange a 1:1 academic advising meeting. She can be reached at o.williams@tcu.edu or 817-257-7155.
June 27 - July 18 Finance Fundamentals Course (Virtual)
July 18 - Aug. 1 Supply Chain Fundamentals Course (Virtual)
July 23 Virtual Welcome Event for New Students
Join us for a casual, fun opportunity to get to know your new classmates and others from TCU Neeley. 
Aug. 2-4 Business Simulation Course
Incoming accelerated PMBA and MBA students will complete a three-day business simulation course on Sunday, August 2 and the evenings of Monday, August 3 and Tuesday, August 4. 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. 7 Pre-recorded Orientation Sessions and Surveys/Forms
Please complete these required tasks by this date.
Aug. 15 Orientation
You can choose to attend in-person or online. Let us know your preference for orientation format by Aug. 1. For those attending in person, arrive at 7:30 a.m. to check in at the registration desk in the Rogers Rotunda - first floor Hays Hall atrium. Orientation will meet from 8:00-11:30 a.m. You are asked to join orientation for student introductions and some new content, but will be dismissed before the Team Dynamics module you completed in June. Breakfast and snacks provided.

We will have a professional photographer on hand to take headshots that will be used for our student directory and will be available to you for LinkedIn, etc. Attire is business casual, but you may want to bring a jacket for your photo. Note that facemasks are required at all on-campus events.
Aug. 15 Orientation - Virtual Professional Development Sessions
Join us via Zoom from home or your preferred location for an afternoon of great content from nationally known experts. More details to come!
Aug. 17 Fall semester begins

Key Dates

May 1 Optional Accounting Pre-Enrollment Module Now Open
This optional accounting module is available if you would like additional background in accounting before the semester begins.
July 23 Virtual Welcome Event for New Students
Join us for a casual, fun opportunity to get to know your new classmates and others from TCU Neeley.
Week of July 27 Class Registration Information Available
Watch for an email from Olivia Williams, Director of Graduate Academic Programs, regarding the class registration process.
July 29 Academics Q&A Virtual Session
Questions about the registration process? Join Olivia Williams, Director of Graduate Academic Programs, and faculty guests to get answers for your questions. 5:15-6:00 p.m. at https://tcu.zoom.us/j/99768746706.
Aug. 4 Class Registration for Fall Begins
Aug. 7 Pre-recorded Orientation Sessions and Surveys/Forms
Please complete these required tasks by this date.
Aug. 13 Energy in the 21st Century Course
Arrive at 12:30 to check in at the registration desk in the Rogers Rotunda - first floor Hays Hall atrium. Class will meet 1:00-5:00 p.m., followed by a virtual panel discussion with the Energy MBA Board. Snacks provided. Facemasks required at all on-campus events.
Aug. 14 Energy in the 21st Century Course 
Arrive at 7:30 a.m. to check in. Class will meet from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided. Hays Hall, room TBA. Facemasks required at all on-campus events.
Aug. 14 Orientation
Following class, orientation will meet from 5:00-7:30 p.m. You can choose to attend in-person or online. Let us know your preference for orientation format by Aug.1. For those attending in person, snacks provided. Hays Hall, room TBA. Facemasks required at all on-campus events.

Beginning at 4:30 p.m. we will have a professional photographer on hand to take headshots that will be used for our student directory and will be available to you for LinkedIn, etc. Attire is business casual, but you may want to bring a jacket for your photo.
Aug. 15 Energy in the 21st Century Course
Arrive at 7:30 a.m. to check in. Class will meet from 8:00-11:30 a.m. Breakfast and snacks will be provided. Hays Hall, room TBA. Facemasks required on all on-campus events.
Aug. 15 Orientation - Virtual Professional Development Sessions
Join us via Zoom from home or your preferred location for an afternoon of great content from nationally known experts. More details to come!
Aug. 17 Fall semester begins

Key Dates

June 27 - July 18 Finance Fundamentals Course (Virtual)
July 18 - Aug. 1 Supply Chain Fundamentals Course (Virtual)
July 23 Virtual Welcome Event for New Students
Join us for a casual, fun opportunity to get to know your new classmates and others from TCU Neeley.
Aug. 7 Pre-recorded Orientation Sessions and Surveys/Forms
Please complete these required tasks by this date.
Aug. 13 Energy in the 21st Century Course
Arrive at 12:30 to check in at the registration desk in the Rogers Rotunda - first floor Hays Hall atrium. Class will meet 1:00-5:00 p.m., followed by a virtual panel discussion with the Energy MBA Board. Snacks provided. Facemasks required at all on-campus events.
Aug. 14 Energy in the 21st Century Course 
Arrive at 7:30 a.m. to check in. Class will meet from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided. Hays Hall, room TBA. Facemasks required at all on-campus events.
Aug. 14 Orientation
Following class, orientation will meet from 5:00-7:30 p.m. You can choose to attend in-person or online. Let us know your preference for orientation format by Aug.1. For those attending in person, snacks provided. Hays Hall, room TBA. Facemasks required at all on-campus events.

Beginning at 4:30 p.m. we will have a professional photographer on hand to take headshots that will be used for our student directory and will be available to you for LinkedIn, etc. Attire is business casual, but you may want to bring a jacket for your photo.
Aug. 15 Energy in the 21st Century Course
Arrive at 7:30 a.m. to check in. Class will meet from 8:00-11:30 a.m. Breakfast and snacks will be provided. Hays Hall, room TBA. Facemasks required on all on-campus events.
Aug. 15 Orientation - Virtual Professional Development Sessions
Join us via Zoom from home or your preferred location for an afternoon of great content from nationally known experts. More details to come!
Aug. 17 Fall semester begins

Key Dates

May 1 Optional Accounting Pre-Enrollment Module Now Open
This module is available if you would like additional background in accounting before the semester begins.
July 23 Virtual Welcome Event for New Students
Join us for a casual, fun opportunity to get to know your new classmates and others from TCU Neeley.
Week of July 27 Class Registration Information Available
Watch for an email from Olivia Williams, Director of Graduate Academic Programs, regarding the class registration process.
July 29 Academics Q&A Virtual Session
Questions about the registration process? Join Olivia Williams, Director of Graduate Academic Programs, and faculty guests to get answers for your questions. 5:15-6:00 p.m. at https://tcu.zoom.us/j/99768746706.
Aug. 4 Class Registration for Fall Begins
Aug. 7 Pre-recorded Orientation Sessions and Surveys/Forms
Please complete these required tasks by this date.
Aug. 13 Healthcare in the U.S. Course
Arrive at 12:30 to check in at the registration desk in the Rogers Rotunda - first floor Hays Hall atrium. Class will meet 1:00-5:00 p.m., followed by a virtual panel discussion with the Health Care MBA Board. Snacks provided. Facemasks required at all on-campus events.
Aug. 14 Healthcare in the U.S. Course
Arrive at 7:30 a.m. to check in. Class will meet from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided. Hays Hall, room TBA. Facemasks required at all on-campus events.
Aug. 14 Orientation
Following class, orientation will meet from 5:00-7:30 p.m. You can choose to attend in-person or online. Let us know your preference for orientation format by Aug. 1. For those attending in person, snacks provided. Hays Hall, room TBA. Facemasks required at all on-campus events.

Beginning at 4:30 p.m. we will have a professional photographer on hand to take headshots that will be used for our student directory and will be available to you for LinkedIn, etc. Attire is business casual, but you may want to bring a jacket for your photo.
Aug. 15 Healthcare in the U.S. Course
Arrive at 7:30 a.m. to check in. Class will meet from 8:00-11:30 a.m. Breakfast and snacks will be provided. Hays Hall, room TBA. Facemasks required on all on-campus events.
Aug. 15 Orientation - Virtual Professional Development Sessions
Join us via Zoom from home or your preferred location for an afternoon of great content from nationally known experts. More details to come!
Aug. 17 Fall semester begins

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 START orientation, kick start your MBA program with the following career assignments:

  1. MBA Résumé
    Deadline: July 9
    Click here for instructions on how to complete.

    Download the template and toolkit here
  2. LinkedIn Profile Updates
    Deadline: July 9
    Click here for requirements and examples.
  3. Video Interview
    Deadline: July 30
    Click here for the link to submit this and more information about how we use this recording.

Resources

START 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 several online modules designed to give you the base of knowledge necessary to be productive in your classes. Additionally, you will have access to suggested tools to help you refresh or build skills in Excel and PowerPoint.

Required Modules: Please be aware that the modules are time consuming and may take more than a total of 40 hours to complete. You must be a deposited student and have set up your TCU email account to access the modules.

Learn more and get started.

START Workshop

Anne Rooney, Executive Director, Graduate Programs
a.rooney@tcu.edu  | 817-257-7991

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

Neeley Graduate Career Services
LaTanya Johns
Director, Graduate Career Center 
l.johns@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 
Debbie Mar, Coordinator, Graduate Financial Aid 
TCU Office of Financial Aid 
d.mar@tcu.edu  |  817-257-7872

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

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

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
Health insurance is available for students through the TCU Aetna Student plan. More details.