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McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin purchased MBA Math subscriptions for all incoming Executive MBA program students, extending its existing use of MBA Math for its Full-Time, Houston, Dallas, and Evening MBA programs.
Kathleen Voboril writes in her BusinessWeek MBA Journal midway through her first year at UT Austin's McCombs School about the challenges as a "more qualitative student" of absorbing the quant-heavy first-year curriculum, the blending of skills within her study group, and her surprising discovery:
Numbers are my friends.
Numbers win arguments.
Numbers put stakes in the ground.
Numbers confirm assumptions, land bigger paychecks, and nail interviews.
I love numbers.
McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin purchased MBA Math subscriptions for the third year for all incoming Full-Time, Houston, Dallas, and Evening students.
Jelka Dasent, a first year student at UT Austin's McCombs School, comments:
At McCombs, we do not use Excel in exams, and for Finance we are expected to be able to know how to use the financial calculator to find TVM [Time Value of Money]. The Finance Lectures give you a handout of the functions they want you to be able to use. All Finance exams are closed book, closed notes and no computers.
McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin purchased MBA Math subscriptions for the second year for all incoming Full-Time, Houston, Dallas, and Evening students.
Here is a testimonial from Jelka Dasent, a first-year student at McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and member of the MBA Math Board of Advisors, about her pre-MBA use of the MBA Math online quantitative preparation course:
After college, I joined Price Waterhouse where I worked as an intern and pursued my chartered accountancy exams, graduating as a Chartered Accountant. I then went on to obtain 12 years of industry experience in the manufacturing and banking sectors, where I gained solid analytical and problem solving skills. I have been responsible for identifying and resolving financial reporting issues, as well as generating innovative methods to improve processes. Finally, before coming back to graduate school, I took on a team leadership role, in the restructuring and sale of the credit card and retail segments of the bank in which I was employed.
I am now in my second semester, as a first year MBA student, at The McCombs School of Business at University of Texas at Austin. The MBA Math internet tool was instrumental to my smooth transition to graduate school. After completing the first semester and doing very well, I was pleased with the time that I invested working through the respective mbamath modules. This internet tool allowed me to learn essential elements of the core that I was unfamiliar with and to revise topics that I had previous exposure to, all at my own pace.
After completing the first and debatably the most challenging semester, I would strongly recommend that all incoming MBA candidates use this tool both before school starts and certainly during the first year, as needed. I guarantee that students who use this user-friendly learning tool will be at a definite advantage if the essential quantitative skills are well known.
McCombs School of Business purchased MBA Math subscriptions for all incoming Houston, Dallas, and Evening MBA program students.
McCombs School of Business purchased MBA Math subscriptions for all incoming full-time McCombs MBA students.
Blogging has been slow while I've been getting admitted students ready for their summer pre-MBA quantitative preparations. Cornell (Johnson), Dartmouth (Tuck), and Washington St. Louis (Olin) have purchased MBA Math subscriptions for all incoming students. Georgetown (McDonough) will do so in the next day or so.
Separately, admitted students from dozens of MBA programs have found their way to MBA Math on their own in recent weeks and are working through the twenty-two lessons covering Excel spreadsheets, finance, accounting, microeconomics, and statistics. Students subscribing in the past six weeks will be attending the following prominent MBA programs in the fall: Boston College, Carnegie Mellon, Chicago, Columbia, Duke, Georgia Tech, Harvard, INSEAD, London Business School, MIT, Michigan, Purdue, Rice, Rochester, USC, Stanford, UT Austin, Wake Forest, William and Mary, and Yale.
Discussion boards and regular office hour online chats provide communication between students and me and among students.
David Thanairongroj, a first year at McCombs School of Business at University of Texas in Austin offers tips to prospective MBAs in his BusinessWeek MBA Journal about prioritizing their efforts during the application process and in the period between being admitted and arriving on campus, including these comments about quantitative preparation:
While waiting for your acceptance letter, one extra tip I highly recommend for non-business majors, even if you're an engineer and are good with numbers, is to take a financial accounting, managerial accounting, and finance class at a local university or community college before school starts. More than likely, you will already be at a disadvantage against a third of your smart classmates who have business degrees. I can guarantee that you'll be better off having some background in these courses rather than learning this material for the very first time in a very fast-paced environment.