In the second part of the interview with the Director of MBA Admissions, we discuss the support Texas MBA offers to the military family.
McCombs is known for the strong support for applicants from the Military background. How does the program help them transition from Military responsibilities to post-MBA careers?
At the university level, our Student Veteran Services office is an amazing resource for our military applicants and students. We also have a very active community in Texas Veterans in Business, the student organization at the School. The organization fosters camaraderie among MBA students who previously served, or continue to serve, in any nation’s armed forces.
Texas Veterans in Business focuses on drawing parallels between the principles learned in the military and the skills required to be successful in business. This organization maintains relationships with other ex-military MBAs at top business schools around the country and provides information to current or ex-military applicants. On the career advancement side, our military students can take advantage of our one-on-one career advising, communication specialty coaching, and our Strategic Career Planning class.
What are the various funding and scholarships offered to military applicants?
The McCombs School of Business welcomes veterans, active duty members, and their families. Our university-wide Student Veteran Services office is an amazing resource for our military applicants and students. From a funding and scholarship perspective, our military applicants are eligible for merit-based aid plus the GI Bill and the Hazlewood Act.
Post-9/11 GI Bill pays for the tuition fees for public universities including Texas Full-time MBA. In addition to the fee, the bill also provides an annual $1,000 stipend to cover books and living expense.
The Texas Hazlewood Act offers 150-hour of tuition exemption for veterans, spouses, and dependent children in any public institution in Texas. The act does not cover expenses outside of tuition and academic fees. Texas MBA applicants with the Veteran connection can choose this facility.
Which is the most popular post-MBA job function for candidates from the military background?
Our students with a military background have varied interests and are popular with our recruiters' given strong leadership and teamwork skills. I can’t pinpoint one specific placement area that is most popular for these students but can share their post-MBA industries/functions mirror those of the overall class.
Median Base Salary: $115,000
Signing Bonus: $25,000
Student Veteran Services Office
Post-9/11 GI Bill
The Hazlewood Act
About Rodrigo Malta
Rodrigo was born and raised in Brazil, moving to the United States in high school. He lived in Missouri through high school and then earned a Bachelor’s degree in management from Missouri State University. Mr. Malta leveraged his MBA experience at McCombs to transition from an internal audit career in the telecommunications industry with Sprint-Nextel to a marketing role in the technology industry with Dell Technologies. The passion for McCombs led him back and, eventually, to the current role as the Director of MBA Admissions – Rodrigo's dream job!
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