Texas Tech Welcomes First Class for International MBA

Executive-style graduate degree focuses on the international energy industry.

After three years of development, Texas Tech University’s Rawls College of Business will host its inaugural International MBA cohort May 20-27 in Lubbock.

“Texas Tech’s newest graduate degree program builds upon two strengths of the Rawls College – executive-style graduate education and energy-focused education,” said Steve Buchheit, international MBA (iMBA) program director.

The 20-month program brings together a diverse group of up-and-coming energy professionals using a week-long residency format. The format allows working professionals to earn a graduate business degree without having to leave their jobs or families. The program also has enabled Texas Tech to attract non-local students to campus.

The iMBA program will use many unique teaching methods, a requirement of the two-year U.S. Department of Education development grant which funds the program. The grant has allowed Rawls College faculty to become Harvard-trained in case-method instruction. In addition, Department of Education funding has brought energy experts to campus for public speaking and to enhance the faculty’s industry knowledge.

“For most of our cohort of students, this will be their first exposure to Texas Tech,” Buchheit said. “I’m excited about that, because we know something about energy in West Texas. Committing to a 20-month program is a major decision for busy professionals, and word-of-mouth is critical in the energy industry. I see the Rawls iMBA program as a great opportunity to show others why Texas Tech is a great choice for graduate education.”

In fewer than two years, the group will complete four residencies in Lubbock and two international residencies. The European and South American stays abroad highlight the global nature of the energy industry from developed- and developing-world perspectives.

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CONTACT:Archie Pitsilides, Rawls iMBA administrative director, Rawls College of Business, (806) 834-1827 or archie.pitsilides@ttu.edu.