Economics VS. Business School

Hello everyone, I just recently got accepted into the economics program at the University of Texas at Austin. I applied for external transfer admissions to McCombs but did not get in. My question for you all is should I study economics at UT (decent brand but won't be in the business school) or study finance at Cox Business School (already been accepted here, trying to get into the Alternatives program)? I could still pursue internal transfer admissions to McCombs but thats still no guarantee, what do you all think of these two options and majoring in economics in general?

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May 11, 2015 - 10:35pm
XIT, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I should also add, this is for undergrad

"Understanding reality, and financial markets in particular, is a never ending process." - George Soros
May 11, 2015 - 10:56pm
disabledaccount, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Cox BBA is fine. I think the MSF even has some power punch. With that said, do what fits your career path. does Cox BBA offers enough punch for OCR on campus? Despite that McCombs is a good place, Cox still is a fine springboard

May 11, 2015 - 11:24pm
XIT, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Ya I mean I know a lot of people that went to Cox and did well for themselves, my only concern with Cox is strong regional presence. It's great if you want to work in Dallas/Houston, but I'm really not sure about its reputation outside of the Lone Star state. I'm from Dallas and at this point I would really just like to leave and work in NY (top choice), California, or overseas. That being said, I feel that UT's brand compliments its portability (to a certain extent). I'm just worried about the non-finance stigma (especially at a school where finance is offered)

"Understanding reality, and financial markets in particular, is a never ending process." - George Soros
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May 12, 2015 - 10:45am
disabledaccount, what's your opinion? Comment below:

you're right about no FIN at a school that offers it.

UTAustin is a bigger school--regardless of McCombs or not, you'll have wolves looking at the job opportunities that everyone wants---even ivys will have that kind of competition.

if you do well in your first job, you should be fine either way. Could you try McCombs again while keeping your GPA rocking in SMU?

May 12, 2015 - 10:55am
XIT, what's your opinion? Comment below:

That's definitely an option, I actually didn't really think of that. I think I could manage a high enough GPA to have another go at it but there's only two problems, 1st being that external transfer admissions are consistently extremely competitive at mccombs and the internal transfer rate seems to slightly more forgiving, the 2nd problem is that SMU is significantly more expensive, I'm in the running for scholarships and I'm fairly confident I'll receive some money but it would still be more expensive

"Understanding reality, and financial markets in particular, is a never ending process." - George Soros
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May 12, 2015 - 1:44am
Gangster Putin, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Both schools do well regionally, but Texas is the only one of the two that places well into IB in NYC. I suggest going to Texas and attempting to transfer into their business program. Even if you have to stick with econ, I feel that it's superior to SMU's business program for getting to either NYC or California.

May 12, 2015 - 11:18am
Attack_Chihuahua, what's your opinion? Comment below:

You're asking the wrong source. I'd start by talking directly to the career services offices at each school and ask hard questions. Get them to name exact hiring companies, any on campus recruitment, and statistics. Verify on LinkedIN.

Also make an effort to connect with any current students and alumni. They'll frquently give you honest feedback that school officials and websites don't.

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May 12, 2015 - 11:26am
XIT, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I've already compiled a large list of UT alumni that are doing what I hope to be doing in the future, the vast majority of them have BBA degrees, at this point I'm just trying to weigh my options and measure what kind of disadvantage I'd have as an economics major

"Understanding reality, and financial markets in particular, is a never ending process." - George Soros
May 12, 2015 - 10:16pm
disabledaccount, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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