2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

Neeley School of Business Special Programs

Neeley Premium Credentials

A designation of distinction earned by completing a customized development path pursuing the best practices of business professionals.

Professional development is an integral part of the Neeley experience that begins with the application process. The Neeley admissions approach provides students with a base of professional skills in the areas of interviewing, networking, teamwork, and professional polish. Following admittance, students are eligible to earn Neeley Premium Credentials.

Once enrolled in Neeley Premium Credentials, students drive their development activities by creating a personalized professional development blueprint. By updating the blueprint each semester, students outline skill areas that support achieving personal and professional goals. To foster accountability, a professional development coach (trained upperclassman and graduate students) is assigned to each student. Coaches provide input, guidance and encouragement as students engage in activities that build the skills identified in their blueprint. It’s not uncommon for the relationship between a student and coach to develop into a mentorship.

Blueprint activities generally include clarifying self-awareness through personal assessments and feedback from others, conducting informational interviews to explore career choices and broaden professional networks, securing an internship related to industry or career interests, and applying skills in a capstone experience. The timing for when these experiences occur during the junior and senior years is individualized depending on a student’s major, program involvement, career path, and current development.

Students who maintain an updated blueprint throughout their junior and senior years, complete at least one internship, and follow through on the professional development activities refined with their coach are recognized for earning Neeley Premium Credentials.

Educational Investment Fund

The Educational Investment Fund is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students to invest real money while still in college. Approximately 18 students manage more than $1 million in assets of the William C. Conner Foundation. The participants in the Educational Investment Fund do intensive analysis of stocks and bonds and make buy-and-sell decisions.

The experience gained in the program is comparable to a year's work experience in the eyes of many potential employers and places the TCU graduate in an extremely advantageous job-search position. Hundreds of TCU students have participated in this program over the last 25 years, and they now represent a worldwide network of potential contacts for current members.

Neeley Fellows Program

The Neeley Fellows Program is an undergraduate program that aims to educate and develop individuals of extraordinary potential with curricular and co-curricular experiential learning opportunities to affect change in the global business community.

Neeley Fellows are members of the TCU Honors College. They satisfy sophomore-senior requirements of the Honors College through the Fellows curriculum and graduate with University Honors, or Departmental Honors in their respective academic department.

Neeley Fellows complete experientially enhanced business core courses that are taught by exceptional faculty in a smaller class format. Most courses carry Honors designation.

As part of Neeley Fellows, students stretch beyond their already competitive undergraduate business coursework to gain a deeper understanding of the world of business beyond the classroom. Neeley Fellows engage in activities designed to integrate practical skills with theoretical learning for an enriched educational experience.

BNSF Neeley Leadership Program

The BNSF Neeley Leadership Program is a three-year leadership development experience for Neeley School undergraduates. Its focus is on leadership development specifically within the business school major.

Innovative courses, coaching, community service projects and co-curricular activities provide students a range of opportunities to learn about themselves and develop their leadership skills. The mission of the program is to prepare Neeley students to become tomorrow’s leaders in the business world.

The BNSF Neeley  Leadership Program consists of five leadership courses (15 credit hours) that help students learn more about leadership and  themselves as leaders. The first class, Foundations of Leadership, focuses on leading oneself. It is grounded in a principle-centered model of leadership and underscores the impact that character has on the ability to earn followers. The second course, Interpersonal Leadership Skills, focuses on critical leadership capabilities and teaches skills that are foundational for success in formal and informal leadership positions. The third course, Team Leadership Skills, focuses on specific skill sets that help increase effectiveness when working collaboratively. The fourth course, The Leadership Challenge, focuses on the application of leadership knowledge and competency in leading change. The fifth course, Leading in a Complex World, prepares students to transition from school to the workplace by developing an understanding of the complexity of business and societal contexts in which leadership occurs. In the final semester of the program, students refine and hone their skills through weekly developmental labs.

Supply Chain Student Executive Program

The Supply Chain Student Executive Program is an excellent opportunity for selected supply chain seniors to work closely with a company during their last two semesters. Students in the program interact with company executives, analyze their supply chain and work on an improvement project. This program not only gives students a competitive advantage when interviewing for full-time positions, it is also a valuable complement to their classroom knowledge. The two courses are INSC 40363 Supply Chain Cross-Functional Experience and INSC 40373 Supply Chain Capstone Project Course. Selected students will take this program for 6 credits, and it will take the place of Supply and Value Chain Strategies (INSC 40343) and one general business elective.

Selection for this program is based on a minimum 3.2 GPA, demonstrated leadership skills and excellent verbal and written communication skills. Approximately 10 percent of supply chain seniors are selected to participate.

Professional Program in Accounting

The Professional Program in Accounting (PPA) is an integrated program designed to prepare a select group of talented individuals academically and professionally for careers as accounting/finance professionals. The program is intended to be a three-year program, with students entering early in their junior year and continuing through the completion of both a Bachelor's in Business Administration (BBA) and a Master of Accounting (MAc). However, application and entry to the PPA is possible at any point an individual is committed to earning a MAc. To be a candidate for the MAc degree, students must be accepted into the PPA.

The PPA program has several components:

  • Personal assessment, branding and development of career goals
  • Development of an academic plan, including MAc areas of concentration, study abroad, internship and CPA exam considerations
  • Development of a recruiting and placement plan
  • Development of a professional development plan to identify the activities, events and professional contacts necessary to launch and manage a successful professional career.

To be considered for admission, a student must:

  1. Be a declared accounting major in good standing with both the Neeley School and the University.
  2. Maintain a cumulative GPA and a GPA in all classes designated ACCT of at least 3.0.

Upon admission to the PPA, students must meet all requirements of the program as detailed in the PPA Handbook and continue to meet those requirements to remain in the program. See http://www.neeley.tcu.edu/Academics/Master_of_Accounting/MAc.aspx for details.