Professional Sales & Business Development Minor
Developing Solutions, Building Skills,
& Gaining Advantages
All fields and industries need individuals who can sell products, services, and ideas to help businesses grow. Therefore, every career can be enhanced with sales skills; whether you are an engineer, educator, analyst, or actor. If you can find solutions, communicate, and persuade others you can become more effective in what you do with professional sales and business development skills.
Open to ALL Majors
The Professional Sales and Business Development minor is a joint program offered by Moody College of Communication and McCombs School of Business. Moreover, the minor is open to students of all majors at the University of Texas.
The curriculum offers theory, frameworks, and industry tools to help students develop skills in analysis, communication, presentation, and persuasion. In doing so, students learn to effectively sell ideas, products, and services in a professional manner. Participation in the program will also provide resources and academic skills to pursue a vast array of sales-related careers while gaining access to local and national industry leaders through the network of corporate supporters.
Unsure if a sales career is for you? Listen as JT Seelman, Senior Manager, Business Development at UiPath illustrates what a career in sales trully is.
& Approved Courses
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Applications for Spring 2024
Applications for Spring 2024
The program is open to students of all majors. Applications open from August 26 to October 6, 2023 for the Spring 2024.
Why Sales?With a minor in Professional Sales and Business Development, you expand your job possibilities related to both technical and non-technical majors not only in sales & business development but also in other areas—e.g., management consulting, account management, private equity, startups, etc.
Quote"Every update/email I get related to this minor program reminds me how lucky I am to have stumbled upon it. I don’t know if it's just because we are the inaugural class, but this minor feels more like a community than part of my degree plan. I can’t wait to see what’s in store! " - Aiden Wachnin, Senior, College of Natural Sciences
Student ExperienceChristine Hunt graduated in May 2022 with a minor in Professional Sales and Business Development. Now she has a thriving career in sales and offers this piece of advice to current students: "be your most authentic self... and use your connections. There are some great Texas Exes and they are always willing to help."
TUSOTexas Undergraduate Sales Organization is a student-led organization at UT that facilitates professional development, skills workshops, and networking opportunities within the sales industry.
Faculty & Staff
Andrew GershoffAndrew Gershoff is the Chair of the Marketing Department and the McCombs School of Business as well as Professor of Marketing and Foleys Professor of Retailing.
Doug ChungDoug J. Chung is the Director of the Professional Sales and Business Development Program and a faculty member of the McCombs School of Business.
Herbert MillerHerb Miller is part of the Professional Sales and Business Development Committee and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Marketing at the McCombs School of Business.
Raghunath Singh RaoRaghunath Singh Rao is an Associate Professor of Marketing at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.
Keri StephensKeri Stephens is a Professor in Organizational Communication Technology, a Distinguished Teaching Professor, and Co-Director of the Technology and Information Policy Institute in the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin.
Lamar JohnsonLamar Johnson is the Executive Director of the Center for Customer Insight & Marketing Solutions and the Professional Sales & Business Development Corporate Relations Manager.
Maddie HatfieldMaddie Hatfield is a Student Ambassador for the Professional Sales and Business Development Program and the President of the Texas Undergraduate Sales Organization (TUSO).
Alie LavishAlie Lavish is a Student Ambassador for the Professional Sales and Business Development Program.
The Professional Sales and Business Development Minor is proud to have the support of the following business partners who work with us to help develop our curriculum and to provide funding for special events and administration.
We are pleased to be listed in the Sales Education Foundation's annual list of top universities for Professional Sales education.
We welcomed 50 students into the program from over seven different colleges across campus.
Moody Class of 2022: Christine Hunt
Christine Hunt gradated in May 2022 with a minor in Professional Sales and Business Development. In the video she shares the following: Why did she choose a sales career? 1. Sales is constantly changing 2. Competitive 3. There upward mobility
Authentic Persuasion Show: Lamar Johnson Part 1
Authentic Persuasion Show: Lamar Johnson Part 2
Authentic Persuasion Show: Lamar Johnson Part 3
UiPath: Jt Seelman Senior Manager, Business Development
What is a sales career? "It is working hard to meet the needs of your customers with the right solutions" while building a relationship and trust. -JT Seelman
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