An MBA can be a great resource for veterans to enhance your business skills and transition into a civilian role in the business world. You already have a great foundation of skills from your military experience—leadership, management, team-building, logistics and operations, to name a few—that are easily transferable into an MBA experience and beyond.
McCombs recognizes the value military veterans bring to our campus. Our community is one of support, collaboration and dedication to prepare you for top job performance in the business world. We have military students hailing from all branches of service. Explore our community and the wealth of resources we have for you at McCombs. We thank you for your service and hope to see you in Austin.
“We truly appreciate and value the experiences and diversity that our veterans bring to the program. Our students with a military background are natural leaders and great team players. The unique professional and life experiences they have undergone add new perspectives and variety of thought to classroom discussions and teach valuable lessons to classmates, faculty and staff members alike at McCombs.”
Rodrigo Malta, Director of MBA Admissions
Armed Forces Alumni Association (AFAA)
As the primary MBA student organization for military veterans in the program, the AFAA is a great way to get connected and involved in our community. The organization focuses on drawing parallels between the principles learned in the military and the skills required to be successful in business. AFAA maintains relationships with other ex-military MBAs at top business schools around the country and provides information to current or ex-military applicants interested in McCombs. Learn more on the AFAA website.
UT Student Veterans Association
The Student Veterans Association at the University of Texas at Austin works to serve the needs of students with prior or current military association, their families, and dependents. The organization aims to develop and implement support activities to better assess, promote, and represent the interests of this population within the University community.
Scholarship and Financial Aid Options
Post-9/11 GI Bill
The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Effective August 2011, the GI Bill will pay all public school in-state tuition and fees, including graduate programs. As part of a public university, The University of Texas at Austin, the full-time Texas MBA program is one of the few top ranked MBA programs that allows you to take advantage of this opportunity for significant financial support. Benefits may include up to 100% of in-state tuition and fees, a monthly living allowance and an annual books stipend of up to $1,000 per year.
If you are a veteran we encourage you to visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Post-9/11 GI Bill website for more information and to determine your eligibility. The New GI Bill website’s Benefits Calculator is another helpful tool to estimate the benefits you may be entitled to.
The Hazlewood Act provides qualified Veterans, spouses, and children with an education benefit of up to 150 hours of tuition and fee exemptions at state supported colleges or universities. For more information and to determine if you are eligible to receive support through the Hazlewood Act visit the Hazlewood Act page
Non-Resident Tuition Waivers
An additional military waiver available to those eligible for veterans educational benefits is an immediate waiver of non-resident tuition to the veteran, spouse and dependent children who move to Texas. This program permits non-resident MBA students to pay tuition and fees at the resident rate. More information on eligibility and applying for this waiver is available on the College For All Texans military waivers
Application Fee Waiver
Candidates who are currently serving, or have served, in any of the five branches of the US military may request a waiver of the application fee. Applicants need to email TexasMBA@mccombs.utexas.edu
after their application has been submitted in order to have the waiver processed.
All veterans are eligible to receive our merit-based admissions scholarships and are automatically considered for these upon applying to the MBA program; no additional paperwork needs to be submitted.
Meet McCombs Military MBAs
Get to know some of our current MBA student veterans by clicking their photo.
Hometown: El Paso, TX
Branch of Service: Army
Military Occupation: Acquisition Corps
Undergrad: United States Military Academy
MBA Concentration: Management/Finance
Favorite Class: Managing Innovation and Creativity
Favorite Professor: Dr. Luis Martins
"I chose to attend McCombs because of the culture, the curriculum, and the professors. It was apparent from my first visit that students who attend McCombs are here to learn and share their experiences. There seems to be the perfect balance of competition and cooperation to drive everyone to achieve their academic goals in a friendly and laid-back environment."
Read more about Chris' experience.
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Branch of Service: Navy
Military Occupation: Submarine Officer
Undergrad: United States Naval Academy
MBA Concentration: Operations and Supply Chain Management
Favorite Class: Analysis of Markets
Favorite Professor: Ty Henderson
"Transitioning from the military to civilian life can be difficult, and it certainly helps that I came to a school that truly appreciates the leadership skills and perspectives that military veterans possess. There is a strong veterans community at McCombs, and it is helpful to be able to share the MBA experience with other veterans who are also adapting to life outside of the military."
Read more about Jeff's experience
Hometown: Poipu, HI
Branch of Service: Army
Military Occupation: Engineer
Undergrad: United States Military Academy
MBA Concentration: Real Estate & Management Consulting
Favorite Class: Real Estate Markets
Favorite Professor: Greg Hallman
"I fell in love with Austin while stationed an hour north at Fort Hood. In my mind, there is no better place to live, learn, and play in the lower 48. I connected with the current and prospective McCombs students I met and felt that the relaxed, entrepreneurial spirit meshed well with my own personality. Add all of that with the unsurpassed value of a McCombs education and you find yourself with an unbeatable combination.”
Read more about Sean's experience
While our military veterans go into a broad range of industries and functions, some of the most popular are operations, investment banking and consulting. No matter where your interest lies, our career advisors work closely with you throughout your MBA experience to help you discover your primary interests and tailor your resume and other materials accordingly.
Our career staff offers both formal education on the recruiting process through the career class required as part of the core curriculum and individualized advising to help you highlight your specific strengths and relevant transferable skills for your career interests.
Michelle Hardy, Senior Associate Director, MBA Employer Relations serves as the Staff Advisor for the Armed Forces Alumni Association. As an Air Force veteran herself, she is an excellent resource for military students for understanding financial aid options and helping to translate military experience.
Contact a Student
Get in touch with one of our veteran students today to hear firsthand about the student experience at McCombs. Email TexasMBA@mccombs.utexas.edu and include "Connect with a military student" in the subject line.
Contact Admissions Staff
If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about our military community at McCombs and how to become a part of it, please feel free to contact Shelley Clifford, Senior Associate Director of Admissions, at Shelley.Clifford@mccombs.utexas.edu.