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Texas MBA | Full-Time Program

Admissions Process

The Texas MBA Admissions Committee dedicates itself to a meticulous, holistic review of each application. Our ultimate objective is to get a firm sense of who you are as a person, in order to determine if you are a good fit for McCombs and to be sure that McCombs is the right school for you and your goals.

Important Steps during McCombs Admissions Process

Before Applying

  • Get a UT EID

    Get your UT EID. A UT EID is an electronic identifier that lets prospective and current students connect to their university information. Your EID offers access to legally protected information and is permanent. You will use it throughout the application and enrollment process to access information and complete tasks online.

    If you have already created one, you can also look up your UT EID. You will have an UT EID on file if you have done any of the following:
    • Made UT Austin the recipient of your official test scores (i.e. GMAT/GRE/TOEFL/IELTS)
    • Previously applied to UT Austin
    • Previously studied at UT Austin
    • Previously created a prospect profile with UT Austin

  • Obtain Transcripts
    You must provide one copy of the official academic transcript from every senior college and graduate level program you have attended. Transcripts from junior and/or community colleges are not required. UT-Austin requires transcripts that were issued less than one year ago.
  • Submit GMAT or GRE Scores 

    Official test scores must be submitted directly to the University of Texas at Austin and self-reported in the online Texas MBA application.

    Submit official test scores to UT Austin using the following score codes:
    • GMAT: 396-44-45
    • GRE: 6882

    The date your official scores are sent to UT Austin should be no later than your application round deadline. GMAT and GRE test scores expire five years from the test date.

  • International Applicants Only - Submit TOEFL or IELTS Scores 

    International applicants are required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS. U.S. citizens and permanent residents do not need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.

    Submit official test scores to UT Austin using the following score codes:
    • TOEFL: 6882 (TOEFL test scores expire two years from the test date.)
    • IELTS: Scores are sent by hard-copy mail upon your request to The University of Texas at Austin -
    Graduate and International Admission Center (GIAC)
    P.O. Box 7608
    Austin, TX 78713-7608

    (IELTS test scores expire two years from the test date.)
    • PTE: Not accepted at the McCombs School of Business

    TOEFL or IELTS Waivers
    A waiver of the TOEFL or IELTS is automatically granted (no request needed) if you are an international applicant and have earned an undergraduate degree in a country where the official language is English (Must be official language, not just an English-speaking institution or a country where English is spoken).

    In order to request a TOEFL or IELTS waiver you must submit a Texas MBA application and meet one of the following conditions:
    • You have lived and worked full-time in the U.S. or in a country where English is the official language for at least two of the past four years.
    • You hold a master's degree from a college or university located in the U.S. or from a country where English is the official language.
    • You were educated solely in English for your undergraduate and/or prior graduate degree.
    If you do not meet any of these conditions, you are required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS exam. If you meet the conditions above, please check the appropriate box requesting the waiver in the test score section of your application.

    If you request a TOEFL or IELTS waiver, you may see these scores listed as an outstanding requirement in your online status checklist, as your waiver status is not updated instantaneously. Our admissions team will contact you directly during the admissions process if your waiver is not approved and you need to submit an English language proficiency test score.

While Applying

  • Fill Out Core Application Data
    This core application information includes personal and background information, test scores, details about your education, and employment history.
  • Complete Application Essays 
    Essays are a critical means of assessing an applicant’s reasons and motivation for attending the McCombs School of Business, background and goals, communication and presentation skills. Strong applications convey careful research on McCombs and enthusiasm for the program. Please complete both required essays on our Application Essays Webpage
  • Upload Resume and Transcripts to McCombs

    You will be asked to upload your official transcripts twice during the application process: the first time will be to McCombs in the Education History Section of the online application and the second time will be to UT – GIAC after submitting your application and paying the fee. It is critical that you have blocked out social security numbers on these documents before uploading.

    If documents are written in a language other than English, complete and official English translations must be sent together with the original language records.

    Each transcript (mark sheet) should contain a complete record of studies at the institution from which it is issued, including the subjects taken and grades (marks) earned in each subject.

  • Request Letter of Recommendation

    We require one professional recommendation from a person who has supervised your work and/or has assessed your performance during your career. You have two options for submitting your recommendation: You may send a recommendation request via our admissions management system, or utilize the recommendation function within LinkedIn. See details below.

    The Admissions Committee does not have a preference for which method you choose.

    Admissions Management System Option

    If you choose to send a recommendation request via our admissions management system, an email to your recommender will be sent as soon as you save that section of the application. The email message to your recommender provides a link to the online recommendation form that is preferred by the McCombs Admissions Committee and linked directly to your application.

    If your recommender does not receive the email, please ask them to check their spam or junk email box. You can monitor the status of your recommendation during and after submitting your application, and you may resend notifications if necessary.

    LinkedIn Option

    If you choose to utilize the recommendation function within LinkedIn, then you will provide this information in your application. The Admissions Committee will then access your LinkedIn profile and review your recommendation. It is very important the recommendation information you provide matches your LinkedIn profile. Additionally, please ensure you have the LinkedIn recommendation available to view in your profile at the time of application submission. If you select this option and the recommendation is not available in your profile at the time of your application evaluation, your application will be delayed or potentially denied.

    If you are comfortable with a current recommendation on your LinkedIn profile, there is no need for you to request an additional recommendation. Please provide the information for the existing recommendation in the application. If you have more than one recommendation on your LinkedIn profile, we will prioritize the recommendation information you list on the application, however, the Admissions Committee will review your entire LinkedIn profile.

After Applying

  • Pay Application Fee
    Payment of the non-refundable application fee is required in order for your application to be evaluated and a decision rendered. The application fee is $200. Within two business days of submission of your application, log onto the “What I Owe” UT payment website. Your fee status should reflect “Paid” within two business days of payment.
    MBA applicants who are involved with the Teach for America program, the Forte MBA Launch program, and candidates who are currently serving, or have served, in any of the five branches of the U.S. military may request a waiver of the application fee. Within the Personal Information section of the application you will be asked to verify your status. Upon submission of your application, your waiver will automatically be sent to the MBA program inbox for processing. Please allow at least 3 business days post-submission for your fee waiver to be processed and granted.
    If you apply to more than one Texas MBA program or to an MBA and MSTC program, you are required to pay the Full-Time Texas MBA application fee and the other application fee will be waived. Please contact us after you have submitted both applications.
    Dual Degree Candidates
    Dual Degree candidates may or may not be required to pay an application fee. For information please see our Frequently Asked Questions page, question three within the "Other Business Programs" subheader.
    U.S. Permanent Residents
    If you are a permanent resident, after you have submitted your application and paid the application fee, you will be able to upload a copy of the front and back of your permanent resident card to the GIAC document upload website. This link is only available after you have paid your application fee in full. Applicants who have applied for U.S. permanent residency but who do not yet have the Green Card in hand must apply as international students; should the Green Card arrive thereafter, the applicant may notify GIAC and the status will be changed to domestic applicant.  
  • Upload Transcripts to UT – GIAC
    You will be asked to upload your official transcripts twice during the application process: the first time will be to McCombs in the Education History Section of the online application and the second time will be to UT – GIAC after submitting your application and paying the fee. It is critical that you have blocked out social security numbers on these documents before uploading.
    After you have submitted your application and paid the application fee, you will receive an email that contains a link to the GIAC document upload website where you will be able to upload transcripts. This link is only available after you have paid your application fee in full. Please do not mail official transcripts or paper copies of your transcripts before you are offered admission. Sending paper copies of documents you have uploaded will significantly delay the processing of your application. Former UT Austin students do not need to upload UT Austin transcripts.
    Former UT Austin students are required to pay an additional $10 fee for transcripts. This amount will be billed to you through “What I Owe” and may or may not be invoiced at the same time as the application fee. You must pay this fee at the time it is billed. This will satisfy any future requirement for submitting official transcripts from your UT- Austin coursework.
  • Check Application Status
    Monitor the status of your letters of recommendation, transcripts, official test scores, and application fee payment by checking the Texas MBA Application status page. Please allow two business days for the checklist to be updated after submission but note that if any of these items show as outstanding or not received, your application decision will be delayed. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all required credentials are received.
  • Monitor Email for Potential Interview Invitation
    Interviews are by invitation only. This is an ongoing process so invitations may be issued at any time before the decision release date. Once the interview invitation has been issued, we expect that applicants will log in and schedule their invitation as quickly as possible. Invited applicants have the option to choose the format of their interview from the following options: on campus with a current student, via Skype with a current student, in select areas with admissions officers, or with an alumnus in your local area. Please note that all interview formats are weighed equally and no format is preferred.
  • Monitor Application Status for Final Decision
    Check the Texas MBA Application status page for a decision regarding your admission to the program. All admissions decisions are final for the admissions cycle and we do not provide feedback on denied applications.

The Consortium Application Process

If you're planning to apply through The Consortium, your application process will be different than the McCombs application process outlined on this page. To learn more about that process, please visit our Diversity page and explore the resources on The Consortium website, including their webinars and online chats.