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Application Process

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The University of Texas at Austin is committed to protecting the health and safety of our community, our applicants, and prospective students. As we take university-wide steps to help reduce the public spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), our Texas McCombs MBA Admissions team is dedicated to making important information available to you.  Please make sure to review our most current admissions updates.

Eligibility & Criteria

Application Criteria Video

Our admissions committee dedicates itself to a meticulous, holistic review of each application. Our objective is to determine if you are a good fit for Texas McCombs and to be sure that we are the right school for you and your goals. UT Austin requires graduate school applicants to have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S., or a comparable degree from a foreign institution. Foreign nationals who apply should be in the U.S. and fully employed during the course of the program.


Dallas/Fort Worth MBA applications are accepted in four rounds and the program enrolls annually every August.

Applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. CST on the day of the deadline for each round.

Application Steps



Obtain copies of your official transcripts and have official test scores sent to UT Austin. Get to know MBA program details and culture by meeting staff, students and alumni at an MBA event.

Review the Texas McCombs MBA Insider for tips on applying.

Send us an email with your application questions.




Complete your Texas McCombs MBA application by the submission deadline for the round in which you are applying.

This includes all relevant application components – Essays, transcripts, self-reported test scores, letter of recommendation, resume, etc.



Pay the application fee. Your application fee invoice will be available 1-2 business days after application submission.

Complete your file with GIAC. GIAC is responsible for verifying the validity of your test scores, transcripts, and degrees. 1-2 business days after application submission, upload copies of official transcripts and confirm receipt of official test scores.



Once you've submitted, you can monitor your application status for updates. While we review your application, we encourage you to keep in touch and monitor your inbox for an interview invitation. Interviews are by invitation only, issued on a rolling basis.

Received a promotion? Re-taken the GMAT or GRE? If you have a substantial update to your application, contact us. Please note there is no guarantee that your update(s) will be considered for evaluation of your candidacy.



All applications are reviewed in rounds. The admissions committee will make an admissions decision by the date published during the round in which you submit your application.

Once a decision has been released on your application, you will receive an automated email to view your admissions decision. All admissions decisions are final for the admissions cycle.

Application Dates

Round 1

Application Due: October 27, 2020
Decision Delivered: December 11, 2020

Round 2

Application Due: February 2, 2021
Decision Delivered: March 12, 2021

Round 3

Application Due: April 6, 2021
Decision Delivered: May 7, 2021

Round 4 

Application Due: May 25, 2021
Decision Delivered: July 9, 2021

Post-Round 4 Deadline 

Admissions on a space-available basis through 11:59 PM CDT on June 30, 2021. 

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Application Components



If you have not been able to take the GMAT, GRE, EA, or TOEFL exams due to the following reasons related to COVID-19, we are providing the opportunity to petition for a special test score exception

Applicants who meet both of the criteria below have the opportunity to petition for a special test waiver:

  •   You are unable to take an exam in-person at a designated testing center due to lack of availability in your region, or because you or someone in your household is immunocompromised, AND    
  •   You are unable to take an exam online due to lack of availability in your region, technology or other test-taking requirements (e.g. device availability or compatibility, slow internet connection, testing environment) 

If you do not meet both of these criteria, we require that you complete the standardized tests prior to submitting your application. Both GMAC and ETS have introduced remote testing options for the GMAT, GRE, EA, and TOEFL exams for candidates impacted by coronavirus, and the majority of testing centers have re-opened globally with stringent health and safety precautions.   

If you meet both requirements above and would like to request a COVID-19 test waiver, please email to receive a link to the petition and tlearn more about the test exception process ​​



Admissions interviews will remain invite-only. Virtual interviews will be conducted for the MBA program until further notice.



Within your application, you will provide your professional resume. Two years of full-time post-bachelor’s work experience (not internships) is required for the program. Full-time work experience is calculated up until the time of enrollment (the start of classes). This encompasses all work completed since your bachelor’s degree, including teaching, military service, and government experience (ex: the Peace Corp). Other types of experience can be explained fully in your application essays.



Essays are a critical means of assessing an applicant's motivation for attending the McCombs School of Business, their background and goals, and their communication and presentation skills. Strong applications convey careful research on McCombs and enthusiasm for the program. Please complete both required essays.

Letter of Recommendation

Letter of Recommendation

We require one recommendation from a person who has supervised your work and/or assessed your performance. The Admissions Committee limits each application to one letter of recommendation and cannot accept additional recommendations.

While completing your application, you will be able to send your recommender an invitation to submit their recommendation. Professional recommendations are strongly recommended (i.e. direct supervisor, indirect supervisor, or a client). If you are unable to request a letter of recommendation from your direct supervisor or feel that another recommender would be more appropriate, please explain why in your optional essay statement.  Once your letter of recommendation is received, you will receive an automated email. 

While completing the recommendation form, your recommender will be asked to assess specific competencies and traits, and they will also be asked to answer the following three questions:

  1. Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant's role in your organizations. (50 words)

  2. How does the performance of the applicant compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? For example, what are the applicant's principal strengths? (Recommended word count: 250 words)

  3. Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant's response. (Recommended word count: 250 words)

Your recommender will also have the option to upload a response to the optional question: "Is there anything else we should know?"

Tip: Give your recommender plenty of time to submit their recommendation by sending them an invitation via the application. Once you start your application, you can always save your progress.


Test Scores

Test Scores

All applicants for our Evening, Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston MBA programs must submit a valid GMAT or GRE score. Our admissions committee does not have a preference on which test you take and there is no minimum score. For applicants who hold a master’s degree, an expired score can be accepted. Applicants with at least eight years of full-time work experience may take the Executive Assessment (EA) exam in place of the GMAT or GRE. Review testing options in-depth on the MBA Insider.

School codes for the McCombs School of Business:
• GMAT: 396-44-40
• GRE: 6882



International Students

International Students

TOEFL or IELTS Waivers
A waiver of the TOEFL or IELTS is automatically granted if you are an international applicant and have earned an undergraduate degree in a country where the official language is English. Please visit GIAC's country list. Applicants who meet one of the following criteria may also be eligible for a TOEFL/IELTS waiver:

• 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 without exception. Waivers are processed 7-10 business days after application submission.



Evaluating your academic history is a two-step process.

  1. Transcript Evaluation – Evaluation is completed by the admissions committee to ensure you can manage the academic rigor of the program. You will be asked to upload copies of your official transcripts (mark sheets) to Texas McCombs PRIOR to application fee payment.
  2. Transcript Validation – This step is completed by UT-GIAC. During the validation process, your degree is verified and GPA is calculated using upper division courses and Masters/PhD. You will be asked to upload copies of your official transcripts (mark sheets) to GIAC AFTER application fee payment.
Domestic transcripts must have been produced by the issuing institution within the past calendar year. If documents are written in a language other than English, complete and official English translations must be uploaded together with the original language transcripts (marksheets). It is critical that you block out social security numbers on all documents before uploading.

Please read these instructions prior to uploading your transcripts to GIAC.

Tip: Don’t want to wait for a copy of your transcripts to reach you in the mail? Ask your registrar if they are able to email you directly with a .pdf copy of your official transcripts.



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Application Fee

Application Fee

Payment of the non-refundable $200 application fee is required. Accepted forms of payment are Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, a U.S. Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), or a U.S. eCheck.

Application Fee Waivers
MBA applicants who meet one or more of the following criteria may qualify for an application fee waiver:

• Veteran or current U.S. military service member
• Teach for America participant (current or alumni)
• Forté MBA Launch participant (current or alumni)
• Fulbright participant (current or alumni)

We are unable to offer application fee waivers based on financial need. Payment of the application fee prior to processing a waiver will not be refunded. If you apply to more than one Texas MBA program during the same admissions cycle, you are required to pay only the first application fee. 



Interviews are by invitation only. Invitations can be sent out at any time between the submission and decision notification deadlines for each round.  All interviews are conducted by a member of the Admissions Committee.

U.S. Permanent Resident Card

U.S. Permanent Resident Card

If you are a U.S. permanent resident, after you have submitted your application and paid the application fee, you will be required to upload a copy of the front and back of your permanent resident card (Green Card). This option 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 applicants. Should your Green Card arrive thereafter, you may notify GIAC to update your status.