Application Process

Application Process

Application Process

McCombs School of Business McCombs School of Business

Admissions Eligibility & Criteria

Application Criteria Video

The Texas MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth enrolls annually in August and applications are accepted in four rounds. The Texas MBA Admissions Committee dedicates itself to a meticulous, holistic review of each application. There are no minimum scores or formulas for specific areas of the application. Our ultimate objective is to get a firm sense of who you are 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.

UT Austin requires graduate school applicants to have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States, or a comparable degree from a foreign academic institution. Foreign nationals who apply are expected to be in the US on a work visa and fully employed during the course of the program. Contact the MBA program for additional information prior to applying if you have questions about this requirement.

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Application Process

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Prepare

Prepare

Learn Texas MBA program details by attending one of our events or reviewing our Texas MBA Insider blog for tips on applying. We also encourage you to connect with our alumni or current students to get additional insight, or send us an email with your application questions.

Obtain copies of your official transcripts and have official test scores sent to UT Austin.

Submit

Submit

Complete the McCombs application by the submission deadlines. Applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. CST on the day of the submission deadline.

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

Complete

Complete

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.

Monitor

Monitor

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.

Hook 'em

Hook 'em

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 directing you to your McCombs Application status page, which is where you can view your admissions decision. All admissions decisions are final for the admissions cycle.

Application Dates

Round 1

Application Due: October 31, 2017
Decision Delivered: December 8, 2017

Round 2

Application Due: January 30, 2018
Decision Delivered: March 02, 2018

Round 3

Application Due: March 27, 2018
Decision Delivered: April 27, 2018

Round 4

Application Due: May 29, 2018
Decision Delivered: July 13, 2018 

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Application Components

Resume

Resume

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

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. 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).

Once your letter of recommendation is received, you will receive an automated email. You have the option to add an additional recommender while filling out your application, but please note there is no guarantee that additional letters of recommendation will be reviewed.

• 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.

GMAT or GRE

GMAT or GRE

All applicants are required to have taken the GMAT or GRE prior to the application submission deadline for the round in which they are applying. The Admissions Committee does not have a preference on tests, and we are only interested in your highest score.

Applicants are required to both self-report their test scores in their McCombs application as well as have official score reports sent directly to UT Austin by the testing agency. GMAT and GRE test scores expire five years after the test date. The date that your official scores are sent to UT Austin by the testing agency should be no later than the application round deadline as it can take up to 3-4 weeks for scores to be received and processed. After application submission, you will be able to monitor the status of your test scores.

School codes:
• 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.

Transcripts

Transcripts

You will be asked to upload .pdf copies of your official transcripts (marksheets) to McCombs and to UT Austin’s Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) after submitting and paying the application fee. Please do not mail official transcripts or paper copies of your transcripts before admission. Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended are required.

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
• Forte MBA Launch participant
• University of Texas institution graduate

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.

Interview

Interview

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.