MBA | Executive EMBA

McCombs Admissions Process

The Texas Executive MBA Admissions Committee dedicates itself to a meticulous, holistic review of each application. Our ultimate objective is to get a firm sense of each applicant as a person in order to determine if you are a good fit for McCombs - and to be sure that McCombs is a good fit for you. Review the detailed steps below for information about the MBA 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 a 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 will be asked to upload a scan of your official transcripts to McCombs within the Education History section of the application. 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.

    For your online application, we recommend that you have your colleges/universities send you hard copies of your transcripts, even if you have electronic copies submitted to UT, as you will still need to upload copies with your application.
  • Submit Test Scores 

    For qualified applicants to the Texas Executive MBA Program, the admissions committee may able to waive test scores. Visit the test waiver information page for instructions on how to request waivers. Note: Only Texas Executive MBA Program applicants may qualify for test waivers.

    Submit official test scores to UT Austin using the following score codes:
    • GMAT: 396-44-75
    • GRE: 6882
    • TOEFL: 6882
    • 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
    • PTE: Not accepted at McCombs

    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 and TOEFL test scores expire two years from the test date.

    When preparing to study for the GMAT exam, we highly recommend that you download GMATPrep® software, or visit These free study tools offer review questions and practice exams. It is a perfect start for gauging your readiness for the exam and acclimating to the computer adaptive format. To learn more and register to take the GMAT exam, visit or for the GRE.

    Test Retakes
    It is recommended that you submit your application only after you are satisfied with your test scores. However, if you retake any exam and wish to have your new score included with your application, please email the Texas Executive MBA program with your new score report.

    Official test scores are kept for one calendar year. If you have submitted an application beyond one year in the past, you may be required to re-submit certain credentials.

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 skills and presentation skills. Strong applications convey careful research on McCombs and enthusiasm for the program. Please visit the Essay Topics. section of the website for more details.
  • Upload 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.

  • Upload Resume to McCombs

    You will be asked to upload a recent copy of your resume. Standard business resumes are preferred over CV’s, or longer documents. This is an opportunity to demonstrate your career accomplishments and should focus on giving the committee a clear picture of your career history.

  • Request Letter of Recommendation

    We require one professional recommendation, preferably from a person who has supervised your work and/or has assessed your performance during your career. An email to your recommender will be launched as soon as you save this section of the application. The email message to your recommender provides a link to the online recommendation form that is preferred by the 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 can resend notifications if necessary.

    You have the option to submit a second letter of recommendation if you feel this will add value to your application.
  • After Applying

    • Pay Application Fee
      Payment of the 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.
      Application Fee Waivers
      If you are a member of any of the groups below, you may qualify for an application fee waiver. Please indicate all that apply. Waivers will be reviewed for confirmation and processed accordingly. If you have served, or are currently serving in the military, please refer to the Personal Information section and complete the "Military Section" fields to process your application fee waiver.

      • Forte MBALaunch
      • Graduate of a UT System school
      • Teach for America
      • Current or former Military Service Member
      Fees paid before a waiver is processed cannot be refunded. If you apply to more than one Texas MBA program or to an MBA and MSTC program, you are required to pay only one application fee. .
      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 "MyStatus Portal" 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 may be delayed. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all required credentials are received.
      Please ensure you are reconciling all required items within the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) application portal, MyStatus. This is in addition to your McCombs applicant status page. All required items must be submitted in order to move your application evaluation forward with the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC), as well as the MBA Admissions Committee.
    • Monitor Email for Potential Interview Invitation
      Interviews are by invitation only. The admissions committee will review completed applications and invite selected candidates to interview. Interview invitations are sent via email and can arrive at anytime during the application round. Applicants who are invited to interview are requested to log in and schedule an interview within a week of receiving an invitation.
    • 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.

Page last updated: 3/25/2016