Application Process

Application Process

Application Process

McCombs School of Business McCombs School of Business

Admissions Eligibility & Criteria

Application Criteria VideoThe Texas Full-Time MBA Program enrolls annually in three rounds. Our Admissions Committee is dedicated to a holistic review of each application. There are no minimum scores or formulas for specific areas of the application. Our main objective is to get a firm sense of whether you are a good fit for McCombs, and to be sure that McCombs is right 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. Applicants with questions about degree equivalency and applicants with three year bachelor's degrees should contact UT Austin's Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC).

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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 deadline for the round you choose to apply. Note: Round 1 is the priority deadline for scholarships and fellowships.

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 10, 2017
Decision Delivered: December 19, 2017
Deposit Required: February 8, 2018

Round 2

Application Due: January 9, 2018
Decision Delivered: March 29, 2018
Deposit Required: April 26, 2018

Round 3

Application Due: April 03, 2018
Decision Delivered: May 10, 2018
Deposit Required: May 17, 2018

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

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Application Components

Resume

Resume

Within your application, you will provide your professional resume. We strongly suggest that all applicants have at least 2 years of full-time post-bachelor’s work experience (not internships). 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.

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.

**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 statement. 

GMAT or GRE

GMAT or GRE

All applicants are required to take the GMAT or GRE prior to the application 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 (we do not average scores).

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; scores must be valid at the time of application submission. The date that your official scores are sent to UT Austin by the testing agency should be no later than the application deadline. 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: 396-44-45
• GRE: 6882

International Students

International Students

All international applicants are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS prior to the submission deadline for the round in which they are applying. TOEFL and IELTS test scores expire two years from the test date.

School codes:

  • TOEFL: 6882
  • IELTS: Must be mailed to one of the addresses below. Electronic score reports are not accepted.

The University of Texas at Austin
Graduate and International Admission Center (GIAC)
P.O. Box 7608
Austin, TX 78713-7608


Or, if the courier service used does not deliver to PO Boxes:

Graduate and International Admissions Center
Walter Webb Hall
405 W. 25th Street
Austin, TX 78705

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 only 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 only official language for at least two of the past four years. (refer to country list above)
  • You hold a master's degree from a college or university located in the U.S. or from a country where English is the only official language. (refer to country list above)
  • You were educated solely in English for your undergraduate and/or prior graduate degree in a country where English is not the only official language.

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.

Note: UT Austin does not accept transfer credits for the MBA program.

 • 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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Payment of the non-refundable $200 application fee is required. 1-2 business days after you submit your application to McCombs, an invoice will populate on your “What I Owe” page, found in your GIAC MyStatus page. Once your invoice has loaded on your “What I Owe” account, you will receive an automated email with a link to your MyStatus page. Within two business days of payment, your fee status should reflect “Paid” on your MyStatus page.

Accepted forms of payment are MasterCard, Discover, and American Express, an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) or an eCheck. EFTs or eChecks must be drawn on a U.S. bank account.

Please note that UT Austin does not accept VISA as a form of payment. Applicants are expected to make arrangements to pay using one of the payment methods above.

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.

To request an application fee waiver, check the appropriate box under the “Certification” section of your application. For veterans or current military service members, please complete the military service section of the Personal Information section of the application. Upon application submission, a fee waiver request will be generated.
 
Please allow 7-10 business days from the time of application submission for your application fee to be reviewed. If your waiver request is granted, your application fee “To Do” item on your MyStatus page will be marked as “WAIVED.” If your request is not granted, our admissions team will reach out to you directly. Please note that payment of the application fee prior to the processing of the waiver will not be refunded. The time required to process your application fee waiver does not affect the evaluation of your application.

If you apply to more than one Texas MBA program during the same admissions cycle, you are required to pay only one application fee (the fee for the application that was submitted first). Please contact us concerning the fee waiver after your second application has been submitted.

Dual Degree Applicants

For information about paying the application fee as a dual degree applicant, please see our Dual Degree page.

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 Process

Interview Process

Interviews are by invitation only. Invitations can be sent out at any time between the submission and decision notification deadlines for each round. Interview invitations are sent out via email, so please monitor your inbox and add “interview@mccombs.utexas.edu” to your contacts list.

Applicants who are invited to interview have the option to interview on-campus, over Skype with a current student, with an Admissions Officer in one of our “Hub” locations, or with local alumni.

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.

Pursuing a Dual Degree?

We offer more than 10 dual degree options, allowing you to earn your Texas MBA and a graduate-level degree from one of the other world-class colleges at UT Austin. Please review the details and requirements for our Dual Degree Application Process.

Applying Through the Consortium?

McCombs is a member of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management (CGSM) — an alliance of top universities seeking to increase diversity in MBA programs and business leadership. To learn more about applying through the Consortium, explore their application resources.