An MBA can be a great resource for veterans to enhance their business skills and transition into a civilian role in the business community. Skills from military experience—leadership, management, team-building, logistics and operations— are easily transferable into an MBA experience and beyond.
“We truly appreciate and value the experiences and diversity that our veterans bring to the program. Our students with a military background are natural leaders and great team players. The unique professional and life experiences they have undergone add new perspectives and variety of thought to classroom discussions and teach valuable lessons to classmates, faculty and staff members alike at McCombs.” -Rodrigo Malta, Director of MBA Admissions
McCombs recognizes the value military veterans bring to our campus. Our community is one of support, collaboration, and dedication to prepare you for career success. We have military students hailing from all branches of service and invite you to explore our community. We thank you for your service and hope to see you in Austin!
Armed Forces Alumni Association (AFAA)
As the primary MBA student organization for military veterans in the program, the AFAA is a great way to get connected and involved in our community. The organization focuses on drawing parallels between the principles learned in the military and the skills required to be successful in business. AFAA maintains relationships with other ex-military MBAs at top business schools around the country and provides information to current or ex-military applicants interested in McCombs. Learn more on the AFAA website.
UT Student Veterans Association
The Student Veterans Association at the University of Texas at Austin works to serve the needs of students with prior or current military association, their families, and dependents. The organization aims to develop and implement support activities to better assess, promote, and represent the interests of this population within the University community.
Scholarship and Financial Aid Options
Post-9/11 GI Bill
The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Effective August 2011, the GI Bill will pay all public school in-state tuition and fees, including graduate programs. As part of a public university, The University of Texas at Austin, the full-time Texas MBA program is one of the few top ranked MBA programs that allows you to take advantage of this opportunity for significant financial support. Benefits may include up to 100% of in-state tuition and fees, a monthly living allowance and an annual books stipend of up to $1,000 per year.
If you are a veteran we encourage you to visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Post-9/11 GI Bill website for more information and to determine your eligibility. The New GI Bill website’s Benefits Calculator is another helpful tool to estimate the benefits you may be entitled to.
The Hazlewood Act provides qualified Veterans, spouses, and children with an education benefit of up to 150 hours of tuition and fee exemptions at state supported colleges or universities. For more information and to determine if you are eligible to receive support through the Hazlewood Act, visit the Hazlewood Act page
Non-Resident Tuition Waivers
An additional military waiver available to those eligible for veterans educational benefits is an immediate waiver of non-resident tuition to the veteran, spouse and dependent children who move to Texas. This program permits non-resident MBA students to pay tuition and fees at the resident rate. More information on eligibility and applying for this waiver is available on the College For All Texans military waivers
Application Fee Waiver
Candidates who are currently serving, or have served, in any of the five branches of the US military may request a waiver of the application fee. Applicants need to email TexasMBA@mccombs.utexas.edu
after their application has been submitted in order to have the waiver processed.
All veterans are eligible to receive our merit-based admissions scholarships and are automatically considered for these upon applying to the MBA program; no additional paperwork needs to be submitted.
Meet McCombs Military MBAs
Get to know some of our current MBA student veterans by clicking their photo.
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Branch of Service: Air Force
Military Occupation: Cyber Operations
Undergrad: United States Air Force Academy
MBA Concentration: Global Business
Favorite Class: Negotiations
Favorite Professor: Tom Sager
Internship: Google Enterprise Operations
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Branch of Service: Navy
Military Occupation: Aviation
Undergrad: United States Naval Academy
MBA Concentration: Global Business, Information Management
Favorite Class: Statistics
Favorite Professor: Sandy Leeds
Internship: Apple Operations
Hometown: Houston, TX
Branch of Service: Army
Military Occupation: Infantry
Undergrad: University of Texas
MBA Concentration: Management Consulting and Marketing Analytics
Favorite Class: Analysis of Markets
Favorite Professor: Ty Henderson
Internship: Deloitte Strategy and Operations
While our military veterans go into a broad range of industries and functions, some of the most popular are operations, investment banking and consulting. No matter where your interest lies, our career staff offers both formal education on the recruiting process through the career class required as part of the core curriculum and individualized advising to help you highlight your specific strengths and relevant transferable skills for your career interests.
Michelle Hardy, Director of MBA Employer and Alumni Engagement, serves as the Staff Advisor for the Armed Forces Alumni Association. As an Air Force veteran herself, she is an excellent resource for military students for understanding financial aid options and helping to translate military experience.
Contact a Student
Get in touch with one of our veteran students today to hear first-hand about the military student experience at McCombs:
TexasMBA@mccombs.utexas.edu (Please include "connect with a military student" in the subject line).
Contact Admissions Staff
If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about our military community at McCombs and how to become a part of it, please feel free to contact:
Stephen.Sweeney@mccombs.utexas.edu Stephen Sweeney, Director of Admissions, Texas Full-Time MBA Program
Sharon.Barrett@mccombs.utexas.edu Sharon Barrett, Senior Associate Director of MBA Admissions, Texas Working Professional & Executive MBA Programs