McCombs Admissions Process
The Texas MBA Admissions Committee dedicates itself to a meticulous, holistic review of each application. There are no minimum scores for GMAT or TOEFL, no minimum GPA, and no formula or weighting of specific areas of the application. Our ultimate objective is to get a firm sense of who you are as a person, 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. Applicants with questions about degree equivalency should contact UT Austin’s central Graduate and International Admissions Center
Obtain copies of your official transcripts and have official test scores sent to UT Austin.
Complete the McCombs application by the submission deadline. (This includes essays, transcripts, self-reported test scores, sending email links for any recommendations, etc.)
Pay the application fee.
Your invoice will be available via GIAC 1-2 business days after application submission.
Complete your file with GIAC.
1-2 business days after application submission, upload copies of official transcripts and confirm receipt of official test scores.
Monitor your inbox for an interview invitation.
Interviews are by invitation only, issued on a rolling basis.
Monitor your McCombs application status page for your final decision. Review decision notification deadlines here.
Details on all application components can be found below. All components are required with the exception of TOEFL/IELTS scores, which are only required for international applicants.
All Texas MBA at Houston Program 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 which test you take 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. 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 official test scores to be received and processed by UT Austin’s central Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC).
• GMAT: 396-44-45
• GRE: 6882
After application submission, you will be able to monitor the status of your test scores on your GIAC MyStatus page (access available 1-2 business days after application submission).
NOTE: Texas Executive MBA Program applicants are allowed to submit a petition to waive the test score via the Optional Essay within the application (based on loose criteria – substantial years of work experience, multiple degrees, terminal degrees, etc.). Waivers are considered along with the rest of your application components, reviewed holistically by the Admissions Committee. The Texas Evening MBA, Texas MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth, and Texas MBA at Houston programs do not allow for petitions to waive the test score.
- TOEFL/IELTS (International Applicants Only)
All international applicants to the Texas MBA at Houston Program are required to have taken the TOEFL or IELTS prior to the application submission deadline for the round in which they are applying.
• 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 and IELTS test scores expire two years from the test date. Please note that UT Austin does not accept electronic copies of IELTS scores.
TOEFL or IELTS Waivers
A waiver of the TOEFL or IELTS is automatically granted (no request needed) if you are an international applicant and have earned an undergraduate degree in a country where the official language is English (must be official language, not just an English-speaking institution or a country where English is spoken). 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. You will have the option to request a TOEFL/IELTS waiver while filling out your application. Waivers are processed 7-10 business days after application submission.
You will be asked to upload .pdf copies of your official transcripts (marksheets) twice during the application process: the first time will be to McCombs in the “Education History” section of the online Texas MBA application and the second time will be to UT Austin’s central Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) via your GIAC MyStatus page after submitting your application and paying the application fee (available 1-2 business days after submission). Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended are required (including study abroad, transfer credits, etc.). Even if courses taken at one institution are recorded on another college’s transcript, transcripts must be submitted from the institution at which the courses were taken. Transcripts from junior and/or community colleges are not required.
Official transcripts contain:
• The seal of the issuing institution
• The facsimile signature of the registrar
• A complete record of studies at the institution from which it is issued (including the subjects taken and grades (marks) earned in each subject)
• If submitting marksheets, an official degree certificate is also 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) and degree certificate. It is critical that you block out social security numbers on all documents before uploading.
We cannot accept electronic transcripts sent by registrars or third-party entities in any other format (e.g. by email or by links to secure websites). Please do not mail official transcripts or paper copies of your transcripts before you are offered admission. Sending paper copies of documents will significantly delay the processing of your application. Instead, request that your institution mail or email you directly with a copy of your official transcript, then scan and prepare to upload .pdf copies of your transcripts to McCombs and GIAC.
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.
Former UT Austin Students
Former UT Austin students are responsible for a transcript fee in lieu of uploading .pdf copies of official transcripts to GIAC. This amount will be automatically billed to you through “What I Owe” (1-2 business days after application submission). Please do not request copies through the registrar’s office as this will slow the processing of your application.
- Letter of Recommendation
We require one professional letter of recommendation from a person who has supervised your work and/or has assessed your performance during your career. 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 statement.
Letters of recommendation are received directly from the recommender via a secure portal. While completing your application, you will be able to send your recommender an invitation to access this secure portal to submit their recommendation. 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. 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? (E.g. what are the applicant's principal strengths?) (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. (250 words)
Your recommender will also have the option to upload a response to the (optional) question: "Is there anything else we should know?"
If you feel that more than one recommender can offer substantial insight into your application, you have the option to add an additional recommender while filling out your application. However, due to the volume of applications, there is no guarantee that additional letters of recommendation will be reviewed. Therefore, we recommend selecting the recommender that you feel will add the most value to your application.
• Tip: To give your recommender plenty of time to submit their recommendation, go ahead and send them an invitation via the application. Once you start your application, you can always save your progress.
Essays are a critical means of assessing an applicant's reasons and motivation for attending the McCombs School of Business, background and goals, and communication and presentation skills. Strong applications convey careful research on McCombs and enthusiasm for the program. Please complete both required essays listed on our Application Essays page. For essay writing tips, visit our Texas MBA Insider blog.
- Application Fee
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.
- U.S. Permanent Residents
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 via your GIAC MyStatus page. 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 to update their status to domestic applicant.
- Professional Resume
While completing your application, you will upload a copy of your professional resume. We strongly suggest that all of our applicants have at least 2 years (Texas Evening MBA, Texas MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth, and Texas MBA at Houston program applicants) or 8 years (Texas Executive MBA Program applicants) of full-time post-bachelor’s work experience (not internships) by the time they enroll in the program (not the time of application).
Full-time work experience is calculated up until the time of enrollment (the start of classes). This includes all full-time work that you have completed since receiving your bachelor’s degree. This does not need to be business-based, and can include teaching, military service and government experience (programs like the Peace Corps, for example). Full-time military experience prior to receiving a bachelor’s degree will also be considered. If you have other substantial experience and would like to be considered for admission, please submit an application and explain your experiences and circumstances fully in your essays.
- Interview Process
Interviews are by invitation only. Invitations can be sent out anytime between the submission and decision notification deadlines for each round. We will notify you of the date your interview needs to be completed by on the invitation. Interview invitations are sent out via email, so please monitor your inbox. Applicants who are invited to interview will be required to conduct an on-site interview with a member of our Admissions Committee.
- Keep in Touch
Received a promotion? Re-taken the GMAT or GRE? To submit a substantial update to your application, contact TexasMBAHouston@mccombs.utexas.edu. Please note there is no guarantee that your update(s) will be considered in the evaluation of your candidacy, as this depends on when the McCombs Admissions Committee receives the update from you.
To be formally considered, UT Austin must also receive an official copy of your score report from the testing agency for any test re-takes. Please do not submit items such as CDs, DVDs, and portfolios as these items will not be reviewed.
- Monitor Your McCombs Status Page for a Final Decision
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 rendered and released on your application, you will receive an automated email directing you to your McCombs Application status page. Log in to your application status page to view your admissions decision. All admissions decisions are final for the admissions cycle. Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide feedback on denied applications.