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 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
We require one recommendation from a person who has supervised your work and/or assessed your performance. The Admissions Committee limits each application to one letter of recommendation and cannot accept additional recommendations.
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). 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 essay statement. 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, and they will also be asked to answer the following three questions:
Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant's role in your organizations. (50 words)
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)
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.
All applicants for our Evening, Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston MBA programs must submit a valid GMAT or GRE score. Our admissions committee does not have a preference on which test you take and there is no minimum score. For applicants who hold a master’s degree, an expired score can be accepted. Applicants with at least eight years of full-time work experience may take the Executive Assessment (EA) exam in place of the GMAT or GRE. Review testing options in-depth on the MBA Insider.
School codes for the McCombs School of Business:
• GMAT: 396-44-40
• GRE: 6882
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.
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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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
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.
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
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.