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. Our new essay prompts will be available once the new application cycle opens.
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.
• 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.
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.
GMAT or GRE
All 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 tests, and we are only interested in your highest score.
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 scores to be received and processed.
After application submission, you will be able to monitor the status of your test scores.
• GMAT: 396-44-75
• GRE: 6882
You will be asked to upload .pdf copies of your official transcripts (marksheets) to McCombs and to UT Austin’s central 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. 1-2 business days after you submit, an invoice will populate on your “What I Owe” page in your GIAC MyStatus page. Within 2 days of payment, your fee status should reflect “Paid.” Accepted forms of payment are Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, a U.S. Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), or a U.S. eCheck. Please note that UT Austin does not accept VISA as a form of payment.
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.
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 “firstname.lastname@example.org” 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. All interview formats are weighed equally by the Admissions Committee.
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.
All international applicants are required to have taken the TOEFL or IELTS prior to the application submission deadline for the round in which they are applying. TOEFL and IELTS test scores expire two years from the test date.
• TOEFL: 6882
• IELTS: Must be mailed. Electronic score reports are not accepted.
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.