University of Texas at Austin

MS Bridge Program

MS Bridge Program

MS Bridge Program

McCombs School of Business McCombs School of Business

Bridge Admission for UT Undergraduates

MS Programs Video IntroductionThe Texas McCombs MS Bridge Program admissions option is available to University of Texas at Austin undergraduate students for all four degrees: Business Analytics, Finance, Information Technology & Management, and Marketing.

The MS Bridge Program offers students the opportunity to start graduate courses during their undergraduate program. Admission as a Bridge Student is highly competitive but includes a number of benefits, including:

  • Admission after junior year of undergraduate degree
  • MS degree coursework during the summer after junior year
    • A Pathway Two admissions options is available for students who have confirmed internship offers for the summer after their junior year - contact your specific Program Coordinator for details
  • Time for internship upon completing bachelor's degree
  • Access to McCombs' Career Services after successful completion of summer coursework
  • GMAT/GRE score waiver

Find out more by contacting us at your program specific email below!

What to Expect as a Bridge Student

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summer session

If accepted into the program, here are a few details about what the summer between your junior and senior year would look like:

  • 1-week orientation in July - dates for orientation and classes will be provided to applicants admitted to the program. 
  • 2-3 summer classes running Monday-Thursday
  • Career Development events on various Friday

cohort access

As a Bridge Student, you have the opportunity to network with two different groups of MS Program students. You'll learn with some of the best and brightest in the field and make connections that will last into your professional career.

internship opportunity

You will also have access to our MS Programs specific Career Coaches and can set up meetings to discuss your future career path. Career Coaches can help with resume review, goal setting, and career strategies to secure an internship following your senior year.


students listening in career class

Our MSBA applicant pool is highly competitive each year. Students may be required to submit test scores at the request of the admissions committee depending on GPA and strength of additional application materials. We will not review incomplete or late applications.

Qualified applicants should meet the following:

  • University of Texas at Austin Junior-level standing
  • Computer programming experience is required; experience in any programming language is sufficient but Python is preferred (those admitted to the program are strongly encouraged to learn Python prior to beginning the program)
  • Demonstrated ability to handle quantitative material
  • Advanced communication skills and motivation

The Texas MSBA welcomes applicants with work experience, however no work experience is required to be accepted.

5th Year on the 40 Acres

students at graduation

Admissions is exclusively open to UT undergraduate students ONLY in any undergraduate major. The Texas McCombs MS Bridge Program is offered through all four MS Program Degrees: Marketing, Finance, Business Analytics, and Information Technology & Management. This is an opportunity to earn your graduate degree and spend a fifth year on the 40 acres. 

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apply now

The application for the Class of 2021 MS Bridge Programs is now closed. Applications open each year in January for Bridge and close at the final deadline in May.

Applications for acceptance to the Class of 2022 will open in early January 2020.