University of Texas at Austin

Application Process

Application Process

Application Process

McCombs School of Business McCombs School of Business

Admissions Eligibility & Criteria

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The Texas McCombs Master of Science Program offers rolling admission each year with four deadline options. Each Admissions Committee holistically reviews applications to each program. Applicants have the opportunity to apply to more than one Master of Science Program for a single application fee. You will be able to indicate your interest in multiple programs within any of the Master of Science Program applications.

Qualified applicants should meet the following criteria:

  1. An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
  2. Mathematical aptitude and demonstrated ability to handle quantitative material
  3. Strong communication skills
  4. A completed application consisting of the following:
    • Official transcripts uploaded in PDF format
    • GRE or GMAT scores:
      • GRE: 6882 
      • GMAT MSM: 396-44-93
      • GMAT MSF: 396-44-78
      • GMAT MSBA: 396-44-73
      • GMAT MSITM: 396-44-30
    • TOEFL or IELTS for all international students (waivers are available - please review our "International Students" section under Application Components below for specific information)
    • Personal essays. A video essay component is optional but highly recommended by the admissions committee. The video essay should not exceed 1 minute in length.
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Resume
  5. Specific program requirements as required by individual MS Degrees - please check the Program Prerequisites at the bottom of this page.

All sections within the online application must be filled to entirety. Additionally, if the admissions committee requires further information about a candidate, an interview may be required. 

Application Deadlines

Applications for the Class of 2020 open August 1, 2018. ​​Please see application deadlines below:

Early Deadline: October 1, 2018
First Deadline: December 3, 2018
Second Deadline: January 28, 2019 (Final deadline for international applicants) 
Third Deadline: March 25, 2019
Final Deadline: May 6, 2019

The Early Deadline is an opportunity to receive your admission decision within a shorter time period than the later deadlines. Being admitted through the Early Deadline is not binding.

Courses for the Class of 2020 will begin in the summer of 2019.  Applicants have the opportunity to apply to more than one Master of Science Program for a single application fee. You will be able to indicate your interest in multiple programs within any of the Master of Science Program applications.

Application Process

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Prepare

Prepare

Learn more about any of the Texas MS degrees by visiting degree specific pages or attending one of our events. We also encourage you to consider visiting campus to get additional insight or contact us with your application questions.

Once you are ready to begin select "Create an Account": https://graduate-admissions.McCombs.utexas.edu/apply/

Select the cohort year and program (2019 MSBA, 2019 MSF, 2019 MSM, or 2019 MSITM)

Prior to submitting your application, obtain copies of your official transcripts and have official test scores sent to UT Austin.

GRE/TOEFL Code: ​6882
GMAT Codes: MSM 396-44-93; MSF 396-44-78; MSBA 396-44-73; MSITM 396-44-30

Submit

Submit

Complete the McCombs application by the submission deadline for the round you choose to apply.

Returning users can log in with your UT EID (abc123)
Forgot your EID or password? Go here to reset it.

First time users: Create an account at this link.

Applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. CST on the day of the submission deadline. Read the Application instructions carefully and complete each application section as directed. It is very important that all information is complete and accurate in order for your application to be reviewed. Tip: Don't forget to self-report your test scores and have them sent to UT Austin!

Complete

Complete

Submit your application once all sections are complete. You can review your checklist to ensure all items have been received by the program. Pay the application fee within two business days after you submit your application.

You will need to upload your official transcripts again to UT GIAC at this link. Here is an FAQ from GIAC.

Monitor

Monitor

The application review process can take up to 4-6 weeks depending on the volume of applications we receive. Decisions are typically sent 6-8 weeks after the posted application deadlines.

Interviews

Not all applicants will require an interview for admissions. Interviews will be conducted as a 15-20 minute Skype interview. You will receive an invitation directly from the program if you are selected for an interview. Interview invitations are sent in batches depending on when your application is reviewed. If your peers have received an interview invitation and you have not, please note that the program will contact you if an interview is needed. It is not necessary to contact the program inquiring about an interview invitation. This could further delay the review process on your application.​

Decisions

Decisions

Decisions
Once the admissions committee has reviewed applications and interviewed selected applicants, we will begin sending decisions to candidates. You should receive an email from the program regarding your decision status. You can also check your decision status here

Decisions are typically sent 6-8 weeks after the posted application deadlines. The admissions team is working as quickly as possible to report decisions in a timely manner. If you send an inquiry to the program during peak times, please allow up to three days for a response.

Waitlist
The Texas MS Programs receive many applications from highly qualified applicants throughout the year. It is impossible to fit everyone into the physical space of our program. Therefore, some applicants are placed on our waitlist. The waitlist is not a final decision.

The Admissions Committee periodically reviews candidates currently on the waitlist on a rolling basis, but we are not able to offer a concrete timeline of when you will hear your final decision. This is due to the uncertain and often unpredictable nature of the admissions process, and we are not able to predict the movement of the incoming class. Should the admissions committee require additional information, they will reach out to the applicant directly.

Already Applied

 You have two status check sites:

  1. McCombs Online Application Status: Here, you can check whether you have submitted all of the required application items and send reminders to your references. It is important that your application is complete for the admissions committee to review your application.
  2. GIAC MyStatus: Here, you can view your remaining items after you submit your application. This is also where your official admissions decision will be posted.

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Application Components

Transcripts

Transcripts

Provide an official transcript from every senior college you have attended. 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. Failure to list all colleges on the application and provide those transcripts will be considered an intentional omission and may lead to the cancellation of your application for admission or withdrawal of your offer of admission.

If your transcripts are in a foreign language, they must be translated into English.

Scan and upload these to your McCombs Application online. After you submit your application, pay your application fee. This will be available two business days after you submit your application. Scan and upload transcripts to the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC). Yes, you will need to upload your transcript twice. Once via the McCombs online application and once to UT GIAC after you pay the application fee.

Current/Former UT Students: Applicants who have previously attended the university will be automatically billed $20 for transcripts, payable via What I Owe. Do not order transcripts directly from the university registrar, as doing so will slow processing.

All applicants must hold a four-year bachelor degree from an accredited university or an equivalent three-year degree. The UT Graduate International and Admissions Center makes the decision if a specific three year degree is considered equivalent. Put your official transcripts in safe-keeping. If you’re offered admission and intend to enroll, you will send your official transcripts to GIAC.

GPA: A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required. For applicants from an international institution, a comparable GPA will be calculated by UT GIAC. Your GPA is calculated using grades from upper-division course work—junior- and senior-level courses—and in any graduate-level classes. If your GPA does not meet the minimum requirement—or if you feel that your GPA is not a valid indicator of your ability—you have an option to address this in the Optional Essay section of the application. GIAC staff will determine GPA equivalencies for international applicants.

Application Fee

Application Fee

You will not be able to pay the application fee for approximately two business days after you press the submit button on your application. Your application is considered “on time” if submitted by the deadline, regardless if the fee is paid on that date. However, your application will not be evaluated if you do not pay the fee once it’s due.

The fee is $65 for domestic applicants and $90 for international applicants. Credit card and electronic checks accepted.

Fee Waivers:  If you can’t afford the application fee and are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident pursuing your first graduate degree, you may be eligible for a fee waiver. If you intend to seek a waiver, do not pay the application fee when prompted. Instead, submit your application and indicate you will pay later. Demonstrate your need for an application fee waiver by providing a copy of:

  • A waiver granted by GRE or GMAT; or
  • If you are currently enrolled, your financial aid awards for the previous two semesters showing the source(s) of your funding; or
  • If you are not currently enrolled, your tax returns for the last two years.

Wait until you receive the email with a link to your MyStatus page, redact your Social Security number from the documentation, then email it to Shannon Neuse. Make sure you include your UT EID in the email; without this information, your request cannot be processed. Please note that it will take 24 to 48 hours from when you submit the application before you receive the status check email – do not send your request prior to receiving that email. You will be unable to upload any documents to MyStatus until your fee is waived or paid.

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of Recommendation

The most effective letters will describe the applicant's quantitative skills and intellectual ability. For MSITM, letters should also emphasize the student's programming ability. 

Program # of Letters Required Academic References*
MSBA 3 2
MSF 2 1
MSM 2 1
MSITM 3 2

Recommendation letters must be submitted by the application deadline to be considered a complete application. 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. *The admissions committee highly recommends this number of academic references. Professional references will also be considered.

A couple of helpful hints:

  • Complete this part of your application first. This will launch email notifications to your recommenders and allow them to get started on the form while you're working on the other components of your application.
  • Contact your recommenders ASAP to let them know they should receive an email as soon as you save the section. Sometimes these emails end up in a junk folder since they come from a Texas MS email address.
  • Monitor the status of your recommendations on your McCombs application status page to ensure they're completed within a reasonable amount of time and by the deadline. You can resend notifications from within the application as needed.

GMAT or GRE

GMAT or GRE

As long as you’ve taken the test and have made the request to have your official scores sent to UT Austin by the round deadline, your application will be considered “on time.” During the admissions process, we sync what you reported in the application with what’s received by UT Austin. It can take several weeks for your official score to be received by the university, and the one-stop status check in your application marks this item complete once it arrives.

We cannot reverse “deny” decisions, so you should submit your strongest possible application. Please do not submit the application with the intent to send updated test scores. If you’re applying to multiple programs at McCombs, you don’t need to send separate scores to each program. UT Austin has a central repository for official scores that all departments can access.

The university generally receives scores four to six weeks after a test is taken. If you are sending scores from a prior test, the scores must still be valid at the start of the semester for which you are applying (within the last five years for the GRE or GMAT and two years for the TOEFL or IELTS). 

GRE Prep GMAT Prep

Please review your program specific requirements for admission under this section as requirements may vary by MS program.

FAQ:

What are the Codes for GRE/GMAT/TOEFL/IELTS? The Educational Testing Service institution code for the GRE and TOEFL is 6882. The institutional code for the GMAT: MSM: 396-44-93 MSF: 396-44-78 MSBA: 396-44-73 MSITM: 396-44-30 MSEM: 396-44-55. To fulfill the requirement with scores from the IELTS, have an official paper score report sent to the Graduate and International Admissions Center.

Do you prefer taking one test over the other? No, we do not have a preferred test. We accept both the GRE and the GMAT.

What’s your minimum acceptable test score? What test scores do I need in order to secure admission? We do not admit/deny solely based on test scores since we are looking for overall exceptional applications, including high grades, strong professional development, high test scores and communication skills. Our faculty committee is concerned when GRE/GMAT scores are below the 60th percentile, or TOEFL scores that are below 100 (IELTS below 7).

I have an advanced degree/work experience, can I waive the test score requirement? We cannot waive the GRE/GMAT/TOEFL requirement for applicants with work experience or advanced degrees. These scores are an important part of our application evaluation.

International Students

International Students

In addition to completing the prescribed graduate admissions process, international students applying to The University of Texas at Austin must submit either an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report demonstrating an adequate knowledge of English.

Waivers

International applicants who are from a country where English is the only official language are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement. We can only apply this exemption to countries listed here. Additionally, applicants are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement if they possess a bachelor's degree from a U.S. institution or an institution in a country where English is the only official language. The requirement is not waived for applicants who have earned a master's - but not a bachelor's - degree from a similar institution.

Bridge Program

Bridge Program

Eligibility

  • Open to current UT Austin students only
  • Open to all majors

When to Apply

Applications will open in January. Students can apply during the Spring semester of their Junior year. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. You should expect to hear back in 4-6 weeks of submitting your application. The final application deadline will be April 30th.

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

Admissions

Admission to the program is competitive. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA or above. The admissions committee is looking for demonstrated quantitative coursework on your transcript as well as any program specific requirements as listed under your program's requirement tab in this section. If you have any questions about specific program requirements, please visit your program’s page above.

Benefits

  • Students admitted to the Bridge program will take MS summer courses between their Junior and Senior Year and reserve for graduate credit
  • Allows time for internship upon completing undergraduate degree
  • Bridge students will gain access to McCombs Career Services after successful completion of summer courses between their Junior and Senior Year
  • GMAT/GRE score waiver

Visit our Bridge Page to learn more about MS Bridge Program Admissions.

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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.

Dual Degree Applicants

For information about paying the application fee as a dual degree applicant, please see our Dual Degree page.

FAQs

FAQs

Deadlines

I am an international applicant. Can I apply after the final international deadline?
No. The final international deadline is set in order to allow time for visa processing. Additionally, due to a high volume of applications, we cannot accept applications after the final deadline.

I submitted my application by the deadline but I am unable to pay my application fee. Will my application be considered “on-time?”
Yes. Your application is considered “on time” if submitted by the deadline, regardless if the fee is paid on that date. However, your application will not be evaluated if you do not pay the fee once it’s due.

Can I apply to more than one Ms Program?
Yes, you can apply to more than one MS Program (MSBA, MSF, MSM, MSITM). You will be required to submit another application to to the additional program(s); however, you will only be required to submit one application fee.

Program Format

Do you offer part-time or online options?
No. The Texas MS programs are offered on a full-time, in-person only basis.

Can I enroll in your classes as a non-degree seeking student?
No. The Texas MS Programs courses are reserved only for students admitted to the MSBA, MSF, MSM and MSITM programs.

Are your Programs STEM?
The MS in Finance, MS in Business Analytics, MS in Marketing, MS in IT & Management, and the MS in Energy Management are all STEM-eligible.

Test Scores

What are the Codes for GRE/GMAT/TOEFL/IELTS? 
The Educational Testing Service institution code for the GRE and TOEFL is 6882. The institutional code for the GMAT: MSM: 396-44-93 MSF: 396-44-78 MSBA: 396-44-73 MSITM: 396-44-30 To fulfill the requirement with scores from the IELTS, have an official paper score report sent to the Graduate and International Admissions Center.

Do you prefer taking one test over the other?
No, we do not have a preferred test. We accept both the GRE and the GMAT.

What’s your minimum acceptable test score? What test scores do I need in order to secure admission?
We do not admit/deny solely based on test scores since we are looking for overall exceptional applications, including high grades, strong professional development, high test scores and communication skills. Our faculty committee is concerned when GRE/GMAT scores are below the 50th percentile for MSM, MSITM, MSEM, and MSF (verbal or quantitative) and below 60th percentile for MSBA, or TOEFL scores are below 100 (IELTS below 7).

I have an advanced degree/work experience, can I waive the test score requirement?
We cannot waive the GRE/GMAT/TOEFL requirement for applicants with work experience or advanced degrees. These scores are an important part of our application evaluation.

Program Prerequisites

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We are looking for students with: (i) scholastic aptitude; (ii) strong communication skills; and (iii) an interest in energy. We are not looking for particular subject areas but rather a demonstration that a student has the academic horsepower to complete a rigorous master’s level program. We are also looking for an indication that the student has mathematical ability—either through his/her quantitative test scores or undergraduate coursework. Through the interviews we look for students who have strong communication skills. Finally, we want to see that a student has an interest in energy, this is typically articulated in the essay in the application process.

We do not admit/deny solely based on test scores, since we are looking for overall exceptional applications, including high grades, strong professional development, high test scores, and communication skills. Our faculty committee is concerned when GRE/GMAT scores are below the 50th percentile (verbal or quantitative), or TOEFL scores are below 100 (IELTS below 7).

What We Are Looking For

The committee will evaluate your application relative to the entire applicant pool in a holistic manner. We consider a wide variety of factors, including but not limited to, previous relevant experience, leadership and extracurricular activities, demonstrated communication skills, strong quantitative skills, in addition to grade point average and test scores.

Key criteria being evaluated by the admissions committee includes your academic aptitude, interview (if granted), test scores, and personal characteristics.