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

Texas Energy Graduates 

The 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
  • Time for internship upon completing bachelor's degree
  • Access to McCombs' Career Services after successful completion of summer coursework
  • GRE/GMAT score waiver with qualifying cumulative GPA
  • MS Bridge courses taken while an undergraduate student are offered through University Extension and are not financial aid-eligible
  • Students enrolled through University Extension do not have access to some University services, including but not limited to UHS, CMHC, and RecSports. Students can arrange for services at an additional cost by contacting each respective office

What to Expect as a Bridge Student

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 Fridays

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 MSM 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
  • Demonstrated ability to handle quantitative material, either through coursework or test scores
  • Advanced communication skills and motivation

The Texas MSM 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. 

If this sounds like the graduate path for you and you have additional questions, please email one of our programs below:

Texas MSM Program

Texas MSITM Program

Texas MSF Program

Texas MSBA Program


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apply during your junior year

Bridge applications are now open


  • Round 1: October 18, 2021
  • Round 2: January 10, 2022
  • Round 3: March 28, 2022
  • Round 4: May 16, 2022

When should you apply to your program of interest?

  • Master of Science in Finance: Fall or Spring
  • Master of Science in Marketing: Fall or Spring
  • Master of Science in Business Analytics: Spring
  • Master of Science in IT & Management: Spring

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