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Application Process

The Full-Time MBA program is no longer accepting applications for Fall 2022 enrollment. Application deadlines for Fall 2023 entry will be announced in early summer. The application will open in August 2022.

  • Applying to Texas McCombs

    Our admissions committee dedicates itself to a meticulous, holistic review of each application. Our objective is to determine if you are a good fit for Texas McCombs and to be sure that we are the right school for you and your goals. More details about the application process, deadlines, and components can be found below.

Application Steps

Check Eligibility

The University of Texas at Austin requires graduate school applicants to have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or a comparable degree from a foreign institution. 

Prepare

To prepare to apply for your MBA:

  • Obtain copies of your official transcripts and have official test scores sent to UT Austin.
  • Get to know MBA program details and culture by meeting staff, students, and alumni at an MBA event.
  • Review the Texas McCombs MBA Insider for tips on the application process.
  • Connect with our current students to gain additional insight from someone who has successfully gone through the process.
  • Send us an email with your application questions.

Submit

Complete your Texas McCombs MBA application by the submission deadline for the round in which you are applying. This includes all relevant application components - essays, transcripts, self-reported test scores, letter of recommendation, resume, etc.

Complete

Pay the application fee. Your application fee invoice will be available 1-2 business days after application submission.

Complete your file with UT's Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC). GIAC is responsible for verifying the validity of your test scores, transcripts, and degrees. 1-2 business days after application submission, upload copies of official transcripts and confirm receipt of official test scores.

Monitor

Once you've submitted your application, you can monitor your application status via the Applicant Community page for updates. While we review your application, we encourage you to watch your check your email inbox for any application updates. Interviews are by invitation only, on a rolling basis. 

Did you receive a promotion, or did you re-take the GMAT or GRE exam since you submitted your application? If you have a substantial update to your application, please contact us. Please note that there is no guarantee that your update(s) will be considered for evaluation of your candidacy. 

Decision

All applicants are reviewed in rounds. The Admissions Committee will make a decision by the date published during the round in which you submit your application.

Once a decision has been released on your application, you will receive an automated email to view your admissions decision. All admissions decisions are final for the application cycle.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Applications for the Full-Time MBA program are accepted in three rounds, and the program enrolls annually every August.
Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM Central Time on the deadline date for each round.


Round 1

Application Due: October 12, 2021

Decision Delivered: December 16, 2021

Enrollment Deposit Deadline: February 3, 2022

 

Round 2

Application Due: January 6, 2022

Decision Delivered: March 24, 2022

Enrollment Deposit Deadline: April 26, 2022

 

Round 3

Application Due: March 29, 2022

Decision Delivered: May 5, 2022

Enrollment Deposit Deadline: May 17, 2022

 

The Full-Time MBA Application for Fall 2022 enrollment is closed.
The Application for Fall 2023 entry to the Full-Time MBA program will open in August 2022.

Application Components

Standardized Tests and Waivers

All Full-Time MBA applicants are required to submit a GMAT or GRE score. We will waive the GMAT or GRE testing requirement if:

  • Expired GMAT or GRE score is submitted
  • Executive Assessment (EA) score is submitted


The MBA Admissions Committee does not have a preference on which test you take, and there is no minimum score. You can review our Full-Time MBA class profile for test score averages. More details on how to submit test scores can be found below.

Current Test Scores (taken within 5 years):

For current scores (taken within 5 years), you must self-report your test scores in your application as well as have official score reports sent directly to UT Austin by the testing agency. 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 four weeks for new scores to be processed.

School codes for the Texas McCombs Full-Time MBA program:

  • GMAT and Executive Assessment (EA): 396-44-45
  • GRE: 6882


Expired Test Scores (taken 5+ years ago)

For expired test scores (taken 5+ years ago) you must self-report your score and upload proof of the test score in the application. Examples of proof for expired test scores include a score report you previously received from the testing agency OR documentation from another educational institution that previously received the score (e.g. for another graduate/terminal degree application).

English Proficiency Tests and Waivers

All international applicants are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS prior to the submission deadline for the round in which they are applying. TOEFL and IELTS test scores expire two years from the test date. We do not consider "Super Scores," i.e. TOELF "MyBest Scores". 

School codes:

  • TOEFL: 6882
  • IELTS: Submitted electronically through IELTS score delivery service (send to "The University of Texas at Austin" account) or mailed to one of the addresses below.

The University of Texas at Austin
Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC)
P.O. Box 7608
Austin, TX 78713-7608

Or, if the courier service does not deliver to P.O. Boxes:

Graduate and International Admissions Center
UT Administration Building
1616 Guadalupe St., Suite 4.202
Austin, TX 78701

TOEF 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 only 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 only official language for at least two of the past four years (refer to the country list linked above).
  • You hold a master's degree from a college or university located in the U.S. or from a country where English is the only official language (refer to the country list above).
  • You were educated solely in English for your undergraduate and/or prior graduate degree in a country where English is not the only official language. 


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. 

Transcripts

Evaluating your academic history is a two-step process.

  1. Transcript Evaluation - Evaluation is completed by the admissions committee to ensure you can manage the academic rigor of the program. You will be asked to upload copies of your official transcripts/mark sheets to Texas McCombs prior to application fee payment.
  2. Transcript Validation - This step is completed by UT-GIAC. During the validation process, your degree is verified and GPA is calculated using upper division courses and Master's/PhD. You will be asked to upload copies of your official transcripts/mark sheets to GIAC after application fee payment. 


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/mark sheets. 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. 

Resume

Within your application, you will provide your professional resume. We strongly suggest that all applicants have at least two 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 (e.g. the Peace Corps). Other types of experience can be explained fully in the application essays.

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 Texas 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 compentencies and traits, and they will also be asked to answer the following three questions:

  1. Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant, and if applicable, the applicant's role in your organizations. (50 words)

  2. 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)

  3. Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and 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 about the applicant?"

Tip: Give your recommender plenty of time to submit their recommendation by senbding them an invitation via the application. Once you start your application, you can save your progress.

Application Fee

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 (current or alumnus)
  • Forté MBA Launch participant (current or alumnus)
  • Fulbright participant (current or alumnus)


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 McCombs MBA program during the same admissions cycle, you are required to pay only the first application fee.

U.S. Permanent Residents

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. 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 card in hand, must apply to Texas McCombs as an international applicant. Should your card arrive after, you may notify GIAC to update your status.

MBA Admissions Interview

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.

Applicants who are invited to interview typically have the option to interview on-campus with a current student, over Zoom with a current student, off-campus with an Admissions Officer or with local alumni.​ 

Please note: All MBA Admissions interviews are currently being conducted virtually until further notice. 

 

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