The top-ranked MBA at Houston program is currently accepting applications for Fall 2023 enrollment. Learn more about the application process below, and start your application today. Your future awaits.
MBA at Houston
Applying to Texas McCombsOur 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.
- 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.
- All students in the Working Professional MBA at Houston program should be fully employed during the course of the program.
- Foreign nationals who apply should be living in the U.S. and fully employed.
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 blog for tips on the application process.
- Connect with current students to gain additional insight from someone who has successfully gone through the process.
- Email us with any questions.
Submit your Texas McCombs MBA application by the 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.
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.
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.
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.
Applications for the MBA at Houston program are accepted in four 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 Deadline
Application Due: October 25, 2022
Decision Delivered: December 2, 2022
Round 2 Deadline
Application Due: February 14, 2023
Decision Delivered: March 31, 2023
Round 3 Deadline
Application Due: April 4, 2023
Decision Delivered: May 12, 2023
Round 4 Deadline
Application Due: May 30, 2023
Decision Delivered: July 14, 2023
Standardized Tests and Waivers
All MBA at Houston applicants are required to submit a GMAT, GRE, or Executive Assessment (EA) score. We will waive the testing requirement if:
- Expired (taken 5+ years ago) GMAT, GRE, or EA score is submitted
- General Test Waiver (merit-based) petition is approved
The MBA Admissions Committee does not have a preference on which test you take, and there is no minimum score. You can review our MBA at Houston class profile for test score averages. More details on how to submit test scores or petition for a test waiver 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.
Send official scores to UT through the testing agency. Use the school codes for the Texas McCombs Working Professional MBA programs below.
- GMAT and EA: 396-44-40
- GRE: 6882
Expired Test Scores (taken 5+ years ago)
For candidates submitting expired scores:
- Self-report the score components you received on the date of the exam.
- Upload a copy of your score report.
- If your score report is unavailable, upload official, signed documentation from a person in the registrar or student records office where you sent the original score.
General Test Waiver (Merit-Based)
A merit-based test waiver is available by request prior to submitting your application. Waivers are not available for applicants who have already sent scores to UT. For candidates who would like to request a merit-based test waiver:
- Submit the General Test Waiver petition form prior to submitting your application.
- The General Test Waiver form can be accessed directly (UT EID login required) or via the test scores section of the application.
- General Test Waiver approval is merit-based and takes into account your work experience and academic history. Your resume and transcripts are required for consideration.
- A decision on your test waiver request will be shared within 5-10 business days after submission.
- Waivers are not available for applicants who have already sent scores to UT.
English Proficiency Tests and Waivers
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 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.
Evaluating your academic history is a two-step process.
- 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.
- 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.
Within your application, you will provide your professional resume. Although Working Professional MBAs typically have four or more years of experience, two years of full-time post-bachelor's work experience (not internships) is required for the program. 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.
Your MBA application essays are an important part of sharing your unique story with the Admissions Committee. The most successful essays will thoughtfully address the prompts, clearly communicate why you want to attend Texas McCombs, and authentically share who you are.
There are two required essays for the Working Professional MBA. Additionally, you can provide an optional statement essay if there is something you wish to explain about your candidacy that is not addressed elsewhere in your application.
- We want to get to know you beyond your resume and professional experience. Tell us about yourself. You can discuss your upbringing, core values, formative experiences, special talents/interests, etc. Feel free to be creative and share anything that you think the Admissions Committee will find interesting. Select only one communication method for your response.
- Write an essay (250 words)
- Share a video introduction (one minute in length)
- Take time to reflect on your MBA journey and the direction you want to take in your professional career. Explain how the Texas McCombs MBA program will help you realize your professional goals, and how you will contribute to the McCombs MBA community. (500 words)
Please provide any additional information you believe is important or address any areas of concern that you believe will be beneficial to MBA Admissions in considering your application (e.g. gaps in work experience, choice of recommender, academic performance, or extenuating personal circumstances). If living outside of the metro area that the program is held in, please provide an explanation regarding your plans to commute or relocate to the program location. (250 words)
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). 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 competencies and traits, and they will also be asked to answer the following three questions:
- Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant, and if applicable, the applicant's role in your organization. (50 words)
- 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)
- Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the 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 sending them an invitation via the application. Once you start your application, you can save your progress.
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 Skype 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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