Get to Know the Texas MBA in Dallas/Fort Worth or Houston

Six FormatsThe top-ranked Texas MBA program offers a prestigious degree from world-renowned faculty across six programs. We encourage you to check out all the events happening this summer and fall so you can learn more about how the Texas MBA can unlock your full potential!

Events are the best way to interact directly with our programs, as you get to know current and former students and admissions staff. Please check out the events happening this fall in Dallas/Fort Worth & in Houston (including informal coffee chats with our admissions officers, coming soon!). Our programs in DFW & Houston allow you to earn your Texas MBA from the same acclaimed McCombs school of business faculty, while continuing to work full-time!

Register now: This fall, the Texas MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth & the Texas MBA at Houston are offering special “Lunch & Learn” events so you can get to know these programs & enjoy lunch on us!

Texas MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth Lunch and Learn | September 12th in Dallas

Texas MBA at Houston Lunch and Learn | September 12th in Houston

If you have any questions, please send us an email. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Which Test is Best? GMAT vs. GRE

From Julia Campbell, Associate Director of MBA Admissions, Full-Time Texas MBA Program:

Balanced-ScaleLife is all about choices. Lease or buy? Heels or flats? 4X4 truck or convertible? GRE or the GMAT? But when personal preference for payload doesn’t immediately establish you firmly in one camp or another, it’s time to stop and think about how the choice helps or hinders your ultimate goal.

When it comes to taking the GRE or the GMAT for your MBA application, how do you choose the right test for you?

While there are logistical implications to consider (such as the GRE is cheaper and offered at more locations, and the GMAT is accepted at more business schools so it’s more bang for your buck), I’m not going to go into that in this post. You can Google all about their basic differences all day. Instead, I will address choosing the test from an admissions perspective. Basic case in point: The Admission Committee doesn’t care which test you take. Ultimately it’s up to you based on some key factors.

We don’t intrinsically believe that one test is better at demonstrating your preparedness for b-school than the other because standardized test scores are not the only thing on your application that illustrate your academic abilities. If it were used alone, perhaps the more traditional approach of using the GMAT would suffice, but it’s not. We use many, many other things. But that’s a whole other post.

Much like other choices you make on your application, if you choose wrong, you can put yourself in a position of unnecessary disadvantage. We realize the tests are different and applicants choose each for varied and valid reasons, therefore we couldn’t have a preference at face value. However, what we DO prefer is that you think hard about which test you need to take within the context of your overall goals.

CHOOSING BETWEEN THE GMAT AND THE GRE DEPENDING ON YOUR…
…CAREER GOALS

The GMAT is required for most Consulting and Investment Banking companies because they use your score as a baseline qualifier for the recruiting process. If Consulting or I-Banking are in your sights, this means that the GMAT is the best choice because you could take it once and use your score for both your Admissions application as well as your career recruitment profile. Additionally, some recruiters outside the I-Banking and Consulting space may not have a strong preference either way which test you take, however they may have more experience assessing skill sets based on the GMAT. If you choose to take the GRE, you should understand that it is less common and therefore makes it more difficult for recruiters to compare these results against the majority of applicants that take the GMAT. Help them out and speak their language with the GMAT.

…DEGREE GOALS

Sometimes, the GRE is the best choice for those applicants who are pursuing their MBAs in conjunction with another Masters, like in our Dual Degree programs. Once again, taking only the GRE allows you to apply to both programs separately with one score, a convenience factor that most Dual Degree applicants very much appreciate given how much more paperwork is required to submit applications for two programs.

…PERCEPTION OF TEST REPUTATION

Don’t qualify as an applicant pursuing Consulting/I-Banking/Dual Degree? There are still some key differences in the tests that may have some bearing on your decision for which to take. A little history lesson: MBA programs only started accepting the GRE as an alternative to the GMAT over the last half-decade. Alumni and hiring companies are more familiar with the GMAT and its score scale. With the GRE new on the scene, they may need clarification regarding what the GRE score actually means and how the quantitative and verbal score sections may translate to the GMAT scores they are used to. MBA Admissions Officers are also new to the GRE setting. However, many of us have worked with the test and have recruited amazing candidates to our programs since we started accepting it a few years ago and are more comfortable assessing verbal and quantitative skill sets based on those scores.

So ultimately, which test is best? Our advice is to choose wisely using your academic and career goals and knowledge of each test’s reputation in both the admissions context and the professional world to make the best choice for you. If none of the above circumstances speak to your situation, then truly you are free to pick the exam you prefer. Either way, we say “good luck!”

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Life as an EMBA: Explore the Texas Executive MBA Program

The Texas Executive MBA program offers experienced business leaders the opportunity to unlock their full potential, expand their network, and earn one of the most prestigious MBA degrees in the world. All while continuing to work full-time.

A current Texas Executive MBA, Rachel Truair, has shared some key takeaways from her first year in the program:

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This summer or fall, learn more about the program by attending a Texas MBA event.

Read more on our Texas MBA Student blog or reach out to us at TexasEMBA@mccombs.utexas.edu with any questions you may have. We hope to meet you soon!

 

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What Diversity Means at McCombs

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Texas MBA students celebrate at the 2014 Diversity Forum. Apply for the 2015 forum on our website!

From Rene Martinez, Associate Director of Admissions, Full-Time Texas MBA Program:

Here at the McCombs School of Business we tend to brag incessantly about our awesome students. They truly are not only the smartest MBA students around, but also the kindest, most genuine, and highly capable people that we know.  But what makes them this way?

I could begin to list off their unique work backgrounds, or the interesting things they learned during their undergraduate experiences, or their innovative career plans, but while important and impressive, these lists do not really explain what makes them special. If I were to identify the defining characteristic of a McCombs student, it would be an excitement for learning and an adventurous spirit that keeps this excitement alive through adversity and change.

This characteristic is so pervasive within our student body that we work very hard to create an academic environment to support and encourage innovation, adaptation, and excitement for the unknown. We insist that our student body is as diverse as possible, so that the unknown can be found not only in the courses you take, but also in the person sitting next to you in your study group. Diversity, at its core, is opportunity: opportunity to learn, step outside yourself and grow, and to make a network that can pull you in directions that will most benefit your future. It is what makes us different, and we encourage each of our students to be themselves fully, without reservation.

No matter who you are, you can be successful at McCombs, as long as you, too, are excited about the unknown and want to grow with the people around you. 

Last summer we celebrated our 30th year of partnering with the Consortium of Graduate Study in Management (CGSM), an organization whose purpose is to promote and develop diverse MBA candidates. Our recently admitted CGSM Class of 2017 is our largest class at McCombs to date and one of the largest among member schools!

This is only one of many ways we support and promote diversity, including our Diversity and Women’s Forums, the Forte Foundation, MLT, ROMBA, National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA), National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) and our many, many student organizations. Each year we are excited to see the countless ways each new student adds to the diversity we have forged over the decades McCombs has existed. We look forward to the possibility of adding your uniqueness to our community as well! Please reach out to us to learn more about how you can find your fit at McCombs.

Hook ‘Em!

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Texas MBA 2015-2016 Essay Questions: Admissions Guide to Introspection

From Julia Campbell, Associate Director of MBA Admissions, Full-Time Texas MBA Program:

As you think about how to approach the essays in your MBA application, consider appropriate mental theme music. Unfortunately for most, a fitting score might be the one from “Jaws”; ominous, foreboding and downright intimidating. But maybe for you it’s less scary, a bit more uplifting, full of hope, something like “Chariots of Fire” perhaps? Let’s hope. In any case, your best shot at writing strong essays is to approach them armed with insider tips from the Admissions Committee.

We read hundreds of essays. Thousands. The purpose of these essay questions is to understand why you want to attend McCombs, who you are both professionally and personally, and what goals you want to achieve while in our program and beyond. We only have two short essay questions and while it may be tempting, avoid the snooze-fest/shock-factor extremes, do us (and yourself) a favor and think hard about these answers.  Heed our advice below and tackle it while “Don’t Stop Believing” plays in the background:

ESSAY 1

  1. At The University of Texas at Austin, what starts here changes the world.  You are at the Texas MBA Orientation for the Class of 2018, meeting your cohort for the first time. Please introduce yourself to your new classmates, including relevant information about your personal and professional life.

Select only one communication method that you would like to use for your response.

    1. Write an essay (250 words)
    2. Share a video introduction (one minute)
    3. Share your about.me profile

AO Advice:

You are going to need to role play a little bit. Close your eyes. Imagine you are standing in front of your new Texas MBA Class of 2018 classmates introducing yourself. You will be placed into one of four cohorts, a group of 65-70 classmates that will be your family during the core curriculum. What would you say if you only have 250 words or one-minute? First impressions are important in person and are equally important in an admissions application.

A few key things to make sure you include are a greeting or introduction, your current profession or professional identity, goals for the future, how McCombs fits in and some personal anecdotes. We want the full picture, but in a nutshell.

Also, what makes you interesting and unique are both your personal and professional interests and attributes.  Therefore, an intro that only discusses work experience, or only discusses previous life experience, is incomplete.  Give us a rounded mix, so that we better understand who you are in a more complete sense, and not only in one facet of your life.

Finally, the choice is yours: written essay, about.me page, or video.  We have seen significant success in each platform.  Therefore, play to your strengths.  If your skill is in writing, focus on the essay.  If you have a knack for creative flare, color, design and photos, then have fun with an about.me profile.  If you want to create a video and rely on your voice and video editing skills, then we are excited to see it.  In any submission, have fun with it and do not take this essay for granted—it can go a long way to setting the stage for your application as your introduction.

ESSAY 2

The McCombs School of Business is where leadership is earned.  We have an inclusive environment where our dynamic and driven students take an active role in the Texas MBA community.  Please discuss why the Texas MBA is the ideal program for you, what you hope to achieve, and how you will contribute to your classmates’ experience. (500 words)

AO Advice:

Love McCombs? Prove it. This is your chance to convey your passion, excitement, personality, and experience, while also addressing how that experience relates to your MBA and career goals.  By the time we read your essays, we have already seen your resume, scores and basic elements of your application.  In this answer, we need you to expand upon the bare facts, and convey to us why you are the perfect student for McCombs.

This is a dense question, lots of content. The key will be to make sure you address each section of the question individually and within the tight limit of 500 words. Below is a dissection of each part of the question to help you craft a complete answer:

  • “… why the Texas MBA is the ideal program for you…”: Focus here on the words Texas MBA and you.  A vague essay is a poor essay, so give us specifics. Meditate on “how do I love McCombs, let me count the ways”, because if you’ve read our website or spoken to an admissions team member, frankly there is a LOT to love; classes, concentrations, organizations, students/alumni, professors, unique academic and career-oriented opportunities, the list goes on. So before you write your essay, I recommend you write a list of your top reasons why McCombs is total MBA perfection.  Then, make sure these specifics are mentioned to illustrate your dedication to our program. What’s the consequence of saying vague things like McCombs is “amazing” and “a great program”? First, we may question your familiarity with our school, or worse we may assume you just reused the same generic essay you used for another MBA program – yikes.
  • “… what you hope to achieve…”:  The primary difference between this portion of the prompt and the previous section is that we are asking you to clearly connect how McCombs will help you achieve your career objectives and personal goals.  Create a 5 and 10 year plan for yourself, then see what classes, organizations, and experiential opportunities that we offer specifically relate to this career plan.   Then connect the dots for us.  Essentially, we want to know what you want and how McCombs will help you get it.
  • “… how you will contribute to your classmates’ experience …”: Lastly, as you are mapping out your reasons for attending our program, also remember that we pride ourselves first and foremost on our collaborative, diverse and extremely tight-knit community.  We work very hard to find individuals excited about being a part of this community in particular, so in what ways will you contribute?  How will you give back while you are here? How can you leverage our program offerings and combine it with your skill set to propel the entire program forward. Convince us that you are indispensable to our community, and that we simply cannot live without you.

Last bit of advice. Return to classic writing techniques, a strong essay structure, grammar, punctuation, spelling and cadence.  A few common essay writing pitfalls to avoid include convoluted sentences, going off-topic, name-dropping, vague or confusing goals, citing inaccurate classes, professors, or student organizations, or calling us by any other name besides McCombs or the Texas MBA (a common mistake for people who reuse essays.)  Also, DON’T REUSE ESSAYS FROM OTHER SCHOOLS!  We can totally tell.

As always, please email us at TexasMBA@mccombs.utexas.edu if you have any other questions.  Get started early and edit, edit, edit!  Your essays can really send a strong application into orbit, so good luck, and happy applying!

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McCombs is Coming to a City Near You!


Throughout this summer and fall, current Texas MBA students & admissions staff will be traveling around the globe to meet you and answer your questions. Look out for event details and registration info soon on our off-campus events page. Events will be confirmed and added throughout the season.

Register Now for a Texas MBA Coffee Chat in Your City!

Our students will be across the United States this summer for amazing internship opportunities. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet a student for coffee in your city and learn first-hand what sets the full-time Texas MBA program apart from the rest. These informal meetings will be taking place in a variety of cities so students can directly address your questions about the program as well as the admissions process. RSVP to your chat now!.

We encourage you to stay in touch and we look forward to meeting you. See you soon!
Hook em!

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Attend a Texas Evening MBA Summer Event!

Join us for a Texas Evening MBA admissions event this summer! Information sessions and special ice cream socials are happening in June and July.

This is your opportunity to experience the Texas MBA, chat with current students, learn about the admissions process, and get an inside look at life at McCombs!

Texas Evening & Executive MBA Info Session | June 10, 2015
Learn about the Texas Evening MBA and Texas Executive MBA programs to find out which program is right for you.

Texas Evening MBA Lunch Info Session at Cover 3 | June 17, 2015
Join admissions staff and current students for lunch to learn about the Texas Evening MBA program in a small, informal setting. Space is limited so register now!


Texas Evening MBA Summer Ice Cream Socials!

Network with current Texas MBA students and enjoy a sweet treat! We will be hosting Ice Cream Socials in June and July to give you the  opportunity to experience the program first-hand.

Hold your spot! Register now:

Register: June 23 Ice Cream Social

Register: July 7 Ice Cream Social

We encourage you to check our website for a list of all admissions events coming up throughout the summer. We look forward to meeting you soon!

 

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Be Prepared for 2016: Full-Time Texas MBA Application Rounds Announced!

The 2015 Full-Time Texas MBA application is now closed. In order to help you prepare for our next admissions cycle, the 2016 Full-Time Texas MBA application deadlines are listed below. The application will open in late summer 2015 and we encourage you to learn more about our admissions process and criteria or review the Full-Time Texas MBA application webpage for more information on applying to the McCombs School of Business.

2016 Rounds Application Deadlines
First Round October 13, 2015,
Priority deadline for scholarships & fellowships
Second Round January 12, 2016
Final Round March 31, 2016

Please check back soon for the 2016 application essays announcement in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you may review the 2015 essays.

We encourage you to check out all of our upcoming admissions events for opportunities to learn more about the program, join the #WhyMcCombs conversation, or send us an email with any questions you may have.
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Perfecting Your Value Proposition to Get the Job You Want

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Uncapped red pen sits atop resume, ready to perfect it to get the job you want.

You’ve just found your “dream job” posted online. Now, you’re rushing to submit your resume in hopes of being called for an interview. But, when you push the “submit” button, your stomach churns as you wonder “Will they see what they are looking for? Were my resume and cover letter compelling enough?”

If you’ve ever applied for a job that you knew was perfect for you, but never received a reply, then these tips are meant for you. Developing and perfecting a strong “value proposition” – what you uniquely have to offer a company – is the most important Read more ›

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Texas MBA Spring Semester Recap

The end of the academic year is approaching! Congratulations, Class of 2015!
It’s time to look back at some highlights from Texas MBAs this past semester & some of the great reasons #WhyMcCombs:

Omar Garza & Tenaj Ferguson, 2015 TVL Scholarship winners

Congratulations to Omar Garza & Tenaj Ferguson, 2015 TVL Scholarship winners!

Congratulations TVL Scholarship Winners!

This year’s TVL Scholarship Competition Semi-Finals & Finals were held on February 20th. 16 presenters gave their pitch to a panel of judges in hopes of winning the scholarship. Each TVL Scholarship is worth up to $174,000!

Full scholarships were awarded to 1st place and “Best Presenter” winner, Tenaj Ferguson, for Lady Epicure Gourmet all-natural frozen bars & 2nd place winner, Omar Garza, for YouRefund, a tax fraud prevention app. 3rd place was awarded to Phil Trench for VacayBuddy & 4th place was awarded to Patrick Zhang for Concertleaf.

 

Texas MBA '15 & Food Fortunes contestant, Courtney Leffall

Texas MBA ’15 & Food Fortunes contestant, Courtney Leffall

Texas MBA ’15 & The Grillmobile Land a Deal on Food Fortunes!

Texas MBA & 2013’s TVL Scholarship winner, Courtney Leffall, featured his Grillmobile on Food Network’s Food Fortunes in March. Along with his father, Leffall pitched his idea to a panel of judges. After 90% of the audience voted to purchase the product, they landed an investor! This episode of Food Fortunes aired on March 30th.

 

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Lighting up the Tower for McCombs wins May 12th!

McCombs’ Wins Light up the UT Tower!

On May 12th the UT tower will be lit in honor of McCombs TWO big wins this year:

National Energy Finance Challenge
Sixteen teams from business schools across the country competed in the 9th annual National Energy Finance Challenge this fall and the team from the Texas MBA won for the 4th time in the last 5 years!

Net Impact Graduate Chapter of the Year
The Net Impact community at McCombs focuses on corporate responsibility, social entrepreneurship, and sustainability in the business world. This year, the McCombs chapter was named graduate chapter of the year!

Texas MBA staff & student show the "Hook Em" at the Texas MBA Booth at SXSW Trade Show

Hook ‘Em! At the Texas MBA Booth at this year’s SXSWi

 

The Texas MBA at SXSW

The Texas MBA kicked off SXSW this year with a hugely successful Entrepreneurship Night! Current & prospective Texas MBAs mingled with SXSW attendees, local entrepreneurs, and McCombs  faculty & alumni. The Texas MBA also had a booth at the SXSWi Trade Show. We showcased all we have to offer and chatted with people from around the globe about the value proposition of the Texas MBA. We are already looking forward to next year and hope to see you there!

 

The future home of the Texas MBA – Rowling Hall!

Rowling Hall Update

Construction on the future site of the Texas MBA, Rowling Hall, began last fall and is making progress! The new building, next to the AT&T Executive conference center, will open in Spring 2017. Rowling Hall will be the “launch pad” for projects between the school’s students & alumni, and the wider Austin business community. Stand-out features will be the new active learning classrooms!

 

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