Announcing the 2015 Texas MBA Application Essays

essay-imageEach year, like most business schools, we update our application essay prompts in an effort to better glean important information from our candidates.  The essay is a great opportunity to do a few things: one, it shows your writing skills; two, it gives us a glimpse into your personality; but maybe most importantly, it helps answer a few very important questions that we need answered to best determine if you are right for McCombs. 

Instead of giving you a vague open-ended prompt, there are actually a few burning topics we need you to be sure to cover, namely having to do with 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.  You have some work to do to convince us that we are the right program for you, therefore please take a moment to review our essay topics and begin to think about how you might approach answering the essay questions.

Our essays are now posted on our website, so please feel free to visit the site to learn more about the essays and the application process.  I have also listed the essays below. 

Stay tuned to our blog as we will be posting helpful advice on how to approach answering the essay questions in the weeks to come.


Imagine that you are at the Texas MBA Orientation for the Class of 2017.  Please introduce yourself to your new classmates, and include information you feel relevant to both 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 profile


In the Texas MBA program, we promote a diverse and collaborative community by providing opportunities for growth in an academically rigorous environment.  Please discuss why McCombs is the right program for you, what you hope to gain from your time in the Texas MBA Program both personally and professionally, and how you will contribute to your classmates’ experiences. (500 words)


Please provide any additional information that you believe is important and/or will address any areas of concern that will be beneficial to the Admissions Committee in considering your application. (250 words)

  1. For example, if your standardized test scores are not exactly what you would like them to be or if you have not had coursework in core business subjects (i.e. calculus, microeconomics, statistics, financial accounting, or finance), please tell us how you plan to prepare yourself for the quantitative rigor of the MBA curriculum.  If relevant to your circumstances, please also discuss any other factors that you think may impact your candidacy (i.e. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, academic performance, or any significant weaknesses in your application or extenuating personal circumstances).


  1. Neeraj Gupta, Class of 2012

    June 6, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    I think these are great. I’m looking forward to interviewing great candidates later this year.

  2. For applicants that have 2 years of full-time work experience, but said experience may be spotty (lots of contractor positions / multiple jobs / freelance stints), how would you advise we approach the application? Would it be better to get some more stable experience under our belt before applying, or would the wide variety of jobs be a potential plus?

    • Brodie Reynolds

      July 24, 2014 at 9:17 am

      Hi Maxima,

      Great question. Honestly, it all depends on what the work is. Two years of work experience is the minimum we expect for a qualified candidate, so that 2 years of work experience, regardless of the movement, will need to be progressive, in-line with your career and MBA goals, and clearly definitive of your capabilities. You’ll also need to be able to supply at least one strong rec from a Direct Supervisor to convince us the experience was as quality as you say. There is something to say for sticking with one job and growing in that space, hopefully advancing while there. But if you moved around for good reason and can explain the progression successfully and fit it in with your short and longterm goals, then theoretically that experience will fulfill that expected piece of the application puzzle.

      I can’t advise you whether or not you need more experience before applying, but more experience than two years cannot hurt.

      Hope that helps!


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