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Texas Full-Time MBA Program Spring Update: Admissions News & Deadlines

Hello from the Texas MBA Admissions Committee! Now that we’re approaching the April 4th final application deadline, we have some exciting updates to share from our 2016-2017 admissions cycle so far:

The Texas Full-Time MBA Program is No. 17 in U.S. News Ranking of Business Schools

The Texas MBA program has maintained its prestigious standing in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of the best business schools. With its award-winning faculty, hands-on opportunities, and strong job placement, McCombs took 5th place among public schools for the third year in a row.

In addition to the overall rankings,  McCombs was highly rated in several subject areas with 10 specialties landing in the top 20, including three in the top 10. Among Texas universities, McCombs remained the highest-ranked business school in the state.  Read more about 2018 U.S. News & World Report rankings in the McCombs TODAY blog.

A McCombs Favorite: Preview Weekend 2017

In February, the Texas MBA Program hosted Round 1 admitted students at our Preview Weekend event! Each year, students admitted to the Texas Full-Time MBA Program are invited to spend two days in the beautiful city of Austin, TX to learn about all of the different resources available to them at McCombs and to meet their future classmates. Thank you to everyone who attended this February.

Our second Preview Weekend takes place on April 21 – 22, 2017. All Round 2 admitted students will be invited to attend, along with Round 1 admits who were not be able to join us for the Preview Weekend in February. You can find more information and register for this event on the admitted student website.  We are excited to host more of our admitted students in Austin & on-campus this April!

Preview Weekend 1 Co-Chairs with “Hook-Em”

Final Application Deadline for the Full-Time MBA Program is April 4

The Full-Time MBA Program has received over 2,000 applications so far this cycle, and the Class of 2019 is shaping up to be very strong. The Admissions Committee is currently in the midst of reviewing Round 2 applications, and decisions will be released on March 30, 2017.

If you haven’t already applied, we encourage you to submit your application before the final Round 3 deadline on April 4, 2017. You can also check out our many upcoming Full-Time MBA campus visit options to learn more about the program and application process. It’s an exciting time at McCombs, and we look forward to receiving your Round 3 applications soon.

As you prepare to apply to the Texas Full-Time MBA Program, here are some other blog entries you may find helpful:

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If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us via email at TexasMBA@mccombs.utexas.edu. We also encourage you to check out our many upcoming events!

We look forward to seeing you soon! Hook ’em!

Professional or Executive: Which MBA Program is Right for You?

This Insider info is from Sharon Barrett, Director of Working Professional & Executive MBA Admissions:

If you compare the class profiles of our Texas Executive MBA and our Professional MBAs (Texas Evening MBA, Texas MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth, and Texas MBA at Houston programs), the differences can seem quite obvious. But there’s actually a broad grey area, career-wise, where many professionals could fit very well in either type of program.

In the end, it’s your call on where to submit your application, but remember it’s a two way street. You decide where you belong, and the admissions committee agrees. Here is some advice on how to make an informed choice about which MBA program would be your best fit.

Consider Your Level & Years of Work Experience Carefully.

Here’s our average work experience for the Texas MBA Program:

Program 80% Range Minimum
Professional MBA 3.25-11 years 2 years
Executive MBA 8-22 years 8 years

While people with the minimum eight years of experience do join the Executive MBA program, there are relatively few. Executive MBA candidates become more competitive within the 9-10 year range of work experience. On the other hand, Professional MBA candidates must have a minimum of two years of full-time work experience, and candidates get competitive with closer to four years. The admissions committee doesn’t simply count the years, but evaluates the quality of your work experience (the impact you’ve made to your organization, advancement in your role or responsibilities, and other factors), and also your level within the organization.

Generally, students in the Executive MBA have managed people, either directly or dotted-line, as well as budgets. Some rose to this level sooner in their careers than others. If you work in a small organization, your responsibilities can elevate very quickly. There are many manager level employees in the Professional MBA programs as well, but also quite a few individual contributors.

Executive MBA candidates on the low end of work experience and unsure of whether or not they would be a fit, should request a resume review. A short chat with a member of the admissions committee can allay any doubts about whether or not your work experience is appropriate and/or competitive.

Visit a Class to Get a Firsthand Experience to Gauge Your Fit.

There’s no better way to self-assess than to sit in on an actual MBA class, especially one of the discussion-based ones. You can sign up now for an Executive MBA, Evening MBA, MBA at Houston, or MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth class visit now.

During the class, you’ll witness the collaborative and team-based environment that’s a big part of the fabric here at McCombs. The questions you should be asking yourself during your visit are: What can I contribute to this conversation? What assets would I bring to my study team?

Start Your Application by Our Next Deadline: March 7th, 2017

Texas MBAs are collegial, yet competitive. And the program you join will define your close-knit, professional network while in the program and beyond. Attend an event soon, or reach out to us with questions. Strategic thought about where you begin your relationship with the Texas MBA network sets you off on the right foot for your MBA journey and your career goals beyond the program. Ready to apply?

Hook ‘Em! \m/

Apply Now to the Texas Evening MBA Program!

The Texas Evening MBA Program is a prestigious top-ranked MBA program that you earn over 2.5 years while continuing to work full-time. Earn your MBA from a globally-recognized university within a network of award-winning faculty and accomplished students, evenings in dynamic Austin, Texas! The application for January 2018 is now open:

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Take Your Career to the Next Level in 2018.

Why Wait? Complete your application by the March 7 Round 1 deadline and receive your admissions decision by April 7, 2017!

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Texas Evening MBA 2015 Southeast Asia Global Connections Trip

Learn More at an Upcoming Info Session.

Texas MBA is hosting information session events in Dallas, Houston, and Austin in March 2017.  Join us to to take an in-depth look into what sets our program apart, meet admissions staff, current students and alumni, and to ask any questions you may have.

We encourage you to check out our admissions process for all of the steps to take before, during and after you apply. Please reach out to us at TEMBA@mccombs.utexas.edu with any questions you may have during the application process and we look forward to seeing you soon. Hook ‘Em!

A Unique Texas MBA Journey in Mexico City!

The internationally-ranked Texas Executive MBA at Mexico City Program is a part-time, two year program designed for mid-career professionals and executives who want to stay close to home, but still earn a U.S. MBA. This dual-degree program awards an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s of Administration from Tecnológico de Monterrey – Campus Santa Fe. It’s a specially-tailored opportunity for students who seek a truly dynamic MBA journey. Let’s catch up with Alumnus Daniel Galvan Duque:

Daniel Galvan DuqueDaniel Galvan Duque, Texas MBA ’15
Sr. Marketing Manager, PepsiCo, Mexico

A recent graduate from the Texas Executive MBA at Mexico City Program, Daniel Galvan Duque, has worked his way up through PepsiCo Mexico. As the Senior Marketing Manager for the Gatorade division in Mexico, Daniel is in charge of building and executing the strategic marketing plan for the sports brand. By conducting data analysis on consumers’ behavior and market trends, Daniel and his team develop the marketing campaigns that we are exposed to in our day-to-day. However, Daniel did not start his career on the Gatorade account.

In the beginning stages, Daniel worked on the bottler side of the business, working on implementing marketing activities in the field. His time on that side of the business “was interesting and educational” as he began “to understand the difficulties of implementing a marketing strategy at the consumers’ touch points,” Daniel recalls. Moving forward in his career, Daniel was given the opportunity to manage the marketing strategy for the Pepsi brand. This was especially challenging and exhilarating for him as he implemented his strategy in Mexico against large and tough competitors. Excelling in this position brought Daniel to where he is now, Gatorade, the perfect fit for our sports-loving alumni.

What was the most valuable lesson — inside or outside of the classroom — you learned while completing your MBA?
I loved the fact that there were a lot of smart people in the classes and that the weaknesses of some were the strengths of others and vice-versa. I was able to understand how important it is to work with the right people. You really do not need to know everything, you just need to make sure you are in a group of people that complement each other and the results can be amazing.

How has your McCombs MBA experience helped shape your success?
I think McCombs gave me a higher level view of business, it gave me perspective. I am much more capable of having more senior conversations with top management, which is really beginning to put me more in the spotlight. I still need to continue working on becoming a better advocate, but I do strongly believe that the program helped shape me into a better leader and a more balanced businessman.

What was your favorite memory of Austin Intensive?
I really enjoyed all of the intensives. It was a glimpse of living the Austin life. I always wished they lasted longer or that there was one every semester instead of just once every year. From walking around the 40 Acres to hitting the Gregory Gymnasium for an early run, from the case competition that kept us awake until 4:00 a.m., to going for a burger at Hopdoddy on South Congress. I would do it again anytime!

The Non-Numeric You: Beyond Your GPA

In the world of MBA Admissions, your numbers are not everything. By “numbers”, we’re referring to the ones applicants tend to focus on when they submit an MBA application:  Their undergraduate GPA, total GMAT/GRE score, quant and verbal scores, percentile, etc. With limited seats in MBA classes, organizing applicants into rankings and measurable figures to sort out who is “best” for the program is a logical and helpful tool.

But, you are not just a simple sum of your numeric parts. The same way that you are not just left-handed or right-handed — your scores are part of you, but certainly do not define who you are.

We should say up front that putting your best numbers forward is important. That’s why nailing your GMAT and putting your best GPA into your application is a must. However, in our review of a typical MBA candidate, GMAT and GPA alone do not offer any consistent indication of success in the program. Even if you do have a 780 GMAT, this does not automatically indicate to us that you will make good grades, find an internship, thrive in your study groups, or find a good job after graduation. It is the combination of strong numbers, your unique story, commitment to McCombs, and many other things that indicate how well you’ll do in the Texas MBA Program.

To get a sense of your fit in the program, reviewing your work history, academics, and career trajectory helps out a lot. But MBA programs are limited & competitive — a lot of people want to take our classes, have that internship, and work at that company. And frankly, a lot of people have a 700 GMAT and 3.8 GPA. So…

What will make you stand out so that you get a spot at McCombs over another applicant with the exact same numbers? There is no single answer to this question, but here are some good tips to help you get started:

First, it helps to conduct an exercise that creates a personal profile. List your work experience, your education, your academic and career goals, and where you ultimately want to see yourself in 10 years. Then, list your personal interests: writing, traveling, helping with charities, making films, teaching yoga, investing money, sailing, scaling ridiculously high mountains for no reason but to see the view, eating different foods…etc. These lists will help you see your passions, talents, and interests more clearly.

Next, start to connect the dots. What about the various elements of your past, present, and future intersect? Does your drive to reach CEO status have anything to do with your mountain climbing? Does your love of food and travel have anything to do with your unique capabilities to work in diverse team settings? Does your history as a writer impact your ability to draft great marketing communications? It is this particular combination of YOUR interests, history, and path that make up your unique story. And it is how you tell this story that makes all the difference in how we view you as a potential MBA candidate.

Finally, convince us that you are not only capable, but that you are unique fit for McCombs and we will be lacking something without you as part of the class. It could help to think about it from the perspective of MBA Admissions: Our goal is to find a group of highly capable people that will not only succeed in this prestigious academic environment (as evidenced by things like GPA, GMAT, work experience, and education), but who will also contribute something to our community as a whole. We want people who will leave the program better than they found it. And if we can clearly see who you are as a whole person, then we can picture you in our school, contributing your individuality to the overall uniqueness of our amazing institution.

So, if you sights are set on McCombs for your MBA journey, remember that there are multiple human beings on the other end of your application reading your story, looking beyond the numbers. Convey to us your passion and what makes you unique. We are excited to learn all about (the non-numeric) you!

Always feel free to reach out to Texas MBA Admissions with any questions.

Good Luck & Hook ‘Em!

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