Category: MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth (page 2 of 5)

Examining Your MBA Application Test Options

It can be the most stressful part of an MBA application-– the requirement to take either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

At McCombs, the Admissions Committee does not waive this requirement for any of our Working Professional MBA programs (Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, or the Austin Evening programs) or for our Full-Time program.

So your first question will be: Which test do I take?

Like coffee vs. tea, or vanilla vs. chocolate ice cream, the choice is entirely yours. We have no preference, though more of our students end up choosing the GMAT because it is designed to prepare candidates specifically for business school. And some professions, like consulting and investment banking, do prefer that you have a GMAT score to report. (We’ll have more on this in a future blog post.)

While both tests have quantitative and verbal sections, they have noticeable differences. We encourage you to do your research and take practice tests to learn each test’s points of emphasis, and how they are scored.

Here are some key differences between the GMAT and GRE:

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Insider Tips for Submitting Your MBA Application

If you have reviewed the Texas MBA admissions process, you are familiar with the basic steps to applying. Here are some of the steps we’ve highlighted recently:

Of course, the above list does not cover everything. Each application is unique, and you may have a special situation or questions specific to your career goals. Our MBA admissions team has put together some of the questions we most frequently encounter below. We hope this will provide further clarity for you as you complete your application. But please feel free to reach out to us if you have additional questions.

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Re-Applying to the Texas MBA Program

From the Texas MBA Admissions Team:

The 2017-2018 application is open for all programs, so questions are starting to roll in from those who have applied to the MBA program in the past and are interested in re-applying for the Class of 2020.

First and foremost, having applied in a previous year is not considered a negative factor in your application. We are pleased to see your continued interest in the program and will evaluate your new application on its merits, and in the context of the new applicant pool, just as if you are applying for the first time.

Our best advice: Consider giving yourself a fresh start when you approach your new application. Think through and reassess your application, addressing any weak areas, and add new information that may be helpful in the admission process.

Below is an overview of the application process for re-applicants:

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Still Deciding Between Full-Time or Working Professional MBA Programs?

From Sharon Barrett, Director of Working Professional & Executive Texas MBA Admissions:

Are you still deciding between leaving your job to attend the MBA program full-time, or continuing to work while you earn your MBA part-time? Rest assured you’re not alone. Here are some basic questions I ask people who are grappling with this decision:

What do you want to do with your MBA?

The answer to this question can help determine whether a full-time or part-time program makes more sense for you. The majority of Texas MBA students go into the MBA program with the goal of switching jobs. Our Working Professional (WP) MBA programs – Texas Evening MBA (in Austin), Texas MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth, and Texas MBA at Houston – are an excellent fit for those looking to switch to a career in consulting, or to move into a different function within the same industry (such as operations to finance, or vice versa). The strong general management focus of the curriculum in the WP programs also gives graduates the tools they need to run a company, whether it’s their own or someone else’s. And hands-on experiences through the MBA+ Leadership Program offer students the opportunity to work on a consulting project to sharpen the skills needed for a switch.

If you’re planning a complete industry switch, say from software engineering to financial services, or moving into a specialized field such as investment banking or clean tech, then you may want to think about how your past experiences are related to these goals. If they’re completely unrelated, getting exposure and experience in this field prior to beginning your job search can be important. The Texas Full-Time MBA requires a summer internship, and the elective choices allow students to dive deep into a specific industry or area of focus to position you for a strong career pivot.

Tip: Research your target companies in advance and see if they require an internship with the company prior to full-time employment.

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The Texas MBA is Now Accepting Applications!

Are you ready to start your MBA Journey? Our Full-Time & Executive MBA programs in Austin, and our MBA programs in Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth just opened their 2017-2018 applications. These programs enroll annually in multiple rounds, and classes will start in August 2018. Our Evening MBA program is also accepting applications for a January 2018 start.


We encourage you to start your application soon. You can always save your progress and return later.  If you’re not sure which program is right for you, explore our website.

Take The First Steps Toward Your MBA Journey.

A Texas MBA degree enhances your leadership skills and helps you discover new avenues to advance your career. You’ll join a vast network of faculty & alumni making an impact across the world. Become part of something greater and join the Texas MBA Class of 2020! Here are some top tips for putting together your best MBA application:

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