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Texas Working Professional and Executive MBA Programs: Apply Before The Final Deadline

From Sharon Barrett, Director of Working Professional and Executive MBA Admissions

Update 5/18/16: The May 17th final deadline has lapsed but the application remains open for the programs below through June on a space-available basis. The information below still applies to this application cycle, until closed.

Hopefully you’re reading this before May 17th, the final application deadline for the Texas MBA’s Executive, Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth programs. I get so many frantic calls from people who, around this time of year, are finally getting around to making an MBA a part of their reality. And while applying to an MBA program should not be treated in any way like an impulse purchase – here are some ways to put together a solid application, even if it is late in the cycle. Start or submit today!

Spend 10 minutes reviewing requirements. You’ll need to have your ducks in a row to pull together an MBA application quickly. This means reviewing everything the committee needs to evaluate your candidacy. We happen to have a simple outline of our process online:

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Order transcripts TODAY. Request official transcripts for all of your undergrad and graduate coursework undertaken at colleges or universities (junior and community colleges aren’t necessary) and have them sent directly to you. You’ll scan and upload these in your MBA application – yes, you can break the seal if there is one. Hold on to these after you apply because if you’re offered admission and intend to enroll, the UT Austin Graduate and International Admissions Center will need to validate these originals.

Select your recommender TODAY, be choosy, and launch the notification. The Texas MBA application requires one recommendation, so make sure it’s someone who can speak to your professional character. Usually a current or recent manager provides the best content in a recommendation. The recommendation section of the application should be the first section you complete because notifications are launched as soon as you save the information.

If you’re taking an exam, start prepping TODAY. Please note the Texas Executive MBA accepts expired scores, as well as the option to petition to waive the exam. The Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth programs require a valid GMAT or GRE  taken within the last five years. According to the test creators, 200 hours are recommended to adequately prepare, and preparation should be done in an environment as similar to the actual testing environment as possible (i.e. no TV, coffee shops, distractions). You can submit the application with the score components you receive on the day of the test, and we’ll sync that up with official scores before making a final decision on your file.

Avoid pitfalls of last-minute essays. This is the one part of the submitted application where the committee hears your voice. Especially if you’re late in the cycle and haven’t interacted with the program through admissions events, the essays give us personal insight into your candidacy and what type of classmate you’ll be for all the students currently enrolled. This is the one aspect of your application that you have total control over, so please give it the time, attention and authenticity it deserves.

Don’t worry, there is and will be room in the class. If you’re thinking you’ve missed the boat for 2016, think again. We purposefully do not maximize facility capacity for a couple of reasons: McCombs prefers intimate cohorts of around 65-75 students and we allow for open seats so that prospective students can visit classes. In addition, there’s always a circumstance that prevents a few incoming students from enrolling (i.e. a new baby, job change, relocation), which opens up seats for other candidates. All of these factors give the committee the flexibility to consider candidates all the way up to the final deadline and in some instances, beyond.

The committee realizes that applicants for working professional and executive MBA programs, by nature, procrastinate during the MBA application process. We fully understand and expect that your professional life is a priority, otherwise why would you be seeking an MBA in the first place? Hopefully these tips give you the confidence you need to move forward and submit a quality application in the final round. We look forward to receiving your application in the near future!

How We “Slack” in The Texas Executive MBA Program

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Slack is a new online collaboration tool (and is super addictive!) [.gif source]

If you read the title of this post and thought it would be about Executive MBAs slacking off, you’re about to be slightly disappointed. Slack is a new, hyper-addictive online messaging tool that the Texas Executive MBA Class of 2016 started using last August, before our first seminar, to communicate with one another. One of our classmates, Josh Treviño, uses Slack at his office and suggested we set up a team account. Slowly but surely, students began trickling in, tentatively posting questions about pre-readings or class schedules.

The early days of our Slack environment were like being in a library: a place to request or look for information, quietly and without bothering anyone.

Fast-forward to nearly a year later, and our Slack team is more like a bustling conference at a convention center, with hallways and rooms to duck in and out of, people laughing in one corner and others sharing useful tips and tricks in another. Not only has Slack helped us find the program information we need, but many credit the tool with our class’s ability to form strong bonds with one another. Inspired by Bill Morein’s How We Slack at FiftyThree, which discusses business uses for Slack, we wanted to share how Slack has helped busy students like us, as Slack’s tagline promises, “be less busy.”

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General Channel

We have one channel, #general, that anyone can join – and pretty much everyone has. This is where the chit-chat takes place, and can run the gamut from people asking questions about which elective to take, to updates received by individual students about the program, to people testing out their Slackbot-programming skills.

Class Channels

Channels named after our classes each semester help keep things organized. Think #financial-management, #managerial-economics or #strategic-management. If you’ve got a class-related question, need to track down a file, or are just looking for some motivation to work on a paper or study for a big test, this is the place to do business. These channels are archived by the moderators a few weeks after classes wrap up so they don’t use up valuable storage space.

Funny Quotes Channel

Being in one of the Top 20 MBA programs in the country means you’re always surrounded by smart, quick-witted people, whether they are your classmates or professors. A few weeks into our first semester, there were so many funny verbal exchanges happening in and out of class that often times were also some of the best learning moments. #funnyquotes is where the greatest ones get memorialized. A gem from the #funnyquotes feed recently: “Shake hands, kiss babies, and never confuse the two.” That’s Dr. John Daly, professor of our Advocacy elective.

Jobs Channel

Whether you’re looking for a new job or know someone who is, our #jobs channel has helped several people swing to the next vine. It also serves as a place to ping classmates for connections within companies (usually someone has an “in!”), solicit resume advice, compare notes on the executive coaches in the UT Career Services program offers, and offer referrals of candidates who may not be in our program.

Hobby Channels

We’re a diverse group and that extends to our hobbies. Among our hobby channels, we’ve got #field-and-stream for the outdoors-men/women in the program who like to hunt and fish, #wine-club for the group that shares a mutual love of wine after class on the weekends, #chinese for those who want to learn more about the Chinese culture prior to our class trip to China next May, and #hangout which serves as a catch-all for people who want to coordinate grabbing lunch or a drink with a classmate in the area.

Private Groups

There is the option in Slack to send private messages, as well as create private group messages. In my study group’s case, we have a private group titled “Goose” (named after our team name, “Two O’s in Goose”) set up to share notes about group work, gatherings, and inside jokes (most of which, unsurprisingly, involve references to Top Gun).

Questions about Slack or its uses for student communication? Feel free to leave them in the comments below, or tweet at me at @racheltruair.

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!

 

Texas MBA Epilogue: From an Executive MBA

Twenty-one months. Thousands of miles traveled and hours spent studying. Dozens of trips to Austin. More caffeine consumed than I care to admit. It all leads to the ceremonies scheduled for this afternoon. Continue reading

Infographic: First Year Executive MBAs Tell All

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