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Apply Now: Texas MBA 2016-17 Application is Now Open!

Ready to take your career to the next level? The Texas Full-Time MBA, Texas Executive MBA, Texas MBA at Houston, and Texas MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth programs are now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 admissions cycle! Our full-time and working professional programs enroll annually in multiple rounds with classes starting in August 2017.

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This is your opportunity to enhance your leadership skills and discover new avenues to advance your career within a vast network making an impact across the globe. Become a part of something greater – Join the Texas MBA Class of 2019!

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Attend an upcoming Texas MBA information session in Austin, Dallas, or Houston to learn more and meet admissions staff, current students, & alumni.

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Send us an email with any additional questions you may have about applying and follow us on Twitter or Instagram to see all the reasons #WhyMcCombs.

Get more tips and tricks for filling out your applications with these fantastic blog entries:

Recommendations & ReferencesRecommendations & References The WaitlistThe Waitlist photo300-1eh49f5You Are NOT Your GPA
Working Professional & Executive Application TipsApplication Tips BQ_l_4fCAAAnmel-1jl5xflWhen To Hit Submit The Waitlist_(2)Work Experience:
Quality vs. Quantity

Texas MBA Admissions Update: Spring 2016

Hello from the Texas MBA Admissions Committee! Now that we’re approaching the end of our 2015-2016 admissions cycle, here’s a quick update on the Texas MBA Class of 2018. 

The Texas Full-Time MBA Program received more than 2,500 applications – A double digit increase from 2015.

We have completed review of all 3 rounds of applications and extended offers to candidates for the program. Early results point to an amazing class! Congratulations Class of 2018! We look forward to seeing you in Austin in the fall!

In February and April, the Texas MBA Program hosted a total of 164 admitted students at our two Preview Weekend events! 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 as well as meet their future classmate. Thank you to everyone who attended this year!

Texas MBA Preview Weekend Co-Chairs

Texas MBA Preview Weekend Co-Chairs


The final application deadline for the Texas Executive MBA, Texas MBA at Houston and Texas MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth programs was March 17th, but it’s not too late to submit your application for a fall 2016 start!

The application for all three programs will remain open until the end of June on a space-available basis. To date, applications across our Working Professional and Executive programs are up considerably year-over-year. This is your opportunity to enhance your skill-set and discover new avenues to advance your career within a vast network making an impact across the globe. Why wait? Complete your application today!

The Round 2 application deadline for the Texas Evening MBA Program was also March 17th. If you weren’t able to submit your application in time, we encourage you to review our admissions process to find detailed information about submitting before the Round 3 deadline on August 16th!

Looking to apply to the Working Professional or Executive MBA programs, or wanting to get an early start on preparing for the 2017 Texas Full-Time MBA application? Here are some fantastic blog entries that may help:

Recommendations & ReferencesRecommendations & References The WaitlistThe Waitlist photo300-1eh49f5You Are NOT Your GPA
Working Professional & Executive Application TipsApplication Tips BQ_l_4fCAAAnmel-1jl5xflWhen To Hit Submit The Waitlist_(2)Work Experience:
Quality vs. Quantity

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!

*Data represented is from 2015-2016. All stats are approximate and subject to change as we close out the admission season.

How to Ace Your Recommendation Letters

The recommendation letter requirement is one of the more daunting parts of the application process, as it is one of the few components over which students do not have direct control. For the Type A, right-brained, checklist-making applicants among us (you know who you are), this might lead to some cold sweats.

Case in point: At an admissions event I spoke at recently, a highly-qualified woman raised her hand and asked how to request recommendation letters when you own your own business. While I don’t own my own business, when I initially applied to McCombs I worked for a start-up, and I was concerned my professional network was too close-knit to leverage. However, when I really put my mind to it, I had an abundance of people I could lean on. Here’s how I looked at my network when asking for a recommendation letter:

1) The boss.

This is arguably the person in your network that knows your strengths and weaknesses better than anyone else. Regardless of your supervisor or boss’s title, if you know you deliver great results to your superior, they are a natural fit. However, there is a caveat. Your recommendation letter request should not be the first time your boss is hearing about your MBA aspirations. If possible, start by letting your boss know you are considering applying, explain the time commitment an MBA would require, and then help him or her understand your motivations. When you later ask for a recommendation, there’s no backstory necessary.

2) The colleague.

The Texas MBA Program is a team sport, and I’ve heard it said from the Full-Time MBAs to the Executives that McCombs is known for its collaborative environment. Coworkers can vouch for your ability to work as a team, celebrate team successes, and meet deadlines. However, choose your coworker wisely — don’t simply default to your BFF from work. Your colleague should be able to speak to your professional strengths, not simply your extracurricular ones.

3) The mentor.

Mentors outside of your workplace are great to have in your corner when it comes time for a recommendation. However, be sure that your mentor has an understanding of your actual value, not just your potential. Select a mentor with whom you have worked on high-stakes tasks to ensure they will provide a recommendation with depth. If your mentor has only served in a capacity of an advisor with whom you meet regularly, consider scheduling some time to discuss your contributions and strengths so they will have some context prior to writing a recommendation.

4) The professor.

Depending on how long ago you attended undergrad, professors can provide esteem and proof of concept in their recommendations. However, they are probably one of the most constantly tapped individuals for letters of recommendations (think of all the former students, and all the graduate school possibilities, and all the job applications). If you’re going the professor route, be sure he or she is someone who sets you apart from the other students. You don’t want to be that someone in his or her inbox whose name sounds vaguely familiar but they don’t quite remember. Finally, good grades don’t always equal good recommendations. It’s the quality of your interactions, the sum of your class contributions, and the significance of your impression on that particular professor long after your final grade was submitted.

5) The outsider.

This person is an X-factor but someone who should not be overlooked. We all have them: suppliers, consultants, customers, coaches, and others. If you’ve worked closely with someone on a successful project, they are a great person to request information from.

Have another source you’ve tapped for a recommendation letter? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!

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.

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