Even after reviewing the Texas MBA Admissions Process online, there’s always a special situation or further questions you might need answered as you submit your responses, so…
Here are the Texas MBA Admissions Team’s Top 5 FAQ topics:
1. Texas Residency Status – Everyone who applies to an MBA program is classified as a non-resident until s/he is admitted, accepts the offer, and completes the Texas Residency Questionnaire. Rest easy, even though your status may look incorrect – if you were born and bred here, you’ll surely have a chance to prove it later on.
2. How & What to Submit for Transcripts – We get all sorts of questions on all sorts transcripts, from foreign language transcripts to study abroad transcripts, and from old transcripts to web downloaded transcripts. Here’s how to deal with transcripts:
- Order official transcripts from any university or college you attended EXCEPT junior or technical colleges. If your transcripts are in a foreign language, they must be translated into English.
- Scan and upload these to your McCombs Application online.
- Pay your Application Fee.
- Scan and upload transcripts to the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC).
- Put your official transcripts in safe-keeping. If you’re offered admission and intend to enroll, you’ll send your officials to GIAC.
3. Letter of Recommendation – This is also a common question, and since you’re not in complete control of this aspect of your application, you may just need assurance of what you can control. Here at the Texas MBA Program, we require one professional letter of recommendation from a person who has supervised your work and/or has assessed your performance during your career. Letters of recommendation are received directly from the recommender via a secure portal. While completing your application, you will be able to send your recommender an invitation to access this secure portal to submit their recommendation. Once your letter of recommendation is received, you will receive an automated email.
A couple helpful hints:
- Complete this part of your application first. This will launch email notifications to your recommenders and allow them to get started on the form while you’re working on the other components of your application.
- Contact your recommenders ASAP to let them know they should receive an email as soon as you save the section. Sometimes these emails end up in a junk folder since they come from a generic Texas MBA email address.
- Monitor the status of your recommendations on your McCombs application status page to ensure they’re completed within a reasonable amount of time and by the deadline. You can resend notifications from within the application as needed.
4. Test Scores – As long as you’ve taken the test and have made the request to have your official scores sent to UT Austin by the round deadline, your application will be considered “on time.” During the admissions process, we sync what you reported in the application with what’s received by UT Austin. It can take several weeks for your official score to be received by the university, and the one-stop status check in your application marks this item complete once it arrives.
If you’ve decided to retake the exam after you’ve submitted your application, please notify the appropriate program as soon as you have your score. Please note there is no guarantee that your updated test score(s) will be considered in the evaluation of your candidacy, as this depends on when the McCombs Admissions Committee receives the update from you. Again, it’ll take several weeks for the official score to reach UT Austin, but be sure you’ve made the request to have the updated score sent.
If you’re applying to multiple programs at McCombs, you don’t need to send separate scores to each program. UT Austin has a central repository for official scores that all departments can access.
5. Application Fee – You will not be able to pay the application fee for about two business days after you hit the submit button, depending on when you submit your application. Your application is considered “on time” if submitted by the deadline, regardless if the fee is paid on that date. However, your application will not be evaluated if you do not pay the fee once it’s due. For information about where to pay the fee, and application fee waivers for select applicants, please review the Application Fee section on the Admissions Process page of our website.
Feel free to reach out to us if you have any further questions!
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