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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!

Texas Full-Time MBA Admissions Update — Round 2 Deadline & Round 1 Info

Happy New Year!

Is starting your MBA journey on your goals list this year? Our next  Full-Time MBA application deadline is quickly approaching, so mark your calendar for January 10th, 2017.

We are excited to have kicked off the 2016-2017 admissions cycle with a very strong first round that saw an increase in both the quantity and quality of applications. We have received over 800 Full-Time MBA applications from 40+ countries!

We released our Round 1 admissions decisions before winter break in December. For these newly admitted students, please be sure to plan to join us in Austin on February 3-4, 2017 for our Preview Weekend Event for Admitted Students! You can find more information on this highly anticipated event, including registration, on the admitted student website.

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Everyone on the Texas MBA Admissions team wishes you a prosperous & fulfilling 2017!

Hook ’em!

If you are applying to our Full-Time MBA Round 2 by January 10th, here are some fantastic blog entries to help you complete your application:

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Navigating Your Time on the MBA Waitlist

The Texas MBA Program receives many applications from highly qualified applicants throughout the year. We are regrettably not able to fit everyone into the physical space of our program, so we have an MBA waitlist: This is not a final decision from the Texas MBA Admissions Committee. Rather, it is a place to wait and see what unfolds. Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions with regards to the waitlist decision timeline, supplemental material requests, interviews, feedback and other common questions:

When will I have a final decision?

The Texas MBA Admissions Committee periodically reviews candidates currently on the waitlist, but we are not able to offer a concrete timeline of when you will hear your final decision. This is due to the uncertain and often unpredictable nature of the admissions process, and we are not able to predict the movement of the incoming class.

How many people are placed on the waitlist in a given year?

Each year, we receive approximately 2,000+ applications in total and the incoming class is approximately 270. The Admissions Committee thoroughly reviews each application holistically, but due to the extremely competitive applicant pool, the waitlist includes very strong candidates that we do not have room for at the time of decision notification. The size and strength of the waitlist varies considerably year-to-year.

Why haven’t I been contacted with further instructions, asked for an update on decision timing, or been sent a request for further information?

The Admissions Committee reviews candidates currently on the waitlist on a rolling basis depending on space created in the incoming class. We are not able to predict key timelines associated with the waitlist until later in the admissions cycle. We ask that you continue to remain patient as we gain insight into the availability of space in the incoming class and trust that we will reach out to you in a timely fashion should we require further information or have any material updates regarding your candidacy.

What is the latest date anyone has been admitted from the Waitlist?

We are unable to guarantee a timeline of when you will hear a final decision, however most decisions are typically released by early summer. In rare circumstances, decisions have been released as late as mid-to-late summer. While this is not a common occurrence, you are able to remain on the waitlist as long as you are willing to continue being considered for admission. If your personal decision-making timeline does not allow you to remain on the waitlist, you are able to request to be removed at any time by filling out our Waitlist Decline Form. We are not able to honor early decision requests from candidates on the waitlist.


Can I submit new materials for consideration to enhance my candidacy?

As the Admissions Committee reviews candidates on the waitlist, there may be an opportunity for supplemental information or materials to be submitted. While we can ask for a range of materials, typically it is a new resume, recent job promotion information, or a new test score. Occasionally, we might ask to clarify your career goals or provide us with your back-up plan. It is not a guarantee that we will ask for an update or more information. We ask that candidates wait until prompted by admissions staff to provide supplemental information, but we understand that there may be timely updates that you consider important (such as a recent promotion, a new test score, or a new job), and you may inform the Admissions Committee by uploading a PDF or MS Word document to your application via the Waitlist Supplemental Materials Form.

When can I submit supplemental materials and how much lead-time will you give me to collect them?

In the event that the Admissions Committee requests additional information, an email will be sent to all candidates currently on the waitlist approximately one week prior to the review period, so there is plenty of time to collect materials for submission.

I want to reiterate my interest & enthusiasm for the Texas MBA Program, but don’t have specific updates (as listed above). How can I do this?

The Admissions Committee prefers that you wait to be solicited for any supplemental items, and that any sent are material updates to your application. However, if you would like to let us know where the Texas MBA Program ranks among your choices of schools, why we are the best fit for you and your career goals, or what other schools you are applying to, you may upload a letter of interest to the Waitlist Supplemental Materials Form and it will be included as an attachment to your application.


Will I get a chance to interview if I’m placed on the waitlist and I haven’t already interviewed?

Interview invitations can come at any time during the admissions cycle. We do not interview all candidates on the waitlist. If we deem it necessary, we will request an interview while you are on the waitlist to further assess your candidacy. Please wait for an invitation via email.

Should I request an early decision if I have other enrollment deadlines to adhere to?

We are not able to honor early decision requests from candidates on the waitlist. If the Texas MBA Program is at or near the top of your list of schools, we recommend you remain on the waitlist as long as your decision-timeline can bear. The reason not to request an early decision is that at the time of your requested early decision date, we may not have a full picture of available space in the class.

Is there an appeal process if I did not get admitted off the waitlist?

All admission decisions are considered final for a given application cycle (i.e., year). We are not able to provide individual feedback on your application due to both the large volume of applications we receive and fairness to other applicants in the pool. You are welcome to reapply to the program again the next year. We do not hold this season’s application against you. We evaluate your new application on its merits and in the context of the new applicant pool.

What if I am an international student on the waitlist and I need a decision in order to begin the visa application process?

We are aware of the timelines required of international students and obtaining a visa. We understand that international applicants need time to process a visa, but unfortunately we may not know the final make-up of our class. Therefore, you may choose to remove yourself from the waitlist due to visa timing issues.


The waitlist can be a challenging place for applicants, given its uncertainty and lack of a clear timeline and expectations, but we feel very strongly that it is also a wonderful opportunity, an exercise in patience, and a gift of time not given to all who apply. – Texas MBA Admissions

Contact information for the Texas MBA Admissions Waitlist:
MBAWaitlist@mccombs.utexas.edu
512-471-7698

Winter Break is Here: We’ll See You in 2017!

The last few weeks of 2016 are here & the McCombs School of Business is getting ready for winter break!

The Texas MBA Program had a great fall semester, including our best on-campus events to date, exciting progress on our future home, and ranking in the Top 20 Best Grad Schools for U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 rankings! We have a few final announcements to close out the year:

Holiday Hours

The McCombs School of Business and the MBA Program Office will be closed for winter break from Friday, December 23rd, 2016 through Friday, December 30th, 2016. Our offices will reopen on Monday, January 2nd, 2017.  Please contact us – TexasMBA@mccombs.utexas.edu – with any questions you anticipate before December 23rd if possible, as we will not be available during closed hours.

Application Deadlines

For many, the holiday break from work can be a great time to sit down and put those final touches on your application.  We encourage you to mark your calendar for the dates below.

January 10, 2017 – Texas Full-Time MBA Round 2 Deadline.

March 7, 2017 – Next Round Deadline for all Texas MBA Working Professional Programs. This includes the Texas Evening MBA, the Texas MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth, the Texas MBA at Houston, and the Texas Executive MBA programs.

Upcoming Events

Beginning on December 11th, Texas Full-Time MBA students will be available in cities across the U.S. and other countries to meet you for a casual, candid conversation about life as an MBA student. We strongly encourage you to take this opportunity to get to know our program firsthand and ask any questions you have about the admissions process. Register now for a chat near you!

Don’t forget to plan your spring visit to McCombs to see all the Texas MBA has to offer – Check out our upcoming events webpage to register now and reserve your spot to meet us. We look forward to seeing you.

\m/ Hook ’em & Happy Holidays!

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