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The Myth of the Non-Traditional MBA Candidate

The following was written by Samantha Frapart, Texas MBA ’17.

I thought I couldn’t get into business school. With my double-major in English and Ecology, five years in non-profits, and my natural aversion to words like “Nasdaq” and “synergy,” how could I convince admissions teams that I belonged in their MBA programs? Well, after graduating from McCombs in May of 2017, I’m here to happily debunk one of the greatest myths of business school: The non-traditional candidate.

Contrary to popular belief, business programs aren’t looking for human calculators. They are looking for students eager to foster strong teams, willing to negotiate & compromise, and ready to share diverse perspectives. In management classes, I was able to add a unique viewpoint to discussions on anything from government regulations to corporate social responsibility. Though I looked to my study-team for help with my finance homework, I was able to offer equally important business lessons like proper brief-structure and design thinking.

We all have something to offer, it’s just a matter of figuring out what that is and letting it shine through.

Though I assure you “non-traditional” is a thing of the past, I know this process can feel daunting. So with the Texas Full-Time MBA application opening soon, I’d like to share some helpful tips from my experience (before and during business school) in hopes that it might ease your worries and prepare you for the fantastic two years ahead.

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We’re Bringing McCombs to a City Near You!

Texas MBA alumni & staff are hosting events in Washington, D.C., New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco this fall.

These Texas MBA Roadshows are your opportunity to learn about the Texas Full-Time MBA Program, attend presentations from MBA Career Management and Admissions, and network with Texas MBA alumni — all in a city near you. These events are packed with in-depth information about experiential learning at McCombs, the application process, MBA student life, global opportunities, career resources, and more.

Register now below.

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Your Full-Time MBA Admissions Team Members

Texas MBA Admissions is traveling around the world this summer and fall to attend events near you. This is your opportunity to meet our Admissions Officers and ask your questions about our student culture, academics, and the application process. Get to know who you can expect to meet on your journey to McCombs below, and we hope to see you soon!

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Landing Your Dream Job with Texas MBA Career Management

A big part of your MBA journey begins after you graduate– You’ll move up in your industry, transition into a different industry, or leverage your strong McCombs network to establish your own business ventures.

At the Texas MBA Program, our Career Management & Employment Services teams are devoted to making sure that no matter where your career takes you next, you”ll be successful.

salary stats Texas MBA. 93% accepted jobs for 2016. average salary $113.481.

Your Texas MBA degree starts paying dividends immediately. In 2015, Forbes named us the 3rd-highest return on investment (ROI) among all public MBA programs in the U.S.

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Essay Writing Tips from Texas Full-Time MBA Admissions

The below is from Stacey Kammerdiener, Senior Texas Full-Time MBA Admissions Officer

As you think about how to approach the essays in your Texas Full-Time MBA application, your best shot at successfully answering the essay prompts is to approach them thoughtfully. The purpose of these essays is to understand why you want to attend McCombs and to learn more about you professionally and personally. While it may be tempting, do us (and yourself) a favor and avoid the snooze-fest/shock-factor extremes. Instead, approach your essays genuinely and with reflection.  Armed with a few insider tips from the Admissions Committee below, you will be well on your way to submitting a strong application.

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