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How to Successfully Answer the Full-Time MBA Essay Questions

These MBA Insider tips were provided by Stacey Kammerdiener, Senior Full-Time MBA Admissions Officer.

Your best chance at successfully answering  this year’s Full-Time MBA application essays comes from approaching them thoughtfully. The purpose of these essays is to understand why you want to attend Texas McCombs, and to learn more about you as an individual.  With a genuine goal of authenticity and the tips below, you will be well on your way to submitting a strong application.

MBA Essay 1

We will learn a lot about your professional background through your resume and letter of
recommendation. We want to get to know you further. Please introduce yourself.

An essay of 250 words, OR  a video introduction of one minute

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You may be wondering, “How do I introduce myself in only 250 words or through a one minute clip?” Don’t worry– you’re not alone. Many applicants struggle with how to package their entire experience into a short essay.

First, this prompt is purposely open-ended. It grants you the freedom to introduce yourself in a way that is authentically you. When you first meet someone, what’s your elevator pitch? Give us a well-rounded mix of information, so that we better understand who you are in a more complete sense, and not only in one facet of your life. Think about what makes you tick.

But don’t forget about the first sentence of the prompt: “We will learn a lot about your professional background through your resume and letter of recommendation.” This is meant to remind you that the admissions committee will already know a lot about your background through other parts of the application. While your professional life is important, this essay is your opportunity to share who you are outside of the bullet points on your resume.

Finally, the choice is yours: written essay or video. We have seen significant success on both platforms and do not prefer one over the other. Therefore, play to your strengths! If your skill is in writing, focus on the essay. If you want to create a video and rely on your voice and video editing skills, then we are excited to see it. However, if you do submit a video, keep in mind that sending us a photo slideshow isn’t advisable. These clips do not grant the admissions committee the chance to actually see or hear you, and that is really what we are looking for, and what makes these videos so great. Have fun with either submission, and do not take this essay for granted— it can go a long way in setting the stage for your MBA application.

MBA Essay 2

Picture yourself at graduation. Describe how you spent your two years as a Texas McCombs MBA, and how that experience helped to prepare you for the post-MBA world.
500 words

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Meet Texas McCombs Around the World

This post was written by Kimberly Jones, Marketing Coordinator, Texas McCombs MBA Programs.

The 2018-2019 Full-Time MBA application will open later this summer! If you’re planning to apply, you might be wondering what steps you can take now in order to get to know us and understand your fit with our program. There’s really no better way to explore if Texas McCombs is right for you than attending an MBA event.

Texas McCombs MBA Japanese alumni at a tour event standing by the Texas MBA table, Hook 'Em!

Texas McCombs MBA alumni at a tour event in Tokyo, 2016

MBA Admissions is traveling around the world to meet you this summer & fall. Whether you’re looking to visit us on campus in Austin for an info session or meet up with us in a city near you for coffee, there are plenty of opportunities to learn about the value of an MBA, what it’s like to be a Texas McCombs student, life in Austin, and how you can put together your best application.

The 2018 Tour Event Season

Our admissions staff and alumni will be traveling around the globe for the next several months to meet you and answer your questions.  We partner with a wide range of organizations to support inclusion in business, and will have a presence at many of their events, as well as at global MBA tour events with other top schools. Events will be confirmed and added throughout the season, so be sure to check back periodically to find an event near you.

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Visit Us On-Campus in Austin

We invite you to visit our exciting new graduate school building and tour UT Austin. Join us for an info session on campus to take an in-depth look into what sets our Full-Time MBA apart. Information sessions are your opportunity to hear a program overview, meet admissions staff, students, and alumni, and ask any questions you have about the application process.

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MBA Coffee Chats with Admissions Officers or Students

Our students will be across the United States this summer for amazing internship opportunities. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet a student for coffee in your city and learn firsthand what sets our program apart from the rest. These informal meetings will be taking place in a variety of cities so students can directly address your questions. Our admissions officers will be hosting coffees while on the road too. Space is limited for these chats so sign up now!

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We encourage you to stay in touch and we look forward to meeting you. If you have any questions, please send us an email.

Prepare for Your 2018-19 Full-Time MBA Application

This post was written by Kimberly Jones, Marketing Coordinator, Texas McCombs MBA Programs.

Preparation is your greatest tool when applying to an MBA program. Here at McCombs, we want to do everything we can to help you put together your best application. If you’re ready to take your career to an exciting new level and gain access to one of the largest business school networks in the world, now is the time to start planning to apply to our Full-Time MBA .

The application will not officially open until later this summer, but we are happy to announce the new application deadlines and essay topics now so you can stay ahead of the application process.

Please review the 2018-2019 application deadlines and essay topics below.

Full-Time MBA Application Deadlines

Round Application Deadline Decision Notification
1 October 9, 2018 December 18, 2018
2 January 8, 2019 March 28, 2019
3 April 2, 2019 May 9, 2019

 Our 2018-2019 Essay Topics

We have updated our essay topics for this application season. We strongly recommend planning for your essays in advance and being thoughtful about your answers. Take advantage of this opportunity to tell us about yourself and your fit with McCombs in your own words. Review the 2018-2019 essay topics now.

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There are many steps you can take now in order to be prepared for the new application cycle. We can’t wait to read your application. Send us an email with any additional questions you have.  Good luck!

Why McCombs? Evening MBA

This post was written by Kimberly Jones, Marketing Coordinator, Texas McCombs MBA Programs.

Texas McCombs part-time MBA programs are ranked #7 in the country by U.S. News due to the strength of our MBA network, career resources, and experiential opportunities. The McCombs MBA journey is focused on innovation and individually-tailored success, making it one of the most valuable degrees in the world. Our Evening MBA program is especially unique, offering classes on Monday & Tuesday evenings in Austin, so you can continue to work, achieve a work/school balance for your lifestyle, and graduate with a prestigious MBA degree from Texas McCombs in just 2.5 years. Explore the Evening MBA at Texas McCombs.

Evening MBA students in the classroom

Evening MBAs attend class at McCombs

If you’re considering applying to Texas McCombs, we encourage you to start your application now.

As an Evening MBA at McCombs, you will:

  • Learn from renowned, accessible faculty in every subject area
  • Gain skills in cutting-edge business that you can apply to your work in real time
  • Attend classes at the center of a thriving city on a top research university campus
  • Engage in cohort-based learning with a tight-knit, diverse group of peers
  • Explore direct connections to the world’s top employers

The next class of Evening MBAs starts in January 2019. We encourage you to register to attend a summer event below to get to know the Texas McCombs MBA community.

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Working Professional MBA Final Round Applications

This MBA Insider content comes from the Working Professional & Executive MBA Admissions team.

There’s an ice-breaker game often played at events called “Two Truths and a Lie,” where you share three statements about yourself, and others try to guess which statement is false.  We’ll modify that slightly here and call it “Two Truths and a Myth.”

See if you can spot the myth about applying to a Texas MBA Working Professional or Executive (WPE) Program:

  • The Texas MBA is seeking the most qualified candidates for its WPE programs in Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and Austin.
  • We consider a candidate’s academic performance, work experience and overall motivation in reviewing an application.
  • Candidates must apply early in the process to have a chance at being considered.

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