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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.

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:

Texas Executive MBA

Texas MBA at Houston

Texas MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth

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!

First-Year Texas MBA Student Wins Consulting Case Competition

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Last month, the Texas MBA at Houston Consulting Club, the Consulting Club at the Jones Graduate School of Business, and the Consulting Club at the Texas Medical Center hosted the first annual Greater Houston Consulting Case Competition. Ten students from the Texas MBA at Houston Consulting Club represented McCombs and came together with students from the other two organizations to form six mixed teams.

Participants had 5 hours to get acquainted, analyze the case, create a slide deck, and practice their presentation. All of this preparation was then expended in a 10 minute presentation to spectators and guest judges from McKinsey, BCG and Ernst & Young. After careful deliberation, the judges announced the top-performing team, who won the $500 prize! Ashutosh Shinde (MBA ’17) from McCombs, Felipe Armaza and Paul Surpenant from Jones, and Alessandro Alabastri from the Consulting Club at the Texas Medical Center were selected as the winning team of the 1st annual competition.

The purpose of the event was to:

  • Boost awareness and interest in the consulting career track
  • Provide participants with the ability to showcase the key skills that consulting firms are looking for such as teamwork, analytical ability, communication, problem-solving, and business acumen
  • Provide a venue where individuals pursuing a career in consulting can network, both across the various consulting clubs in Houston and also with current consultants
  • Unite the local candidate pools and open the door for holding more joint events between the MBAs, PhDs, and MDs within consulting clubs
  • Demonstrate to consulting firms that Houston has an extremely attractive recruiting pool

Team 3 - Houston Case competition Alessandro Alabastri (CCTMC), Paul Surprenant (Jones), Ashutosh Shinde (McCombs), Felipe Armaza (Jones)

The case centered on the future of Apple Inc., exploring three new (actual or potential) product offerings: the watch, the television, and the car. Given the current market trends and Apple’s previous successes, the teams prepared a recommendation outlining the optimal product portfolio for Apple to focus on in the near future.

Teams were assessed on their ability to create, assemble, and present their recommendations to judges, founded thorough data-backed analysis and representing a practical and economically feasible business strategy for Apple to potentially implement. Judges additionally considered the team’s poise while answering questions, the creativity behind their analysis, and the level of professionalism demonstrated by the team members.

Congratulations to Ashutosh and the rest of the Texas MBA at Houston Consulting Club!

 

Original Source: Consulting Club at the Texas Medical Center

The Waitlist: FAQs & How Tos

From the Texas MBA Admissions Team:

The Texas MBA Program Admissions Team is a very lucky bunch. We receive many applications from highly qualified applicants, which we are regrettably not all able to fit inside our four walls of physical space. The result of this limitation is candidates being placed on the waitlist. This is not a final decision from the Texas MBA Admissions Committee, rather, a place to wait and see what unfolds.

Admittedly, it can be a challenging place for applicants to be, 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.

In order to better assist our applicants on the waitlist, below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions with regards to the waitlist decision timeline, supplemental material requests, interviews, feedback and other common questions.

WAITLIST FAQ’s:

WAITLIST TIMELINE AND DECISIONS:

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.

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.

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.


WAITLIST SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS:

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

As the Admissions Committee periodically reviews candidates on the waitlist, there may be an opportunity for supplemental information or materials to be submitted for further consideration of your candidacy. It is not a guarantee that we will ask for an update or more information if we feel we have enough information in your original application to render a final decision. While typically we ask that candidates wait until prompted by admissions staff to provide supplemental information, we understand that there may be timely information or updates that you consider important. With regards to this type of new information (such as a recent promotion, a new test score, or a new job), you may inform the Admissions Committee by uploading a PDF or 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 or supplemental information to further consider your candidacy, 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.

What kind of supplemental materials do you ask for?

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.

How can I submit these materials?

Specific submission instructions will be sent along with the request for information, but typically supplemental materials can be sent to the Admissions Committee via the Waitlist Supplemental Materials Form.

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. Please refer to the list of acceptable materials/information above. 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.

Who should I direct my questions to?

All waitlist inquiries should be sent to MBAWaitlist@mccombs.utexas.edu.


WAITLIST INTERVIEWS:

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.

WAITLIST APPLICATION FEEDBACK:

Can I receive specific feedback on my application?

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. However, we are always willing to discuss what makes a strong application, generally. This information is discussed in detail on our website.

GENERAL WAITLIST QUESTIONS:

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. While there are many qualified individuals, we are limited by the amount of space in our classrooms. 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. Each year, the applicant pool changes (different people apply) and the strength of that pool varies. Therefore, 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. As the timing of movement is largely out of our control, we are not able to predict key timelines associated with the waitlist until later in the admissions cycle. We would not be able to send you further instructions for gathering supplemental materials if we were not able to identify potential room in the incoming class. 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.

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). 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.

Texas MBA Admissions
MBAWaitlist@mccombs.utexas.edu
512-471-7698

McCombs Career Management: Texas MBAs are in Demand!

The Texas MBA Program is currently ranked #16 in the country by US News & World Report. McCombs was also ranked in the top 15 nationally and #3 for Return on Investment among public university MBA programs by Forbes in 2015.

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Texas MBA students at the Dow Chemical Company office in Houston, TX

MBA Career Management at McCombs works with the most discerning employers seeking innovative talent to fill their emerging leadership roles. With a student-focused Employer Relations team, we are working to create unique recruiting opportunities at global organizations throughout the year for companies that range from multinational organizations to start-ups, across the technology, finance, consulting and consumer segments. From preparing you for a summer internship to watching you land your ideal post-MBA position, we provide career resources every step of the way.

The Class of 2015 had 90% job placement after graduation! The Financial Times gave McCombs its highest Global Ranking in over a decade for 2015, calling out the strength of Job Placement Success with a rank that jumped 10 spots globally to #18, making McCombs #1 in the state of Texas. Check out our full Career Statistics Report.

Our career advisors are professionally trained to help you assess and refine your post-graduate career goals through one-on-one guidance with additional support from Peer Advisors and specialized coaching resources. We work with you throughout your McCombs experience to create a customized strategy and timeline for your recruiting journey. We work to ensure our coaching services are student-focused and relevant, providing:

  • Resources, coaching and events for students interested in entrepreneurship, startups, corporate social responsibility, and nonprofit sectors.
  • Assessment and one-on-one advising to clarify the interests, motivators, and skills to craft a career plan that combines passion with talent.
  • Recruiting and networking events that leverage our students, our brand, and our geography:
    – Major career fairs on campus in the fall and spring.
    – 1st year career treks from coast to coast (New York, Seattle, and San Francisco) and in our own backyard (Austin, Dallas and Houston).
  • McCombs Entrepreneurship Night is a bi-annual event which highlights successful McCombs entrepreneurs from the Texas MBA Program while giving students a chance to network with Texas MBAs, alumni, local entrepreneurs, and either Austin Startup Week attendees in the fall, or SXSWi attendees in the spring.

    daniel goldberg“With the broad alumni base at both Texas and the MBA program, it’s been incredibly easy to get warm introductions at firms that I previously would have had no access to. Furthermore, I find the skills I learned at school are giving me the credibility needed to jump into more senior management roles as well. Finally, with my summer internship at Adobe, I’m confident McCombs played an intricate role at helping me to achieve my future career goals.”

    Daniel Goldberg, MBA ’16

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