It can be the most stressful part of an MBA application-– the requirement to take either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
At McCombs, the Admissions Committee does not waive this requirement for any of our Working Professional MBA programs (Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, or the Austin Evening programs) or for our Full-Time program.
So your first question will be: Which test do I take?
Like coffee vs. tea, or vanilla vs. chocolate ice cream, the choice is entirely yours. We have no preference, though more of our students end up choosing the GMAT because it is designed to prepare candidates specifically for business school. And some professions, like consulting and investment banking, do prefer that you have a GMAT score to report. (We’ll have more on this in a future blog post.)
While both tests have quantitative and verbal sections, they have noticeable differences. We encourage you to do your research and take practice tests to learn each test’s points of emphasis, and how they are scored.
Here are some key differences between the GMAT and GRE:
McCombs recently held our annual International Night! For the past 14 years, International Night, hosted by IMBASA (International MBA Student Association) & the MBA+ Leadership Program, has been the largest MBA event of the year, attracting 1000+ attendees.
Texas MBAs from all over the world shared their culture with their classmates through food, dancing, traditional games, and entertainment. Texas MBA students, staff, alumni, and their families took a break from their academic rigors to rediscover the diversity of McCombs.
From the Texas MBA Admissions Committee:
So, you’ve submitted your application and after waiting anxiously for further news, you’ve received that coveted interview invitation. First of all, take time to feel excited to have made it to this stage of the process!
Some questions might start popping in your head. What interview format options are there? What sort of questions will I be asked and who conducts the interview? How do I prepare for the interview?
Like anything else, your MBA interview invitation is an opportunity. While some applicants may look forward to it, others may not exactly enjoy the anxiety. If you are a member of the latter group, look at it this way: The interview affords one of the only formal opportunities for official face-to-face interaction during the application process. Seize it. This interview can be just the thing the Admissions Committee needs to stitch together the rest of your application elements.
Different schools have different interview processes. It’s important to be familiar with how the Texas MBA Program runs its interview operations.
Most Importantly: Be sure to read all confirmation emails and instructions very carefully. Depending on the MBA program you are interviewing for (Full-Time , Working Professional or Executive), there may be various formats, booking procedures, or location & parking information provided.
Generally speaking, our interview structure is this:
The Texas MBA Program is currently ranked #17 in the country by U.S. News & World Report, making McCombs the top business school in the thriving state of Texas. This past year, the Texas Full-Time MBA Program received more than 2,500 applications from around the world. We’re very excited to welcome the Class of 2019!
Meet some of our newest Texas MBAs…
If you have reviewed the Texas MBA admissions process, you are familiar with the basic steps to applying. Here are some of the steps we’ve highlighted recently:
Of course, the above list does not cover everything. Each application is unique, and you may have a special situation or questions specific to your career goals. Our MBA admissions team has put together some of the questions we most frequently encounter below. We hope this will provide further clarity for you as you complete your application. But please feel free to reach out to us if you have additional questions.