The Admissions Committee is looking forward to reviewing your applications and we just wanted to give you a few (hopefully helpful) pointers.
Essays: We are looking to get a sense of who you are as a person. The essays are expected to be a reflection of your story, your goals and how the Texas MBA could help you along your journey. We are not trying to trick you and there is no one “right” answer. You are the one who is best equipped to talk about you and you are the person who we want to learn more about.
GMAT/GRE: There is a lot of anxiety around the new Integrated Reasoning section of the GMAT. As a reminder, we accept both the GMAT and the GRE and we have no specific preference for either test. The application review at the Texas MBA program is truly a holistic one and this means that no one factor is more important than any other factor. This approach also applies to the newly introduced Integrated Reasoning section of the GMAT. In order to better understand how we at Texas will use this new information, it is important to first consider the impetus behind the change. As described by GMAC, this new section is meant to evaluate candidates’ ability to synthesize, evaluate, organize and manipulate complex data as they are expected to do during the MBA program. More information can be found at http://www.mba.com/the-gmat. Our admissions officers will review the scores from the new Integrated Reasoning section, along with the rest of the components of the GMAT scores. As with our earlier processes, applicants will be given credit for the highest total score and the related sub-section scores. For the coming 2012-13 admissions season, we will review each applicant’s file as a complete package and be as flexible as necessary to assess each individual applicant’s academic preparation in the most positive light possible. As we develop more experience with this new section over the coming admissions seasons, we will have more specific guidance on average scores for our applicants and admitted students.
Visit Us: We believe that the best way to get to know us is for you to come to visit us. We are also on the road right now and coming to a city near you – check our events calendar!
As the application period for the Texas Evening MBA, Texas MBA at Houston, Texas MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth, and Texas Executive MBA programs comes to an end this week, we want to offer you one more piece of advice as you prepare to turn in your application. The final deadline to apply is May 25th – this Friday.
This week Trent Thurman, Director of Working Professional MBA programs, talks about the essays requirements for the Working Professional MBA application and discusses some of the key elements that the admissions team is looking for in these essays.
While your resume provides a snapshot of what you’ve done, the admissions team really looks to your essays to find out more about your story. The first essay focuses on your goals – why you want to go back to school and what you hope to get out of the program. A common mistake by applicants is that they spend too much time talking about where they’ve been and do not talk enough about where are looking to go and what their future goals are. The second essay, which is new this year, allows you to tell us something that you can’t find in another part of your application. This is an opportunity to be creative and talk about community service, a hobby, or something else that helps to tell a little more of your story.
More information on the essays and other application instructions can be found in the Admissions section for each program on the Texas MBA website.
Feel free to contact us directly if you have any questions.
Look over your application again and ensure it is complete. This should be pretty easy to do, as all required fields in the application are properly flagged for your convenience (with red asterisks).
Take advantage of the weekend to spend some time fine-tuning your message and ensure that it is cohesive. Remember that optional essays are optional (i.e. only write if you deem them necessary!). A great tip is to have someone proofread the essays without the essay prompt/question. Once they are done, you should ask the reader if they could tell what questions were being asked by the admissions committee. If your reader guesses the question correctly, it means you are on target on your essay content!
Now, let’s finish up the parts that are under your control.
Today I would just encourage you to spend some time with your essays. If you have not finished them yet, complete them today. This will allow you to have at least one additional day of proofreading. Remember, in the essays we are looking for a tight message around where you have been in the past, where the MBA fits within your career plans, and where you want to go after obtaining the degree.
Oh, and don’t forget the “McCombs Love” (i.e. why you want to come to school at Texas!).
As the summer is coming to an end, and our MBA students are settling back into their classes, we’re ramping up for the 2009-2010 admissions season. The application for the fall 2010 will be launched in just a couple weeks, however, we have just posted the updated 2010 application essay questions so you can start preparing that portion of the application. There are three required essay questions as well as an optional fourth essay question, designed for you to include any additional information you think is important to your application that you did not express elsewhere. The 2010 essay questions are similar to those from 2009 with a few updates, so don’t panic if you already started planning your essay responses based on the 2009 questions. You will, however, want to revisit the questions to adjust any responses as needed.
As we enter this admissions season, here’s a quick reminder on the 2010 application deadlines:
November 2, 2009 – Early submission deadline for all applicants January 15, 2010 – Final deadline for all international applicants; Second deadline for domestic applicants April 1, 2010 – Final deadline for all domestic applicants
We wish you the best in preparing your application and please contact us if you have any questions throughout the process!