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Texas Full-Time MBA Program Spring Update: Admissions News & Deadlines

Hello from the Texas MBA Admissions Committee! Now that we’re approaching the April 4th final application deadline, we have some exciting updates to share from our 2016-2017 admissions cycle so far:

The Texas Full-Time MBA Program is No. 17 in U.S. News Ranking of Business Schools

The Texas MBA program has maintained its prestigious standing in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of the best business schools. With its award-winning faculty, hands-on opportunities, and strong job placement, McCombs took 5th place among public schools for the third year in a row.

In addition to the overall rankings,  McCombs was highly rated in several subject areas with 10 specialties landing in the top 20, including three in the top 10. Among Texas universities, McCombs remained the highest-ranked business school in the state.  Read more about 2018 U.S. News & World Report rankings in the McCombs TODAY blog.

A McCombs Favorite: Preview Weekend 2017

In February, the Texas MBA Program hosted Round 1 admitted students at our Preview Weekend event! 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 and to meet their future classmates. Thank you to everyone who attended this February.

Our second Preview Weekend takes place on April 21 – 22, 2017. All Round 2 admitted students will be invited to attend, along with Round 1 admits who were not be able to join us for the Preview Weekend in February. You can find more information and register for this event on the admitted student website.  We are excited to host more of our admitted students in Austin & on-campus this April!

Preview Weekend 1 Co-Chairs with “Hook-Em”

Final Application Deadline for the Full-Time MBA Program is April 4

The Full-Time MBA Program has received over 2,000 applications so far this cycle, and the Class of 2019 is shaping up to be very strong. The Admissions Committee is currently in the midst of reviewing Round 2 applications, and decisions will be released on March 30, 2017.

If you haven’t already applied, we encourage you to submit your application before the final Round 3 deadline on April 4, 2017. You can also check out our many upcoming Full-Time MBA campus visit options to learn more about the program and application process. It’s an exciting time at McCombs, and we look forward to receiving your Round 3 applications soon.

As you prepare to apply to the Texas Full-Time MBA Program, here are some other blog entries you may find helpful:

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!

Texas Full-Time MBA Admissions Update — Round 2 Deadline & Round 1 Info

Happy New Year!

Is starting your MBA journey on your goals list this year? Our next  Full-Time MBA application deadline is quickly approaching, so mark your calendar for January 10th, 2017.

We are excited to have kicked off the 2016-2017 admissions cycle with a very strong first round that saw an increase in both the quantity and quality of applications. We have received over 800 Full-Time MBA applications from 40+ countries!

We released our Round 1 admissions decisions before winter break in December. For these newly admitted students, please be sure to plan to join us in Austin on February 3-4, 2017 for our Preview Weekend Event for Admitted Students! You can find more information on this highly anticipated event, including registration, on the admitted student website.

Discover Why McCombs

Everyone on the Texas MBA Admissions team wishes you a prosperous & fulfilling 2017!

Hook ’em!

If you are applying to our Full-Time MBA Round 2 by January 10th, here are some fantastic blog entries to help you complete your application:

Recommendations & ReferencesRecommendations & References BQ_l_4fCAAAnmel-1jl5xflWhen To Hit Submit You’ve Got Application Questions, We’ve Got AnswersTips on the Application

The MBA Admissions Interview: How to Totally Crush It

From the Texas Full-Time MBA Admissions Committee

You submit your application. You wait and wait and then, TA DA! An interview invitation appears in your inbox.  Your immediate reaction is probably several mental exclamation points (!!!), but I think it’s fair to say that all MBA applicants feel pretty dichotomous when it comes to the interview experience. Something like:

Yay I got invited to interview! But oh my goodness, now I’m totally freaked out and have a million questions; What are they going to ask? Should I be myself or should I open with a joke I read online? Should I bring my resume in strawberry-scented triplicate? What do I wear? Should I interview on-campus, via Skype, or off-campus? Is it better to interview with a current student, admissions officer or alumni? Should I send a follow-up thank you via email, a hand-written card, or none at all?  How do I set up the interview in the first place?! Eeek!

Breathe. 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: this interview can be just the thing the Admissions Committee needs to stitch together the rest of your application elements with a genuine, prepared, and poised interview performance.

The interview affords one of the only formal opportunities for official face-to-face interaction during the application process. Seize it.

You are most likely applying and subsequently interviewing with multiple MBA programs. This means managing several different interview processes, a complicated project given the variability among schools. It’s important to be familiar with how the Texas MBA Program runs its interview operations.

Instructions are plastered all over the email invitation to interview and the online systems you use to book the interview, so be sure to read all instructions very carefully before scheduling anything. Generally speaking, our interview structure is this:

Interviews are by invitation only and can come at any time during the application round. There are four different interview types: on-campus with a student, via Skype with a student, off-campus in your local city with an alumni interviewer, or at a HUB city location with an admissions officer. For each type (excluding alumni interviews) there is an online calendar from which you can select an interview slot that works with your schedule. We will inform you of the last date your interview needs to be completed. The only exception to this is booking an interview in your local city with an alumni interviewer; that process is slightly different, but we provide the step-by-step instructions in our interview invitation communications if you decide to go that route.

Rest assured all of our current student interviewers, alumni volunteer interviewers and admissions officers are fully trained and capable of conducting an interview that is professional, fair, impartial and helpful. Interviews typically last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. All interviews are blind, which means the interviewer does not have access to anything about you or your application, except for your resume. Even so, it’s always a good idea to bring a copy for the interviewer to reference during the conversation (this is required if you are interviewing with an alumni interviewer).

Most interviews follow the general framework of introductions, questions from the interviewer for you to answer, then some time is left at the end for you to ask your questions about the program and/or application process. Once the interview is completed, you are finished! There is nothing further you need to do and your application is considered complete. All that’s left is to wait patiently for our final decision in the weeks that follow.

TIPS & PITFALLS TO AVOID:

Choose Wisely: Decisions, decisions. Interview type selection is like deciding on your coffee order at Starbucks – copious options, but there’s something for everyone. Each type of interview affords individual benefits. If you’re located proximate to Austin, try to come to campus for an interview. If you have never been to campus or met us in person before, we highly recommend interviewing on campus to get a feel for the facility and community culture. You might even be able to book a class visit, information session, or tour and interview all in the same weekend. A special “Lunch & Learn” session will be offered on select interview dates. If you can’t make the trip due to work conflicts or you are internationally-based, you might consider taking advantage of our alumni interviewers in a city near you. We also offer HUB interviews in markets around the world, such as Korea, China, India and Mexico. Or maybe none of that works for you and Skype is the only way to get it done. No problem, that option is always available. We see your interview type selection as entirely logistical and do not hold it against you if you don’t interview with us on campus.

Don’t Be On Time – Be Early: Arriving early is “Interviewing 101,” yet it still manages to falter even the most prepared of candidates.  Arriving early is even more critical if you’ve never been to campus or navigated UT Austin parking before. As for Skype, your instructions ask that you are prepared to begin the Skype video call at the allotted interview start time, but it’s always a good idea to arrive 5-10 minutes prior to work out any inevitable technological hiccups that crop up.

“And that’s why I’m scared of heights and allergic to strawberries…Wait, what was the question again?”:  You’d be surprised how many times at the end of an applicant’s long-winded tangential answer we are asked to repeat the original question. Most often this happens to people who try to cram too much into the first answer for fear of not being given an opportunity later on to address that well-rehearsed example. Don’t worry, we’ll get to it! Plus, sometimes there is an opportunity at the end of an interview to mention anything we didn’t address in the formal line of questioning.

Loosen Up: Given our program’s famously friendly culture, our interviews are relatively informal. If you still find yourself nervous, practice your answers in front of a mirror, a friend or a willing stranger and ask them how you did. Did you answer the question? Did you rush through it? Take a moment to outline your answer in your mind first, and then address it calmly and confidently. Don’t get too comfortable, though. While we’re an easy-going bunch, maintaining an appropriate level of professionalism is always a good idea. This includes professional language and attire as if you were interviewing for a job (that means you too, Skypers! I’m sure your pajamas are lovely, but we’d much rather see a blazer.).

Know What We’re Looking For: We listen for confidence, clear and concise communication of career goals, concrete examples of teamwork and leadership, in-depth knowledge of our MBA program, and overall genuine enthusiasm. Also, the interview can be a place to showcase secondary skills that are difficult for us to determine solely based on your application: interview skills, self-awareness, communication style, and “hire-ability.” Keep these in mind so we can get a feel for the application intangibles.

Know Your Audience: Remember, the Admissions Committee doesn’t have a preference for which interview type you elect or who you interview with, just as long as you prepare for your audience. Are you interviewing with an admissions officer?  Read about them on our Admissions Committee page. Our alumni interviewer profiles can be found on our website.  If you’re interviewing via Skype or on-campus, be cognizant that not every student has the same background as you!  Steer clear of industry jargon.

Come with questions: A good list of questions for your interviewer can illustrate a few key things about you as a candidate: you’ve done your research, you care about our program, you have envisioned yourself as an MBA, and you can formulate coherent thoughts under pressure. We usually leave anywhere from 10-15 minutes for questions, so limit your list to 2-3 good ones and have a few backups.

While our interviewing style is admittedly less intense than corporate recruiters, don’t let our laid-back Austin attitude fool you. The Admissions Committee uses the interview as a way to add character, depth and spirit to your written application, so keep these tips in mind to ensure a positive outcome.

Good luck and Hook’ Em!

 

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.

Full-Time MBA Admissions: Round 1 Update & Round 2 Deadline Approaching

From Rodrigo Malta, Director of Texas MBA Admissions:

Hello and Happy New Year from Texas MBA Admissions! Our second Full-Time MBA application deadline is quickly approaching, so I wanted to take time to share some thoughts with all of you. We are excited to have kicked off the 2015-2016 admissions cycle with a very strong Full-Time MBA Round 1 that saw an increase in both the quantity and quality of applications. For Round 1, we have received over 800 applications from 40+ countries!

We released our Round 1 admissions decisions before winter break in December. For these newly admitted students, mark your calendar for February 12th, as this is the date for our Preview Weekend Event for Admitted Students right here in Austin. You can find more information on this highly anticipated event, including registration, on the admitted student website.

Discover More Reasons “Why McCombs?” 

If you are applying to our Round 2 by January 12th, you are at the home stretch! Here are some fantastic blog entries to help you complete your application:

Recommendations & ReferencesRecommendations & References The Road to McCombsThe Roads to McCombs You’ve Got Application Questions, We’ve Got AnswersTips on the Application

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us via email at TexasMBA@mccombs.utexas.edu and we encourage you to check out our many upcoming events.
We look forward to seeing you soon!

Hook ’em!

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