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.
This Insider Insight comes from the Texas MBA Admissions Team:
We know you want to put forth the best application you can when you apply to any Texas McCombs MBA program. And we’ve covered many components of the application in the past, including the resume, letter of recommendation, essays, and test scores (as well as some tips for interviewing if you are selected). But some components of the application that might be viewed as procedural are just as important, and if not addressed properly, they can delay processing, which can in turn delay your decision.
When you apply to a Texas McCombs MBA program, you’re actually applying to two separate entities at the same time. One is the McCombs School of Business; the other is the Graduate School of the University of Texas at Austin (which we’ll call GIAC, for the Graduate and International Admissions Center).
Three key components of the application are required by GIAC before it will be considered complete, and GIAC does not allow McCombs to issue a decision until these three elements are completed.
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:
From Director of Texas Executive MBA Admissions, Sharon Barrett:
Hands down, this is the most common question I get from Executive MBA candidates:
“How does the test waiver work and do I qualify?”
So here’s the lowdown– First and foremost, the Executive MBA is the only Texas MBA program that accepts applicants’ petitions to waive the GMAT or GRE exam requirement. (Key words being “applicant” and “petition.”) And everyone’s case is different, so there’s no recipe to follow, no checklist, and no guarantee that if you do certain things, you’ll get a waiver.
The MBA Admissions committee views each applicants’ petition in the context of their entire application, and renders a decision on the application versus a separate decision on just the waiver.
Here are the areas of consideration when reviewing an application with a petition for a test waiver:
The Texas Full-Time MBA Program application is now open! The Admissions Team is accepting applications in three rounds, and we receive a lot of questions about our application deadlines. Namely, prospective applicants want to know whether or not it matters when you submit your application– Round 1, 2, or 3?
You should NEVER rush to submit your MBA application simply to take advantage of there being “more spots.”
– The Admissions Committee’s best application round advice
Timing is a key factor in your overall application strategy. A lot of details go into deciding which round to apply, and one answer is not right for everyone. So, let’s break it down by round so you can get a clearer picture of when might be the best time for you to hit “Submit.”