The 2018-2019 Full-Time MBA application will be open later this summer. If you’re planning to apply, you might be wondering what first steps you can take in order to get to know us and understand your fit with our program. There’s really no better way to explore if Texas McCombs is right for you than attending an MBA event.
Texas McCombs MBA alumni at a tour event in Tokyo, 2016
MBA Admissions is traveling around the world to meet you this summer & fall. Whether you’re looking to visit us on campus in Austin for an info session or meet up with us in a city near you for coffee, there are plenty of opportunities to learn about the value of an MBA, what it’s like to be a Texas McCombs student, life in Austin, and how you can put together your best application.
The 2018 Tour Event Season
Our admissions staff and alumni will be traveling around the globe for the next several months to meet you and answer your questions. We partner with a wide range of organizations to support inclusion in business, and will have a presence at many of their events, as well as at global MBA tour events with other top schools. Events will be confirmed and added throughout the season, so be sure to check back periodically to find an event near you.
Visit Us On-Campus in Austin
We invite you to visit our exciting new graduate school building and tour UT Austin. Join us for an info session on campus to take an in-depth look into what sets our Full-Time MBA apart. Information sessions are your opportunity to hear a program overview, meet admissions staff, students, and alumni, and ask any questions you have about the application process.
MBA Coffee Chats with Admissions Officers or Students
Our students will be across the United States this summer for amazing internship opportunities. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet a student for coffee in your city and learn firsthand what sets our program apart from the rest. These informal meetings will be taking place in a variety of cities so students can directly address your questions. Our admissions officers will be hosting coffees while on the road too. Space is limited for these chats so sign up now!
We encourage you to stay in touch and we look forward to meeting you. If you have any questions, please send us an email.
Preparation is your greatest tool when applying to an MBA program. Here at McCombs, we want to do everything we can to help you put together your best application. If you’re ready to take your career to an exciting new level and gain access to one of the largest business school networks in the world, now is the time to start planning to apply to our Full-Time MBA .
The application will not officially open until later this summer, but we are happy to announce the new application deadlines and essay topics now so you can stay ahead of the application process.
Please review the 2018-2019 application deadlines and essay topics below.
Full-Time MBA Application Deadlines
||October 9, 2018
||December 18, 2018
||January 8, 2019
||March 28, 2019
||April 2, 2019
||May 9, 2019
Our 2018-2019 Essay Topics
We have updated our essay topics for this application season. We strongly recommend planning for your essays in advance and being thoughtful about your answers. Take advantage of this opportunity to tell us about yourself and your fit with McCombs in your own words. Review the 2018-2019 essay topics now.
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There are many steps you can take now in order to be prepared for the new application cycle. We can’t wait to read your application. Send us an email with any additional questions you have. Good luck!
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.
When evaluating your application, our MBA Admissions Committee aims for a complete picture of your qualifications and fit with the program. It’s all about perspective. We look at your application as if we are holding a scale, balancing all the parts.
When considering the specific experience on your resume, on one side there’s a raw number of years (Quantity), and on the other is your job experience (Quality).
Say that you are the CEO of a mid-size corporation. Wonderful! Oh, you just started in this position? That’s an amazing accomplishment, but perhaps you’d still admit that your knowledge and expertise in such a new position wouldn’t be as developed as someone who’s been doing it for a few years.
Or maybe you have been in the same job for 10 years. Wow! No doubt you are a go-to person when it comes to that role, but could it mean that perhaps you didn’t take as much initiative or demonstrate leadership qualities required to launch you to the next level? Or perhaps you have only had a project manager role for a year, but in that time you’ve produced measurable results and demonstrated leadership. In these cases, the quality of your work experience matters more.
A general job title like “Project Manager” may seem lackluster, but could actually be pretty exciting. Don’t let us make assumptions. Take every opportunity on your application to illustrate just WHAT about your job made your experience rich and rewarding.
On the flip side, a Chief Operating Office title sounds impressive, but what kind of company did you work for and how extensive were your duties? An impressive title with naught to back it up won’t move the needle in your favor when it comes to work experience.
The take-away on work experience: Years, titles, and accomplishments are not, by themselves deciding factors. To help you provide us with a clear picture, here are our top tips for highlighting the quality and quantity of your work experience on your resume:
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.