MBA Admissions Updates Related to COVID-19


Updated August 20, 2020

The University of Texas at Austin is committed to protecting the health and safety of our community, and we are taking university-wide steps to help reduce the public spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

We encourage you to review the most current admissions information and deadlines below. All information on this page is for candidates who are in the process of applying to the Texas McCombs MBA, including the Full-Time MBA, Evening MBA, Executive MBA, MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth, and MBA at Houston programs. Any important information or updates for admitted and enrolled students will be sent via email.

Upcoming Events
Application Deadlines
Test Score Exceptions & Petition Form
Remote Testing Options
Admissions Interviews
Contact Us

UPCOMING EVENTS
In accordance with the University of Texas at Austin’s response to COVID-19,  all MBA campus visits and in-person events have been canceled until further notice.

You can still connect with us virtually. We are offering virtual Info Sessions, Application Prep, and Admissions Chats for our Full-Time, Working Professional, and Executive MBA programs. Find details and registration info on our MBA Events calendar, which will allow you to filter events based on your specific program of interest.

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APPLICATION DEADLINES
Please mark your calendar for the deadlines below for the program of your interest. All MBA program applications can be found here.

Evening MBA in Austin (January 2021 Enrollment)
Round 1
Application Due: March 24, 2020
Decision Delivered: April 24, 2020

Round 2 (EXTENDED DEADLINE)
Application Due: June 16, 2020
Decision Delivered: July 17, 2020

Round 3
Application Due: August 4, 2020
Decision Delivered: September 18, 2020

Round 4
Application Due: October 27, 2020
Decision Delivered: November 24, 2020

Evening MBA application process.

Full-Time MBA
Round 1
Application Due: October 13, 2020
Decision Delivered: December 17, 2020

Round 2
Application Due: January 5, 2021
Decision Delivered: March 25, 2021

Round 3 (final deadline for international applicants)
Application Due: March 30, 2021
Decision Delivered: May 6, 2021

Round 4 (U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents only)
Application Due: May 11, 2021
Decision Delivered: June 17, 2021

Full-Time MBA application process.

Weekend MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth, and Weekend MBA at Houston
Round 1
Application Due: October 27, 2020
Decision Delivered: December 11, 2020

Round 2
Application Due: February 2, 2021
Decision Delivered: March 12, 2021

Round 3
Application Due: April 6, 2021
Decision Delivered: May 7, 2021

Round 4 
Application Due: May 25, 2021
Decision Delivered: July 9, 2021

Post-Round 4:
Admissions on a space-available basis through 11:59pm CDT on June 30, 2021

MBA at DFW, and MBA at Houston application processes.

Executive MBA in Austin, 
Round 1
Application Due: February 2, 2021
Decision Delivered: March 12, 2021

Round 2
Application Due: May 25, 2021
Decision Delivered: July 9, 2021

Post-Round 2:
Admissions on a space-available basis through 11:59pm CDT on June 30, 2020.

Executive MBA application process.
The application is now closed. The 2020-2021 application will open in the fall.

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TEST SCORE WAIVERS
Added April 15, 2020; Updated August 20, 2020

We understand that many people are experiencing hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic and that these challenges may be affecting your ability to take an exam. Due to the unprecedented circumstances, we are providing applicants who are unable to take an exam in person or online the opportunity to petition for a test score waiver.

If you are still able to take an exam, we strongly encourage you to do so. GMAC and ETS have introduced remote testing options for the GMATGREEA, and TOEFL exams for candidates impacted by coronavirus.

ONLY applicants who meet both of the criteria below have the opportunity to petition for a special test waiver:

  • You are unable to take an exam in-person at a designated testing center due to lack of availability in your region, or because you or someone in your household is immunocompromised, AND    
  • You are unable to take an exam online due to lack of availability in your region, technology or other test-taking requirements (e.g. device availability or compatibility, slow internet connection, testing environment) 

If you do not meet both of these criteria, we require that you complete the standardized tests prior to submitting your application.  If would like to request a test score waiver, please contact MBA Admissions to receive a link to the petition and tlearn more about the test exception process The test waiver petition must be approved by the admissions committee before you submit your application to McCombs. The admissions committee may take up to five business days to review your petition If granted a waiver, you will not be required to submit a test score for your application to be considered complete.

The waiver currently applies ONLY to the following programs and application cycles:

  Submit Petition By…  …For Application Deadline  Submit Petition By…  …For Application Deadline 
Full Time MBA  October 6, 2020  October 13, 2020   December 18, 2020  January 5, 2021  
MBA at Houston  October 20, 2020  October 27, 2020  January 26, 2021  February 2, 2021 
MBA at DFW  October 20, 2020  October 27, 2020  January 26, 2021  February 2, 2021 
Evening MBA  October 20, 2020  October 27, 2020    
Executive MBA     January 26, 2021  February 2, 2021 

The COVID-19 test waiver is NOT available to applicants who have already sent official GMAT, GRE, EA, TOEFL, or IELTS scores to Texas McCombs. Once an official score has been sent to Texas McCombs, it becomes a part of your submitted application record and cannot be removed.

Please note that all admissions and scholarship decisions are based on a longstanding holistic review process that takes into account your entire application and serves to assess the overall strength of your candidacy, including readiness for academic rigor, career goals, leadership potential, and fit with our program culture. Test scores, among other application components, are used as a predictor of success in the MBA classroom. We encourage you to self-evaluate your application strengths and areas that could be considered weaknesses by the admissions committee, and find ways to put forward your strongest application, regardless of whether or not you are granted a test score waiver.

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TESTING CENTERS AND REMOTE TESTING OPTIONS
Updated July 23, 2020

If you are able to take an exam, we strongly encourage you to do so. GMAC and ETS have introduced remote testing options for the GMAT, GRE, EA, and TOEFL exams for candidates impacted by coronavirus.

As of August, 2020, Over 80% of the global test center network supporting our exams is now open, including 9 test centers in China.

GMAT™
As of April 15, 2020 registration is open for the GMAT™ Online exam, an interim, alternative to the test center GMAT™ exam. Exam appointment dates are available beginning April 20, 2020 and extend through December 31, 2020. To increase flexibility, appointment times are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The GMAT™ Online exam is available in most locations, with the exception of: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Slovenia due to regulatory and local data privacy rules. Read more about the GMAT Online exam on the GMAC website.

GRE®
As of April 2, 2020, the GRE® General Test at Home is available everywhere that the computer-delivered GRE General Test is normally available, with the exception of Mainland China and Iran. Find more details on the GRE Test at Home webpage.

Executive Assessment
GMAC plans to open registration for the Interim Online Executive Assessment, an online proctored alternative to the Executive Assessment, at the end of April. The alternative interim test will be available in impacted markets, outside of mainland China. More information can be found on GMAC’s Update on Coronavirus webpage.

TOEFL®
As of April 2, 2020, the TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition test is available everywhere testing is normally available, with the exception of Mainland China and Iran. Find more details on the TOEFL Special Home Edition webpage.

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ADMISSIONS INTERVIEWS
Admissions interviews will remain invite-only, but all interviews will be conducted virtually for all MBA programs until further notice.

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CONTACT US
Our Admissions team is working remotely, but we are available to answer any questions you have about our MBA programs and the application process.

We encourage you to attend one of our upcoming virtual events, and on behalf of the Texas McCombs MBA program, we hope that you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy. We are grateful to be surrounded by a dynamic, innovative, and resilient community at the University of Texas at Austin and hope you will consider joining us in the future. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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