The application to the top-ranked Executive MBA program is open! Learn more about the application process below, and start your application today. Your future awaits.
Applying to Texas McCombsOur admissions committee dedicates itself to a meticulous, holistic review of each application. Our objective is to determine if you are a good fit for Texas McCombs and to be sure that we are the right school for you and your goals. More details about the application process, deadlines, and components can be found below.
- The University of Texas at Austin requires graduate school applicants to have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or a comparable degree from a foreign institution.
- All students in the Executive MBA should be fully employed during the course of the program.
- Foreign nationals who apply should be living in the U.S. and fully employed.
To prepare to apply for your Executive MBA:
- Start your MBA Application.
- Obtain copies of your official transcripts and have official test scores sent to UT Austin, or submit a test waiver petition.
- Get to know MBA program details and culture by meeting staff, students, and alumni at an MBA event.
- Review the Texas McCombs MBA Insider blog for tips on the application process.
- Connect with current students to gain additional insight from someone who has successfully gone through the process.
- Email us with any questions.
Submit your Texas McCombs MBA application by the deadline for the round in which you are applying. This includes all relevant application components - essays, transcripts, self-reported test scores, letter of recommendation, resume, etc. If you submit your application before or between deadlines, the admissions committee will move forward with the evaluation and render a decision within four to six weeks.
Pay the application fee. Your application fee invoice will be available 1-2 business days after application submission.
Complete your file with UT's Office of Graduate Admissions. The Office of Graduate Admissions is responsible for verifying the validity of your test scores, transcripts, and degrees. 1-2 business days after application submission, upload copies of official transcripts and confirm receipt of official test scores.
Every Executive MBA candidate will complete an interview with a member of the Admissions Committee. Interviews last 30 minutes including time for your questions. Expect to receive an email with a link to the online schedule after your application fee is reconciled.
Once you've submitted your application, you can monitor your application status via the Applicant Community page for updates. While we review your application, we encourage you to watch your check your email inbox for any application updates.
Did you receive a promotion, or did you retake the GMAT or GRE exam since you submitted your application? If you have a substantial update to your application, please upload them to your application using the Submit an Update link, and contact us. Please note that there is no guarantee that your update(s) will be considered for the evaluation of your candidacy.
Applications are reviewed in rounds. The Admissions Committee will render a decision by the date published during the round in which you submit your application.
Once a decision has been released on your application, you will receive an automated email to view your admissions decision. All admissions decisions are final for the application cycle.
Applications for the Executive MBA program are accepted in three rounds.
Applications can be submitted between rounds with a 4-6 week turnaround for a decision.
Application Due: October 10, 2023
Decision Delivered: December 14, 2023
Application Due: February 13, 2024
Decision Delivered: March 22, 2024
Application Due: May 28, 2024
Decision Delivered: July 12, 2024
As part of our commitment to enabling applicants to showcase their unique voices and improve accessibility of the application process, we invite every applicant to engage with and complete all application components – including the Video Assessment and Admissions Interview.
Standardized Tests and Waivers
All Executive MBA applicants are required to submit a GMAT, GMAT Focus, GRE, or Executive Assessment (EA) score. We will waive the testing requirement if:
- Expired (taken 5+ years ago) GMAT, GRE, or EA score is submitted
- General Test Waiver (merit-based) petition is approved
The MBA Admissions Committee does not have a preference on which test you take, and there is no minimum score. You can review our Executive MBA class profile for test score averages. More details on how to submit test scores or petition for a test waiver can be found below.
Current Test Scores (taken within 5 years)
For current scores (taken within 5 years), you must self-report your test scores in your application as well as have official score reports sent directly to UT Austin by the testing agency. The date that your official scores are sent to UT Austin by the testing agency should be no later than the application round deadline, as it can take up to four weeks for new scores to be processed.
School codes for Texas McCombs MBA:
- GMAT and Executive Assessment: 396-44-75
- GRE: 6882
Expired Test Scores (taken 5+ years ago)
For expired test scores (taken 5+ years ago) you must self-report your score and upload proof of the test score in the application. Examples of proof for expired test scores include a score report you previously received from the testing agency OR documentation from another educational institution that previously received the score (e.g. for another graduate/terminal degree application).
General Test Waiver (Merit-Based)
A merit-based test waiver is available by request prior to submitting your application. Waivers/Exceptions are not available for applicants who have already sent scores to UT.
More information on criteria, instructions on how to submit, and other details can be found on our merit-based test waiver pdf.
English Proficiency Tests and Waivers
TOEFL or IELTS Waivers
International applicants who meet one of the following criteria will be granted a TOEFL or IELTS waiver:
- You have lived and worked full-time in the U.S. or in a country where English is the only official language for at least two of the past four years. Please visit UT's International Student page for a list of qualifying countries.
- You hold a master's degree from a college or university located in the U.S. or from a country where English is the only official language (refer to the country list above).
- You were educated solely in English for your undergraduate and/or prior graduate degree in a country where English is not the only official language.
If you do not meet any of these conditions, you are required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS exam without exception. Waivers are processed 5-10 business days after application submission.
Applicants must provide official transcripts from every high education institution they have attended, with the exception of junior or technical college. Domestic (U.S.) transcripts must have been produced by the issuing institution within the past calendar year. If documents are written in a language other than English, complete and official English translations must be uploaded together with the original language transcripts/mark sheets. Block out your social security number on all documents before uploading.
You must upload your transcripts twice during the application process. First, within the application, prior to paying the application fee. This copy will be sent to McCombs. After paying your application fee, you will be asked to upload your transcripts again. This copy will be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
Please read these instructions prior to uploading your transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
Within your application, you will provide your professional resume. Although Executive MBAs typically have around 10 or more years of experience, 8 years of full-time post-bachelor's work experience (not internships) is required for the program. Full-time work experience is calculated up until the time of enrollment (the start of classes). This encompasses all work completed since your bachelor's degree, including teaching, military service, and government experience (e.g. the Peace Corps). Other types of experience can be explained fully in the application essay.
Cover Letter and Optional Statement
The application cover letter is a critical means of assessing an applicant's motivation for attending the McCombs School of Business, their background and goals, and their communication and writing skills. Strong applications convey careful research on Texas McCombs and enthusiasm for the program.
Please complete the required cover letter prompt below and upload it to your application prior to submission.
Please write an application cover letter summarizing your aspirations, qualifications, and personal and professional experiences that make you a strong candidate for the Texas McCombs MBA program.
LIMIT: 500 words
Please explain any gaps in work experience, choice of recommender, and/or academic performance issues that may help the admission committee in reviewing your application. (Limit: 250 words)
Letter of Recommendation
We require one recommendation from a person who has supervised your work and/or assessed your performance.
While completing your application, you will be able to send your recommender an invitation to submit their recommendation. Professional recommendations are strongly recommended (i.e. direct supervisor, indirect supervisor, or a client). If you are unable to request a letter of recommendation from your direct supervisor or feel that another recommender would be more appropriate, please explain why in your optional essay statement. Once your letter of recommendation is received, you will receive an automated email.
While completing the recommendation form, your recommender will be asked to assess specific competencies and traits, and they will also be asked to answer the following three questions:
- Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant, and if applicable, the applicant's role in your organization. (50 words)
- How does the performance of the applicant compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? For example, what are the applicant's principal strengths? (Recommended word count: 500 words)
- Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant's response. (Recommended word count: 500 words)
Your recommender will also have the option to upload a response to the optional question: "Is there anything else we should know about the applicant?"
Tip: Give your recommender plenty of time to submit their recommendation by sending them an invitation as soon as you start your application.
Payment of the non-refundable $200 application fee is required. Accepted forms of payment are Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, a U.S. Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), or a U.S. eCheck.
Application Fee Waivers
MBA applicants who meet one or more of the following criteria may qualify for an application fee waiver:
- Veteran or current U.S. military service member
- Teach for America participant (current or alumnus)
- Forté MBA Launch participant (current or alumnus)
- Fulbright participant (current or alumnus)
- Access Fellow
- MLT MBA Prep Fellow
- Former Pell Grant Recipient
We are unable to offer application fee waivers based on financial need. Payment of the application fee prior to processing a waiver will not be refunded. If you apply to more than one Texas McCombs MBA program during the same admissions cycle, you are required to pay only the first application fee.
U.S. Permanent Residents
If you are a U.S. permanent resident, after you have submitted your application and paid the application fee, you will be required to upload a copy of the front and back of your permanent resident card. This option is only available after you have paid your application fee in full. Applicants who have applied for U.S. permanent residency but who do not yet have the card in hand must apply to Texas McCombs as an international applicant. Should your card arrive after, you may notify the Office of Graduate Admissions to update your status.
Texas McCombs has always been at the forefront of innovation and continuous improvement, consistently seeking new ways to enhance the application process for prospective MBA candidates. In line with our school mission and values, we are introducing a dynamic video assessment component, offering an alternative approach to a more traditional essay and interview format. Given all applicants will complete the video assessment, MBA candidates will have increased access to the Admissions Committee and the opportunity to share their stories with us in their own voice. Through the video assessment, the Admissions Committee will have a chance to experience the “real” you, beyond a resume, test scores, and transcripts. Lastly, the video assessment will enable Texas McCombs to reduce bias in the admissions process by providing all applicants with a structured and consistent assessment experience.
All applicants will be required to complete the Video Assessment shortly after submitting their application and reconciling the application fee. Applicants have 7 days to complete the assessment upon receiving access to the video submission platform. There will be 4 question prompts and applicants will have 1-3 minutes to answer each prompt.
MBA Admissions Interview
One of the most vital parts of the MBA application process at Texas McCombs is the human component – “Human-Centered, Future-Focused” is our mantra for a reason. We pride ourselves in getting to know you at a personal level during the admissions process and will continue to provide virtual and in-person events for you to meet our students, alumni, faculty, and admissions team.
All Executive MBA applicants will close out their application process in a human-centered way and complete a virtual interview with a member of the Admissions Committee. The interview format is behavioral-question based and lasts 30 minutes including time for your questions.
These interactive virtual sessions present a valuable opportunity for our applicants to connect with Admissions, showcase their collaborative skills, reaffirm their motivation for pursuing an MBA, and leave a lasting positive impression on Texas McCombs.
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