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Application Process

The Full-Time MBA application for Fall 2023 enrollment is currently closed. We invite you to learn more about our updated application components below. Your future awaits.

  • Applying to Texas McCombs

    Our 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.

Application Steps

Check Eligibility

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. 


To prepare to apply for your MBA:

You will receive more details on the applicant portal once you start your application.


Complete your Texas McCombs MBA application by the submission deadline for the round in which you are applying. This includes all relevant application components - essay, transcripts, self-reported test scores, letter of recommendation, resume, etc.


Pay the application fee. Your application fee invoice will be available 1-2 business days after application submission. Complete your video assessment within 7 days of invitation.  All applicants are required to complete the video assessment.

Complete your file with UT's Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC). GIAC 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.


Meet with a McCombs Ambassador Committee member for an Admissions Connection. This 15-minute session is optional but highly encouraged.  


Once you've submitted your application, you can monitor your application status via the Applicant Community page. While we review your application, we encourage you to check your email inbox for application updates.

Did you receive a promotion, or did you re-take the GMAT, GRE, or EA exam since you submitted your application? If you have a substantial update to your application, please contact us. There is no guarantee that your update(s) will be considered for evaluation of your candidacy. 


All applicants are reviewed in rounds. The Admissions Committee will make 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.

Full-Time MBA
Application Updates

We recently implemented significant updates to our application process, making the Texas McCombs applicant journey even more equitable and inclusive. Our goal is that the addition of alternative testing options, including a test waiver petition, along with our video assessment will provide more accessibility and flexibility to all applicants.

Read about the updates to the Full-Time MBA Application on our MBA Insider Blog.


The Full-Time MBA application for Fall 2023 enrollment is currently closed. 

Application Components

Standardized Tests and Waivers

All Full-Time MBA applicants are required to submit a GMAT, GRE, or EA score. We will waive the testing requirement if:

  • An expired (taken 5+ years ago) GMAT, GRE, or EA score is submitted or
  • General Test Waiver (merit-based) 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 Full-Time MBA class profile for test score averages. More details on how to submit test scores 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 the Texas McCombs Full-Time MBA program: 

  • GMAT and Executive Assessment (EA): 396-44-45 
  • 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).

Learn more about the different test options.

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

All international applicants are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS prior to the submission deadline for the round in which they are applying. TOEFL and IELTS test scores expire two years from the test date. We do not consider "Super Scores," i.e. TOEFL "MyBest Scores". 

School codes:

  • TOEFL: 6882
  • IELTS: Submitted electronically through IELTS score delivery service (send to "The University of Texas at Austin" account) or mailed to one of the addresses below.

The University of Texas at Austin
Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC)
P.O. Box 7608
Austin, TX 78713-7608

Or, if the courier service does not deliver to P.O. Boxes:

Graduate and International Admissions Center
UT Administration Building
1616 Guadalupe St., Suite 4.202
Austin, TX 78701

TOEFL or IELTS Waivers

A waiver of the TOEFL or IELTS is automatically granted if you are an international applicant and have earned an undergraduate degree in a country where the only official language is English. Please visit GIAC's country list.

Applicants who meet one of the following criteria may also be eligible for a TOEFL/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 (refer to the country list linked above).
  • 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 7-10 business days after application submission.


Evaluating your academic history is a two-step process.

  1. Transcript Evaluation - Evaluation is completed by the admissions committee to ensure you can manage the academic rigor of the program. You will be asked to upload copies of your official transcripts/mark sheets to Texas McCombs prior to application fee payment.
  2. Transcript Validation - This step is completed by UT-GIAC. During the validation process, your degree is verified and your GPA is calculated using upper-division courses and Master's/PhD. You will be asked to upload copies of your official transcripts/mark sheets to GIAC after the application fee payment. 

Domestic 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. It is critical that you block out social security numbers on all documents before uploading. 

Please read these instructions prior to uploading your transcripts to GIAC. 

Tip: Don't want to wait for a copy of your transcripts to reach you in the mail? Ask your registrar if they are able to email you directly with a pdf copy of your official transcripts. 


Within your application, you will provide your professional resume. We strongly suggest that all applicants have at least two years of full-time post-bachelor's work experience (not internships). 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 or optional statement.

We recommend keeping your resume to one page unless you have more than 10 years of work experience.  

Essay and Optional Statement

The essay 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 essay prompt below and upload it to your application prior to submission.

Fall 2023 Essay Prompt

Picture yourself at graduation. Describe how you spent your time as a Texas McCombs MBA to achieve your personal and professional goals. (500 words)

Optional Statement

If applicable, applicants can provide an optional statement in the essay section of the application. Applicants should only provide an optional statement if there is something they wish to address about their candidacy that is not addressed elsewhere.

Letter of Recommendation

We require one recommendation from a person who has supervised your work and/or assessed your performance. The Admissions Committee limits each application to one letter of recommendation and cannot accept additional recommendations.

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:

  1. Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant, and if applicable, the applicant's role in your organization. (50 words)

  2. 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: 250 words)

  3. 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: 250 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 via the application. Once you start your application, you can save your progress.

Application Fee

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)
  • Admit.Me Fellow
  • MLT MBA Prep Fellow

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 GIAC to update your status. 

Video Assessment

Texas McCombs is excited to introduce the Video Assessment as a new application component for the 2022-23 admissions cycle. Given all applicants will complete the Video Assessment, MBA candidates will have increased accessibility to the application process and the opportunity to share their story 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.

All applicants will be required to complete the Video Assessment shortly after submitting their application and paying the fee. Applicants have 7 days to complete the assessment upon receiving access to the video submission platform. There will be 7 question prompts and applicants will have 3 minutes to answer each prompt.

Texas McCombs Admissions Connections

We invite all MBA applicants to close out their application process in a human-centered way and sign up for a “Texas McCombs Admissions Connection” after completing all other MBA application requirements. 

These live, virtual get-to-know-you sessions are an opportunity for our applicants to engage with a Full-Time MBA student and are available throughout the round. While not required, registering for and attending an Admissions Connection session is highly encouraged.

These sessions are NOT your traditional admissions interview.  MBA applicants will have 15 minutes with a Full-Time MBA student, a member of the McCombs Ambassador Committee (MAC), to ask questions about the program/student experience, address items about their candidacy that are not addressed elsewhere, and align on the next steps in the application process. You will be able to choose your host whenever you register for a slot. There is no evaluative component to this session, although your student host will be able to pass along any information you share to the admissions committee.

Learn more about Admissions Connections.

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