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Admissions and Application
Change the trajectory of your future and join the Master of Science in Business Analytics for Working Professionals program. Explore the admissions process and how to make your application as strong as possible.
Apply Yourself at McCombs
The MSBA-WP Class of 2026 application is open! Application deadlines below. Apply early to receive an earlier admissions decision and be able to begin preparing for graduate school.
Round 1 Deadline: October 11, 2023
Round 2 Deadline: January 10, 2024
Round 3 Deadline: March 6, 2024
Round 4 Deadline: April 10, 2024
Academic PrerequisitesUndergraduate degree from a recognized university, with 3.0 GPA or higher, and official transcripts.
Test Scores OptionalGMAT and GRE scores are now optional for the MSBA-WP program.
Career ReadinessResume and 2 letters of recommendation.
Unique Applicant Profile2 essays are required (written).
Ace the Application ProcessWe do not review incomplete applications, so make sure to submit a complete application. Our '8 Steps to Navigate the Application Process' will help you discover how to submit a competitive application to the Master of Science in Business Analytics for Working Professionals program.
MSBA-WP Admissions Details
Admissions Eligibility and Criteria
The Texas McCombs Master of Science Program offers rolling admission each year with four deadline options. Each Admissions Committee holistically reviews applications to each program. Applicants have the opportunity to apply to more than one Master of Science Program for a single application fee. You will be able to indicate your interest in multiple programs within any of the Master of Science Program applications.
Qualified applicants should meet the following criteria:
- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or a comparable degree from a foreign academic institution
- Mathematical aptitude and demonstrated ability to handle quantitative material
- Strong communication skills
- A completed application consisting of the following:
- Official transcripts uploaded in PDF format
- Personal essays. A video essay component is required by each admissions committee
- Letters of recommendation
- Professional experience
Please also see Program Prerequisites in the next section for additional requirements.
All sections within the online application must be filled to entirety. Additionally, if the admissions committee requires further information about a candidate, an interview may be required.
For the MSBA program, the following additional requirements should be met:
- An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with exposure to quantitative coursework related to at least 1 semester of Calculus and 1 semester of Statistics is required.
- University coursework or professional experience in computer programming is required; knowledge of C,C++, Python, or Java (with focus on object-oriented programming and data structures) is preferred. Those admitted to the program are strongly encouraged to learn Python prior to beginning the program.
- Coursework in Linear Algebra is strongly recommended.
- Two required letters of recommendation, 1 should come from faculty
- Required video essay
If you are interested in taking classes at UT to help prepare for the program, you could consider CS 303 or 313, CS 327 – elements of databases, M340L – linear algebra and a calculus-based stats class.
MSBA Application Essay Questions
Why is the Texas McCombs MS Business Analytics the next logical step for you? How do you hope to develop, both personally and professionally, during this one-year program? Required - 500 words maximum
Imagine that you are in a job interview. The interviewer asks you to describe a time that you have had to solve a problem, and what the results were. How would you answer? Required - 500 words maximum
For the 2023-24 admission cycle, we will be introducing a dynamic video assessment component to the application. All applicants will have a chance to complete the video assessment and share 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. This assessment will allow us to reduce bias in the admissions process by providing all applicants with a structured and consistent assessment experience
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All applicants will be required to complete the video assessment shortly after submitting their application and paying their application fee. Applicants have 7 days to complete the assessment after receiving the invitation. The assessment should take roughly 30 minutes to complete.
You can learn more about the assessment on our blog.
What We Look For In An Application
The committee will evaluate your application relative to the entire applicant pool in a holistic manner. We consider a wide variety of factors, including but not limited to, professional experience, leadership and extracurricular activities, demonstrated communication skills, strong quantitative skills, in addition to grade point average and test scores (optional).
Key criteria being evaluated by the admissions committee includes your professional experience, academic aptitude, interview (if granted), test scores (if submitted), and personal characteristics.
Submit Your Application
Complete the McCombs application by the submission deadline for the round you choose to apply.
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Applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. CST on the day of the submission deadline. Read the Application instructions carefully and complete each application section as directed. It is very important that all information is complete and accurate in order for your application to be reviewed. Tip: Don't forget to self-report your test scores and have them sent to UT Austin!
Complete Your Application
Submit your application once all sections are complete. You can review your Office of Graduate Admissions MyStatus checklist to ensure all items have been received by the program. Pay the application fee within two business days after you submit your application. You will need to upload your official transcripts again to the Office of Graduate Admissions at this link.
After paying your application fee, please look for an invitation email to complete your video assessment.
Click here to read more from the Office of Graduate Admissions.
Monitor Your Application
The application review process can take up to 6-8 weeks depending on the volume of applications we receive. Decisions are typically sent 6-8 weeks after the posted application deadlines.
Not all applicants will require an interview for admissions. Interviews will be conducted as a virtual interview. You will receive an invitation directly from the program if you are selected for an interview. Interview invitations are sent in batches depending on when your application is reviewed. If your peers have received an interview invitation and you have not, please note that the program will contact you if an interview is needed. It is not necessary to contact the program inquiring about an interview invitation. This could further delay the review process on your application.
Once the admissions committee has reviewed applications and interviewed selected applicants, we will begin sending decisions to candidates. You should receive an email from the program regarding your decision status.
Decisions are typically sent 6-8 weeks after the posted application deadlines. The admissions team is working as quickly as possible to report decisions in a timely manner. If you send an inquiry to the program during peak times, please allow up to three days for a response.
The Texas McCombs MS Programs receive many applications from highly qualified applicants throughout the year. Therefore, some applicants are placed on our waitlist. The waitlist is not a final decision.
The admissions committee periodically reviews candidates currently on the waitlist on a rolling basis, but we are not able to offer a concrete timeline of when you will hear your final decision. This is due to the uncertain and often unpredictable nature of the admissions process, and we are not able to predict the movement of the incoming class. Should the admissions committee require additional information, they will reach out to the applicant directly.
Provide an official transcript from every senior college you have attended. Even if courses taken at one institution are recorded on another college's transcript, transcripts must be submitted from the institution at which the courses were taken. Failure to list all colleges on the application and provide those transcripts will be considered an intentional omission and may lead to the cancellation of your application for admission or withdrawal of your offer of admission.
If your transcripts are in a foreign language, they must be translated into English.
Scan and upload these to your McCombs Application online. After you submit your application, pay your application fee. This will be available two business days after you submit your application. Scan and upload transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions (you will need to upload your transcript twice). Once via the McCombs online application and once to the Office of Graduate Admissions after you pay the application fee.
All applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or a comparable degree from a foreign academic institution. Put your official transcripts in safe-keeping. If you’re offered admission and intend to enroll, you will send your official transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required. For applicants from an international institution, a comparable GPA will be calculated by the Office of Graduate Admissions. Your GPA is calculated using grades from upper-division course work (junior- and senior-level courses) and in any graduate-level classes. If your GPA does not meet the minimum requirement, or if you feel that your GPA is not a valid indicator of your ability, you have an option to address this in the Optional Essay section of the application. The Office of Graduate Admissions staff will determine GPA equivalencies for international applicants.
You will not be able to pay the application fee for approximately two business days after you press the submit button on your application. Your application is considered “on time” if submitted by the deadline, regardless if the fee is paid on that date. However, your application will not be evaluated if you do not pay the fee once it’s due.
The fee is $65 for domestic applicants and $90 for international applicants. Credit card and electronic checks accepted.
If you can’t afford the application fee and are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident pursuing your first graduate degree, you may be eligible for a fee waiver. If you intend to seek a waiver, do not pay the application fee when prompted. Instead, submit your application and indicate you will pay later. Demonstrate your need for an application fee waiver by providing a copy of:
- A waiver granted by GRE or GMAT (if you took the exam); or
- If you are currently enrolled, your financial aid awards for the previous two semesters showing the source(s) of your funding; or
- If you are not currently enrolled, your tax returns for the last two years.
Wait until you receive the email with a link to your MyStatus page, redact your Social Security number from the documentation, then email it to Shannon Neuse. Make sure you include your UT EID in the email; without this information, your request cannot be processed. Please note that it will take 24 to 48 hours from when you submit the application before you receive the status check email – do not send your request prior to receiving that email. You will be unable to upload any documents to MyStatus until your fee is waived or paid.
Letters of Recommendation
The most effective letters will describe the applicant's quantitative skills and intellectual ability. The MSBA program requires two letters and one academic reference.
Recommendation letters must be submitted by the application deadline to be considered a complete application. Letters of recommendation are received directly from the recommender via a secure portal. While completing your application, you will be able to send your recommender an invitation to access this secure portal to submit their recommendation. Once your letter of recommendation is received, you will receive an automated email. *The admissions committee highly recommends this number of academic references. Professional references will also be considered.
- Complete this part of your application first. This will launch email notifications to your recommenders and allow them to get started on the form while you're working on the other components of your application.
- Contact your recommenders ASAP to let them know they should receive an email as soon as you save the section. Sometimes these emails end up in a junk folder since they come from a Texas MS email address.
- Monitor the status of your recommendations on your McCombs application status page to ensure they're completed within a reasonable amount of time and by the deadline. You can resend notifications from within the application as needed.
GMAT or GRE (optional)
Beginning with the 2023-24 admissions cycle, we are pleased to announce that GMAT and GRE test scores are now optional for the Texas McCombs Master of Science Programs! Applicants will not be disadvantaged in the admissions profess if they do not submit test scores, and applicants who feel that their test scores reflect their potential for success in graduate school may submit scores for consideration.
If you opt to submit GMAT, GMAT Focus or GRE scores, you will need to provide your test scores in order to submit your application. While the official score report may reach the Graduate School after we have received your application, you will not be able to submit unless you have entered your scores and at least uploaded an unofficial score report.
If you opt to submit scores, as long as you’ve made the request to have your official scores sent to UT Austin by the round deadline, your application will be considered “on time.”
During the admissions process, we sync what you reported in the application with what’s received by UT Austin. It can take several weeks for your official score to be received by the university. Once the item is received you will see that update on the MyStatus page.
We cannot reverse “deny” decisions, so you should submit your strongest possible application. Please do not submit your application with the intent to send updated test scores. If you’re applying to multiple programs at McCombs, you don’t need to send separate scores to each program. UT Austin has a central repository for official scores that all departments can access.
The university generally receives scores four to six weeks after a test is taken. If you are sending scores from a prior test, the scores must still be valid at the time of application to the program (within the last five years for the GRE or GMAT).
Please visit your program’s page to read more about requirements for admission as this can vary by program.
What are the Codes for GRE/GMAT?
The Educational Testing Service institution code for the GRE is 6882. The institutional code for the GMAT for MSBA is: 396-44-73.
Do you prefer taking one test over the other?
No, we do not have a preferred test if you intend to submit scores. We accept both the GRE and the GMAT.
What’s score do you recommend to enhance my application?
We are looking for overall exceptional applications, including high grades, strong professional development, high test scores, and communication skills. Our faculty committee is concerned when GRE/GMAT scores are below 60th percentile for MSBA.
Already Applied? Check Your Application StatusThere are two status check sites you can use. On McCombs Online Application Status, you can check whether you have submitted all required application items and send reminders to your references. On the Office of Graduate Admissions MyStatus page, you can view remaining items after you submit an application. This is also where your official admissions decision will be posted.
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