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McCombs School of Business – The University of Texas at Austin

UT Austin McCombs

The McCombs School of Business is located near the center of the University of Texas at Austin’s campus. McCombs offers a full-time MBA program in addition to three part-time programs and an Executive MBA. Key features of the McCombs MBA program include a flexible curriculum with a broad range of concentrations, as well as a highly collaborative student culture. McCombs also has a history of placing a comparatively high percentage of graduates into post-MBA careers in the technology and energy industries.

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FAQ

What is the tuition for McCombs’ MBA program?

The tuition for McCombs MBA is $56,572 for out-of-state first-year students and $51,020 for in-state residents. The total cost of the McCombs’ MBA program is $80,690 per year for non-Texas residents; this includes budgeted living expenses.

How hard is it to get into McCombs’ MBA program?

The acceptance rate for McCombs is 28.5% It is important to consider the acceptance rate in the context of the student profile of those who are admitted. For example the average GMAT score is 704.

What is the average GMAT score for admission to McCombs' MBA program?

The average GMAT score for the incoming class at McCombs is 704. The GMAT middle 80% range is 670 to 740.

Does the McCombs MBA program accept the GRE?

Yes. The McCombs MBA program has accepted the GRE for a few years now.

What is the average GRE score for admission to McCombs' MBA program?

The average GRE score for the incoming class at McCombs is Quant average 159 and Verbal average 159.

What is the minimum number of years of work experience required for admission to McCombs' MBA program?

McCombs does not state a minimum requirement for years of work experience. However, it is important for candidates to be aware that they are being considered against other candidates with an average of 6 years of experience.

What is the average number of years of work experience for admission to McCombs' MBA program? (or, What is the average age of a McCombs student?)

The average number of years of work experience among students in McCombs' MBA program is 6. The average age of a McCombs MBA student is 29 years.

What is the average starting salary for graduates of the McCombs MBA program?

The average starting salary for McCombs' MBA graduates is is $128,586. The salary will vary by industry, with consulting and finance jobs generally commanding the higher salaries.

How long is McCombs' full-time MBA program?

McCombs offers a traditional 2 year MBA program.

What are the application deadlines for McCombs' full-time MBA program?

The Round 1 MBA application deadline is October 12, 2021. The Round 2 application deadline is January 6, 2022. The Round 3 and final deadline is March 29, 2022.

What percent of McCombs' MBA students are women?

The percentage of the class at McCombs that are women is 34%.

What type of interview does McCombs use for MBA admissions?

McCombs offers interviews by invitation. The interviews are resume-based. This means the interviewer has not had access to the application materials.


VIDEOS

2020

The full MBA commencement ceremony at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. Visit this link to Marching Orders to see a list of individual graduates- https://vgradut.z21.web.core.windows.net/utexas/ii/index.html #WhyMcCombs #McCombsGrad20

McCombs Learning Environment

https://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/MBA/Full-Time - Rodrigo De La Garza, MBA '14, discusses the world-class faculty and diverse community that combine to form an engaging learning environment in the Texas MBA program.

Admissions

The Class Profile

For the McCombs Class of 2022, the 241 entering students have an average GPA of 3.44 and an average GMAT score of 704.

At the time of acceptance, 10% of the Class of 2022 were international.  The average age of students in the incoming class was 29 and students worked an average of six years before starting the MBA program.  Finally, women make up 34% of the first-year class.

Application Procedures

Applicants may apply to McCombs during one of three admissions rounds, which usually occur in October, January and April. The McCombs admissions committee requires candidates to submit essays, employment history, GMAT or GRE scores, official transcripts from all collegiate and post-collegiate institutions attended, one letter of recommendation, a $200 application fee and, if applicable, TOEFL scores. After the admissions committee reviews applications, candidates receive interview notifications by invitation only. Invited students may interview with a current student on campus or via Skype, with an admissions officer in select areas, or with an alumnus in their area for those applying after the first application deadline. Students who have demonstrated an interest in promoting diversity in business may also apply to McCombs through the Consortium for Graduates Study in Management.

Application Checklist

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee of $200
  • Test Scores, GMAT/GRE, TOEFL
  • Official Transcripts
  • Personal Essays
  • Letter of Recommendation

Essay Topic Analysis

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Recommendation Questions

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UT Austin / McCombs MBA Recommendation Questions

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Interview Reports

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Round 3 Zoom interview with a first-year MBA student – I didn’t learn who the interviewer was until only a couple minutes before the interview. Application submitted 3/30, interview invitation received on 4/5, interviewed on 4/9 (still waiting to receive final admissions decision). Interview was pretty standard – I can’t remember every single question, but […]

Texas McCombs Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Adcom / Zoom

I interviewed with one of the adcom officers of McCombs. Out of all my interviews, this one was the only one where I felt very uncomfortable and self-conscious. The moment the interviewer saw me, his demeanor completely changed. He did not seem interested in learning more about me and when I was asking questions about […]

UT Austin McCombs Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Second-Year Student / Zoom

Got an invite on 25th Feb. Scheduled it for 23rd. I was interviewed by a 2nd year. The interview was formal but relaxed. The questions asked are very general with no curveballs. The interviewer was very engaging in the conversation. Lasted 45 mins. Questions in order (mostly): 1. Take me through your professional journey. What […]

UT Austin McCombs Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / First-Year Student / Zoom

Very friendly and conversational interview experience. Walk me through your resume. Describe a situation where you came up with a unique solution. What has been the biggest challenge so far? What did you learn as a professional especially from the impact of the Covid-19? What are your short- and long-term goals? Why MBA and why […]

UT Austin McCombs Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Second-Year Student / Zoom

Interviewed in the Round 1 cycle via zoom by a second-year student. Overall, the interview was fairly laid back because of the student’s personality, but it was very structured. He read from a list of questions that seemed to have been prepared in advance by the admissions office, and took time to type answers to […]

Texas McCombs MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Second-Year Student / Zoom

The interview was very conversational and low-pressure. Here are the questions I encountered: 1) Walk through of your resume/tell the interviewer about yourself. 2) A time when you encountered something difficult or overcame a challenge. 3) Your short-term and long-term goals. 4) Why is now the right time for you to do an MBA? 5) […]

UT Austin McCombs Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / AdCom / Zoom

Interview was pretty straightforward. Very conversational, I think McCombs and its interviewers do a great job creating a relaxing atmosphere. No curve balls, know your story and your why and you should be great! Not necessarily in this order. Good luck! 1) Walk me through your resume/tell me about yourself. 2) Tell me about a […]

UT Austin McCombs Interview Questions & Report: Round 1 / Second-Year Student / Zoom

The McCombs application submission and interview scheduling were a bit of a mess this year. When scheduling, you are able to pick a time slot. Within the time slot, you are shown your interview. After checking the LinkedIn, I selected an interviewer with a similar background to mine. When I opened the interview, a different […]

UT Austin McCombs Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Second-Year Student / On-Campus

I had my interview on campus with a current student on Feb 14, 2020. It was one of the “Discover McCombs” day and there were about 50 prospective students. I arrived 15 minutes before my interview at the admissions office. My interviewer arrived with only my resume, and after exchanging greetings, I was escorted to […]

UT Austin McCombs Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Second-Year Student / On-Campus

Interviewer had a sheet of paper with questions and was filling them out as I went along. Second-year student had my resume, but interview was blind other than that. Overall, I didn’t really connect with my interviewer, but he was very nice and didn’t make me repeat answers to questions I had already answered just […]

Mccombs Q&As

Admissions Director Q&A: Rodrigo Malta of the Texas McCombs School of Business

This edition of our Admissions Director Q&A series takes us to the dynamic city of Austin and leading business school there, the University of Texas McCombs School of Business.  Rodrigo Malta, the Managing Director of MBA Recruitment and Admissions at Texas McCombs, was born and raised in Brazil and moved to the U.S. in high […]

Admissions Director Q&A: Rodrigo Malta of Texas McCombs School of Business

There are so many new and exciting developments at the Texas McCombs School of Business, Rodrigo Malta couldn’t name just one.  He’s joined us for this Admissions Director Q&A to fill us in on the changing scenery and curriculum at the school, what he wishes more applicants knew about, how the admissions process works, what you […]

Admissions Director Q&A: Rodrigo Malta of the University of Texas’s McCombs School of Business

Rodrigo Malta, a native of Brazil, moved to the United States for high school and college and ultimately graduated from the McCombs School of Business full-time MBA program in 2007. While a student at McCombs, he was highly involved in admissions activities, and after graduation he remained in Austin, accepting a marketing position with Dell. […]

Stats

CLASS SIZE241
FEMALE34%
MEAN GMAT704
MEAN GPA3.44

Contact

Mailing Address:
1 University Station, B6000
Austin, Texas 78712-1178
Phone: 512-471-5921
Fax: 512-471-3034
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.mccombs.utexas.edu
Blog: http://blogs.mccombs.utexas.edu/mba-insider/
Twitter: @UTexasMBA

Mccombs LiveWire and DecisionWire

MBA LiveWire for UT Austin / McCombs

Application results in real time, submitted by site visitors.
June 11, 2021 11:02am
Accepted from Waitlist via phone.
GMAT: 720. Texas.
June 7, 2021 3:44pm
Accepted from Waitlist via portal.
May 7, 2021 5:03pm
Rejected via email.
GPA: 3.5. Canada.
May 7, 2021 10:45am
Accepted via phone.
GPA: 3.5. GMAT: 660.
May 6, 2021 10:14pm
Accepted via phone.
GPA: 3.88. Dallas.

MBA DecisionWire for UT Austin / McCombs

Oth
Enrolled: Other
Admitted: Emory / Goizueta, Other
GRE: 322 GPA: 3.02
Post-MBA Career: Consulting
Wha
Enrolled: UPenn / Wharton
Admitted: Columbia, Northwestern / Kellogg, UPenn / Wharton
GMAT: 750 GPA: 3.7
Post-MBA Career: Technology
Wha
Enrolled: UPenn / Wharton
Admitted: Columbia, UPenn / Wharton
GMAT: 730 GPA: 3.72
McD
Enrolled: Georgetown / McDonough
Admitted: Babson / Olin, Georgetown / McDonough
GMAT: 680 GPA: 2.73
Post-MBA Career: Consulting
LBS

Academics

Faculty

McCombs employs 204 full-time faculty members across six academic departments. In addition to teaching courses, this group of scholars and practitioners directs 19 research centers and initiatives, which range in focus from entrepreneurship to business technology and law.

Curriculum

Upon entering the program, first-year McCombs students are separated into cohorts of 65 students with whom they complete their core classes. Each cohort is further divided into study teams of four to six students each. Professors use a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, case studies, simulations and experiential-based learning.

First-year students attend a mandatory orientation before starting classes that consists of a program overview, faculty presentations, an executive challenge and an outdoor adventure day, among other activities. McCombs follows a two-semester academic calendar, with classes running from late August to early December and from mid-January to early May; graduation takes place soon thereafter. Within the academic year, students have short breaks for holidays such as Thanksgiving, with a month-long break between semesters. MBA students are required to take 11 core courses during their first year of study. The core covers foundational business principles in accounting, economics, marketing, statistics, operations and management. In the spring semester, students can begin customizing their academic experience by choosing two elective courses.

In the second year of the MBA program, students complete five electives each semester. Students may choose to pursue one of 23 academic concentrations, which allow them to tailor their studies to topics ranging from High Technology Marketing to Public and Governmental Affairs. The MBA program also allows for six hours of elective coursework to be taken at other University of Texas schools, such as the LBJ School of Public Affairs or the School of Law.

McCombs offers an array of study abroad opportunities. Through the Global Connections Study Tours, for instance, students participate in a spring semester course that concludes in an eight- to ten-day tour of a key international business destination. Examples of recent destinations include China, Cuba, India, South Africa, and Southeast Asia. Students can gain further global exposure by studying abroad at one of McCombs’ 32 international exchange partner institutions.

Other MBA Degree Options

In addition to its 2-year full-time MBA program, McCombs offers three part-time MBA programs: a 2.5-year evening program in Austin, a 2-year program located in Dallas/Fort Worth and a 2-year program in Houston. McCombs also hosts a 2-year Executive MBA program on the UT Austin campus.

There are 12 dual degree programs available to MBA students in conjunction with other schools at the University of Texas at Austin. McCombs offers a four-year MBA/JD program with the School of Law, as well as a variety of three-year MBA/MA programs. These include an MBA/Master of Arts in Energy and Earth Resources with the Jackson School of Geosciences, and an MBA/Master of Global Policy Studies with the LBJ School of Public Affairs, among others.

Concentrations at McCombs

  • Accounting for Investment Banking
  • Corporate Accounting
  • Finance (General)
  • Corporate Finance
  • Investment Management
  • Energy Finance
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Private Equity Finance
  • Social Enterprise
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Global Business
  • CleanTech
  • Healthcare
  • Information Management
  • Business Analytics
  • Supply Chain & Operations Management
  • Management (General)
  • Strategy and Innovation
  • Brand and Product Management
  • High Technology Marketing
  • Marketing Analytics and Consulting
  • Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Public and Governmental Affairs

Degree Offerings at McCombs

Full Time MBA
https://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/MBA/Full-Time

Evening MBA
Austin
https://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/MBA/Evening

Part-time MBA
Dallas, Houston, Austin
https://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/MBA/Dallas
https://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/MBA/Houston

Executive MBA
https://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/MBA/Executive

Dual Degrees
MBA/JD, MBA/MA in Asian Studies, MBA/MA in Communication, MBA/MA in Energy & Earth Resources, MBA/Master of Global Policy Studies, MBA/Master of Mechanical Engineering, MBA/MA in Latin American Studies, MBA/MA in Middle Eastern Studies, MBA/MS in Nursing, MBA/MA in Public Affairs, MBA/MSSW in Social Work, MBA/MA in Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies
https://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/MBA/Full-Time/Curriculum

Campus Life

Clubs, Conferences & Competitions

McCombs offers students many ways to get involved outside of the classroom. There are approximately 45 club offerings that cover an array of professional and social interests. For example, the Graduate Finance Association (GFA) hosts panels, trainings, networking opportunities and other events to help members prepare for post-MBA careers in finance. The GFA also organizes one of the most popular case competitions at McCombs, the Annual MBA Finance Challenge, which spans three days and features student presentations of solutions to a complex financial case study. Another popular McCombs group is the International MBA Association, or IMBASA. IMBASA offers international and U.S. students a chance to share their cultures and helps students examine the opportunities offered by global business. The club’s International Night is the biggest event on campus, with almost 1,000 attendees enjoying food, cultural activities and entertainment from countries represented by the MBA class.

Students at McCombs can also attend a variety of conferences each year.  In October 2020, for instance, McCombs will hold its eighth annual Marketing Conference.  The two-day event focuses on agile marketing in response to new technology, strategies, and disruptive ideas.

Campus Space

The McCombs School of Business is located in the Graduate School of Business (GSB), which lies just west of the center of the University of Texas at Austin’s campus. The GSB is comprised of three buildings, six floors and an array of technologically equipped classrooms. Among these are the AIM Investment Center, a part of the EDS Financial Trading and Technology Center, which features an LED ticker flashing the latest stock prices. A favorite spot for students to congregate is the Atrium, an area illuminated by a large skylight that often serves as a venue for conferences, fairs and networking events. On-campus apartments are available to graduate students, though MBA students have many off-campus housing options available to them in Austin.

MBA Careers

Career Services

The MBA Career Management staff at McCombs offer students one-on-one assistance with cover letters, résumés and interviews. MBA entrants are required to take the course Strategic Career Planning in their first year, which helps them refine their career goals early on in the MBA experience. MBA Career Management hosts numerous networking opportunities for students such as career fairs, student treks and corporate-sponsored academic competitions. Furthermore, recruiting events including on-campus interviews and information sessions occur on a regular basis. Just prior to the start of the spring semester, McCombs hosts Super Week, a week specifically devoted to recruiting in the consulting and financial services industries. MBA students can use this time to network and conduct interviews without the pressures of academic commitments.

Career Statistics

The average starting salary for members of the Class of 2020 was $128,586 while the average signing bonus accepted by recent graduates was $31,298.  Nearly 32% of graduates joined the tech industry. Consulting followed at 22%. Nearly 18% pursued roles in the finance field and roughly 8% joined consumer products. Five percent each joined energy/utilities or healthcare after graduation.

About 61% of 2020 graduates found employment in the Southwestern U.S., following the general trend of business school graduates securing post-MBA jobs in the region in which their school is located. Twenty percent of graduates opted for positions in the Western U.S., 6% settled in the Northeast and another 5% moved to the Midwest. The South and Mid-Atlantic regions roughly split 6% of graduates.  Lastly, 3% of the Class of 2020 chose jobs located outside of the U.S.

Financing

The tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year is $56,572 for out-of-state first-year students and $51,020 for in-state residents.  Given additional expenses such as orientation fees, housing, books and laptop costs, McCombs estimates that out-of-state students will pay $80,690 in that time, with in-state entrants paying $75,138.

McCombs offers merit-based  scholarships that are one- to two-year awards ranging from $2,000 to full tuition and are open to all students.  First-year students are automatically considered for these scholarships and they do not need to fill out any extra forms.  During the first year, MBA students have the opportunity to apply for additional merit-based awards sponsored by individual and corporate donors.  These MBA Continuing Student Scholarships award over $100,000 to students based on their first-semester academic performance.  U.S. citizens and permanent residents can further finance their education through federal loans, while international students are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office about their loan options.

Two-Year Program Tuition (per year) 

Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees
In-State $51,029
Out-of-State $56,572

Living Expenses $19,598
Books $1,000
Student Fees $1,000
Laptop $2,500

Total
In-State $75,138
Out-of-State $80,690

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