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Applying for a McCombs MBA? Here are the Basics.

University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business.

UT Austin, McCombs’ host institution, is often referred to as the “Harvard of Texas”. Although McCombs has a strong reputation in Texas, many of its graduates go on to work in other locations after the MBA, including 17% on the West Coast. UT Austin also has a large alumni network, and their pride in being associated with the school is exemplified by their “Hook ‘em Horns” greetings and gestures.

McCombs is also a great program for those of you interested in the tech and venture capital industries. The school’s Fellows Program places students at companies in various sectors, but the venture capital sector truly stands out. This program gives you the unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience with local venture capital firms.

Another factor to take into account is McCombs’ location in the city of Austin. Not only is the city affordable, its large venture capital and tech presence is easily accessible from campus. McCombs also has great connections to Houston and its traditional oil and gas and renewable energy markets.

UT Austin McCombs MBA Class Profile

Acceptance rate 34%  34%
GMAT Range: Does not disclose
GRE Reporting GRE: 23%
GPA Average: 3.42
Range: Does not disclose
Age/Experience Age: 29 years
Work Experience (years): 6
Diversity Women: 40%
International: 20%
Pre-MBA Industries
Other: 44%
Finance / Banking: 14%
Other: 13%
Energy: 11%
Government / Non-Profit: 11%
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Technology: 10%
Consulting: 10%
Non Profit: 2%
Retail: 2%
Travel / Transportation: 2%
Private Equity / Venture Capital: 2%
Undergraduate Majors
Business / Economics: 33%
STEM: 31%
Other: 21%
Humanities / Social Science: 15%

The data above is from 2019 and represents the McCombs MBA class of 2021.*
See the full report: UT Austin McCombs MBA Class Profile

Student Experiences

UT Austin McCombs MBA Employment Report & Careers

In addition to the information below, learn more about the McCombs MBA Employment Outcomes and Career Center from our interview with the Admissions Director.

Offers & Compensation
Average Salary + Signing bonus: $148,965
% Offers upon Graduation:   75%
% Offers at 3 months: 86%
Post-MBA Industries
Technology: 26%
Consulting: 25%
Financial Services: 19%
Energy / Utilities: 7%
Consumer Products: 6%
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Real Estate: 5%
Retail: 4%
Travel & Transportation: 3%
Healthcare: 2%
Manufacturing: 1%
Other: 2%
Post-MBA Locations
United States: 96%
Mid-Atlantic: 6%
Midwest: 1%
Northeast: 8%
South: 5%
Southwest: 63%
West: 13%
Non-US: 3%
Post-MBA Companies UT Austin McCombs Top Recruiters
Career Development Resources UT Austin McCombs Career Advancement

The data above is from 2018 and represents the career statistics of the McCombs MBA class of 2018.*
See the full report: UT Austin McCombs MBA Employment Report

UT Austin McCombs MBA Academic Programs 

MBA Curriculum

The UT Austin McCombs MBA curriculum extends over the fall and spring semesters of year one and year two. The second year of the program consists only of elective courses. Students take classes from the core curriculum during the first year of the program, and a majority of these classes are concentrated in the fall semester. Some of the foundational courses cover topics in subject areas like Financial Accounting, Microeconomics, Statistics, and Strategic Management. You will begin taking electives during the spring semester of the first year of the MBA. The 100+ elective course offerings include classes in subject areas such as Marketing, Information, Risk, and Operations Management, and Business, Government, and Society.

See the full offering of courses: McCombs MBA Course Catalog

Majors

In lieu of majors, UT Austin McCombs offers its students a range of concentrations to pursue as part of their degree. The following concentrations are available in the MBA.

  • Accounting
  • Business, Government and Society
  • Finance
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations and Analytics

Experiential Learning Programs

The experiential learning curriculum at McCombs has a strong emphasis on social innovation and impact. Students can get involved in one of the several groups on campus, such as the CleanTech group and the MBA Impact Investing Networking and Training group. McCombs also offers the opportunity for you to gain hands-on industry experience through their Fellows Program, which covers a wide range of sectors such as Marketing and Operations. In addition, the program offers students the opportunity to participate in coaching, seminars and events, and micro-consulting projects.

Research Centers

At McCombs, students can take advantage of the diverse range of the 19 research centers that are part of the business school, including the Center for Leadership and Ethics, the Center for Risk Management and Insurance, the Financial Education and Research Center, the Real Estate Center, and the Healthcare Innovation Initiative.

MBA International Study Programs

There are four major components to the McCombs international study program. Students can choose to complete a course focused on a foreign country, which also includes a one to two-week tour, or students can opt for a Global Connections Study Tour, an international trip in July before the MBA program begins through the McCombs Adventure Program. McCombs also offers double-degree programs with seven international top business schools. Additionally, students can go on an exchange abroad for an entire semester or a shorter period of time.

Video Resources on UT Austin McCombs Academics

UT Austin McCombs MBA Application

We interviewed Rodrigo Malta, the admissions director at McCombs, about what they seek in MBA candidates. Learn more at A Look Inside McCombs MBA Admissions (with Video Essay Tips!).

The latest application requirements set by the McCombs MBA admissions office are described below.

Essays

Here are the prompts for McCombs 2019-2020 application:

  • We will learn a lot about your professional background through your resume and letter of recommendation, but we want to get to know you further. Please introduce yourself. Select only one communication method for your response: a) Write an essay (250 words) (b) Share a video introduction (one minute in length).
  • Picture yourself at graduation. Describe how you spent your time as a Texas McCombs MBA to achieve your personal and professional goals. (text box or upload PDF file, 500 words)
  • Optional Statement: Please provide any additional information you believe is important or address any areas of concern that you believe will be beneficial to MBA Admissions in considering your application (e.g. gaps in work experience, choice of recommender, academic performance, or extenuating personal circumstances). (250 words)

Letters of Recommendation 

The 2019-2020 McCombs recommender questions are as follows:

  • Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant’s role in your organization. (recommended word count: 50 words)
  • How does the performance of the applicant compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? (E.g. what are the applicant’s principal strengths?) (recommended word count: 250 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: 250 words)
  • (Optional) Is there anything else we should know? (no word limit)

Video Resources on UT Austin McCombs Admissions

UT Austin McCombs MBA Admissions Interviews

MBA Candidates are invited to interview at McCombs on a rolling basis. The McCombs MBA interviews are conducted by either student interviewers, alumni volunteer interviewers, or admissions officers. Former interviewees report that the conversation during the interview was fairly informal and comfortable; yet, although the school itself admits that their style is less intense than other business schools, a set McCombs interview tips encourages that it’s still important to be well prepared and put your best self forward.

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What Makes UT Austin McCombs Unique?

The Texas Triangle: UT Austin benefits from being in a state that is growing, and has strong economic activity. More than the stereotypical oil and gas industries, Texas has a strong tech, real estate, and consulting sector—all headquartered in Houston, Austin, and Dallas. Learn more from our interview with Admissions director Rodrigo Malta about UT Austin’s connections to Austin, Houston, and Dallas.

Venture Fellows: This unique McCombs fellowship program gives the relatively rare chance to get involved directly with venture capital and private equity firms.  Breaking into these industries for the first time is very hard, and Venture Fellows can give selected McCombs MBA students a chance to do so. The program is comprised of an internship and weekly meetings with guest speakers from the VC or PE community.

The “Harvard of Texas”: The UT Austin McCombs School of Business has a wonderful reputation and network in the Lone Star State. MBA Grads successfully find career opportunities throughout Texas within all top industries like tech, consulting, and investment banking. However, job placement is not confined by the Texas border; McCombs sends many graduates outside of Texas, too!

*All data retrieved from the UT Austin McCombs MBA Program webpages, unless otherwise stated.