MBA Application Deadlines:
Round 1:Application deadline: October 10, 2017 at 11:59pm CT, Priority deadline for scholarships & fellowships, Decision date: December 19, 2017
Round 2: Application deadline: January 9, 2018 at 11:59pm CT, Decision date: March 19, 2018,
Round 3: Final application deadline: April 3, 2017 at 11:59pm CT, Decision date: May 11, 2018,
Like last year, McCombs business school asks its applicants to write two required essays and one optional essay. The first essay remains unchanged from last year, but the second essay has been changed.
Essay 1: The University of Texas at Austin values unique perspectives and cultivates a collaborative environment of distinct individual contributions. It is the first day of orientation. You are meeting your study group, comprised of five of your classmates from various backgrounds. Please introduce yourself to your new team, highlighting what drives you in your personal and professional life.
Select only one communication method that you would like to use for your response.
o Write an essay (250 words)
o Share a video introduction (one minute)
This is the fifth year running that McCombs requires the applicants to write an essay on introduction to their class mates. McCombs allows them to delve on their personal as well as professional attributes in 250 words. This essay, in terms of the topic and the medium of communication, provides applicants with a flexibility and freedom to showcase their creative side. You may take time to brainstorm ideas about what you would like your team mates at McCombs to know about you. Considering this is your first encounter with them, you can discuss your cultural background, motivation, personal and professional goals/accomplishments, hobbies/interests, and issues that pique your interest. The motive is to tell you future class mates who you really are.
To showcase your creativity, McCombs offers you a choice of two modes of communication. You may pick the format that works best for you. If you are an introvert, or if you love to write, you may select the ‘essay mode’ for sure. If you are an extrovert, you may find the video mode more exciting. A video essay allows applicants to be more creative as well as imaginative. For example, if you plan to share your culinary skills with your class mates, you may consider shooting part of the one minute video in your kitchen.
Though it’s fun doing a video essay, it is my understanding that it would demand more time than a regular essay (This by no means implies that crafting an ‘introduction’ essay in 250 words is not challenging). You may experiment with the video option if you can invest significant amount of time to make sure that you grab the attention of your audience not only through your words, but also through your body language and facial expressions. And remember your challenge is to say it all in a one minute video. Also, if you are camera shy and don’t feel comfortable before the camera, then video option may not be a good option. Whichever medium you choose, dedicate the work necessary to ensure that your introduction is engaging and presents you as a likeable, friendly, and well-rounded individual to your cohorts.
Essay 2: Picture yourself at graduation. Describe how you spent your two years as a Texas MBA student, and how that experience helped to prepare you for the post-MBA world. (500 words)
This second required question has been changed this year. Last year’s applicants were asked to write about what drove them in their personal and professional life, how Texas MBA is the ideal program for them and how they planned to engage in McCombs community. The key was to demonstrate their ‘fit ‘with the school. This year’s applicants will also be highlighting their ‘fit’ with the school, but in a different way. They will visualize themselves at their graduation day and explain how two years at the Texas MBA helped prepare them for their post MBA personal and professional goals.
To prepare yourself, you must do your homework of researching the program well. Explain how various resources/ offerings and activities at McCombs (courses, study groups, clubs etc.) brought you closer to your post MBA goals. In addition to explaining how Texas MBA helped you fulfill your professional goals, you should also discuss how participation in various activities of student organizations and clubs at McCombs contributed to your personal growth. Additionally, you may also comment on your experiences of being a part of the city of Austin. Wrap up your essay with your final thoughts on your overall experience at McCombs.
Please provide any additional information you believe is important and/ or address any areas of concern that will be beneficial to the Admissions Committee in considering your application (e.g. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, academic performance, significant weaknesses in your application, or extenuating personal circumstances). (250 words)
An optional essay is an opportunity for you to give the Ad Com relevant information that you could not provide in other parts of your application other essays and résumé. For example, if you have a lower than average GMAT score, any grades below a C on your transcript, academic probation or a significant employment gap, you can explain in this essay. To provide context for a weakness in your profile, make sure your reason is genuine to convince the Admission committee that your low grades or employment gap occurred due to unforeseen circumstances beyond your control. Your response should be positive, straightforward, and fact-focused and should not sound like you are making excuses for a weakness in your profile.
Also, if you cannot get your recommendation letter from your current supervisor, please explain that in the optional statement. For more information on the choice of recommenders for your McCombs application, please visit admission blog. http://blogs.mccombs.utexas.edu/mba-ins ... n-letters/
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You may be interested in previous years’ essay questions analysis:
UT Austin McCombs Essay Questions Analysis 2016-17 http://myessayreview.com/essay-question ... s-2016-17/
UT Austin McCombs Essay Questions Analysis 2015-16 http://myessayreview.com/essay-question ... s-2015-16/
UT Austin McCombs Essay Questions Analysis 2014-15 https://myessayreview.com/essay-questio ... s-2014-15/
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The below is from Stacey Kammerdiener, Senior Texas Full-Time MBA Admissions Officer
As you think about how to approach the essays in your Texas Full-Time MBA application, your best shot at successfully answering the essay prompts is to approach them thoughtfully. The purpose of these essays is to understand why you want to attend McCombs and to learn more about you professionally and personally. While it may be tempting, do us (and yourself) a favor and avoid the snooze-fest/shock-factor extremes. Instead, approach your essays genuinely and with reflection. Armed with a few insider tips from the Admissions Committee below, you will be well on your way to submitting a strong application.
Introduce yourself. (An essay of 250 words, OR a video introduction of one minute)
Simple, right? Wait…it’s not?
At first glance, you may have many questions about how to approach this two-word prompt. Who is my audience? Is this a formal or a casual introduction? How in the world do I introduce myself in only 250 words or through a one minute clip?
Essay one is purposely open-ended. It’s truly up to you how you want to approach your introduction to the admissions committee. When you first meet someone, what’s your elevator pitch?
Before tackling this essay, you may want to think about your personal and professional interests and attributes – it is the combination of these two items that make you who you are, and that make you unique (and interesting!). Therefore, an intro that only discusses work experience, or only discusses previous life experience, is incomplete. Give us a well-rounded mix, so that we better understand who you are in a more complete sense, and not only in one facet of your life. Think about what makes you tick.
Finally, the choice is yours: written essay or video. We have seen significant success on both platforms and do not prefer one over the other. Therefore, play to your strengths! If your skill is in writing, focus on the essay. If you want to create a video and rely on your voice and video editing skills, then we are excited to see it. However, if you do submit a video, keep in mind that sending us a photo slideshow with background music isn’t advisable. These clips do not grant the admissions committee the chance to actually see or hear you, which is what makes video submissions so great!
In any submission, have fun with it and do not take this essay for granted—it can go a long way in introducing yourself and setting the stage for your application.
Picture yourself at graduation. Describe how you spent your two years as a Texas MBA student, and how that experience helped to prepare you for the post-MBA world. (500 words)
Essay two, in essence, allows you to explain to the admissions committee why you’re applying to the Texas MBA Program. By describing to us how you plan to spend your two years as an MBA student, we will be able to glean your plan of attack career-wise, learn what causes you may be passionate about, and find out how you plan to develop yourself both inside and outside of the classroom.
Keep in mind that by the time we read your essays, we have already seen your resume, scores and other basic elements of your application. We have also already reviewed your short and long term goals. Essay two is meant to explain to us how you believe McCombs will help get you there! What classes, organizations, and experiential opportunities specifically relate to your career plan? Connect the dots for us. Personally, how do you envision yourself becoming an active contributor in our community? Texas MBA students are dynamic and engaged, and we are looking for applicants who are equally as driven.
Truly pause to think about how you would want to reflect on your two years while walking across that Gregory Gym stage. A vague essay is a poor essay, so give us specifics. If you’ve read our website or spoken to an admissions team member, frankly there is a LOT to love: classes, concentrations, organizations, students/alumni, professors, unique academic and career-oriented opportunities, location, and the list goes on. Illustrate what attributes of the program you plan to take full advantage of, and how that fits into your post-MBA self. In addition, how do you plan to give back while you are a student? What will be your lasting legacy? Convince us that you are indispensable to our community, and that we simply cannot live without you.
Please provide any additional information you believe is important and/or address any areas of concern that will be beneficial to the Admissions Committee in considering your application (e.g. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, academic performance, or extenuating personal circumstances). (250 words)
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Honestly, the most important piece of advice we can give you regarding this final prompt is to remember that the optional statement is just that – optional. Only applicants who feel that some piece of their profile deserves more explanation should be submitting the optional statement. This section of the application is not to be used to tell us all about your extracurricular activities, or to expand upon your personal introduction. While we love that you’re so involved in your community, there are other ways to let the admissions committee know about these additional projects or passions of yours (at the bottom of your resume, perhaps, or during the interview).
Our Final, Closing Advice:
- Take time to reflect. It will likely take more than one draft to nail it.
- Be honest. These essays are our way to learn more about you! Our students value authenticity; your essays should reflect your authentic self.
- Have a friend read over your essays. They can provide valuable feedback, and may even remind you about what makes you so special!
- Send the same essay (or parts of essays) to multiple schools. (We can totally tell when you re-use an essay or parts of essays.)
- Ignore the essay prompt! Too often, applicants bypass the actual question in an effort to tell us something they think we need to know. Make sure you’re answering the question being asked.
- Send an essay that exceeds the word count and/or time perimeter given. Follow the instructions!
As always, please email us at TexasMBA@mccombs.utexas.edu if you have any other questions. Get started early and edit, edit, edit! Your essays can really send a strong application into orbit, so good luck, and happy applying!