UT McCombs 2014 MBA Essay Tips & Deadlines

For more about UT McCombs, check out our McCombs School of Business Zone. McCombs combines its rigor with a passionate community. To create its desired community, it seeks a student body that is diverse in every dimension and comprises individuals who can bring their varied voices to form a cohesive group. The questions below reflect this value; they draw out applicants’ individuality and also their potential to collaborate.


1. Imagine that you are at the Texas MBA Orientation for the Class of 2016. Please introduce yourself to your new classmates, and include any personal and/or professional aspects that you believe to be significant. Select only one communication method that you would like to use for your response.

Write an essay (250 words)
Share a video introduction (one minute)
Share your about.me profile

First, choose from the three options – for the purpose of self-introduction, which medium is most natural for you? That is the one you should use. Next decision: what to say? I suggest a combination of distinctive professional and non-work points to reflect well-roundedness – points that show the adcom what you’ll “bring to the table.” Another effective approach is to focus on one key thing, if that one thing bridges your work and non-work spheres. All three media require brevity, so present at most a few key items.

2. In the Texas MBA program we value our tight-knit and highly collaborative culture. Outside of your professional goals, please discuss why you are a good fit with the Texas MBA program and how you intend to impact the Texas MBA community? (250 words)

You can view this essay as an extension of the discussion started with the introduction essay. Identify and discuss 2-4 specific ways you consider yourself to fit with the program’s culture, backed up with brief examples. Discuss also actions you’ll take as a student that align with the defined culture (these may overlap with the “fit” point), and note the impacts you’d like those actions/activities to have.

3. What do you hope to gain from your Texas MBA experience? How do you expect to develop, both personally and professionally, during the Texas MBA program? (250 words)

This is a rather oblique goals essay (presumably you’re pursuing an MBA to gain skills and knowledge for a given career path). However, considering the question’s wording, don’t just write about career. Also discuss non-career-related benefits of the program you envision. Weave your prospective personal and professional gains into a desired growth trajectory – this question reveals the adcom’s interest in the program developing the whole, dynamic person, not just providing a bunch of tools you’ll apply at work.

Optional Essay: Please provide any additional information to the Admissions Committee that you believe is important and/or will address any areas of concern that will be beneficial to the Admissions Committee in considering your application. (200 words) For example, if your standardized test scores are not exactly what you would like them to be or if you have not had coursework in core business subjects (i.e. calculus, microeconomics, statistics, financial accounting, or finance), please tell us how you plan to prepare yourself for the quantitative rigor of the MBA curriculum. Discuss any unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, academic performance, or any significant weaknesses in your application or extenuating personal circumstances that you think may impact your candidacy.

I encourage you to write the optional essay. Just make sure you are submitting an informative optional essay that complements the required essays and adds to the reader’s knowledge of you and your qualifications. If you do not have “an area of concern to address,” this optional would be a great place to explore in depth a non-professional interest or commitment of yours not addressed in your application. As always, if you have nothing to say, don’t say anything.

UT McCombs MBA 2014 Application Deadlines:

  Application Due Decisions Released
Round 1 October 15, 2013 December 20, 2013
Round 2 January 21, 2014 April 9, 2014
Round 3 March 27, 2014 May 23, 2014

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Cindy Tokumitsu By , co-author of The Finance Professional’s Guide to MBA Admissions Success, and author of numerous ebooks, articles, and special reports. Cindy has advised hundreds of successful applicants in her last fifteen years with Accepted.com.

  • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

    If any readers would like a profile evaluation for UT McCombs, please provide the following information:

    1) Brief description of your full-time work experience.
    2) Your GMAT or GRE. Percentiles preferred.
    3) College info: The name of the college, your GPA or grade average, your major, year of graduation. For any graduate degrees, please provide the same info. If you grades are low, please indicate if there were extenuating circumstances.
    4) Significant college and post-college extra-curricular activities or community service, especially leadership experience.
    5) Important certifications like CFA, CPA, FSA, or CA.
    6) Your post-MBA goal.

    Or if you just have a question about MBA admissions, I’ll do my best to answer it.

    • Quang

      Hi Linda,

      1. I worked as QA interim manager for a Title Plant (a combined IT/real estate industry) for the last 36 months. Project includes working with oversea vendor on quality and procedure, QA company own software, work with customer on problems, improve guideline for in-house documentation processing.
      2. I also volunteer at MD Anderson Cancer center for the past 2 years, doing patient outreach once a week.
      3. GPA 3.45, graduated from University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
      4. My GMAT is 620 (34V, 42Q)
      5. I am looking at McCombs weekend program in Houston. Please also give me some other schools to look into if possible.

      Thank you so much.

      • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham


        If you improve your GMAT and can show increasing responsibility on the job, you have competitive profile for this program.

        In terms of recommending other programs, why don’t we wait until you actually have the GMAT, then repost and also please provide your post-MBA goal and clarify if you need to be in Houston.


    • R Jha

      Hi Linda,
      1) I have 7 years of experience in sales & marketing in life insurance industry in India at leadership positions. 6 promotions in 7 years. have successfully led large teams delivering consistent business growth
      2) GMAT : 690 / 87% / Q49 79% / V34 71%
      IELTS : 8.0
      3) Post Graduation : MBA, Marketing / 7.64 CGPA / 2007
      Graduation : Computer Engineering / 71% / 2004
      4) Founder of a group consisting 85 strong individuals – doctors, students & volunteers working to provide free medicines to people who can’t afford it. Helped over 250 patients in last 5 years
      State level football & state level badminton player

      5) —
      6) Short term : Strategy Consulting
      Long Term : Leading a international business expansion unit at a major financial services firm..e.g. allianz, goldman sachs, bank of america…

      • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

        R Jha,

        You have a competitive profile for UT. Also consider UNC, Wash U Olin, and Rotman.

        Confirm that the schools you are applying to will consider someone who has an MBA. not all will. Then make sure you provide a good reason why you need a second MBA.

        • R Jha

          Thanks Linda.

          Along with the school you suggested I also had Marshall, Kelley, Emory & Carlson on my list with Kellogg as dream school.

          Can you suggest if my profile suits the list or should any names be added or removed.


          • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

            R Jha,

            I’d remove Kellogg. (sorry).

            You have a competitive profile for the other programs you mentioned.

  • Soumya

    i scored 700 in gmat q-49 verbal -35
    country- india
    i have graduated from RVCE , Bangalore ( among the top 30 engineering colleges in india)
    GPA OF 3.7
    industry- technology consulting
    technology – SAP , domain- Human Capital Management
    projects- Employee self service, coompensation, new hire registry, performance management
    EXPERIENCE- currently 27 months, by the time i join a bschool 37 months

    • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

      You have a competitive profile for UT, assuming that you also have a goal supported by UT’s MBA program.


      • Soumya

        Thanks Linda given that i am slightly low on work ex(27 months as of now) do you think Michigan ross and Duke would be a strech..can you suggest me dream college considering my profile

        • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

          I do think that Duke and Ross would be a stretch.

          What do you want to do after you earn your MBA?

          • Soumya

            I am working in human capital domain in deloitte.But i work more on the technology side than functional side. due to my engineering limiting career i would need an MBA to get into strategy and operations side
            Post mba i would want explore other service lines of consulting world.

          • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham

            As I mentioned in the other post, consider CMU Tepper, Indiana Kelley, USC, Purdue, and Rotman.

            Linda Abraham

          • Hammad Khan

            Dear: Linda. Please let me know if I can email you my essay for transfer admission. I have experience running my own business which i collaborated with a former mccombs graduate when i graduated from high school. This is my first year at wcjc sugarland. I have a 4.0. One more semestr to go. I want some quick advice from you on somrthing im not sure to incorporate in my essay. Please let me. It would be for mccombs undergraduate studies.

          • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham


            One of our undergrad specialists could assist you with your transfer essay. However, we do charge to review essays and advise on content. If you’re interested, please see http://www.accepted.com/services/college/essayreview.aspx .


  • Olabisi Ridwan Akano

    1) I am a chemical engineer with 3 years of work experience involving
    equipment design. I am part of the strategy development team at my
    company as the data analyst. I also perform cost estimates and analyses
    of plant economics

    2) GRE: Q 167 V 165

    3)Louisiana Tech University, Chemical Engineering. GPA: 3.87/4.0

    I took it upon myself to enroll in several business courses like
    economics, marketing, management, accounting, environmental law, while
    in college. I was the secretary, treasurer, and vice president of
    different organizations on campus. I am currently a member of the
    chemical engineering advisory board at my school. I also attend career
    fairs at my school to recruit on behalf of my company.

    5) My post MBA goal in the long term is to
    develop entrepreneurial expertise in midstream and downstream energy in
    my country, Nigeria. I feel that the best way I can contribute to my
    country is to be an employer of labor. I also would love to open a chain
    of diagnostic centers in west Africa to offer accurate diagnostic
    services in a region where many die of misdiagnosis.

    • http://www.accepted.com Linda Abraham


      You have a highly competitive profile for UT McCombs. You may also want to consider MIT Sloan, Wharton, Haas, Duke, Stanford, and Columbia.

      If you would like help with your MBA applications, please let me know.