2013 P&Q Top B-School Rankings

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Harvard Business School is the top MBA program for the fourth year in a row.

The top 8 schools in the 2013 Poets & Quants b-school rankings remain unchanged from last year, with slots 9 and 10 merely swapping positions (Duke Fuqua moved from 10th place to 9th place and UC Berkeley Haas moved from 9th to 10th).

On HBS…

About Harvard Business School, top MBA program for the fourth year in a row, John Byrne, P&Q editor, says:

Despite less-than-flattering publicity generated by a New York Times’ front page story on gender inequality at Harvard, an MBA from the school remains the quintessential credential in business. No rival beats Harvard in the formidable resources it brings to the game: the outsized number of superstar professors, the diversity of its course offerings, the stellar quality of its students, the size and scope of its campus, and the career achievements of its alumni spread all over the world.

He goes on to sing praises for this year’s HBS entering class – an average GMAT score of 720, a 3.9% increase in application volume, a record high of women (at 41% of the class), and an average undergrad GPA of 3.67.

Other Highlights…

• Chicago Booth ranked ahead of Wharton for the fourth year in a row, making the top three Harvard, Stanford, and Chicago (H/S/C) instead of the traditional Harvard, Stanford, and Wharton (H/S/W).

• Wharton was the only school in the top 10 to see a decrease in its application volume this year with a 5.8% decrease.

• Booth saw the highest boost in app volume with a 9.9% increase.

• For top b-schools outside of the U.S., London Business School again took the top slot.

• Two big jumpers in the top 50 include U. of Washington which jumped 9 places from 33rd place to 24th and Georgia Tech which also jumped 9 places from 40th to 31st place.

The Top 20

2013 P&Q Rank and School 2012 P&Q Rank BW FT
1. Harvard Business School 1 2 2
2. Stanford GSB 2 4 2
3. Chicago Booth 3 1 6
4. UPenn Wharton 4 3 3
5. Northwestern Kellogg 5 5 8
6. MIT Sloan 6 9 5
7. Columbia 7 13 4
8. Dartmouth Tuck 8 12 10
9. Duke Fuqua 10 6 11
10. UC Berkeley Haas 9 14 7
11. Cornell Johnson 11 7 14
12. Michigan Ross 13 8 15
13. UVA Darden 12 10 16
14. UCLA Anderson 17 18 13
15. NYU Stern 14 16 12
16. CMU Tepper 16 11 19
17. Yale SOM 15 21 9
18. UNC Kenan- Flagler 19 17 21
19. Texas McCombs 18 19 22
20. Indiana Kelley 21 15 26

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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.

Essays:

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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UT McCombs 2013 MBA Application Questions, Deadlines, Tips

UT McCombs Business SchoolRequired Essays:

1. Describe how your professional and personal experiences have led you to pursue an MBA at this time. Please share with us your short and long term goals and why the Texas MBA at McCombs is the program best positioned to help you achieve them.  (Limit: 800 words)

This question is a classic MBA goals question — with a Longhorn twist.  How have your past experiences molded your goals? The response should highlight achievement while illuminating your clear, realistic goals, which happen to require an MBA.

The Longhorn twist is “how will a Texas MBA help you achieve [your goals]?” McCombs’ location in Texas puts it in the midst of one of the fastest growing economies in the US and at a gateway to Latin America. Does its location have anything to do with you wanting to attend UT? Say so! Perhaps location is not the driver for you, and its elements of  McCombs program that appeal. Reveal how those elements will help you achieve your goals. Finally McCombs is very proud of its four core principles: Knowledge and Understanding; Responsibility and Integrity; Communication and Collaboration; and a Worldview of Business and Society. How are they a part of your reasons for applying to UT Austin?

2. At the University of Texas at Austin, our motto is “What starts here changes the world.” Here at McCombs, we are looking for students who share this vision. We believe that the MBA experience is a transformative one and that our students are able to have a positive impact, not only on their own lives, but also in their workplaces, their local communities, their professional industries and/or the world generally.

  • In your life to date, please tell us about an instance when you felt that you had the most positive impact and why you believe it to be significant? (Limit: 200 words)
  • How do you intend to positively impact the MBA community while you are an MBA student at McCombs? (Limit: 200 words)
  • After graduation from business school, what kind of positive impact would you like to have?  (Limit: 200 words)

With these three short essays you can share three different arenas of your life where you have had or would like to “have impact.”  Obviously don’t repeat the material you used in #1, but do elaborate on achievements mentioned in other part of the application.

For the first question, what was the situation you were addressing? What did you do? What was the result and why was that important? The incident could be important because of its impact on an individual, an organization or group, or on you. A combination is also possible.

For the second question, do you homework on McCombs. Connect with current students or alumni. Attend school receptions. Read admissions and student blogs. Comb the website so that you know what is available to you and where you may want to have impact. Then lay out in a focused way two to three programs you would like to launch or events you would like to enhance or organizations you would like to contribute to. Remember it’s only 200 words. You probably don’t have room for more than a total of three and that could even be pushing it. If you have one really great idea that you want to explore more fully and perhaps tie back to a previous experience, that could work well too.

And for the third part of question #2: What is your greater vision for yourself in the future?  Yes, I know you want professional advancement and a wider network, but for what purpose? How would that purpose lead to a greater good and demonstrate the wider impact that UT would like its alumni to have. For more on the concept of vision, please see “The Parable of the Three Stone Masons.”

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 committee in considering your application. (For example, if your standardized test scores are low or if you have not had coursework in core business subjects (i.e. calculus, microeconomics, statistics, financial accounting), please tell us how you plan to prepare yourself for the quantitative rigor of the MBA curriculum.) (Limit: 200 words)

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.

Deadlines:

Round Application Deadline  Decision Notification  Response Deadline 
1 October 16, 2012 December 14, 2012 February 7, 2013
2 December 4, 2012 February 15, 2013 April 8, 2013
3* January 23, 2013 March 29, 2013 April 8, 2013
4** March 26, 2013 May 10, 2013 May 31, 2013

*Round 3 is the final application deadline for international applicants.
**Round 4 is the final application deadline for domestic applicants.

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UT McCombs Current MBA Student Interview

UT TowerAccepted.com is continuing a blog series featuring interviews with current MBA students, offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at top MBA programs. We hope to offer you a candid picture of student life, and what you should consider as you prepare your MBA application.

Here’s a talk with Karla Juarez, a University of Texas McCombs student who’s passionate about IT, brand management, Latin America, and dance. Thank you Karla for sharing your thoughts with us!

Accepted: First, can you tell us a little about yourself – where are you from? What and where did you study as an undergraduate and when did you graduate?

Karla: I was born in Managua, Nicaragua and raised in Miami, FL. After I graduated in 2005 from the University of Miami with a BS in Computer Engineering, I moved to Minneapolis, MN where I worked in Information Technology for six years.

Accepted: Why did you decide to attend UT McCombs? Has the program lived up to your expectations?

Karla: McCombs has surpassed my expectations! When I visited UT in the fall before applying, I got to experience firsthand its unique and amazing culture. I felt the students were like me in that they were driven, smart, and competitive in all aspects of their lives (not just academics), but I also felt like no one wanted to leave any of their classmates behind. I saw a lot of unity during my stay. After my visit, I knew it was the right fit for me.

Accepted: What do you think of Austin as a location for pursuing an MBA? Did local opportunities play a role in your decision to attend?

Karla: Because of my lack of strong preference, I was more concerned with culture vs. local opportunities. However, Austin is a great city for technology startups and small business in general. UT also has a strong oil and gas program. As far as a location for pursuing an MBA, it’s terrific. Austin is #1 on the 2010 Kiplinger’s Best City for the Next Decade list. It is a moderately sized city with an energetic feel and has tons of live music to enjoy. WITH great weather!

Accepted: What’s your favorite class so far?

Karla: My favorite class so far is Marketing Analytics. It gave me a great overview of how to quantify the importance of marketing through the use of mathematics. It was very interesting and educational to use statistical regressions to solve marketing questions.

Accepted: Do you have an internship lined up for the summer? If so, what role did McCombs play in helping you secure that position?

Karla: Yes, I will be interning in brand management at Johnson & Johnson for the summer. I worked with an excellent UT communications coach before attending the NSHMBA conference in the fall. McCombs provides all MBA students with four hours of one-on-one time with a communications coach. This service was invaluable to me and I definitely noticed an enormous change in my interviewing skills. In addition to communications coaches, the school requires that students take a career class where we work on resumes, company research, mock interviews, cover letters, and other career-related tasks.

Accepted: Your LinkedIn profile shows that you have experience in very diverse areas. How do you plan on using your skills in dance, IT, foreign languages and travel, and Hispanic/Latin American ventures in your post-MBA goals?

Karla: My post-MBA goal is to work with the Latin American market in a brand management capacity. Technology is an ever-increasing part of marketing and will no doubt play an important role in my understanding of how to successfully implement and execute marketing initiatives. I am currently learning a new language (Portuguese) to prepare me for my planned study abroad in São Paulo, Brazil, which will in turn put me in a better place for a Latin America rotation later in my career (that will hopefully include travel). Lastly, dance is one of the ways I celebrate and enjoy culture and that is an important part of my life goal: share enjoyment of life with others and make a positive impact.

Accepted: Do you have any advice for some of our applicants who will be applying to UT McCombs?

Karla: Come for a visit. The culture at top business schools is hard to describe and understand unless you’ve experienced it.

Accepted: I see that you are a member of the Consortium. What attracted you to the Consortium? How have you benefited from the program?

Karla: The Consortium’s tuition fellowship is very attractive to a lot of students. However, the connections I made with Consortium students at other top schools, the pre-business school preparation I underwent with McCombs in preparation for the career conference, and the access I got to companies that recruit MBAs during the Orientation Program (before we even start business school) are priceless.

Accepted: Can you share some application tips for other students applying to business school through the Consortium?

Karla: If you can, get the GMAT out of the way early. For your essays, do a lot of brainstorming and self-reflection before you dive into specific essays. I referenced a couple of business school essay books and they provided very good direction on the brainstorming/writing process. Also very important: ask your friends to help you revise. It’s usually a good idea to have at least one alumnus read your school specific essay.

Please visit our UT McCombs B-School Zone and Consortium Zone for more McCombs- and Consortium-specific advice. For complete, soup-to-nuts guidance on the MBA admissions process, please purchase Linda Abraham’s new book, MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools – now available in paperback and Kindle editions!

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MBA Interviews: Startling Stats

Poets and Quants published a revealing interview with Michigan Ross’s “gatekeeper,” Admissions Director Soojin Kwon Koh last week. Ms. Koh revealed in that interview a key piece of information for all Ross applicants especially but also for all MBA applicants in general: We’re “weighting the interviews …more heavily.” Ms. Koh asserts that “the interview will be a more helpful indicator [than the written application] of what will be useful for a business school experience.”

Take this as a warning, applicants. It isn’t good enough to submit strong essays revealing a pattern of success in your career and community. These will earn you an interview, but the interview is not just a conversation to weed out non-fluent, shy, or aggressive applicants: it is one of the most heavily weighted elements of the application.

Many applicants think that they interview well and do not believe that they need to conduct much interview preparation. Think again…

Just check out the statistics: BusinessWeek reports that 50% of Ross applicants were interviewed last year, but only 32% were accepted. Crunching the numbers using the total 2929 applications that Ross received shows that a full 36% of those interviewed were rejected.

And how do these numbers compare to other top programs? At MIT, 38% of those interviewed were rejected. McCombs dinged a full 51% of those interviewed. Duke decided against a whopping 53% of those it interviewed. And Carnegie Mellon rejected 62% of the students it interviewed!

Don’t make the mistake of assuming that you interview well: job interviews and admissions interviews are separate species. Take these numbers seriously and conduct a mock interview with an experienced admissions consultant who can guide you in demonstrating the interpersonal qualities that Ms. Koh and her fellow gatekeepers seek in their students.

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Consortium MBA Admissions Director Interview Available Online

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Consortium students at CMU Tepper

Thank you for attending our recent Consortium Strategy Q&As with Travis McAllister and the reps from participating Consortium schools UT McCombs, University of Wisconsin, UC Berkeley Haas, Yale SOM, Michigan Ross, CMU Tepper, Indiana Kelley, and Rochester Simon. The school adcom representatives each talked about what’s new at their schools and how their programs view Consortium applicants.

Here’s an excerpt that covers some info on Consortium member perks:

Linda Abraham: Maria asks is, “What is the most valuable aspect of being a member of the Consortium?”

Robyn Winstanley: One of the most beneficial aspects is that it does allow you the opportunity to create a whole additional funnel of corporate sponsors and relationships that you can develop for your future career goals. So within each business school that you ultimately choose to attend, of course you can work through the Career Management Center and then networking opportunities available through the alums of that particular business schools, but being part of the Consortium will also provide you an additional set of organizations that can be very useful to you, depending on what your future career goals are….

Obviously another large benefit is financially. We certainly encourage all students who believe that they can fulfill the values and mission of the Consortium absolutely to apply, as we’ve already mentioned the ability to receive a full-tuition fellowship….So a combination of both networking opportunities and the financial advantages are the two key things that I personally would highlight.

Jim Holmen: [R]emember that the Consortium has been around nearly 45 years. So when you join any Consortium member school, you become a member of their family of alums, but you are also part of the family of the Consortium alumni from all the member schools, and that significantly increases the pool of candidates that will be a part of your network of friends and colleagues.

Linwood Harris: I wanted to add the fabulous experience that students will actually gain by attending the Orientation program….You will get an opportunity to set your future career path on fire. And it’s a great way to connect with 300-400 students who are actually in the same shoes as you are, coming into this incoming class….Many of the students who actually come to campus in the fall, by attending that orientation program, they’ve already received some interviews and some great offers for internship before they even step foot into any class because of their relationship of being involved in the Consortium.

For the entire conversation, please view the transcript or listen to the audio file on our website. (This excerpt is from the second Consortium Q&A event we held. Here’s the link to the first.) You can also read up on Consortium-related news and advice by visiting the Consortium Zone.

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UT McCombs 2012 MBA Application Questions, Deadlines, Tips

The 2013 UT McCombs MBA Tips are now available.  Click here to check them out.

UT McCombs 2012 MBA Essay Questions

This UT McCombs 2012 MBA Application tip post is one of a series of posts providing MBA application and essay advice for applicants to top MBA programs around the world. Check out the entire 2012 MBA Application Tips series for more valuable MBA essay advice.

Required Essays:

1. Describe how your professional and personal experiences have led you to pursue an MBA at this time. Please share with us your short and long term goals and why the Texas MBA at McCombs is the program best positioned to help you achieve them. (900 words)

This question is a classic MBA goals question — with a Longhorn twist.  How have your past experiences molded your goals? The response should highlight achievement while illuminating your clear, realistic goals, which happen to require an MBA.

The Longhorn twist is “how will a Texas MBA help you achieve [your goals]?” McCombs’ location in Texas puts it in the midst of one of the fastest growing economies in the US and at a gateway to Latin America. Does its location have anything to do with you wanting to attend UT? Say so! Perhaps location is not the driver for you, and its elements of  McCombs program that appeal. Reveal how those elements will help you achieve your goals. Finally McCombs is very proud of its four core principles: Knowledge and Understanding; Responsibility and Integrity; Communication and Collaboration; and a Worldview of Business and Society. How are they a part of your reasons for applying to UT Austin?

2. At the McCombs School of Business, we are proud to have an active and diverse student community. What do you consider to be your personal strengths and how have you leveraged them in the past to enrich your work and non-work communities? (500 words)

Some of you may write this MBA essay in terms of ethnic diversity, but don’t believe for a second that McCombs thinks of diversity exclusively in ethnic or socio-economic terms. Varied experiences, interests, hobbies, careers, and backgrounds all play a role in “diversity.”  Let your individuality and humanity shine through.

Optional Essays:

If your standardized test scores are low or if you have not had coursework in core business subjects (i.e. calculus, microeconomics, statistics, financial accounting), please tell us how you plan to prepare yourself for the quantitative rigor of the MBA curriculum. (200 words)

Tell them what they want to hear: How are you going prepare yourself to handle the number crunching demanded by a top-MBA program. If you feel you have already taken the classes, let them know it? Keep it short and sweet.

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 committee in considering your application. (350 words)

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.

If you would like help with your UT Austin McCombs MBA application, please consider Accepted’s MBA essay editing and MBA admissions consulting or our UT McCombs School Packages, which include advising, editing, interview coaching, and a resume edit for the McCombs MBA application.

UT McCombs 2012 MBA Deadlines:

October 24, 2011: Round 1

December 5, 2011: Round 2

January 23, 2012: Round 3 (Final deadline for international applicants)

March 26, 2012: Round 3 (Final deadline for domestic applicants)

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2011 UT McCombs Admissions Director Interview Posted

 

If you attended our recent conversation with UT McCombs‘s Vicki Duran, Director of MBA Admissions, Jolene Ashcraft, Senior Associate Director, and Jaryn Creasy, a second-year student at UT, then you know what a success it was. You can review the Q&A by reading the whole UT McCombs Q&A transcript, by listening to the full audio clip online, or by subscribing to our podcast in iTunes and catch as many of the MBA Admissions Q&As as you want.

Here is a particularly noteworthy clip from the UT McCombs Q&A about the MBA Investment Fund:

Linda Abraham: Juan asks, “How hard is it to intern for the MBA Investment Fund? What is the application process and do you evaluate work experience or education primarily?” I’m assuming that at the moment he is referring to the Investment Fund selection process.

Jolene Ashcraft: For those of you who don’t know, the MBA Investment Fund is actually a completely student-run investment fund that we have here on campus. It is managed by the students. It is great hands-on experience for those of you who are interested in getting into investment banking or investment management, private equity, or anything in the finance world. There is an application process for that, and it is a pretty competitive organization to be a part of. But basically they will look at your previous work experience, your GMAT score, and at how you are performing in your first semester core classes like accounting, finance, and statistics. There is also an application that you will have to fill out and an interview process. There is usually some sort of finance stock-pitch competition. So there are several different components of the application process. But they do take people from all different backgrounds, so you don’t necessarily have to have had previous finance work experience, just a commitment to learning more about it, wanting to go into it in the future, and then going through the application process which includes a lot of different components.

Vicki Duran: And as Jolene said, it is pretty competitive. It is also the largest student-led fund in the United States. They manage more than $15 million in assets. And typically, they will take about twenty new students each year onto the fund. And this process that Jolene talked about, it is actually the second-year students who are conducting the interviews, reviewing the applications, and making decisions, with support from the faculty liaison that works with the fund, Professor Sandy Leeds. So it is one of the student-led organizations, but it is one of the few organizations where you do have to go through an interview process.

And here’s another question on recommended pre-MBA coursework:

Linda Abraham: Daniel asks, “For those of us who didn’t study economics or business or math in college, what classes do you recommend we take before starting at a school like McCombs?”

Jolene Ashcraft: For those of you who haven’t had a lot of quantitative classes previously and want to do something to really prepare yourselves before starting an MBA program, first-off I would recommend just getting some undergraduate level textbooks for finance and accounting and going through those and just familiarizing yourself with the terminology and some of the basic principles. And then also if you want to enroll in some classes at a local community college or extension program, we would either recommend finance, statistics, economics, or accounting. Those are the classes that students sometimes have problems with if they’ve never experienced those types of subjects before, especially accounting. And then prior to orientation, here at McCombs we actually have a Boot Camp as well that you can take part in that can help you prepare yourself for the first semester, for finance, accounting. And you can go through that Boot Camp to really help get better prepared for the first semester before you even start the classes.

Jaryn Creasy: From a student perspective, I was a little bit nervous about that because my undergrad major was not focused in any sort of business or math, so I actually did take an accounting course at a community college. I thought that really helped me once I entered into the accounting courses here, just to be able to understand some of the fundamentals before getting on campus. I also did the MBA Math which was provided to us over the summer, and I thought that also really helped me ramp up prior to starting the school year.

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UT McCombs MBA Admissions Q&A Next Week!

If you’re thinking about applying to UT McCombs School of Business and have questions about the application process, or if you have already applied and have questions about the curriculum or student life, then you won’t want to miss Accepted’s upcoming UT McCombs Q&A on Monday, February 14, 2011 at 10:00 AM PT/1:00 PM ET/6:00 PM GMT. Fielding questions large and small will be Vicki Duran, UT’s Senior Associate Director of MBA Admissions. This forum will provide you with the perfect opportunity to hear more about the McCombs program and how it guides its MBA students toward a future of financial success, social impact, and ethical, sustainable business innovations.

Register now to reserve your spot for the UT McCombs MBA Q&A.

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