Texas McCombs MBA Program Adds 4th Application Round

Following in the footsteps of numerous other top MBA programs, the UT McCombs School of Business has just announced the addition of a new application round for the MBA Class of 2025. With many prospective students facing layoffs or uncertainty in their professional situation, the McCombs AdCom team believes an additional application round will be helpful for those needing a little more time to work on their application and evaluate their next professional steps.

The new Texas McCombs Round 4 deadline is May 11, 2023 by 11:59 pm CT.

Any U.S. citizen or permanent resident may apply in Round 4. International applicants aren’t eligible due to issues with visa processing time. There’s one more application fee waiver-eligible event this cycle, open to both Round 3 and Round 4 applicants. To get the fee waiver, applicants must attend McCombs’s Application Overview Virtual Session on March 7 at 8 a.m. CT. Register here.

In addition, applicants may petition for a test waiver if they would like to submit an application without a GMAT, GRE, or EA exam. Read through this document to see if you’re eligible, and submit the form by May 4th, 2023.

The Texas MBA program will release R4 decisions on or before June 8, 2023. The enrollment deadline for admits is June 15th.

Explaining a Layoff

Never have business schools been more sensitive and understanding of MBA applicants’ employment situations. The tech sector, in particular, has seen more than 110K layoffs since last year. Applicants can briefly explain their current employment status within the data form. Anyone wishing to provide more context regarding their situation can use the optional statement for the AdCom to review.

If you think you don’t have a professional recommender due to your laid-off status, never fear. The Texas MBA program has compiled a helpful list of alternatives to a current supervisor for your recommendation letter. Above all, choose someone who knows you well and can speak to your strengths.

And remember, even though you’ve experienced a job loss, you’ve still likely had many career successes, too. Shine the spotlight on those aspects in your application, and show how they have prepared you for this exciting new chapter in your career.

If you’ve realized that a pivot to business school is the right next step for your career, there’s no reason to wait another year to apply for an MBA. Take advantage of this late-round accommodation and get to know UT McCombs School of Business. The school is hosting campus visits until late April and will host virtual events to help you navigate the application process. Attending such events can also help you craft your essay and prepare for the video assessment.

Finally, know that if you don’t get admitted this spring, there’s no downside to applying again in the fall. The Texas MBA program values re-applicants and doesn’t hold it against them if it didn’t work out the first time.

You can hear firsthand about the many strengths of the Texas MBA program by listening to this B-Schooled podcast interview with Rodrigo Malta, Managing Director of MBA Recruiting and Admissions at McCombs, who gives extremely insightful advice and information for aspiring MBAs.


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