Scott Edinburgh
October 28, 2022

Texas McCombs Essay Tips and Application Deadlines: 2022-2023

Texas McCombs has released its full-time MBA essay questions and deadlines for the 2022–2023 application cycle. This year, the school has added a video assessment to its application, giving applicants the opportunity to share their story with the admissions committee in their own voice.

If you are interested in the McCombs MBA program, check out the latest class profile to assess if the program may be a strong fit for you.

Accepted students had an average GMAT score of 708 and an average of 5.5 years of work experience. The class of 2023 consists of 38% women, 37% US minority students, and 24% international citizens.

The 2022-2023 Texas McCombs Application Deadlines Are:

Round 1: October 11, 2022

Round 2: January 4, 2023

Round 3: March 28, 2023

2022–2023 Texas McCombs Essays:

Essay 1: Picture yourself at graduation. Describe how you spent your time as a Texas McCombs MBA to achieve your personal and professional goals. (500 words)

We like to think of this essay as the speech you would give at graduation from McCombs. Do not let the structure confuse you:

Start with where you are today but expressed as “When I started at McCombs I was an engineer at Tesla.” Talk briefly about what you had accomplished and the skills you had mastered. Then briefly state why you wanted an MBA from there: what you wanted to get out of it.

You should use a good chunk of this essay to discuss the classes you want to take and the activities you want to pursue – just like you would in many other essays – but in the past tense. Show what you want to learn (expressed as what you learned) and how it will supplement your experience and knowledge. This is the central part of the essay: what you will do (did) at McCombs and how you will draw (drew) value from the experience, for example, “The class with Professor Smith taught me to integrate complex data into my analysis of environmental problems.”

End with a shortened version of your goals, for which you are now well positioned (remember, you are speaking at graduation from McCombs). So, at graduation you might already have landed the job you sought in your short-term goals and you will be working toward your long-term goals.

In writing about your activities on campus, we recommend you consider McCombs’s culture and values and show that you have researched the fit between you and the school, demonstrating your involvement and sense of community.

Video Assessment: Texas McCombs is excited to introduce the Video Assessment as a new application component for the 2022-23 admissions cycle. Given all applicants will complete the Video Assessment, MBA candidates will have increased accessibility to the application process and the opportunity to share their story with us in their own voice. Through the Video Assessment, the Admissions Committee will have a chance to experience the “real” you, beyond a resume, test scores, and transcripts.

All applicants will be required to complete the Video Assessment shortly after submitting their application and paying the fee. Applicants have 7 days to complete the assessment upon receiving access to the video submission platform. There will be 7 question prompts and applicants will have 3 minutes to answer each prompt.

Optional Statement: If applicable, applicants can provide an optional statement in the essay section of the application. Applicants should only provide an optional statement if there is something they wish to address about their candidacy that is not addressed elsewhere.

Only those with extenuating circumstances should respond to the optional Texas McCombs essay. Take a look at Personal MBA Coach’s blog on optional essays and additional application extras for guidance.

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