University of Texas McCombs 2016-17 MBA Essay Tips & Deadlines
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, motivations, and ability to collaborate, while also addressing the practical matters of goals and why you are seeking an MBA at McCombs.
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.
• Write an essay (250 words maximum)
First, choose from the two options – for the purpose of self-introduction, which medium is the most natural for you? That is the one you should use –both are equally good. Next decision: out of the universe that is you, 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 event or experience, if that one element bridges your work and non-work spheres. Both communication options require brevity, so focus on the essential.
Based on your post-MBA goals and what drives you in your personal and professional life, why is the Texas MBA the ideal program for you and how do you plan to engage in our community? (500 words max)
Interestingly, this question integrates goals and motivation. I suggest starting the essay with your goals – straightforwardly discussion short and long term goals, with the short term goals more in-depth and detailed. Next, discuss how these goals, along with some personal drivers or characteristics, make the Texas MBA the right program for you. Be specific and thoughtful about how the program aligns with your needs, don’t just reword website copy.
Finally, identify ways you will participate in the McCombs community – discuss a few key, specific clubs, programs, or other resources meaningfully including why they’re of interest, what you hope to gain from them, and what impact you can have.
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 max)
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 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.
By Cindy Tokumitsu, author and co-author of numerous ebooks, articles, and special reports, including Why MBA and Best MBA Programs: A Guide to Selecting the Right One. Cindy has advised hundreds of successful applicants in her fifteen years with Accepted.
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