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The McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas is a globally recognized MBA program, located in the center of technology- Austin.

MBA Application Deadlines:

Round 1:

Application deadline: October 10, 2017 at 11:59pm CT,

Priority deadline for scholarships & fellowships

Decision date: December 19, 2017

Round 2:

Application deadline: January 9, 2018 at 11:59pm CT,

Decision date: March 19, 2018

Round 3:

Final application deadline: April 3, 2017 at 11:59pm CT,

Decision date: May 11, 2018

Application Essays

Like last year, McCombs business school asks its applicants to write two required essays and one optional essay. The first essay remains unchanged from last year, but the second essay has been changed.

Essay 1: 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)
  • Share a video introduction (one minute)

This is the fifth year running that McCombs requires the applicants to write an essay on introduction to their class mates. McCombs allows them to delve on their personal as well as professional attributes in 250 words.  This essay, in terms of the topic and the medium of communication, provides applicants with a flexibility and freedom to showcase their creative side. You may take time to brainstorm ideas about what you would like your team mates at McCombs to know about you. Considering this is your first encounter with them, you can discuss your cultural background, motivation, personal and professional goals/accomplishments, hobbies/interests, and issues that pique your interest. The motive is to tell you future class mates who you really are.

To showcase your creativity, McCombs offers you a choice of two modes of communication. You may pick the format that works best for you.  If you are an introvert, or if you love to write, you may select the ‘essay mode’ for sure. If you are an extrovert, you may find the video mode more exciting. A video essay allows applicants to be more creative as well as imaginative. For example, if you plan to share your culinary skills with your class mates, you may consider shooting part of the one minute video in your kitchen.

Though it’s fun doing a video essay, it is my understanding that it would demand more time than a regular essay (This by no means implies that crafting an ‘introduction’ essay in 250 words is not challenging). You may experiment with the video option if you can invest significant amount of time to make sure that you grab the attention of your audience not only through your words, but also through your body language and facial expressions.  And remember your challenge is to say it all in a one minute video.  Also, if you are camera shy and don’t feel comfortable before the camera, then video option may not be a good option. Whichever medium you choose, dedicate the work necessary to ensure that your introduction is engaging and presents you as a likeable, friendly, and well-rounded individual to your cohorts.

Essay 2:  Picture yourself at graduation. Describe how you spent your two years as a Texas MBA student, and how that experience helped to prepare you for the post-MBA world. (500 words)

This second required question has been changed this year. Last year’s applicants were asked to write about what drove them in their personal and professional life, how Texas MBA is the ideal program for them and how they planned to engage in McCombs community. The key was to demonstrate their ‘fit ‘with the school. This year’s applicants will also be highlighting their ‘fit’ with the school, but in a different way. They will visualize themselves at their graduation day and explain how two years at the Texas MBA helped prepare them for their post MBA personal and professional goals.

To prepare yourself, you must do your homework of researching the program well. Explain how various resources/ offerings and activities at McCombs (courses, study groups, clubs etc.) brought you closer to your post MBA goals. In addition to explaining how Texas MBA helped you fulfill your professional goals, you should also discuss how participation in various activities of student organizations and clubs at McCombs contributed to your personal growth. Additionally, you may also comment on your experiences of being a part of the city of Austin. Wrap up your essay with your final thoughts on your overall experience at McCombs.

Optional Statement:

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, significant weaknesses in your application, or extenuating personal circumstances). (250 words)

An optional essay is an opportunity for you to give the Ad Com relevant information that you could not provide in other parts of your application other essays and résumé. For example, if you have a lower than average GMAT score, any grades below a C on your transcript, academic probation or a significant employment gap, you can explain in this essay.  To provide context for a weakness in your profile, make sure your reason is genuine to convince the Admission committee that your low grades or employment gap occurred due to unforeseen circumstances beyond your control. Your response should be positive, straightforward, and fact-focused and should not sound like you are making excuses for a weakness in your profile.

Also, if you cannot get your recommendation letter from your current supervisor, please explain that in the optional statement. For more information on the choice of recommenders for your McCombs application, please visit admission blog.

myEssayReview has helped many applicants get accepted into McCombs School of Business. You may email Poonam at myessayreview.com">poonam@myessayreview.com with questions about your application for McCombs School of Business.

You may be interested in previous years’ essay questions analysis:

UT Austin McCombs Essay Questions Analysis 2016-17

UT Austin McCombs Essay Questions Analysis 2015-16

UT Austin McCombs Essay Questions Analysis 2014-15

This post was first published in myEssayReview blog.

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The UT McCombs School of Business is a globally recognized MBA program, located in Austin, Texas, a center of technology and business for the region.

When approaching these essay questions think about the reasons you are pursuing an MBA, particularly at McCombs. Thorough school research will help you come up with specifics, by taking to current or former students, visiting campus, or attending admissions events.

Stacey Kammerdiener, Senior Texas Full-Time MBA Admissions Officer advises, “While it may be tempting, do us (and yourself) a favor and avoid the snooze-fest/shock-factor extremes. Instead, approach your essays genuinely and with reflection.” More advice can be found at the Texas MBA Insider blog.

ESSAY ONE
Introduce yourself.
Select only one communication method that you would like to use for your response.


• Write an essay (250 words), OR
• Share a video introduction (one minute)


For an open-ended essay with a creative option (the video) it can be daunting to think of a topic. Rather than focusing on how you are going to communicate, start thinking about what you want to communicate to the Texas MBA admissions committee by introducing yourself to your new study group.

The best essays will dive deep into your motivations and aspirations, perhaps getting into your cultural background, formative moments in your life and friends, family and colleagues who have influenced you. To identify one or two key stories you may want to tell, think about those pivotal moments of change in your life.

For many people the transition from high school to college and from college to work led to personal change. Others had formative childhood experiences or experiences that led to shifts in perspective like travel or living outside your home country. Any one of these moments could be a good way to illustrate who you are and what motivates you.

Once you have identified the content of your essay you can decide how to present it. A video could give you the opportunity to add elements of emotion, such as humor, that are harder to convey in writing. A video also allows you to include graphics, photos or other visual elements. If your story fits better into a written narrative you may choose the written essay instead.

If you choose a video essay you will still want to write a script for your video. Think about the bullet points you want to cover, and any important points you need to convey. If you decide to talk into the camera, rehearsing will be especially important, and consider having a friend or family member there so you can talk to a person instead of the camera. If you are able to edit the video after you record footage it will be easier to keep it smooth and on topic. Either way, make sure you take the time to record several takes of the video content so you can choose the best one to submit to McCombs.

ESSAY TWO
Picture yourself at graduation. Describe how you spent your two years as a Texas MBA student, and how that experience helped to prepare you for the post-MBA world. (500 words)

This essay is your opportunity to demonstrate strong fit with the Texas MBA program. As part of your homework before starting this set of essays you have hopefully learned as much as possible about the school, now you can bring in your own aspirations and goals. Use your imagination to think about how you might describe your MBA experience at graduation. You’ll likely have experienced both professional and personal growth, and met interesting people who will be part of your lifelong network.

To help you get started, research some of the unique opportunities at McCombs like the Venture Labs, if you have entrepreneurial dreams, and The MBA+ Program, with opportunities to work with influential companies through a variety of touch points. Being part of the city of Austin is another unique benefit to the program that you may want to consider in the context of your background and goals.

For example, perhaps you were interested in working for a major technology firm to learn product manager skills to use in starting your own business. While at McCombs you might have tested ideas with the Venture Labs, and also consulted for major companies like Adobe or HP to learn how large companies worked. These experiences were likely formative as you made career plans.

Don’t forget the personal – McCombs has an active and engaged student culture with many student organizations you likely joined. And your classmates and friends you made in the program were definitely an influence as well.

OPTIONAL STATEMENT
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)

This optional essay provides space for you to add your own context to any information that should be explained to the admissions committee. For example, if you have a lower than average test score, any grades below a C on your transcript, academic probation or a significant resume gap, you can explain here. Keep your explanation concise and factual, and focused on context for the issue rather than excuses.

Stacy Blackman Consulting can provide personalized, strategic guidance for your Texas MBA application. Contact us to learn more.
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The UT McCombs School of Business is celebrating the long-anticipated grand opening of Robert B. Rowling Hall, its new 497,500-square-foot graduate business education center. Rowling Hall will house the Texas McCombs MBA and M.S. in Technology Commercialization programs.

According to a statement accompanying the opening of its new graduate business facility, Texas McCombs will lead future generations, and influence “…how business leaders will think and behave in a future that is volatile, unknown, and brimming with opportunity.”

The facility is also home to the Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs, the John C. Goff Labs, and the Center for Leadership and Ethics, as well as being a site for Texas Executive Education classes and programs.

Rowling Hall will serve as a hub for graduate students to meet with peers, faculty members, recruiters and members of the building community to openly exchange ideas, network and work in teams.

The building will also double the space available for Texas Executive Education programs and, in conjunction with the AT&T Education and Conference Center, increase the convention and conference activities at the university.

A gift of $25 million from Bob Rowling, McCombs alumnus and former regent,  launched the campaign to fund the construction of the building, which broke ground in 2014.
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Having the opportunity to learn from the best and brightest minds in business is one of the top motivators for many applicants considering an MBA degree at an elite business school. The professors and lecturers you’ll encounter have worked in the trenches, and bring an incredible wealth of real-world experiences into the classroom setting.

In our new limited series of professor interviews on the SBC blog, readers will get to know a bit more about these brilliant academics, what fields most excite them, the trends they foresee, what they enjoy most about teaching at their respective universities, and how it all comes together with their students.

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Today, let’s get to know Professor Meeta Kothare, who teaches Financial Innovation for Social Impact and Impact Investing at the University of Texas Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Policy.

Kothare is also leading the new Social Innovation Initiative at UT McCombs School of Business.

She is the founder and president of Neeva Solutions, a management consulting firm assisting organizations dedicated to social impact.
What triggered your interest in your subject matter?
After teaching corporate finance and investment banking classes for several years, I switched gears and worked in the social sector for a decade, first with a philanthropic organization and then as a consultant to nonprofits and social entrepreneurs.

My passion for social impact combined with my love of finance drove my attention to the nascent field of impact investing. I started teaching again, but this time it was impact investing and social entrepreneurship instead of traditional finance.
What’s changed since you entered the field?
Discussions of the role of business in society have changed considerably since I first started in finance. Sustainable and impact investing are making their way into the mainstream. Scholars and practitioners have begun to question whether the brand of capitalism that was practiced in the past fifty years is sufficient to deal with 21st century challenges such as extreme social inequity and climate change.

Companies are paying greater attention to the effects of social and environmental issues on their profitability. On the demand side, younger generations of investors are more engaged in these issues and consequently, asset managers are increasingly investing according to ESG (environmental, social, and governance) principles.
Any surprising or unique applications of your field of study?
Because so much of social innovation, whether it is impact investing or social entrepreneurship or corporate sustainability, requires collaboration among private, public, and nonprofit sectors, studying these areas is giving our students a range of skills and the ability to think about a problem from different perspectives outside the silo of business education.

I’ve had students tell me that even when they’ve interviewed for conventional corporate or consulting jobs, they’ve found themselves depending on the reasoning they’ve developed during our class discussions.

I’m not surprised when I hear that because in my classes and our programs, students learn how to make change happen, develop empathy for consumers, and co-create solutions with diverse communities, skills that you can apply to any work you are doing.
What do you like about the school you are teaching at?
The McCombs school embodies the culture of Austin – a unique camaraderie among students, a social consciousness that is part of the city, and a willingness to work together toward our mutual goals. I also have tremendous support to experiment and figure out what works in the new Social Innovation Initiative that I lead.
What can you do in the classroom to best prepare students for the real world?
There are two parts to that process: The first and obvious one is to give students a rigorous course that helps them develop a certain level of expertise in the subject. The other part is harder.

How do we prepare students for a real world that is ever-changing and more diverse than anything they can experience in the classroom? How do we teach them how to react when faced with tough professional and personal choices, successes and failures? I try different things.

I look for outside speakers who are experts in the subject matter, but who can also speak to these ambiguities and how they handled them. I weave in these topics in class discussions, cases and projects as much as I can. I try to create an environment in the classroom that puts the onus of learning on the student, respects diverse voices, challenges students to look beyond the easy answers and develop confidence in their ability to make change happen and bring others along on that journey.
What are you most excited about that’s happening in your field?
Technology is upending every field, not least of which is finance, but what excites me the most is the tremendous growth in ESG investing in the past couple of years has been exciting.

This January, we witnessed a defining moment on Wall Street when Larry Fink, CEO of Blackrock, the world’s largest asset management firm, wrote a letter to CEOs saying that Blackrock expects companies to make a positive contribution to society in addition to producing financial returns.

In the letter, he also states that companies must benefit all stakeholders, not just shareholders. How this translates to action for Blackrock or the companies in which it invests remains to be seen, but the winds are definitely shifting away from the kind of capitalism that we’ve seen for several decades now.
Can you speak to interesting trends in your field?
All around the world, companies are beginning to pay attention to their social and environmental impacts. Several factors are driving these changes. Surveys show that over 75% of millennials are integrating social and environmental consequences into their consumption, employment, and investment decisions.

Around $40 trillion of wealth will transfer to this generation over the next three decades and we are already seeing some of the shift toward more sustainable investing. A quarter of managed assets around the world are invested with ESG (environmental, social, and governance) considerations, and this number is growing.

We are also seeing a growth in investments directly into social purpose businesses, commonly referred to as impact investing as more philanthropists and conscious investors find that a financial return, at or below market, allows them to extend their support of social enterprises.

Around 36 states now allow companies to incorporate as Benefit Corporations which means that their social and environmental missions are baked into their charter, making it easier to protect their missions legally.
What are you most excited about in your classroom?
Because of the content, my classes naturally tap into the desire of this generation to find purposeful lives and careers. I love their fierce idealism and even after teaching for so many years, fresh ideas from new students and new generations never ceases to enlighten me.
Any business predictions for 2068?
I’m optimistic about humankind’s capacity to innovate and adapt, so I’m going to bet that a new sustainable, regenerative form of capitalism will emerge that that will restore and replenish more than we extract from our society and planet.

Thank you so much Professor Kothare for sharing your insights and experiences with our readers! You can read more about her work in South by Social: Austin is the capital of impact entrepreneurship, too and Women lead second wave of giving sparked by Impact Austin experiences.
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If you are looking for guidance on your MBA application, Stacy Blackman Consulting can help with hourly and comprehensive consulting services. Contact us to learn more. Visit the website for Stacy Blackman Reviews, and check out the company’s e-publications for more in depth school-by-school guidance.
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