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About The School

McCombs’ full-time MBA class is made up of less than 250 students on average, making it one of the smaller top-20 MBA programs. With more than 20 concentrations offered, 14 are STEM certified. Entrepreneurship, management consulting, clean tech, innovation leadership, and supply chain & operations management rank in the top five chosen by MBA students.

Students can choose from a dozen degree options offered at UT Austin, including communications, global policy, and public affairs, among others. The school boasts nearly 50 student-led organizations, spanning a range of professional, social and affinity groups.

McCombs leverages its location in Austin, the 11th largest city in the United States, as a city increasingly known for being a technology center, emphasizing learning opportunities in technology and entrepreneurship. Austin is also routinely ranked among the best cities in the US for business, education and the arts.

Strengths And Specializations

Accounting, information systems, technology, entrepreneurship.

Incoming Class

Number of applicants  – 1,866

MBA Class size – 220

Annual tuition  – $117,440

Post-MBA Careers

Career Sector: Technology (31.6%); Consulting (30.1%); Financial Services (17.9%); Real Estate (4.6%); Starting own business (2%)

Top Recruiters: Amazon, Boston Consulting Group, Bain & Co., Dell Technologies, Deloitte Consulting, Apple, PwC + Strategy&, EY Parthenon

Avg. Base Salary – $144,564

Salary Increase – 107% 

Employment in 3 months – 95.3%

UT Austin McCombs Rankings


Avg. Work Exp. – 5.7

Avg. GMAT – 706

International Students – 28% 

Female Students – 35%  

Deadlines for 2023-2024: R1: October 10, 2023; R2: January 5, 2024; R3: March 26, 2024; R4: May 9, 2024


Cover Letter (new in 2023-2024)

The application cover letter is a critical means of assessing an applicant’s motivation for attending the McCombs School of Business, their background and goals, and their communication and writing skills. Strong applications convey careful research on Texas McCombs and enthusiasm for the program.

Please complete the required cover letter prompt below and upload it to your application prior to submission.

-Please write an application cover letter summarizing your aspirations, qualifications, and personal and professional experiences that make you a strong candidate for the Texas Full-Time MBA program. (500 words)

Optional Statement:

If applicable, applicants can provide an optional statement in the cover letter 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.(E.g. gaps in work experience, choice of  recommender, academic performance, or extenuating personal circumstances)

Video Assessment: (New format 2023-2024)

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 4 question prompts and applicants will have 90 seconds to answer each prompt.

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