Texas McCombs Essay Analysis 2017 – 2018

Last updated on August 25th, 2017

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If you’re looking at applying to the Texas McCombs MBA program 2016-2017, stay with me, In this article, we will discuss Texas McCombs, and its MBA application essays.


The advantage about this program is the location. After California, Texas comes close in terms of great weather and opportunities. It’s a place where there are a lot of significant cities like Dallas.


Secondly, in terms of the program, there is a huge focus on the energy sector. So, if you belong to the energy sector, Texas is the best place for you. The best thing is that Texas McCombs has the center for energy, finance education, research, and a lot of other programs that help you if you’re in the energy sector.


Apart from this, I’ve learned from our students who went to the Texas McCombs program, that a lot of the campus life is driven by the students. There are a lot of competitions such as the business plan competition, investment competitions, and much more, all run by the students.


Thus, you can get an actual experience of working in cross functional and multicultural teams. All of this happens while you’re still a student!


The student experience, the diversity, and the fact that the students run so much by themselves is a huge plus. Now let’s look at the application deadlines.

2017-2018 UT Austin McCombs MBA Deadlines:


Round 1

Application Deadline: October 10, 2017,*

Decision Notification: December 19, 2017


Round 2

Application Deadline: January 9, 2018

Decision Notification: March 29, 2018


Round 3

Application Deadline: April 3, 2018

Decision Notification: May 10, 2018

*Priority deadline for scholarships and fellowships.




2017-2018 UT Austin McCombs MBA Essay Questions:


Essay 1

It is the first day of Texas MBA 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), OR

Share a video introduction (one minute)


Introducing yourself is more than just giving your name, especially when you have only 250 words and you say, “my name is….” and then go on to say where you did your graduation, and go on in that vein. They do not want you to read out your resume. This is the common mistake which most of us make. So, what are they looking for? They are looking for “Who you are” as a person. You need to get creative.


If you feel that you can do well in front of a camera and give a great video with your best expressions, you can do it; you don’t need any fancy equipment. You can just use a good camera phone.


A one minute video, or 250 words are similar. Your one minute video may speak out 250 words, and your 250 words may speak for a one minute video.


So what is it that you want you to say about yourself?


   • Something that is not on your resume

   • Pick an adjective.

   • Pick something that is interesting about you.

Ask yourself how you can define yourself with just one word. It has to be something more personal than the data on your resume. That data is boring.


Talk about yourself, your opinions are more interesting than data.


What they want to know:

   • Would I like to meet this guy?

   • Would I like him to be in the class of 2019?


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)



If you look at this essay, you will find a slight shift in the tense. Rather than looking through the lens of the future, where you talk about how you think Texas MBA can help you,   you will talk about the future where you’re looking at your experiences at Texas McCombs, and reflect on it.  


With most MBA programs, you would like to focus on three things:

  1. The courses you took, and how they helped you get a job

  2. Your experiences with your peers and the quality of students you dealt with, and how they made you a better version of who you are

  3. The broad network you built, and the ability to brand yourself for the future.


You can pick these three points because you have 500 words,  which provides you with plenty of space to write about 150 words on each point. Make sure you have a good start, and a good finish. So you have these three points;


   1. Your electives and courses

   2. Your experiences

   3. How the alum network, the brand equity, and the long investment for your future has helped you.


Optional Essay


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)


Typically, you write an optional essay if you’re a reapplicant, or if you want to explain a gap in your education or career.


Don’t just try to retrofit some story that you’re not able to write elsewhere.


As an international applicant from India, don’t even think of R3 because you need to keep some buffer time for the processing of your visa, and to get your MBA funds sanctioned.


The other thing which you should know about the Texas McCombs program is the GMAT score. Indian applicants should note that the average GMAT score is a lot more than the score you see on the website. Don’t get misled by the average GMAT score that you see there. A lot of Indians apply to this program just like they do to UCLA and Emory. You need to be careful with your GMAT score. Anything below 700 is not recommended.


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