What Starts Here Changes the World: Application Guide to the McCombs Business School

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What Starts Here Changes the World: Application Guide to the McCombs Business School

McCombs School of Business is home to a number of world class programs. The School’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program was ranked among the top ten undergraduate business programs in 2014. Adding to its prestige, McCombs is also known for its Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) program, which has been ranked as the world’s number one accounting program for more than a decade. Admission to these programs can be a complicated process that one should be fully prepared to follow in detail. So, here's a bit more information to help you see if it's a good fit and how you can maximize your admissions opportunities!

I. Internships

Completing a professional internship is required to graduate from McCombs’ undergraduate program. Credit earned through a professional internship is applicable at a number of the school’s graduate programs as well. Students can apply for internships and jobs posted on the school’s online platform that is only available to McCombs students. Interviews are usually conducted on campus. In addition to that, once a student is officially admitted, he or she will have access to the college’s career center services, which includes resume writing workshops, mock interviews, and business etiquette training.

II. Admission into the BBA program

Decisions regarding admission to McCombs’ undergraduate program, known as the BBA program, is made by the University’s central admissions office, not the school itself. When it comes to admitting recent high school graduates, the goal is to admit students who graduated in the top 5%. Some students are admitted to McCombs directly, while others attend UT-Austin for a year before seeking an internal transfer to McCombs. It’s important to understand that a student must complete two full semesters at UT before being able to apply for this internal transfer process.

One may ask how to develop a strong transfer application. The student’s SAT scores will play a less important role once he or she has been in college for more than a year. Academic performance in college is the most important factor, especially in areas related to business, like Calculus and Economics. In addition, international applicants are expected to score well on the TOEFL exam. Generally, the university’s admissions office will be confident in the applicant’s language skills if he or she is able to score around 105 on the computerized version of the exam.

In addition to academic performance, students can demonstrate their ability to excel through obtaining a leadership positions in business-related student organizations, or serving in any financial position.

Finally, it’s important to understand that due to that fact that the admissions’ staff will not meet with the applicant in person, the applicant’s essays must reflect his or her personality to the best possible extent. Students should avoid making general statements regarding their goals and hopes of success which can be easily used by other applicants. Instead, students should be focused on highlighting what makes them unique through their personal experiences, challenges, achievements, and family history.

III. Admission into the Master of Professional Accounting Program

One can pursue a Masters degree through either the traditional or the integrated approach. The traditional approach is structured like other graduate programs. The integrated approach is a three-year program, which allows students to major in accounting at the undergraduate level, then proceed to finish a Master of Professional Accounting degree.

Admission decisions are made by the program’s management. Admission to the traditional approach is usually based on factors like the applicant’s previous academic performance and GMAT score. Neither work experience nor a bachelor’s degree in accounting is actually required.

In order to be considered for admission to the integrated approach, the applicant must be a current McCombs student, who has completed two years of college. Admission decisions are usually made based on the applicant’s grade point average, and performance in the two introductory accounting courses: Introduction to Financial Accounting, and Introduction to Managerial Accounting.

IV. Admission into the Business Foundations Program

Many students are able to get accepted at The University of Texas at Austin, yet they are unable to get admission into McCombs School of Business, instead they get accepted into the College of Liberal Arts or the College of Natural Sciences. Students who are not able to transfer internally, can register for a program called the Business Foundations Program. Any UT-Austin student can take part of this program without having to compete for admission with other applicants or completing a formal application process. After completing the program’s required coursework, the student will obtain a certificate in business administration that will be listed on the diploma upon graduation.

As you can see, there are many options to gain admissions into a McCombs program. All you have to do is figure out the best avenue for you! Good luck!