McCombs School of Business – University of Texas at Austin

UT Austin Weekend MBA Program Structure

McCombs offers a part-time working professional MBA program in Houston. The UT Austin part-time MBA offering allows students to pursue an MBA while continuing with their careers. The 48-credit curriculum can be completed over two years at the Houston campus, located at the University of Texas Health Science Center. Classes are held on alternating weekends from 4-8 p.m. Fridays, and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m with an hour break for lunch.

Curriculum

The UT Austin Weekend MBA program in Houston covers integral business values and skills like teamwork and leadership skills, business ethics, effective communication, and problem solving abilities. This is a lock-step, cohort-based program that allows students to build a strong business network, and work closely with the majority of their peers in the program. At the beginning of the first semester, students are put into study groups of four to six people. Each student is also assigned a mentor from the previous year’s class to provide guidance. The program is completed over the course of five semesters, including a summer semester consisting of six credit hours’ worth of classes.

Class Profile

The class of 2018 currently has 94 students with an average age of 30. Students have an average of seven years’ work experience and an average GMAT score of 643. The average GPA of enrolled students is 3.38 and the class is composed of 29 percent international students and 24 percent of students that identify as female.

Careers

The McCombs School of Business is usually ranked among business schools in the U.S. for the number of MBA graduates who get job offers. The median salary of UT Austin full-time MBA graduates is around $115,000 with a median signing bonus of $25,000.

MBA students at McCombs have access to the Career Management Team. With the help of the Career Management Team students can connect with McCombs’s alumni network, receive personalized career guidance and attend networking receptions and career fairs.

Career planning is also built into the curriculum of the full-time MBA. During the first year students take a class called Strategic Career Planning. This class is meant to prepare students to make career choices and help them achieve their career goals. The class teaches students skills like interview training and marketing and networking techniques.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The UT Austin Weekend MBA program costs a total of $110,460, spread over the course of five semesters, each individually totaling $22,090, with the exception of the first semester where students will pay $22,100. This includes tuition and registration fees, all course materials including an iPad, foreign travel insurance, lodging and meals during a global residency, a residency component during the first semester and on select weekends throughout the program, student meals during class weekends, career management advisors and recruiting events, workshops and meetings with career coaches and a guest speaker series. This cost is paid in installments with each payment usually due six weeks before each semester begins. A $2,000 deposit is required once applicants accept admission.

Admissions Procedures

Applicants to the UT Austin weekend MBA program at the McCombs School of Business, Houston must have a Bachelor’s degree or a comparable degree from a foreign academic institution.

The application process is completely online. Applicants submit a completed application, official transcripts, GRE or GMAT scores, a current resume, one professional recommendation letter and a $200 application fee. Students must also submit two required essays and may one optional essay.

The the first required essay asks the applicant to explain their motivation for choosing McCombs. The other required essay is an introduction of the student. It can be completed in one of two formats: a 250-word essay or a one-minute video. The optional essay is an opportunity to explain any area of concern with your application.

International applicants must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Interviews are by invitation only.

Application Deadlines

The next rounds of Texas Weekend MBA in Houston deadlines are as follows:

Round One – October 17, 2017
Round Two – January 30, 2018
Round Three – March 27, 2018
Round Four – May 29, 2018