Here is Admit1MBA analysis for the The Texas MBA– McCombs MBA Application 2010:

1. Describe how your experiences, both personal and professional, have led you to pursue an MBA at this time. What are your short- and long-term goals and how will a Texas MBA help you achieve them? Limit: 900 words

Analysis: this is the classic MBA essay, talking about your past experience, e.g. a short summary of your career, where you are now in your life and why and where you want to move on. It’s important to look at the phrasing, as Texas MBA calls for “both personal and professional experiences”, whereas many other schools, such as Columbia MBA, Emory first question of NYU’s Stern are focused on career only, although has some space for personal aspects as well.


2. Discuss a defining experience in your leadership development.  What did you learn from this experience about your strengths and weaknesses as a leader?
Limit: 650 words


Analysis: This is a good question and a place to discuss in more details your professional experience. It’s not only important to select a significant experience but also to explain how you’ve grown, developed and learned from it. The focus here could be about team work, team or personal failure, international experience – although it’s probably best to keep the international part to the next question. This Texas MBA essays requires you to show maturity and your leadership style. You are expected to be pretty clear about both strength and weakness. I know that students often try to avoid the weaknesses part but I advice you not disappoint Texas MBA here – make sure to pick at least 1 or 2 weakens that are true. Remember – you are not expected to be perfect to get into Texas MBA and other top programs.

3. At the McCombs School of Business, you will be part of an active and diverse community. How will you use your personal strengths and unique experiences to enrich the McCombs community during your two years in the program?
Limit: 500 words

Analysis: this Texas question is a combination of “Why Texas MBA” and your contribution to the community with a touch of diversity. This is a place to talk about not just professional work but other projects and initiatives that are part of your life – significant ex curricular activity, special training or global experience (whether as part of your work or travel), topics that you are passionate about. Again, like NYU’s “Why Stern” essay, you want to be specific about your future contribution to the Texas MBA program and the special activities that you will be involved in and potentially leading during your MBA studies at McCombs School of business.
If you are planning to apply to the University of Texas MBA / McCombs school of business in this upcoming deadline or next year, and would like feedback regarding your Admission chances, send me your resume or a sample essay for a free MBA evaluation.

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