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McCombs Class of 2023 Essay Analysis

July 08, 2020

McCombs has released its 2020-21 essay prompts, keeping the questions the same.

2020/21 essay questions

Prompt 1: We will learn a lot about your professional background through your resume and letter of recommendation, but we want to get to know you further. Please introduce yourself. Select only one communication method for your response.

  • a. Write an essay (250 words)
  • b. Share a video introduction (one minute in length)

Prompt 2: Picture yourself at the completion of your MBA journey. Describe how you spent your time as a Texas McCombs MBA student to achieve your personal and professional goals. (500 words)

Optional Statement: Please provide any additional information you believe is important or address any areas of concern that you believe will be beneficial to MBA Admissions in considering your application. (e.g. gaps in work experience, choice of recommender, academic performance, or extenuating personal circumstances) (250 words) 


2020/21 essay question analysis

Essay 1

The key with either the written essay or video submission is to build around a single theme, instead of trying to pack too much content. Think about one of the core themes you want your application to center around, and an example or story that illustrates that theme. In other words, avoid chronologically summarizing your life or resume. Building around a core theme will help you be more memorable to the admissions committee.

Essay 2

Consider this as another way of asking how you intend to contribute to McCombs. Similar to last year, it will be important for you to understand the school’s resources outside of the classroom – from informal events to class traditions. You’ll want to connect with students and alumni to get the inside scoop on the campus experience (we can help) and opportunities to improve it.

The best contributions will be specific, relevant, and realistic. Your contribution could be anything from organizing a conference, starting a club, building relationships with a new community, etc. The more you can explain that contribution in detail, the more you will separate yourself from other applicants in a good way. Given you have 500 words to work with, aim for 2-3 contributions/impacts unless you have a detailed idea that you’re passionate about sharing. If you pitch multiple contributions, aim to demonstrate some variety in your contributions; don't pitch 3 conferences or 4 speakers, etc. Instead, make sure you convey a deeper breadth of your passions and personality.

Optional essay

The optional question is available for you to explain any additional information that you may not have had the space to clarify in other parts of your application.


2020/21 deadlines

Round 1: Application deadline: October 13, 2020, Decision Date: December 17, 2020

Round 2: Application deadline: January 5, 2021, Decision Date: March 25, 2021

Round 3: Application deadline: March 30, 2021, Decision Date: May 6, 2021

Round 4 (U.S. DOMESTIC AND CANADIAN APPLICANTS ONLY): Application deadline: May 11, 2021, Decision Date: June 17, 2021


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