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Resources for Prospective Candidates

Service to School - S2S offers the opportunity for veterans to be paired with another veteran who successfully applied to the graduate school of their choice. This fantastic resource allows veterans to help one another through the application process with the intent of increasing veteran attendance to institutions of higher education.

Veterati - Veterati offers veterans the opportunity to receive professional mentorship from other veterans (or those with close ties to the community). This website is a great way to start exploring career options if you're uncertain where to start or want to explore different career opportunities.

Texas McCombs MBA Insider - MBA Military Community - This post from the McCombs Insider gives a quick look into life as a veteran MBA student.

Military to Business - This blog covers many topics for those navigating the transition from the military to business school.

How to Apply - GI Bill and Education Benefits - This portion of the VA allows you to better understand what your GI Bill benefits will look like, as well as allowing you to apply for your Certificate of Eligibility. This is important for anyone who plans to attend business school relying on these benefits.

Candidate FAQs

Q:  Does the admissions process favor candidates with military service?

A:   Not specifically.  However, the skills and experience provided by the military provides are highly valued by the admissions committee. As a veteran, you will normally be evaluated against other veteran applicants. 

Q:  Does McCombs have large veteran student body?

A:   Currently, the proportion of veterans is approximately 10%. There are many military bases in Texas, so it is an easy transition for many members already in the state. Texas also has a great post-MBA employment market. McCombs in the only Top 20 MBA program in the area, and the G.I. Bill covers 100% of tuition for those eligible for full coverage (based upon time served). 

Q:  I am considering some of the top business schools in the country. Why should I consider McCombs?

A: The McCombs MBA offers you access to the same industries and employers as other top programs. Additionally, McCombs offers plenty of opportunities to enhance your learning experience: micro-consulting (MBA+ projects), year-round projects and internships (fellowships), a real investment fund, and case competitions, just to name a few. Texas currently has one of the best growth economies for a post-MBA career, and Austin is consistently rated as one of the top U.S. cities to live in. That said, the Longhorn network is huge and widely recognized, ensuring you can seek employment across the nation (and internationally). Finally, the McCombs MBA has one of the lowest costs for a Top 20 program; there are great financial opportunities with the GI Bill as well as veteran advantages for living in Texas.

Q:  How do I apply to McCombs?  What can I do to increase my chances for success?

A:  First, contact us as soon as possible. We are here to help, and we will do our best to get you matched up with a veteran who can answer your questions. Second, focus on why an MBA is important for your future career goals, and be able to articulate this in your application and resume. While veterans are highly valued members of the MBA community and beyond, it is still critical to be able to communicate this to others. Finally, give yourself enough time to focus on GRE/GMAT studying. Many of us have been out of school longer than our MBA peers; it is important to ensure you put in the time to get the result you want!

Q:  Will I qualify for in-state tuition?

A:  If you are a military veteran, you may qualify for in-state tuition.

Please visit Collegeforalltexans.com for more information. If you are still on active duty or serving with a reserve unit, you may also qualify for in-state tuition.

1. If Texas is your legal state of residence (regardless of duty station), you can expect to pay in-state tuition.

2. If Texas is not your legal state of residence, but are stationed in Texas, fill out a residency questionnaire through GIAC (The Texas Graduate Admissions office). This will qualify you for in-state tuition. This applies to active duty, reserves, and National Guard. 

If you are no longer on active duty, you may qualify for the Hazelwood Act. This provides free education for Texas veterans at Texas schools. It is serviced through the Veteran Affairs Office.  In order to qualify, you must have been a Texas Resident prior to entering the military and returned to Texas after leaving the military. 

More questions? Feel free to reach out to us at veterans@mccombs.utexas.edu.