APPLY NOW TO START GRAD SCHOOL IN SPRING 2021!
We are currently accepting applications for Spring 2021. The deadline to begin your application is October 1. More details on deadlines can be found here.
The application process for the McCoy graduate business programs is the same whether you are applying for the Full-Time Cohort MBA, Flex MBA, MAcy, MSAIT, MSHRM, MSMRA*, MSDAIS* or MSQFE programs.
(*the application process for the MSMRA and MSDAIS programs is identical to the other McCoy programs except that MSMRA & MSDAIS applicants are required to submit three (3) letters of recommendation; other programs only require two. All other application steps are exactly the same.)
Part 1 – Your Online Application
Begin your application by completing an online form and pay the application fee. No supporting documents are submitted during this step; simply fill in the required information and pay the fee. This step is sometimes referred to as "Part 1" of the application process. The other steps (listed below) are collectively referred to as "Part 2".
PLEASE NOTE: Once you initial online application has been completed and the application fee paid, you may submit the supporting documents (below) in any sequence.
Part 2 – Supporting Documents
For the purpose of applying to graduate school, you may submit either copies of your official transcripts or the official transcripts themselves (sent directly from the colleges/universities you have attended). If you submit copies and are then offered admission to a McCoy graduate business program you will receive instructions on how to submit your official transcripts.
GMAT or GRE Exam Scores
The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for all McCoy graduate programs. There are three possible exemptions to the GMAT/GRE requirement:
- If you hold an advanced degree from a U.S. institution
- If you have valid GMAT or GRE scores which are only slightly (6 months or less) outside the 5-year expiration window
- If your GPA in your last 60 hours of coursework is 3.5 or higher
For all other applicants either the GMAT or GRE is required; we do not waive the exam based on work experience, certificates, or for any reason other than the three listed above. Your scores are submitted electronically by the testing company once you register for and complete the exam. You do not need a program-specific code when you register for the exam; simply select "Texas State University" from the drop-down recipient list when you sign up for either the GMAT or GRE exam.
Please submit a current resume. For most applicants, a resume will include descriptions of your work experience, education, extracurricular & community activities, skills, honors, and/or achievements. Don't overthink your resume- a standard business format is fine.
Letters of Recommendation
Applicants should identify individuals who are able to articulate their ability to succeed in graduate school. Within the application system you will be asked to provide the name and email address of the individuals who are going to author your recommendation letters. These individuals will receive an email along with instructions on how to submit their letter on your behalf. While you will never see the actual letters, you will be notified when each letter has been submitted.
Please note that MBA, MAcy, MSAIT, MSHRM and MSQFE applicants are required to provide two (2) letters of recommendation, while MSMRA and MSDAIS applicants are required to provide three (3).
Two essays are required of each applicant. The essay topics are:
1. Why have you chosen to pursue a graduate business degree at Texas State University? What do you hope to accomplish during your time in the program?
2. Tell us about your three most significant accomplishments. Why do you view them as such? What lessons did you learn from them?
Statement of Purpose (OPTIONAL)
Applicants may provide a Statement of Purpose–essentially a cover letter– as a part of their application. This document, which is also referred to as a "Personal Statement", provides you with an opportunity to address the admissions committee in a conversational way and highlight aspects of your background or application which you think are especially relevant.
International applicants may have additional requirements in addition to the steps listed above. Please visit the International Students page of our website for more information.
SAVE THE DATE!
If you are accepted to the McCoy MBA, MAcy, MSAIT, MHSRM, MSMRA or MSDAIS program you will be required to attend the McCoy Graduate Bootcamp. This one-day event is held each semester on a Saturday approximately two weeks prior to the start of classes.
What Happens Next?
Once you complete the online application form and paid the required fee, you will receive a confirmation email from the Texas State Graduate College within 48 hours. This email will provide you with your unique application number and a link to the Graduate Application Document Upload (GADU) website.
The GADU website will be very helpful in monitoring the progress of your application. Not only will you be able to upload required documents but you will also be tell when external documents such as transcripts, letters, and exam scores have been submitted on your behalf.
Important Note Regarding GMAT/GRE Scores and the GADU System: We require either the GMAT or the GRE–not both!–but you will see both tests listed in the GADU system. After submitting your test score (either the GMAT or the GRE), you may still see the other exam listed as "Incomplete". It may take up to five (5) business days for the other test to be removed as a requirement. Rest assured that if you are near a deadline, any delay in removing the other exam will not reflect negatively on your application.
When your application is complete it will be reviewed by the McCoy College of Business quickly, usually the same week your application is completed. You will receive notification of the admission committee's decision within about 10 business days of your application completion date in most cases. Because of our "rolling admission" operation we encourage all prospective students to complete their application as soon as possible.
Your Application, Your Responsibility
As an applicant it is your responsibility to complete the requirements listed above. Your application packet will be classified as incomplete until all required documents have been submitted to the university. The McCoy College graduate admissions committee will review completed application packets and decide, based on qualifications, who will be admitted to the programs. The committee will not review incomplete applications.
As noted on the Texas State University Graduate College website: "All applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university. Admission to all graduate business degree programs is competitive and designed to identify those applicants who have the ability, interest, and maturity to manage the rigors of the programs as well as potential for future professional growth. The admissions committee will carefully consider all aspects of an applicant's professional and academic background. Specific attention will be given to quantitative measure such as undergraduate GPA and scores on all components of the standardized Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE)."