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Application Process

The application process for all McCoy College graduate business programs are the same. However, MSMRA and MSDAIS applicants are required to submit three (3) letters of recommendation; other programs only require two. All other application steps are exactly the same.

Online Application

1. Online Application

Begin your application by completing an online form & pay the application fee. No supporting documents are submitted during this step.
Online Application

2. Upload Documents

Including: official transcripts, GMAT or GRE scores, exam waivers if applicable, resume, letters of recommendation, essays & statement of purpose (optional).

McCoy College Supporting Document Details

Official Transcripts

For the purpose of applying to graduate school, you may either upload copies of your transcripts or you can request official transcripts directly from the colleges/universities you have attended. If you upload copies and are accepted to a McCoy graduate business program you will receive instructions on how to submit 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.

Your scores are submitted electronically by the testing company once you register for and sit for 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 list when you register for the exam.

During the COVID-19 situation both the GMAT and GRE have begun offering proctored online exams and those are 100% acceptable. 

Exam Waivers: Depending on the program you are applying for you may be eligible for an exam waiver. You can read more about the exam waiver criteria on this page. Waivers are generally based on the following:

  • Holding an advanced degree from a regionally-accredited
    U.S. institution (all programs)
  • Valid GMAT or GRE scores which are only slightly (6 months
    or less) outside the 5-year expiration window (all programs)
  • Undergraduate GPA in last 60 hours (MBA and MAcy applicants)
  • GPA in upper-level accounting courses (MAcy applicants only)
  • Faculty recommendations (MAcy applicants only)

We do not waive the exam based on work experience, certificates, or for any reason other than the three listed above.

For all other program applicants either the GMAT or GRE is required.


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

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.

Graduate Bootcamp

If you are accepted to a McCoy graduate program you will be required to attend the McCoy Graduate Bootcamp. This half-day event is held each semester on a Saturday approximately two weeks prior to the start of classes and serves as our new student orientation.

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 beginning your application and then at some point submitting your test scores (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. The same situation may occur if you receive a GMAT/GRE waiver and then log into the GADU system. Give it a day or two and then let us know if you think there's a problem.

When your application is complete it will be reviewed by the McCoy College of Business quickly. 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)."