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Application Process


We appreciate your interest in the McCoy College of Business Graduate Programs and look forward to reviewing your application! Please note the application process is the same whether you are applying for the Full-Time Cohort MBA, Flex MBA, MAcy, MSAIT or MSHRM programs.

Step 1 – ApplyTexas

Begin your application by visiting ApplyTexas. Complete the form and then pay your fee ($40 for U.S. students or $90 for international students). This is your official application to graduate school at Texas State University. No supporting documents are submitted during this step; simply fill in the required information and pay the fee. Within 48 hours of completing the ApplyTexas application you will receive a confirmation email from the Texas State Graduate College along with links and instructions on how to submit the documents required to complete your application.

PLEASE NOTE: Once  ApplyTexas has been completed you may submit
the remaining application components (below) in any sequence.

Step 2 – Official Transcripts

Effective June 29, 2017, the Texas State Graduate College will begin accepting copies of official transcripts for the purposes of applying to graduate programs. This new rule will be in effect for applications for Spring 2018 and later. If you are offered admission to a McCoy graduate business program you will receive instructions on how to submit your actual official/sealed transcripts. Details on transcript submission can be found here.

Step 3 – GMAT or GRE exam scores

The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required of all McCoy graduate applicants. The only exceptions are for applicants who already hold advanced degrees and applicants with recently expired scores. Your scores are submitted electronically by the testing company once you 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.

Step 4 – Letters of Recommendation

You should identify two (2) individuals who are best able to assess and articulate your ability to succeed in graduate school. When logged into the Graduate Admission Document Upload (GADU) system you will be asked to provide the names and email addresses of the individuals who have agreed to author your recommendation letters. These individuals will receive an email from the GADU system along with instructions on how to submit their letter on your behalf. While you will never see the letters you will be notified (in the GADU system) once the letters have been submitted.

Step 5 – Essays & Personal Statement

Two essays are required of each applicant. A personal statement–sometimes referred to as a cover letter or "statement of purpose"–may be submitted as your third essay, however, this third essay component is optional.

Click here for a printer-friendly version of the essay topics.

Completed essays should be uploaded electronically via the GADU (Graduate Admission Document Upload) system as a single PDF document.

Step 6 – Resume

You must submit a current, detailed resume describing work experience, extracurricular and community activities, honors and achievements. Your resume should be uploaded electronically here.

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.


If you are accepted to the McCoy MBA, MAcy, MSAIT or MHSRM program you will be required to attend the McCoy Graduate Bootcamp. This one-day event is held the Saturday before the first week of classes, and is mandatory.

What Happens Next?

Once you complete the ApplyTexas online application (and pay the required fee) you will receive a confirmation email from the Texas State Graduate College. This happens within 24 hours and should not take more than 48 hours. This email will also provide you with your application number and a link to the Graduate Application Document Upload (GADU) portal.

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 one test or the other–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 system to remove the other test as a requirement. Rest assured that if you are near a deadline, this 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 10-14 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)."