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Application Process


We are currently accepting applications for both Spring and Fall 2020. The deadline to begin your application is October 1st. 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* or MSDAIS* 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, where all other programs only require two. All other application steps are exactly the same.)

Step 1 – ApplyTexas

Begin your application by visiting ApplyTexas.* in order to complete this step, you must 1) complete the form and 2) pay the application fee. 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 form you will receive a confirmation email from the Texas State Graduate College along with links and instructions on how to submit the supporting documents which are listed below.
*Beginning with Fall 2020 applications, ApplyTexas will no longer be utilized, however, all supporting documents–the steps below–will remain the same. If you are applying for Fall 2020, please click here to begin your application process.

PLEASE NOTE: Once ApplyTexas has been completed, you may submit the supporting documents (below) in any sequence.

Step 2 – Official Transcripts

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. If submitting official transcripts is not problematic, our recommendation is that you go ahead and request your official transcripts as a part of your application rather than submitting copies. This way, if you are admitted, you will not have to circle back and request your official transcripts later.

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 an advanced degree, and applicants with recently expired scores. 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. You can read more about the GMAT/GRE here.

Step 4 – Letters of Recommendation

You should identify individuals who are able to articulate your ability to succeed in graduate school. Once you have access to the Graduate Admission Document Upload (GADU) system (after completing ApplyTexas) 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 from the GADU system 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, and MSHRM applicants are required to provide two (2) letters of recommendation, while MSMRA and MSDAIS applicants are required to provide three (3).

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. If you are also submitting a Personal Statement, include it as the 3rd essay in your single PDF.

Step 6 – Resume

You must submit a current resume describing your work experience, education, extracurricular and community activities, skills, honors and achievements.

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, 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 ApplyTexas form (including the required fee) you will receive a confirmation email from the Texas State Graduate College. This happens within 24-48 hours. This email will provide you with your application number and a link to the Graduate Application Document Upload (GADU) system.

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 12 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)."