Texas MPA Admissions Blog

Insider Information for Prospective Students

Why Texas MPA?

Tower #1 for Rose Bowl national championship Jan. 8, 2006_6618Why Should You Attend the Texas MPA Program? Consider This…

1) Top-Ranked Accounting: The McCombs School of Business graduate and undergraduate accounting programs are Ranked #1 with U.S. News and the Public Accounting Report. What contributes to our reputation for excellence?

2) High Quality Campus: The University of Texas at Austin is ranked highly in the nation and the world. The Princeton Review’s recent guide, “The Best 295 Business Schools, 2016 Edition”, ranks McCombs in the top 10 for the best professors category, based on student responses regarding how well their professors perform as teachers and how accessible they are outside the classroom. Attending a top national university offers distinct advantages, such as access to

3) Great Place to Live: Would you like to live in a city that offers a relatively moderate cost of living and other attractive features? The city of Austin regularly tops many rankings, such as the city most likely to prosper over the next 10 yearsbest city for job seekers and fastest growing city. Austin offers great weather and plenty of outdoor activities in a laid-back, friendly environment and consistently receives high accolades for quality of life, innovation, employment opportunities, cost of living…and the list goes on….

4) Longhorn Spirit: The University of Texas at Austin is filled with history and traditions and plenty of exciting athletic events.

Want to learn more about our program from a student’s perspective? Read Live and Learn, our student blog, or contact an MPA student ambassador.

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Visit the Texas MPA!

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We encourage admitted applicants to visit the Texas MPA program to learn more about Austin, the MPA curriculum, career opportunities, our faculty, and the MPA experience. To arrange a personalized visit, please submit the visit form to the MPA Program Office at least two weeks prior to your planned visit.

We look forward to meeting with you!

MPA Merit Scholarships

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Texas MPA merit scholarships are offered to admitted U.S. applicants who demonstrate a superior record of academic accomplishment in their application materials. In addition, out-of-state tuition waivers are awarded each year to a select group of high-achieving non-Texas residents. Admitted applicants are considered automatically for these awards; a separate application is not required. Please note the following:

  • If you are admitted, the MPA Program Office will notify you via e-mail prior to your MPA admission response deadline if you are awarded an MPA Merit Scholarship and/or out-of-state tuition waiver.
  • If your admissions response deadline is approaching and you haven’t received notification of a scholarship award, please feel free to contact me so that I can update you on the status of our scholarships.
  • Due to limited funding, international applicants are not eligible for departmental recruiting scholarships and therefore should be prepared to meet all expenses from their own resources.

For information about other financial aid options, please visit our financial aid website.

MPA Admissions Update

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I hope you all enjoyed a relaxing holiday season! Many of you are anxiously awaiting our decision, so I thought I would provide you with an update on the status of our application reviews.

  • The MPA admissions committee is reviewing U.S. applications and will begin releasing decisions on a rolling basis soon. Admitted applicants will be considered automatically for a possible recruiting scholarship; a separate application is not required. If you are awarded a scholarship, you will be notified via e-mail prior to your response deadline.
  • The international application review will begin in mid- to late January, and decisions will be released in February. If your file was not complete by the January 5 application deadline, please be sure to submit all of your application materials no later than mid-January if you would like your application to be considered in the first round of admissions decisions. Also, please send me a copy of your GMAT or TOEFL score reports if they have not been posted to your application record yet.

You will receive an e-mail notification after a decision has been entered, and the decision will be posted on the application status check page. As always, please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about your application.

University Closed for Winter Break

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The University of Texas at Austin will be closed for the holidays from Wednesday, December 23 through Friday, January 1.  Please contact the Graduate and International Admissions Center if you are having technical difficulties with your application materials, or contact me after the break.

Enjoy the holidays, and I wish you a happy new year!

Texas MPA Ranked #1!

Accounting Degree ReviewThe Accounting Degree Review recently ranked the Texas MPA the No. 1 graduate accounting program of 2016! The review was based on the rankings from U.S. News and World Report, Public Accounting Report and Brigham Young University (BYU) and AACSB accreditation.

Read more…

International Applicants: January 5 Application Deadline

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International applicants:

Your application deadline is quickly approaching! Be sure to continuously monitor the status of your application materials in the online application status check.

What if your application is not complete by January 5?

  • Please keep me updated on the status of your outstanding application materials. If your file is not complete by the application deadline or very shortly thereafter, we will do what we can to include your file in the first round of admissions decisions; however, if your application materials arrive too late, we cannot guarantee it. As a result, make every attempt to complete your application as close to the application deadline as possible.
  • If your TOEFL/IELTS or GMAT scores have not been posted to your application record by January 5, please contact me and let me know the date that you requested your score report to be sent to The University of Texas at Austin. Additionally, send me a copy of the unofficial results if you have received them.
  • Your application will not be considered complete and reviewed for a decision until all application materials, including the official score reports, have been received. On average, it takes at least 3-4 weeks for the test scores to be sent, received, and uploaded to an applicant’s record.

Do you have any concerns about your application? Please do not hesitate to contact me. I am here to help!

Reminder: All international applications will be reviewed after the January 5 application deadline, not on a rolling basis.

U.S. Applications: Admissions Decision Timeline

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Congratulations! You completed your U.S. application! When can you expect to receive a decision?

We are beginning to process and review applications that were completed by December 1 and will start releasing decisions in early- to mid-January, after UT-Austin’s winter break.

If you complete your application after the 12/1 early deadline, you can expect to receive a decision approximately one month after file completion.

NOTE: All materials, including official test scores, must be received in order for an application to be considered complete and reviewed for a decision. Be sure to check the status of your application on a regular basis!

How will you be notified after a decision has been made?

The decision will be posted on the Application Status Check page, and you will receive an e-mail notification from the Graduate and International Admissions Center. Students who are accepted to the MPA program also will receive an e-mail notification from the MPA Program Office with instructions for accepting or declining the admission offer.

You were admitted to another university and the acceptance deadline is approaching, but you haven’t received a decision from the Texas MPA program. What should you do?

If you should receive an admission offer from another university and need to respond to the offer before you receive a decision from the Texas MPA program, please e-mail the name of the university and the admission response deadline to Keri Ledezma. Although we cannot guarantee an earlier admission decision, we will do our best to accommodate your request.

University Closed November 26-27

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The University of Texas at Austin will be closed November 26-27 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

We wish you a happy Thanksgiving!

U.S. Applicants: December 1 Deadline

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If you are working on completing your application by the December 1 early deadline… great! Your application will be first in line for consideration. However, do not worry if your application is not complete on December 1. Why do I say that?

  • The Texas MPA program uses a rolling admissions process in which we review applications in the order of completion, starting with those completed by December 1 and ending with those completed by the March 1 final deadline. Your chances for admission would not be affected if you complete your application several weeks after the 12/1 deadline, as it would still be early in our admissions cycle.
  • Yes, it is advantageous to complete your application as early as possible due to space limitations. However, you should take the time necessary to submit the strongest application possible rather than overly rushing. For example, you may need more time to study for the GMAT, or you might wait to submit your transcript until after your fall grades are posted if:
    1. You are taking pre-enrollment courses in the fall,
    2. You are enrolled in a significant number of accounting classes in the fall, or
    3. Your upper-level GPA will be improved substantially with your fall grades.
  • Your application will not be considered complete and reviewed for a decision until all application materials, including the official GMAT score report, have been received. On average, it takes at least 3 weeks for the score report to be sent, received, and loaded to an applicant’s record.

Do you have any concerns about your application? Please do not hesitate to contact me. I am here to help!

Please note: The rolling admissions process applies to U.S. applications only. All international applications will be reviewed after the January 5 application deadline.

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