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U. S. Applicants: March 31 Final Deadline

We are quickly approaching the final March 31 deadline. If you are interested in applying to the Texas MPA program and haven’t done so, you will have until 11:59 p.m. CDT on Saturday, March 31 to submit your online application from the ApplyTexas system. Be sure to submit all required application materials as soon as possible because space in our incoming class is limited.

Please note that it will take about 3 weeks for your official GMAT scores to be sent, received, and added to your UT application record. I recommend that you send me an email message with an unofficial report, in the meantime, if your official scores do not arrive by March 31.

If you have any questions or concerns about your application, please contact me.

Fall 2018 U. S. Application Deadline Extended

The Texas MPA program decided to extend the Fall 2018 U. S. application deadline to March 31 to provide applicants with additional time to submit their application materials.

Keep in mind that we review applications on a continuous basis, in the order of file completion, and cannot guarantee space availability. As a result, I recommend that you submit all application materials as soon as possible rather than waiting until the final deadline.

As a reminder, you can track the status of your materials online in the application status check.

International Admissions Update

The international application review is well under way. We will begin to release admissions decisions soon and continue to do so throughout the rest of the month.  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.

We thank you for your application and interest in the Texas MPA!

Visit the Texas MPA!

We encourage prospective and admitted applicants to visit the Texas MPA program to learn more about Austin, the MPA curriculum, career opportunities, our faculty, and the MPA experience.

Admitted applicants are invited to attend MPA Preview Day on either Friday, February 9 or Friday, March 23, to explore the MPA program, meet your future classmates and celebrate your admission.

Admitted applicants who are unable to attend MPA Preview Day and all other prospective students can arrange a personalized visit by submitting the visit form to the MPA Program Office at least two weeks prior to your planned visit.

We look forward to meeting you!

International Applicant FAQs

Are all of the application materials required by the January 5 application deadline?

You should submit all application materials by January 5. If your application is completed after the deadline, we may need to review it on a space-available basis after the first round of decisions have been made.

*Application tip: Plan ahead! On average, it takes about 3-4 weeks for the official test scores to be sent, received, and added to an applicant’s record. Please send me an email message if you have any updates regarding your application as the deadline approaches.

Should I wait to submit my transcript until fall grades are posted?

You should upload a transcript by the January 5 application deadline, even if your fall grades are not available. If you prefer, you can send me an updated transcript via email after the fall grades are posted.

When are international decisions released?

All international applications will be reviewed after the January 5 application deadline, not on a rolling basis. Admissions decisions are typically released throughout the month of February.

Do I need to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores if I studied in the U.S. or another English-only speaking country?

If you are an international applicant (non-U.S. citizen or permanent resident), you are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores with your MPA application, even if you studied in an English-only speaking country. Please see the admissions packet for additional information.

Do I need to submit a foreign credential evaluation from WES or another organization?

You do not need to submit a foreign credential evaluation if you studied outside of the U.S. However, if your transcript is written in a language other than English, you must upload an official English translation with the original transcript.

Do I need to submit the Certification of Financial Responsibility with my application?

The Certification of Financial Responsibility is used for immigration document processing, not for admissions purposes. If you gain admission to the MPA program, the International Office will require the CFR and supporting documentation before issuing the Form I-20 or Form DS-2019.

U.S. Applicants: When Should You Apply?

If you are a U.S. applicant, you may have noticed that the Texas MPA has two application deadlines:

December 1 – early deadline

March 1 – final deadline

Why are there two deadlines for U.S. applications? How does the MPA admissions process work?

The MPA admissions committee starts reviewing applications in December and then continues to review applications in the order of completion until March.

What does this mean for you?

We will review your application after all of the required materials have been received, as long as you submit the application by the final deadline. Of course, you will benefit by completing your application as soon as possible, as we have more spots in our incoming class and more scholarship funding available early in the admissions cycle.

What if you are not ready to submit all of your materials by December 1?

No worries! If you need additional time to prepare your application materials (to study for the GMAT or GRE, for example), be sure to take your time and submit the strongest application possible. In the meantime, you can start the process by submitting the online application.

*Application tip: you can skip past the test score section on the application if you haven’t taken or scheduled the test yet.

Should you submit your transcript by the December 1 early deadline or wait until your fall grades are posted? 

In most cases, I recommend completing your application by December 1 and including a transcript without fall grades. We will reach out to you if we need your fall grades before making a decision.

That said, I  recommend that you submit your transcript with your fall grades if:

  1. (For non-accounting majors:) You are taking any of the pre-enrollment courses in the fall,
  2. (For accounting majors:) You are enrolled in several upper-level accounting classes in the fall, or
  3. Your upper-level GPA will be improved substantially with your fall grades.

As always, if you have any questions, please contact me!

 

Texas 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 Application FAQs

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1. I do not have an accounting background and need to start the MPA program in the summer. However, I cannot find a summer 2017 MPA application in ApplyTexas. What should I do?

You should complete a fall application, even if you are required to start in the summer. If you are accepted to the MPA program and decide to attend, we will backdate your admission to the summer so that you can enroll in summer courses.

2. Can I submit the application even if I haven’t taken the GMAT yet?

Yes, you can skip the GMAT section on the application. After you take the test, have the official  score report sent to UT-Austin, and the scores will be matched to your application.

3. What other application materials do I need to provide, and how do I submit them?

A comprehensive checklist and instructions are available in the MPA admissions packet. Before preparing your application materials, I recommend reviewing the tips to make your application stand out, the MPA class profile, and admissions FAQs.

4. I am a U.S. applicant. Should I apply by the early deadline?

As a general rule, U.S. applicants benefit by submitting their application materials as early as possible in the admissions cycle. However, if you need additional time to prepare your application (to prepare for the GMAT, for example), it is to your advantage to take your time and present the strongest application possible. Keep in mind that we use a rolling admissions process for U.S. applications in which we review applications in the order of completion. Therefore, if you do not complete your application by the early December 1 deadline, you do not need to wait for another “round” on March 1… apply as soon as you are able!

5. I do not have U.S. permanent residency or citizenship status, but I will receive my undergraduate (or graduate) degree in the U.S. Can I apply as a U.S. applicant? Do I need to submit TOEFL or IELTS test scores?

Only U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents are eligible to apply as U.S. applicants. All international MPA applicants, except those from English-only speaking countries, must submit either an Internet-based TOEFL or IELTS official score report. Studying an undergraduate or graduate degree in an English-only speaking country will not waive the TOEFL/IELTS score requirement. However, if applicable, you may request that a copy of your expired Internet-based TOEFL or IELTS score report be used for your MPA application if the scores meet or exceed our preferred minimum requirements.  Please refer to the MPA admissions packet for additional information.

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