Frequently-asked questions from international applicants:
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. Therefore, the form and supporting documentation are not required for the completion of an admissions application. However, the International Office will not issue the Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 until a student has been officially admitted and certification of adequate financial resources has been received.
Do I need to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores if I studied in the U.S. or another English-only speaking country?
All international applicants must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score report, even if they 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?
A foreign credential evaluation is not required. If a transcript is written in a language other than English, a complete and official English translation must be uploaded together with the original transcript.
Are all of the application materials required by the January 5 application deadline?
Your application will not be considered complete and subsequently forwarded to our department for a decision until all application materials, including the official score reports, have been received. On average, it takes at least 4 weeks for the score report to be sent, received, and loaded to an applicant’s record. Applications completed after the application deadline may need to be considered on a space-available basis.
When are international applications reviewed?
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.
Am I eligible for departmental scholarships or other types of financial aid?
Due to limited funding, international students are not eligible for departmental recruiting scholarships and therefore should be prepared to meet all expenses from their own resources. A limited number of graduate assistantship positions are available through individual academic departments across the campus. For additional information, please visit our financial aid website.
Can I get in touch with any current international MPA students?
Texas MPA Student Ambassadors are groups of current MPA students who have volunteered to share their experiences with prospective students. Our admissions ambassadors can provide you with their perspectives on MPA classes, the job search, campus life, and living in Austin. Additionally, I recommend that you reach out to the MPA International Connection.