Frequently-asked questions from international applicants:
Are all of the application materials required by the January 5 application deadline?
Your application will be forwarded to our department for a decision after all application materials, including the official score reports, have been received. If your application is not complete by the January 5 deadline, the admissions committee may need to review your application on a space-available basis after the first round of decisions have been made. If you wish to provide an updated transcript after fall grades are available, you can send it to me via email as soon as the grades are posted to your transcript. Plan ahead: On average, it takes at least 3-4 weeks for a score report to be sent, received, and loaded to an applicant’s record.
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?
All international applicants must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score report, even if they studied in an English-only speaking country. 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.
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.
Can I get in touch with any current international MPA students?
Texas MPA Student Ambassadors and MPA International Connection volunteers are groups of current MPA students who have volunteered to share their experiences with prospective students. They can provide you with their perspectives on MPA classes, the job search, campus life, and living in Austin. They cannot, however, provide advice on admissions. Please send me your admissions-related questions, instead.