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Update on International Admissions

I mentioned in a previous blog post that our program, as well as many other graduate programs on campus, have experienced a significant increase in applications this year. As a result, the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) has been backlogged with application documentation, and there has been a considerable delay with referring files to our department for a decision.

The MPA admissions committee would like to ensure that all completed files are reviewed thoroughly before releasing decisions because international admissions are particularly competitive. As a result, we most likely will begin notifying applicants of our decisions in March rather than late February, as we had originally planned.

As a reminder, you can check the status of your application online. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns regarding the status of your application. We greatly appreciate your patience!

MPA Merit Scholarships

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:

  • The MPA Program Office will notify admitted applicants via e-mail prior to the MPA admission response deadline if they 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.

FAQ: How Will I Be Notified?

Q: How will I be notified once a decision has been made on my MPA application?

A: Great question! After the admissions committee has entered a decision, you will be contacted via e-mail by our Graduate and International Admissions Center and the MPA Program Office. You will also be able to view the decision on the Application Status Check page by logging in with your UT EID and password.

Also, if you are admitted, the MPA Program Office will mail you an admissions packet. The packet will be mailed to your local address, if valid, or to your permanent address if the local address is no longer valid. Please make any address changes in UT Direct and also send me an e-mail notification with your change of address.

MPA Admissions Update

I hope you all enjoyed the holidays! The University of Texas at Austin is up and running again, and the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) staff members have been working overtime processing admissions documents and preparing files for our departmental review. Keep in mind that you can track the status of your application online and that it may take up to 20 business days for GIAC to log in your application materials after they have been received (see my previous blog post for the details).

  • The admissions committee will start to release decisions on U. S. applications within the next week or two, beginning with the applications completed by the early preferred deadline.
  • The committee will begin reviewing international applications in late January or early February and start releasing decisions approximately in late February.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Texas MPA = Top Ranked Program

Our graduate accounting program was ranked No. 1 in the recently-released Public Accounting Report Annual Survey of Accounting Professors. Want to know more? Read the full story in The Ledger, the Department of Accounting’s news blog.

Winter Break and International Applicant Deadline

 

OK…We don’t have snow on the ground in Austin, but it was fun to see a few flakes in the sky recently!  Speaking of snow, our winter break will be upon us soon, so here are a couple of related updates:

Winter break: I will be out of the office on December 18 and 21, and The University of Texas at Austin will be closed from December 22, 2009 through January 1, 2010. I will check my e-mail messages intermittently throughout the break, but I cannot guarantee that I will be able to respond to your message until I return on January 4.

International applicants: As I am sure you are well aware, the international application deadline is January 5, 2010. If you have any questions regarding the status of your application materials, I recommend that you contact the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) directly. Please remember that it may take up to 20 business days for your documents to be loaded into GIAC’s computer system, particularly around the holidays. Credentials are stamped with the date on which they are received by GIAC and will be considered “on time” if this date meets our application deadline.

Happy holidays to everyone!

December 1 Deadline

I know that there are many anxious U.S. applicants out there, doing everything possible to submit their application materials by the December 1 early preferred deadline so that their files are first to be reviewed. In an effort to ease some of the anxiety, I would like to re-emphasize a few points that I made in my previous post:

  • Mailed credentials are date stamped on the day they are received and will be considered “on time” if this date meets our application deadline.
  • The credentials may not appear in the Application Status Check page for up to 7 to 21 days after they are received.
  • No need to worry about this delay–We have factored in this paperwork processing time, and as a result, will not begin making admissions decisions until after the winter break.

What if you miss the early deadline? Please do not panic! We will review files in the order of completion until the March 1 final deadline. However, keep in mind that due to space limitations, it is preferable to complete your application as early in the admissions process as possible.

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

Please note: This early preferred deadline applies to U.S. applications only. All international applications will be reviewed after the January 5 application deadline.

International Applicants: TOEFL Requirement

International applicants: Do you have questions about the TOEFL? You’re not alone! The following are a few frequently-asked questions that I have received regarding the TOEFL:

Q: Can the TOEFL requirement be waived if I studied in the United States?

A: The TOEFL requirement will be waived automatically for international applicants only if the applicant’s native language is English (English must be the only official language of the country of which the applicant is a citizen). If you studied a bachelor’s or master’s degree in an English-only speaking country, your TOEFL score requirement will not be waived. Please see our website for more details.

Q: If I took the TOEFL nearly two years ago, can I use these test scores for the fall 2010 MPA application?

A: TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the test date. As long as the score report is requested through ETS before it expires, we can use it for your fall 2010 application.

Q: What if I do not meet the MPA program preferred minimum score on the TOEFL?

A: Because English skills are essential for success in the MPA program, meeting the preferred minimum score requirement strengthens your application. Please refer to my previous blog post for additional details.

FAQs: Admissions Process

Q: I mailed in the supplemental application materials. Have you received them?

A: You can check the status of your application materials online, using your UT EID and password. If you have any questions regarding the receipt of your materials, please contact the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) via phone at (512) 475-7391 or via e-mail.

During peak processing times, it may take up to 7 to 21 days for GIAC to log your documents into the computer system. Please allow an appropriate amount of time to pass before expecting to see these credentials on the status check Web site. Credentials are stamped with the date on which they are received and will be considered “on time” if this date meets our application deadline.

Q: I have submitted all of the required application materials. When will I be notified of a decision?

A: The answer depends on the type of application that you submitted:

  • U.S. applications: The admissions committee will begin making decisions in January, starting with the applications that were completed by the December 1 early preferred deadline. Thereafter, applications are reviewed in the order they are completed until the final March 1 application deadline. Due to program space limitations, it is generally better to complete your file as early in the admissions process as possible.
  • International applications: The admissions committee will review all completed international applications after the January 5 application deadline. Applications that are completed after the deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Q: Once a decision has been made, how will I be notified?

A: After a decision has been made, you will receive an e-mail message prompting you to log into our applicant site to review the decision and obtain further instructions. You also will receive an official notification from the Graduate and International Admissions Center, and you will be able to view the decision on the Application Status Check page.

Q: I have been admitted to another university, but I haven’t received the admissions decision from the Texas MPA program. What should I do?

A: If another university’s response deadline is approaching and you have not received a decision from our program, please notify me as soon as possible. Although the admissions committee cannot guarantee an earlier admission decision, we will do our best to accommodate your request.

Q: Do I need to fill out an application to be considered for MPA scholarships?

A: All admitted U.S. applicants will be considered automatically for a possible out-of-state tuition waiver and/or merit scholarship. A separate application is not required. Scholarship and tuition waiver decisions will be made prior to your MPA response deadline. You will be notified via e-mail if you are granted one of these awards.

Austin: A Great Place to Live!

I know I may be biased, but many will agree with me that Austin is a fabulous place to live. It offers a moderate cost of living, a high quality of life, and a climate that allows you to enjoy outdoor activities year-round. Earlier this year, Austin was rated as one of the best cities for recession recovery, according to Forbes.com. Austin also topped Forbes’ list as the best big city for jobs, along with five other Texas cities, including Houston, San Antonio, Fort Worth and Dallas. Our city is included at the top of countless other rankings. Here are a few examples from the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce Web site:

  • Top city for your career (SalesHQ, 8/25/09)
  • Top 10 start-up city (Entrepreneur, 8/09)
  • #3 “Best City for High-Paying Jobs” (Forbes, 7/14/09)
  • Second most affordable city in “Best Cities for Families” (Forbes, 6/29/09)
  • One of “10 Best Places to Live” (U.S. News.com, 6/8/09)

If you haven’t been to Austin or you would like to learn more about the Texas MPA program, I would encourage you to visit when you have an opportunity. I suspect you won’t be disappointed!

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