Texas MPA Admissions Blog

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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!

10 Ways UT Austin Was Ranked Around the World in 2017

Discover the various ways The University of Texas at Austin was recognized as one of the best universities in 2017!

University of Texas at Austin 2017 Rankings from University of Texas at Austin.

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AICPA Scholarships


If you are seeking scholarship opportunities for the Texas MPA program, be sure to check your eligibility to apply for an AICPA scholarship. The majority of the scholarships have an March 1 application deadline and are limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Scholarships include (but are not limited to):

  • The John L. Carey Scholarship: provides financial assistance to liberal arts and non-business undergraduate degree holders who are pursuing both graduate studies in accounting and CPA licensure. Amount: $5,000/year
  • The AICPA Minority Scholarship: provides financial awards to full-time minority students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in accounting or an accounting-related major. Amount: $1,000-$5,000/year

Many of our students have received these awards in the past. I would strongly encourage you to apply!

Texas MPA Admissions Update

I hope you all enjoyed a relaxing holiday season! Here is an update on the status of our application reviews.

  • We have been reviewing completed U.S. applications and releasing decisions on a rolling basis. 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 final U.S. application deadline is March 1.
  • The international application deadline was January 5. The application review will begin in late January, and decisions will be released in February. Please be sure to submit all of your supplemental 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.

UT-Austin Closed for Winter Break

The University of Texas at Austin will be closed for the holidays from Friday, December 22 through Monday, 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!

International Applicants: January 5 Application Deadline

International applicants:

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

What if all of your application materials have not been received 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.

Please contact me if you have any concerns about your application.

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

U.S. Applications: Decision Timeline

Congratulations! You completed your U.S. application! What can you expect next? 

We are beginning to process and review applications that were completed by December 1 and will start releasing decisions before UT-Austin’s winter break. The decision will be posted on the Application Status Check page, and you will receive a notification from the Graduate and International Admissions Center. If you are accepted, you will receive a separate message from the MPA Program with additional information.

If you complete your application after the 12/1 early deadline, no worries! We review applications on a continuous basis, and you can expect to receive a decision approximately one month after your application is complete.

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

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 send me an email message with the name of the university and the admission response deadline. Although we cannot guarantee an earlier admission decision, we will do our best to accommodate your request.

U.S. Applicants: December 1 Deadline

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?

  • 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. (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.

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 added to an applicant’s record.

Do you have any concerns about your application? Please do not hesitate to contact me!

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

Is Accounting Right for You?

Are you seeking a stable and rewarding career?

Do you have strong analytical and communication skills?

Do you enjoy creative problem solving and working with others?

Would you like to start your own business or help one grow?

Accounting may be a good fit for you! Individuals with accounting skills work in a variety of settings, such as public accounting, banking, consulting, health care, real estate, technology, nonprofit, government and entertainment.

Accountants provide the financial foundation of business. They are trusted advisors and help companies remain competitive in the global economy. Whereas other professions may be affected by economic down cycles, accountants are in high demand, even in turbulent times.

Did you know that junior-level accountants in a large firm typically make between $68,000-$90,000 per year, and those with more experience can make up to six or seven figures? Here are a few examples from Robert Half, 2018 Salary Guide for Accounting and Finance Professionals:

  • Chief Financial Officer: $119,000-$497,000
  • Controller: $90,500-$220,500
  • Financial Analyst Manager: $83,500-$159,250
  • Forensic Accountant: $75,000-$143,250
  • Internal Audit Manager: $87,500-$167,000
  • Tax Director: $109,500-$268,000

Add 15% to these numbers if you have a graduate degree, CPA license or other certification.

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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.

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