UT-Austin code for the GMAT: 396-44-94
- All MPA applicants are required to submit GMAT scores. No waiver requests are accepted.
- We do not accept the GRE in place of the GMAT.
- If feasible, plan to take the GMAT exam no later than mid fall because:
- You will be required to wait 16 calendar days if you wish to retake the exam.*
- Your scores will arrive at UT-Austin and become an official part of your application approximately 3 to 4 weeks after the official score report is requested.
- All application materials, including the official test scores, must be received before the admissions committee will review your file for an admissions decision.
*If you retake the GMAT, the score report with the highest total score will be considered (scores are not averaged). If your application is complete and you are retaking the GMAT, please notify me of your new test date. The admissions committee will hold off on a decision until we receive the new test results.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I have to take the GMAT before I submit my application?
No. You can leave the GMAT section blank in the application if you haven’t taken the exam yet. Be sure to designate UT-Austin as a score recipient after you take the exam.
What is the minimum GMAT score the MPA program will consider?
The MPA program does not impose minimum scores and considers the GMAT in the context of a holistic review of all admissions criteria. That said, the GMAT is an important component of the MPA application. You may find it helpful to review our current student MPA class profile as well as the tips to make your application stand out.
Can I use test scores that are about to expire?
GMAT scores are valid for five years from the test date. As long as the official score report is submitted to UT-Austin before the expiration of the exam, we can use the score for admission purposes. For example, if you took the exam in November 2011 and submit the scores before November 2016, we can use the scores for the entire fall 2017 application cycle. If you do not submit the scores by the exam expiration date, you would need to retake the exam.