Complete the online application at ApplyTexas. Be sure, when you get to the screen requiring you to choose a semester, that you choose "Summer 2013". The application includes information required by the University of Texas as well as specific information required for MSF applicants. When your application is complete, you will be given the option to submit your application and essays either together or separately.
Pay your application fee. The application fee is $65 for U.S. citizens/permanent residents and $90 for international applicants. Payment of the application processing fee may be submitted electronically via MasterCard or Visa if submitted on the ApplyTexas site. If you do not pay your application fee on the ApplyTexas site, you will receive an email message after submitting your online application which will include instructions for making payment to The University of Texas at Austin directly. Payment options will include Discover, MasterCard, electronic check, or electronic funds transfer. Please note that The University of Texas at Austin does not accept Visa. If you wish to pay by Visa, you should pay your application fee on the ApplyTexas site. We highly encourage you to pay your application fee online. If you choose to pay your application fee by money order (in U.S. dollars), please mail your money order to the Graduate and International Admissions Center. Please note that applicants who have previously attended The University of Texas at Austin will also be assessed a $10 transcript fee through What I Owe.
Statement of Purpose Essay and Optional Essays. You may do this at the time of your initial application. If you choose to do so, we suggest you write and edit your essay responses in a plain text editor such as Microsoft Notepad, and then copy and paste the text into the essay text box. Your statement of purpose essay must be no longer than 120 eighty-character lines of text (including spaces and blank lines). The optional essays should be limited to 200 words.
If you opt to submit your application and essay separately, you will need to log back into your ApplyTexas account and select the “My Essays” tab to submit your essay. You will receive e-mail instructions for doing this once you have paid your application fee.
You may view the Statement of Purpose essay, as well as the two optional essays at the MSF Application Essays page.
Three letters of recommendation. When you complete the “Employment, References, and Honors” page of the online application for admission, you will be asked to provide the names and email addresses of your recommenders. Be sure that their email addresses are current and accurate. In addition, on the “Custom University & Major Specific Questions” page, you will be asked to decide whether or not you will waive the right to view your letters after they are submitted. After your application for admission is submitted and received at The University of Texas at Austin, and your application fee is paid, the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) will send email messages to your recommenders and ask them to visit a website where they can complete an online questionnaire and upload the recommendation letter. Please note that your recommender will be informed whether or not you have waived your right to view his/her letter of recommendation. After you have submitted your online application for admission, you can log into the application status check to monitor the status of your pending requests for references, resend the Request for Reference email to your recommenders, or add a new recommender.
If you are unable to provide an email address for a recommender, you may have the recommender return the recommendation form and attached letter to you in sealed envelopes with their signatures across the seal, and you can include the letters in a mailed packet to GIAC. Please note that submitting a hard copy instead of an online recommendation can significantly delay the processing of your application, so it is highly recommended that your recommenders submit an online recommendation.
Once your application is submitted and your fee paid, you will receive an email from the Graduate and Admissions Center with directions for uploading your supporting documents. Emails will also be sent to your recommenders with directions for submitting their letters online.