MSF | Admissions

The Admissions Process

Application Deadlines

  • December 16, 2014
  • February 10, 2015 (Final deadline for international applicants) 
  • March 31, 2015
Applications from well-qualified applicants will be accepted after the final deadline on a space-available basis.

Only applications that are completed by each deadline will be considered for admission. Applications missing supporting documentation will not be reviewed until the next admissions deadline.

The Application Process

  • Fill out the online application.

    Complete the online application at ApplyTexas. Be sure, when you get to the screen requiring you to choose a semester, that you choose "Summer 2014". 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.
  • Submit your transcripts.

    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.

    Submit a copy of an official transcript for each college or university attended. After you have submitted your online application and paid your application fee, you will be able to log in to the documents upload page to upload a copy of your official transcript(s) in the form of a .pdf file. TIPS: Most colleges and universities will not supply an official transcript in a .pdf version. You will need to obtain an official transcript and scan the hard copy into a .pdf document. You will be able to upload only one .pdf document per school. International transcripts written in a language other than English must be submitted in their original language together with a complete and official English translation. You should redact (mark out) the Social Security Number (SSN) anywhere it appears on your transcript before creating the .pdf and uploading it. The GIAC website provides additional information about transcripts and detailed instructions for uploading the .pdf of your transcript(s). Applicants who attended The University of Texas at Austin will not be required to upload a copy of a UT-Austin transcript but rather will be assessed a $10 transcript fee through What I Owe.

  • Write your essays.

    While you can submit essays through the ApplyTexas application, we recommend that you wait until after you've submitted the online application to upload .pdf copies of your essays.

    You may view the Statement of Purpose essay, as well as the two optional essays at the MSF Application Essays page.

  • Submit 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.

  • Upload your resume.
    After you have submitted your online application and paid your application fee, you will be able to log in to the documents upload page to upload your resume in the form of a .pdf file. Please keep your resume length to a maximum of two pages.
  • Request your official test score reports.
    Send official GRE or GMAT scores, as well as TOEFL or IELTS scores if required. The UT Austin code for submission of GRE scores is 6882. A code is not needed for GMAT scores requested from mba.com. International applicants must submit official test scores for the Internet-based version of the TOEFL or IELTS unless they are from an English-only speaking country. Please contact GIAC if you have questions about waivers.

     

    Please note that it can take several weeks for scores to arrive at UT and become an official part of your application. If your official scores have not arrived before the application deadline, your application will not be reviewed. Even if a testing agency reports that a score has been sent to the University, it may take some time to show up in your application file, so be sure to leave plenty of time for scores to arrive.

After You Apply

  • Monitor your status
    You can monitor the status of your application using the ”My Status“ page. If this page indicates any items are outstanding, your application will not be processed. Remember that the Admissions Office is unable to assist with delays in score reports and letters of recommendation and you must leave ample time before the deadlines for your scores to be reported and letters to be received.
  • Admissions Interview
    Interviews are granted on an invitation-only basis, when the committee feels it needs additional information about an applicant. If the committee wishes to interview you, a member of our staff will contact you to set up the interview.
  • Admissions Decisions
    Once a decision has been made, you will receive an email from GIAC requesting that you check your admissions status. Admitted candidates will also receive an email from the program office with additional information.

     

After You Are Admitted

  • Merit-based fee assistance
    Decisions regarding financial offers will be made shortly after admissions decisions. If you are given an award you will receive a separate email outlining the details of that award. Students who receive fee assistance have until April 15 to accept or decline our offer.
  • Offer acceptance
    When you are admitted, you will receive an offer letter. Please sign and return this letter to our office as soon as you reach a decision.
  • Deposit
    A $2000 deposit is required within 2 weeks of accepting an offer of admission. When you accept our offer, you will receive an invoice outlining the deposit due date as well as the tuition and fee payments required for the remainder of the year.
  • Official Transcripts
    If you are offered admission, you will be required to submit official transcripts before you can enroll in classes. Information about the procedures for submitting transcripts can be found here.
  • Vaccine requirements
    Students new to UT will be required to submit some medical documents. Specific requirements can be found at the UHS Incoming Students page.

View our admissions flowchart. 

Download our application checklist.

Page last updated: 8/1/2014