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Apply to the ECON-MPA in 3 Easy Steps

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To apply to be nominated for the ECON-MPA via the Graduate Select Admission program, you will need to complete the following steps:

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Pre-Enrollment Requirements

Complete the ECON-MPA pre-enrollment course requirements and satisfy the following criteria:

  • A minimum 3.5 grade point average based on all courses taken at UT-Austin
  • A minimum 3.5 grade point average based on economics courses taken at UT-Austin
  • Senior standing (90 or more credit hours) prior to summer admission
NOTE: Admission is competitive. Satisfying the above minimum requirements above does not guarantee nomination for Graduate Select Admission to the ECON-MPA.

Submit Application

Submit your application to be nominated for Graduate Select Admission to the MPA Program Office by April 1 in the spring of your junior year. Admission to the ECON-MPA is for the summer semester only.

Additional Documents

Include an essay, resume, and three recommendation letters with your application packet (see the application for the details). Recommendations will be accepted only from tenure-track faculty or senior lecturers at UT-Austin.

Moving to Graduate Standing


In the final semester of their BA degree, ECON-MPA participants initiate a change in status from undergraduate to graduate standing by completing a one-page form, which is provided by the Graduate School at the time of admission to the ECON-MPA. The completed application is submitted to the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC). No application fee, transcript fee, or standardized test score requirement is associated with acquiring graduate standing in the ECON-MPA. Students are required to enroll in a minimum of two long (fall, spring) semesters after gaining admission to Graduate School.

ECON-MPA participants are not guaranteed automatic admission to graduate school. See the ECON-MPA FAQs for additional details.


Admissions Questions

Please contact:
Keri Ledezma

ECON-MPA Pre-enrollment Requirements

The following undergraduate courses are pre-enrollment requirements for the ECON-MPA and should be completed prior to applying for Graduate Select Admission (See the ECON-MPA FAQ for additional information about pre-enrollments):

  • Calculus I and II (M 408K/L or M 408C/D or the equivalents)
  • Introduction to Microeconomics and Macroeconomics (ECO 304K/L or the equivalents)
  • Economic Statistics (ECO 329)
  • Preferred - One or more of the following:
    • Econometrics (ECO 341K)
    • Microeconomic Theory (ECO 420K)
    • Macroeconomic Theory (ECO 320L)
    • Upper-Division Economics Elective (taken at UT-Austin)
  • Fundamentals of Financial Accounting (ACC 311 or the equivalent)
  • Fundamentals of Managerial Accounting (ACC 312 or the equivalent)

ECON-MPA English Language Requirements

All international applicants must possess exceptional English skills to be considered for the ECON-MPA program. Official scores for either the Internet-based TOEFL or IELTS must be on your UT record prior to the application deadline unless you were allowed to waive the TOEFL or IELTS for admission to UT-Austin.

Our preferred minimum for the TOEFL is 105 overall, with a minimum of 24 for each individual section, or minimum band scores of 7.5 for the IELTS. If your previously-submitted test scores do not accurately reflect your current English proficiency, we strongly recommend that you retake the test and increase your scores.