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McCombs School of Business McCombs School of Business

Pre-Enrollment Courses

Completing the following courses before applying to the Texas MPA will greatly strengthen your application:
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Managerial Accounting

These courses may have been completed via traditional classroom or online courses from any degree-granting, accredited community college or 4-year university or through AP or CLEP credit.

View Pre-Enrollment Course Descriptions

Application Deadlines

U.S. applicants with high GPAs and GMAT scores can increase their scholarship chances by applying early.

U.S. Early Deadline – December 1

International Deadline – January 5

U.S. Final Deadline – March 1 Extended to March 31

For more information or application questions, contact Keri Ledezma or view our admissions blog.

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To ensure prompt and accurate processing of your application, check each item to be sure it has been received by the application deadline. Incomplete applications cannot be evaluated.

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You Are Not A Number

The MPA Admissions Committee takes all your application materials into account. Your essay, prior academic performance, letters of recommendation, and non-academic achievements will all play as important a role in your acceptance as your test scores. 

Find more tips on strengthening your application on our admissions blog and in our admissions packet.

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Application Checklist

Here are all the things you’ll need to apply to both UT and to the Texas MPA program:
  • Online Application (ApplyTexas)
  • Application Fee
  • Status of Purpose Essay
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Professional Resume in MPA format
  • Copy of Official Transcript(s)
  • Official GMAT Score Report
  • International Applicants: Official TOEFL Score Report

View tMPA Admissions Packet

For International Students

You will apply as an international applicant if you do not hold U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status, even if you earned your undergraduate degree in the U.S. 

International applicants should take note of the following items:

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TOEFL Scores

All students will be expected to interact with employers and participate in English-instructed classes from the beginning of their first semester, so all international students must possess exceptional English skills to be considered for our program. Please visit the GIAC website and view the admissions packet for more information on the TOEFL score requirement.

Fiscal Responsibility

U.S. immigration regulations require every international student to verify the availability of financial resources to pay for all educational, living, and other expenses prior to the issuance of the F-1 or J-1 visa. Please refer to the Financial Requirements page for more details. The CFR is used for immigration document processing, not for admissions purposes. Therefore, the form is not required for the completion of an admissions application.

Financial Assistance

International students should be prepared to finance the entire period of proposed study from personal funds or from funds from other sources, as financial aid is extremely limited. 

International Office

UT’s International Office assists foreign students during their stay in the U.S. and is responsible for issuing immigration documents, providing assistance securing visas, and reviewing requests for renewal and changes in immigration status. The office also provides information on housing, orientation, immigration status, financial aid, health insurance, legal questions, employment, automobile licensing, income tax status, and social security regulations.

MPA International Connection

The MPA International Connection (MIC) program is made up of current international students who serve as informational resources to both prospective and new international students. You are welcome to contact MPA International Connection members directly with any questions you may have about their experiences in the MPA program. 

Please check the MPA Weekly for meeting announcements and updates. If you are a current student and would like to receive e-mail notifications about MIC events, you can sign up for MIC mailing list.

If you have questions about the MIC program, please contact Stacy Abrams.

Application Essay

Your statement of purpose essay is an important part of how the admissions board will rate your application. Your essay will address the following:

“Explain how obtaining a Master in Professional Accounting degree at the McCombs School of Business will assist you in further defining your primary personal and/or professional life goals. Why is now the best time for you to pursue this degree? Your explanation should include, but not necessarily be limited to, a description of both your intermediate and longer-term career goals, as well as a current vision of your desired employment upon graduation.”

Check out our admissions blog for tips on applying to Texas MPA.

Traditional MPA FAQs

Have more questions about the Traditional MPA program or admissions? Be sure to review our tMPA FAQ and tMPA admissions FAQ first.

Admissions Questions

Please contact:
Keri Ledezma