University of Texas at Austin
Traditional MPA Admissions


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Pre-Enrollment Courses

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Completing the following courses before applying to the Texas McCombs MPA program will greatly strengthen your application:

  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Managerial Accounting

These courses can be completed via traditional classroom or online courses from any degree-granting, accredited community college, four-year university, or through AP or CLEP credit.

View Pre-Enrollment Course Descriptions

Application Deadlines

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

U.S. Early Deadline – December 1

International Deadline – January 5

U.S. Final Deadline – March 31

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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 tips on enhancing your application on our 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
  • Statement of Purpose Essay
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Professional Resume in MPA format
  • Copy of Official Transcript(s)
  • Official GMAT or GRE Scores
  • International Applicants: Official TOEFL or IELTS Scores

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

MPA students interact with employers and participate in English-instructed classes from the beginning of their first semester. As a result, applicants must possess exceptional English skills to be considered for our program. All international applicants, except those from English-only speaking countries or those with a bachelor's degree from an English-only speaking country, must submit either a TOEFL or IELTS official score report for the MPA application. Please view the admissions packet for more information on the test 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 web page for more details. The financial information is used for immigration document processing, not for admissions purposes, and 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.

Admissions FAQ

Have questions about traditional MPA admissions? Review the tMPA admissions FAQ and admissions blog.

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Admissions Questions

Please contact:
Keri Ledezma