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Traditional MPA Pre-Enrollment Requirements

You should plan to complete the following pre-enrollment courses before applying for admission to the Texas MPA program:

  • Principles of Macroeconomics 
    Analysis of the economy as a whole (its organization and the basic forces influencing its growth and development); money and banking, national income, public finance, and international linkages.
  • Principles of Microeconomics 
    Analysis of the economic behavior of individual consumers, firms, and workers; special attention to the role of markets.
  • Introduction to Statistics 
    Training in the use of data to gain insight into business problems; describing distributions (center, spread, change, and relationships), producing data (experiments and sampling), probability and inference (means, proportions, differences, regression and correlation). (Although a business statistics course is preferred, this pre-enrollment requirement can be fulfilled with an equivalent statistics course from a discipline outside of business.)
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting 
    Concepts and their application in transaction analysis and financial statement preparation; analysis of financial statements.
  • Introduction to Managerial Accounting  
    Introduction to cost behavior, budgeting, responsibility accounting, cost control, and product costing.

You can fulfill these requirements via traditional classroom or online courses at any degree-granting, accredited community college or 4-year university. Advanced Placement or CLEP credit which appears on a transcript can fulfill an economics or statistics pre-enrollment requirement.

Completing all pre-enrollment courses before applying will greatly strengthen your application. However, if you are a high-achieving applicant and are lacking a pre-enrollment requirement, you may still apply to the MPA program. If you are admitted, we would expect you to complete the outstanding requirement before enrolling in MPA classes.

Additional pre-enrollment requirements that do not require the completion of coursework include the following:

  • Computer spreadsheet proficiency (e.g., Excel)
  • Proficiency in English (if English is not your native language)

If you are concerned with your competency in spreadsheet proficiency, you should consider enhancing your skills before enrolling in the MPA program. International applicants: If your TOEFL scores or other English skill assessment is below an acceptable level, you most likely will not be accepted to the MPA program. Please refer to tips for applying for our preferred minimum TOEFL scores.