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MPAff-Hiroshima Admissions and Degree Requirements

General Admissions Information for the MPAff Program

International degrees students must apply independently to both The University of Texas at Austin for admission to the LBJ School and to IDEC at HU for admission to the Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation. Application to the LBJ School requires: Completion of the online application with application fee, scores from the Graduate Record Examinations General Test (GRE), official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework (verified translations in English), a resume, three letters of recommendation, and an essay. To be eligible for consideration by the LBJ School to the international degrees program, applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university, competitive scores on all sections of the GRE, an upper division grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above (based on a 4.0 system). Foreign applicants whose native language is not English must meet the current LBJ School minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The application process to IDEC includes submission of an application form with research proposal, receipt of examination fee, transcripts, and for applicants whose native language is not English, an original certificate of one of English tests such as TOEFL, IELTS, or TOEIC. Students who wish to apply to IDEC are required to have prior agreements on the research proposal with a prospective faculty supervisor in IDEC. Students interested in applying should consult the following websites:

The LBJ School of Public Affairs: www.utexas.edu/lbj/prospective 

IDEC Administration Office: www.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/en/idec/ 

Students can be admitted to the international degrees program only if approved by both IDEC and the LBJ School for admission. If a student wishes to enroll in IDEC in April she/he must submit an application to IDEC at latest by the previous November. Students who wish to apply for admission to IDEC in October should complete the application process at latest by the previous April. The admission processes to IDEC are diversified and different between Japanese and non-Japanese as well as domestic residents in Japan and overseas residents. Therefore it is strongly recommended that students who wish to apply to IDEC consult with the IDEC Administration Office prior to application. Students applying for admission to the LBJ School must submit all application documents by December 15. Note: this deadline is intentionally before the general January 5 deadline for non-international degrees applicants to ensure that all documents are received.

Degree Requirements

Credit for Program Work: The international degrees program is administered by a committee co-chaired by the Chair of the IDEC Academic Affairs Committee and the Graduate Advisor for the MPAff program in the LBJ School of Public Affairs. After being admitted and based on consultation with the supervisors at IDEC and the LBJ School, each student is responsible for submitting an initial program of work that will satisfy the requirements of the two degrees. While attending UT Austin, the student must submit an updated program of work at the end of each semester showing actual completed work.

The MPAff program requires that an admitted student to have completed undergraduate statistics and calculus courses before beginning the graduate methods courses.  If the student initiates the program at IDEC,  LBJ School prerequisites in quantitative methods can be fulfilled by coursework at IDEC