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Master of Public Affairs Program Admissions

Important Dates

Round 1 Application Deadline for Fall 2016 Admission: December 1, 2015

Priority deadline for admission fellowship consideration

Decision Notification for Round 1: March 1, 2016

Round 2 Application Deadline for Fall 2016 Admission: Applications will be reviewed as they are received after the Round 1 deadline until April 15, 2016.

Decision Notification for Round 2:  Rolling depending on application date, but all decisions will be made by May 1, 2016

Deadline for Spring 2016 Admission: October 1, 2015

*Please note that spring admission is only available for part-time students and there is no admission fellowship consideration.

For a step-by-step overview of the admissions process, please visit UT's graduate school admission website.

Application Requirements

  1. Completed ApplyTexas application* & fee
  2. Uploaded copies of your official transcript(s)
  3. Test scores
  4. Three letters of recommendation
  5. Resume
  6. Statement of purpose
  7. Prerequisites

*Current and former UT Austin graduate students should not complete the ApplyTexas application. You should submit the Change of Major form. For more details on this process, please visit http://www.utexas.edu/ogs/admissions/howtocom.html. This does not apply to current and former UT Austin undergraduate students, who should submit the ApplyTexas application.

Dual degree applicants 

If you are applying to a dual degree program, please select the correct dual degree code on the ApplyTexas application. You should not submit two separate ApplyTexas applications for each program. Each department reviews dual degree applications independently. You must complete all of the requirements set by each department, including separate deadlines, test requirements, etc. If you are only admitted to one program, you will have the option to switch to the single degree program after the review process ends.

ApplyTexas

Transcripts

Test Scores

Letters of Recommendation

  • Three letters of recommendation are required as part of your application. We prefer one letter from a professional source, one from an academic source, and the third can be from either source.
  • Please review the departmental requirements section on http://www.utexas.edu/ogs/admissions/howtous.html for more information about electronic submission of letters of recommendation.

Resume

  • After submitting your ApplyTexas application, you will receive access to your MyStatus page. You can upload your resume directly onto your MyStatus page once you receive access. For more information on how to check your status, please visit http://www.utexas.edu/ogs/admissions/status.html.
  • Please note that it will take at least 1-2 business days for you to receive access to your MyStatus page after submitting your ApplyTexas application.

Statement of Purpose

  • After submitting your ApplyTexas application, you will receive access to your MyStatus page. You can upload your Statement of Purpose directly onto your MyStatus page once you receive access. For more information on how to check your status, please visit http://www.utexas.edu/ogs/admissions/status.html.
  • Please note that it will take at least 1-2 business days for you to receive access to your MyStatus page after submitting your ApplyTexas application.
  • Please address the following topics in your statement:
    • What are the most important things the LBJ School Admissions Committee should know about you (e.g., personal history and background, unique experiences and perspectives)? In other words, what led you to your interest in pursuing this degree?
    • What are your professional and career goals? Ten years from now, what type of work do you hope to be doing in the field of public policy?
    • How would a degree from the LBJ School help you achieve your professional goals?

Prerequisites

These are prerequisites to enroll in the program, but you may apply to our program before you have fulfilled the requirements.

  • One semester of college level statistics
  • One semester of college level calculus
  • If you haven't yet taken statistics or calculus, your requirements can be fulfilled by
    • AP test credit listed on your college transcript or
    • Completion of an equivalent class at a community college or
    • Successful completion of an LBJ course that we offer to admitted students the summer before you start the program or
    • Passing a validation exam during orientation

After you apply

After submitting your application, please check your MyStatus page to ensure we have received all of your materials. This is also the first place you will receive your admissions decision. For more details regarding your status check and steps for after you’ve applied, please visit http://www.utexas.edu/ogs/admissions/afterapp.html.


If you have any questions throughout the process, please contact the Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator at lbjadmit@austin.utexas.edu or 512-232-4013.