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Master of Public Affairs Program Admissions

Contact Information

LBJ Admissions Coordinator
512-232-4013
Email (preferred)
lbjadmit@uts.cc.utexas.edu

Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC)

Online contact form
http://www.utexas.edu/ogs/admissions/
512-475-7391

Admissions and Deadlines:  

Fall:  January 5
Spring:  October 1 (Part-time only) Spring applicants are not eligible for fellowship consideration.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Early application is advised.

Degree Programs

MPAff Degree Application Requirements:

  • Graduation from a 4-year accredited college or university
  • The Online Texas Common Application and fee
  • Unofficial copies of original transcripts
  • Required test scores (IELTS may not be submitted in lieu of TOEFL scores for international applicants)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose (personal essay)

Dual Degree Application Requirements:

  • The dual degree option gives students the opportunity to combine the MPAff degree with a second approved graduate degree in a complementary field. Most of the LBJ Dual degrees are designed to be completed in 3 years of full-time study.  
  • LBJ School application requirements same as for regular MPAff program
  • Dual degree students should choose the appropriate dual degree code on the ApplyTexas application
  • Dual degree students' applications are reviewed by both departments individually.  Be sure to check with your second major choice for additional degree requirements
  • Different schools within the University may have different application deadlines.  You must meet the deadline for each particular school

Enrollment Prerequisites:

(Completion required at the time of enrollment in the first semester.  Prerequisites do not need to be completed at the time of application.)

  • One semester of college level statistics:  If you haven't yet taken statistics I, your requirement can be fulfilled by 1) AP test credit listed on transcript, 2) Completion of equivalent class at community college, 3) Successful completion of PA 325 during summer before enrollment or 4) Passing a validation exam in the subject during orientation
  • One semester of college level calculus:  If you haven't yet taken calculus I, your requirements can be fulfilled  by 1) AP test credit listed on transcript, 2) Completion of equivalent class at community college, 3) Successful completion of PA 325 during summer before enrollment or 4) Passing a validation exam in the subject during orientation
  • More information on prerequisites and the Quantitative Sequence  

The Texas Common Application and Fee:  

  • The Texas Common Application is made available online at ApplyTexas in early September for fall admission and early April for spring admission. 
  • You do not need to wait until all your materials are complete to submit the ApplyTexas application.  
  • Once you submit your application and pay your fee, you will receive an email from GIAC which will direct you to the following links to manage the remainder of your application:  1) My Status 2) Supplemental Documents Upload
  • Application fee for U.S. Residents - $65, for international applicants - $90
  • An additional $10 transcript-processing fee is charged to all former UT Austin students
  • Applications without fees will not be processed

Official Transcripts:  Instructions for uploading transcripts

  • It is highly recommended to send your transcripts through the online uploading system described above. Paper transcripts will cause a significant delay in processing your application.
  • Electronic grade reports from your previous institution's website are not acceptable. They must be scanned copies of the original paper transcript.  In addition, Graduate and International Admissions Center's programming will only accept electronically forwarded transcripts processed through the Speedy service.  If your university uses any other electronic system, please have the transcript sent directly to you.  You can then scan the transcript and upload directly (see directions above).

Required Test Scores:

  • GRE:  The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all applicants.  NO exceptions are made to this requirement.  For information on the GRE: Educational Testing Service. The University of Texas code is 6882.  GRE scores that are in the older version, but still within the 5 year window are still accepted.
  • DUAL DEGREE APPLICANT TEST REQUIREMENTS:  Students applying to the dual degree program in law are required to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Information is available at www.ets.org. International students whose native language is not English are also required to submit the Test of English as a Second Language (TOEFL), unless they graduated from a four-year college or university in the United States or other English speaking country. The LBJ School requires a minimum total score of 100 on the ibt TOEFL with a minimum score of 26 on the speaking section. A request to use the paper test must be sent to the admissions coordinator and a minimum of 600 (new scale) will be required. The LBJ School does not accept the IELTS test. Information about the TOEFL is available at www.toefl.org. International applicants may be contacted to schedule a telephone interview as part of the admissions process, at the discretion and expense of the LBJ School. Note: GRE score results must be fewer than five years old at the time of submission to be considered valid. TOEFL scores must be fewer than two years old at the time of submission. More information regarding required tests can be found at http://www.utexas.edu/ogs/admissions/test_scores.html.">Educational Test Center.  The McCombs School of Business will accept the GRE in lieu of the GMAT.
  • TOEFL:  International students whose native language is not English are required to submit the Test of English as a Second Language (TOEFL).  TOEFL exemption categories can be found here:  http://www.utexas.edu/ogs/admissions/test_scores.html.  The LBJ School requires a minimum total score of 100 on the ibt TOEFL with a minimum score of 26 on the speaking section. The LBJ School does not accept the IELTS test. Information about the TOEFL is available at www.toefl.org
  • GRE score results must be fewer than five years old at the time of submission to be considered valid.
  • TOEFL scores must be fewer than two years old at the time of submission. 

Letters of Recommendation:

  • Three recommendation letters are required. It is recommended that at least one letter be from an academic source.  
  • When completing the ApplyTexas application, you will be asked to provide the names and email addresses of your 3 recommenders. Once you submit your application and pay your fee, your recommenders will be sent an email directing them to a website to submit their letters through an electronic system.
  • To use this system, you must waive your rights to access these letters when you complete your application.
  • Additional recommenders may be added by visiting the Application Status Check page. Click on the link that says "Manage your recommendation requests", which is located under all of your recommenders names.
  • If you failed to enter your recommenders' names and email addresses on the online application, you must do so by sending an email with that information to gradref@austin.utexas.edu
  • Although faculty recommendations are preferred, applicants who have been out of school for five years or more may use work references. 
  • Your references should provide a narrative that addresses your potential for academic success at the LBJ School and your future in public policy.

Current resume or CV:

  • After submitting your online application, you will be be able to upload supporting documents, including your resume at this link.
  • A UT EID and password is required. This will be issued to you via email after your application has been received and processed by the university.  
  • Documents can not be deleted once they are submitted, so make sure the documents are in their final versions. The system will only accept documents that are in PDF format. 

Statement of Purpose Essay:

  • Your Statement of Purpose/Essay should be uploaded to your file online using the same method described above for the resume/CV. 
  • DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR ESSAY WITH THE APPLYTEXAS.ORG APPLICATION FORM. A document in standard essay format is required. There are no specific, strict formatting requirements (font, length, spacing, etc.), but please try to keep it under the equivalent of three double-spaced pages in normal 12-point font.
  • You will be asked to address these three questions in a single essay:  1)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? 2) 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?  3) How would a degree from The LBJ School help you achieve your professional goals?

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR CURRENT OR FORMER UT-AUSTIN GRADUATE STUDENTS:

Applicants who are currently enrolled in another graduate program at UT-Austin or who have been enrolled in a graduate program at UT-Austin in the past must apply using the Change of Major form. Once your form has been submitted to GIAC, you can go to this link to upload your resume, statement of purpose and any required transcripts.  Recommenders should email their letters directly to the Graduate Admissions Coordinator at <lbjadmit@austin.utexas.edu>. This DOES NOT apply to current or former UT-Austin undergraduates, who should follow the regular online application and document upload method.