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Ph.D. FAQs

Q. How can I check the status of my online application? How long does it take for the application materials I have submitted to show up as received on my application status page? What office should I contact if my application status page does not accurately reflect all the materials I have submitted?
Q. What is the mission of the Ph.D. program at the LBJ School?
Q. How does the LBJ School structure this advanced research training?
Q. Since the LBJ School normally only offers 3-4 courses explicitly designed for its Ph.D. program, where do Ph.D. students find additional courses?
Q. What is the difference between the Master’s and the Ph.D. program at the LBJ School?Are they related?
Q. The LBJ School requires that Ph.D. students hold a master's degree in public policy or "its equivalent" by the time they matriculate.  What qualifies as an "equivalent" degree?
Q. Does the program offer spring as well as fall admission?
Q. Is it possible to be a  part-time Ph.D. student at the LBJ School?
Q. Is it possible to transfer credit from my current graduate program to the LBJ School's Ph.D. program?
Q. Are applicants expected to have work experience?
Q. What kinds of fellowship and other support are available for Ph.D. students?
Q. What specific kinds of things is the LBJ School looking for in making admissions decisions?
Q. Does the LBJ School interview prospective Ph.D. students?
Q. What kinds of careers do graduates of the LBJ School's Ph.D. program pursue?
Q. How large is the LBJ School's Ph.D. program?
Q. What proportion of applicants are admitted to the LBJ School's Ph.D. program?
Q. How long does it take to complete the Ph.D. degree?
Q. What proportion of Ph.D. students actually complete the program?