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MGPS DC Concentration: How to Apply

How to Apply for a Master of Global Policy Studies: DC Concentration

Learn more about how to join a community of federal and international policy leaders with a future of making a difference.

Applications Open: Sept. 1
Priority Funding Deadline: Dec. 1
Final Deadline: March 15
Part-time Available: No
Time to Completion: 18 months

**Applications with any missing materials on March 16 will not be reviewed — this includes recommendation letters and transcripts.

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Admissions Considerations

To apply for admission to the Master of Global Policy Studies (MGPS) DC Concentration, a candidate should have completed a bachelor's degree and is preferred to have two years or more of subsequent work experience, preferably in public service (federal, state or local levels), nonprofit agencies (U.S. or international nonprofits, national volunteer organizations, etc.), or business (preferably with a strategy, finance, management or policy dimension).

Because a significant component of this program is placement in a professional, six-month Policy Apprenticeship in Washington, DC during the final two program semesters, the admissions committee will, beyond the candidate's academic qualifications, also assess the candidate's potential to successfully secure and succeed in these positions while simultaneously attending evening classes.

Appropriate work experience could include full-time employment and/or significant volunteer experience in:

  • An executive, legislative or judicial agency at the federal, state or local level
  • A policy research institute or think tank
  • Private sector commercial work with a policy or public sector dimension
  • A nonprofit organization serving a national, state or local constituency

The admissions committee will consider public sector service, such as Peace Corps or Teach for America experience, military service or other appropriate experiences in a positive light.

Prerequisites

These are the requirements to enroll in the program. You may still apply if you have not yet met these requirements but plan to do so by one of the methods below.

  • Students will be expected to have an understanding of descriptive statistics, probability and algebra before beginning coursework.
  • Four semesters at the college level in one foreign language or equivalent (e.g., Peace Corps or military foreign language training).
    • Required before graduating from the MGPS Program (not a prerequisite for enrollment)
    • Placement tests are available at UT Austin to meet the requirement.
    • International students whose native language is not English are considered to have satisfied this requirement.

Although not required, it is recommended that entering students have six hours of undergraduate economics, and a course each in calculus and international relations.

Application Process

The ApplyTexas application opens in early September. Please review the online application instructions for more details and fee information. Some U.S. or permanent resident applicants may be eligible for an application fee waiver on the basis of documented financial need.

Note: Be sure to choose Global Policy Studies DC when you are asked to select your major in the application process.

Application Requirements

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. Please note that it will take at least one to two business days for you to receive access to your MyStatus page after submitting your ApplyTexas application.

Please address the following topics in your statement:

FOR ALL PROGRAMS: Please ensure your Statement of Purpose addresses the following prompts. Suggested length is two pages, single-spaced.

  • 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 public affairs?
  • 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 affairs?
  • How would a degree from the LBJ School (as opposed to any other public policy school) help you achieve your professional goals?
  • What are your public policy subject matter interests (please be as specific as possible)? Ten years from now, what type of professional work do you hope to be doing in the field of federal or international public policy?
  • How would a degree (DC Concentration) from the LBJ School help you achieve your professional goals?
  • What in your background do you believe has prepared you to work in the DC policy environment?
  • Discuss one or two policy organizations in Washington DC that interest you as a place you might wish to undertake your required six-month DC Policy Apprenticeship.
  •  If you are applying to the MGPS program, please also tell us about your current capacity with foreign language(s), or how you plan to meet the requirement of “two years college-level foreign language equivalency”) before or during your time at LBJ.

Transcripts
The University of Texas's instructions for submitting your transcripts.

Test Scores
For the 2021–22 application cycle (Fall 2022 entry), the LBJ School is offering a one-time, temporary waiver of the GRE, due to the unique challenges brought on by COVID-19. The GRE is optional for this cycle only and applicants may submit a GRE score if they feel it will strengthen their application. Please email the LBJ Admissions Team at lbjadmit@austin.utexas.edu to let us know if you will be submitting a score. We do not accept the IELTS. Visit UT's website for more information about test scores.

Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required as part of your application. We prefer one professional reference and one academic reference, while the third can be either professional or academic, depending on where you are in your career. Please review the departmental requirements section for more information about electronic submission of letters of recommendation.

Résumé
After submitting your ApplyTexas application, you will receive access to your MyStatus page. You can upload your résumé directly onto your MyStatus page once you receive access. Please note that it will take at least one to two business days for you to receive access to your MyStatus page after submitting your ApplyTexas application. You are strongly encouraged to highlight any public or private sector public policy-related experience.

 

Checklist

What to submit:

  • Complete ApplyTexas application
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate institutions
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores (for international applicants)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Current résumé
  • Personal statement of purpose

How to Verify Submission

Verify your application submission by visiting your MyStatus page to ensure we have received all of your materials and check for additional steps to take after you've applied. The UT Graduate and International Admissions Center can assist with technical issues in submitting your application materials.

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