How to Apply

All graduate students are required to apply to the state application system ApplyTexas. Here you will enter your biographical information, previous education, and essays. We strongly encourage you to start this process well in advance of the deadline to allow the Graduate School and the Department to process your information.

You must select the appropriate semester in the ApplyTexas application. If you apply to the wrong semester or program track you could be subject to additional application fees. Program semester starts are included in the deadlines section below. 

  • Deadlines
    Deadline Program  Program Starts
    December 1 Application due:
    Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership
    M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership
    Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Planning
    M.Ed. in Educational Policy and Planning
    Fall Semester
    December 1 Priority application deadline:
    Executive Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership
    Summer Semester
    December 15 Nomination(s) due:
    Cooperative Superintendency Program (Ed.D.)
    Texas Principal Leadership Academy (M.Ed.)
    Summer Semester
    January 15 Application due:
    Cooperative Superintendency Program (Ed.D.)
    Texas Principal Leadership Academy (M.Ed.)
    Executive Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership
    Summer Semester
  • Basic Requirements

    The UT-Austin Graduate School specifies eligibility for admissions consideration.

    Our department consists of two program areas that offer master’s and doctoral degree concentrations in specific fields: the Program in Higher Education Leadership and the Public School Executive Leadership Program.

    All of our doctoral programs, Ph.D. and Ed.D. alike, require a master’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution.

    All of our master's programs require a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution.

  • Application Steps and Program-specific Instructions

    After the ApplyTexas application is submitted, the Graduate School will review your application. You will be sent an email confirming your application was received within 1-2 days after submission. This email will also contain your login information (UT EID) for the MyStatus page. Be sure to keep this email for your records. 

    Complete your application form by uploading the following items:

    Application Fee

    The nonrefundable Graduate School application fee is $65.00 for U.S. applicants, $90.00 for International applicants. Fee waivers are available for those who are eligible. Please note that some programs may require an application fee in addition to the Graduate School's fee. Confirm that you have applied to the correct program to avoid additional charges. 


    Transcripts are required for each senior college attended. A PDF of the official transcript can be uploaded, but an official transcript from that college will be required after acceptance to a program. Each transcript can be uploaded only once, so please make sure you have the correct and full version of each transcript before uploading. Learn more about transcripts at the Graduate School's website

    Official GRE Scores

    The GRE is no longer required for those applying for admission to the following programs:

    • Education Policy and Planning M.Ed. and Ph.D.
    • Program in Higher Education Leadership M.Ed. and Ph.D.
    • Executive Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership

    If applicants choose to submit GRE scores, they will not be reviewed or considered by the admissions committee.

    GRE scores are still required for applicants to select programs, please confirm admission requirements before starting your application. GRE scores should be submitted directly through ETS. On test day, you will be able to designate which universities you would like your scores to be sent to. If you need additional scores sent, you should do so through the ETS website.

    While there is no minimum score requirement per se, the CSP and TPLA admissions teams look carefully at the overall score and the individual test scores. Writing and verbal scores are important indicators of your ability to write academic papers and a coherent dissertation. The analytical score is an important indicator of your ability to do doctoral-level research. If your scores are low, you may want to explain specifically in your statement of purpose why you believe the scores do not accurately reflect your abilities.

    Letters of Recommendation

    Our department requires three letters of recommendation. Recommenders will be notified by email with instructions on how to upload their letters once you have submitted and paid your application fee. Letters should come from professors who are familiar with your academic performance and those who know you professionally. Several of our programs have additional requirements for your letters of recommendation. Please visit the appropriate page via the links provided below.

    You can help your recommenders develop more informed letters by giving them information about your program of interest by indicating what you plan to do after graduation. The more information your reference includes about the “fit” between you, The University of Texas at Austin, and the program to which you are applying, the stronger your application will be. Be mindful to give your recommenders plenty of lead-time so that their letters arrive by the deadline.

    Statement of Purpose

    This essay describes your interests and commitment to the goals and curriculum of the program area you wish to join. We recommend that you address your personal and academic background and your academic and professional goals. You also could address a specific area of research interest or a faculty member with whom you want to work. Please pay careful attention to your statement of purpose as it is the only piece you control completely.

    This statement should be no longer than 3 pages double-spaced. It should be submitted online as a part of the application form. Please check your program for additional information.

    Curriculum Vitae or Résumé

    A recommended length of no more than two pages for resumes. The resume or CV should include:

    • post-high school education
    • relevant work or volunteer experience (indicate the amount of time)
    • honors received
    • research experience
    • conference presentations
    • publications

    Your CV or résumé should be proofread carefully. Ask a friend or a professional résumé reader to be another pair of eyes to look it over.

    Note: the Texas Education Agency requires principalship (TPLA ) and superintendency program (CSP) applicants to use a specific résumé format available with the programs' application checklists. Please reference the TPLA or CSP application requirements pages for these checklists. 

    Program-specific Instructions

    Several of the degree programs we offer have additional requirements to be considered for admission. Please refer to the specific graduate program for more detailed information about admission requirements and procedures.

  • International Graduate Students

    In addition to the requirements for graduate students, international students have some additional requirements.

    Official TOEFL/IELTS Scores (International Applicants Only)

    Students applying from other countries should submit either their Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Scores. The recommended minimum scores provided by the Graduate School are:

    • TOEFL: 79 on the Internet-based test (iBT)
    • IELTS: An overall band of 6.5 on the Academic Examination

    English Language Evaluation (International Applicants)

    All new international students with undergraduate degrees from non-English-speaking universities are required to undergo a brief evaluation for speaking and writing English (English Second Language evaluation). This helps us better serve the needs of our international students and the faculty who work with them.

    Texas Global will conduct the English language evaluation during International Student Orientation. This evaluation is done at no cost to the student. If you do not pass one of the two evaluations, you will be required to take an English Second Language course during your first semester at UT. If you are required to take two English Second Language courses, you must take one course the first semester and the second course the next semester. 

  • Application Status

    MyStatus (UT EID required) will let you see what application materials are missing, as well as allow you to upload the required documents. Please use this online status check to monitor your application status and check it frequently. 

  • After Your Decision

    Applicants may be admitted, admitted with conditions, or denied admission. Learn more on the Graduate School website.


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