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Admission to the LBJ School is a competitive process, and we rely on a rigorous holistic admissions review process for all of our degree programs. An admissions committee of faculty and staff conducts a review of all applications and will make admission decisions in two rounds, each with its corresponding deadlines and decision release dates.

All complete applications will be reviewed in the order received. It is possible to hear back from EMPL admissions before the decision date. Submission of other department required materials, such as your personal statement and resume, is made to the Graduate and International Admissions Center server. Upon application you will be provided a URL for upload. Please see application instructions below.

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The LBJ School is currently not accepting applications for the Executive Master in Public Leadership program. Our goal is to have it back up and running as soon as possible. Please contact with any questions.

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A bachelor's degree from a certified college or university. You must submit official transcripts for all senior undergraduate and graduate institutions that you have attended.

A minimum of seven years of experience in the applicant's field showing progressively greater levels of responsibility in management leadership positions.

Three letters of recommendation from professional colleagues who are familiar with your (a) managerial performance and ability and (b) motivation to conduct graduate work. During the admissions process, you will have the opportunity to provide the names, titles and email addresses of your colleagues. They will be contacted by the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) and given the address of a secure web site used to upload their letters. Please refer to the ApplyTX Application Notes below for detailed information on this process. You will have the opportunity to resend requests for a recommendation, provide an alternate email address, or suggest a new recommender.

A personal statement of purpose (recommended two to five pages) on your leadership experiences and aspirations. This essay may include details about your managerial experience, career aspirations and how you believe completion of the LBJ School of Public Affairs EMPL program contributes to those career aspirations.

A current resume that includes work experience, internships, volunteer work, awards, special recognition and accomplishments.

A GRE, current or expired, is welcome but not necessary.

An interview with members of the admissions committee will be arranged for candidates on a rolling basis. Interviews are by invitation only.


What to Submit

  • Complete EMPL Application
  • Application fee
  • Three letters of recommendation from professional references
  • Official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate institutions
  • Personal statement of purpose
  • Current resume or CV

how to verify submission

Go to your MyStatus page

Graduate and International Admissions Center can assist with technical issues in submitting your application materials

Questions about the application?

Take a look at the application notes

Financial Information

The cost to complete the 32 hours of required courses is $37,000. This figure includes all University and LBJ School tuition and fees, but does not include textbooks. You will be billed at the beginning of each semester you are registered in EMPL courses:

Summer 1 $15,000 ($1,500 of this amount is required as a deposit in order to reserve your seat in the program. This amount is due two weeks after your date of admission to the program.)

Fall $9,500

Spring $9,500

Summer 2 $3,000

The EMPL program does not offer graduate or research assistantships, teaching assistantships, or fellowships. Other options for financing your executive education can be found through the UT Financial Aid office and their list of externally funded scholarships. Some students may be eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

Fast Facts

Minimum seven years of work experience to apply

Minimum GPA of 3.0 in upper division coursework (though this may be waived for good cause)

No GRE requirement

All classes held on LBJ School campus

Qualified applicants invited to interview

All EMPL coursework required for MPAff degree

Flexibility to keep current job

Courses offered on Fridays and Saturdays

Expected 20–25 hours work weekly outside of class time