Application Instructions

Please read the application instructions below in its entirety before starting an application

Applications for the Executive Master's in Public Leadership (EMPL) are now being accepted 10 months out of every year.  There are two rounds of admission that determine the next incoming class.  Each round has two important dates:  1) the application deadline, and 2) the admissions decision date. 

Application Deadline:  To apply on time, you must successfully submit your application before 11:59 PM CST the date of the application deadline.  The very last day to apply for the next EMPL class will always be the date of Round 2’s application deadline.

Admissions Decision Date The decision date is the date our admissions committee will respond to all complete applications. If you apply early, it is possible to hear back from EMPL admissions before the decision date.



Applications are reviewed in the order received. The admissions committee cannot make a decision on your application until the application is complete and all materials are received. If you apply early it is possible that you could receive an early decision from admissions.  

We realize that some of the supplemental documents, such as letters of recommendation, may require a small amount of additional time. However, if all recommendation letters have not been received in time, it is possible you will hear back after the deadline. The committee cannot make a decision on your application until the application is complete and all materials are received.

Read below for information on application requirements and assistance.  Make sure to read the Frequently Asked Questions section for additional information.


Application Process

Step 1.  Create Electronic ID (EID) 

To start and complete the application, you must have an Electronic ID (EID) provided by the University. You need an EID so you can navigate within the UT systems. Once you have your EID, you are now able to access the application system and apply to the EMPL program.

If you are a graduate from UT or if you have applied to another UT program in the past you will use your existing EID to access the EMPL application.  If you have questions or need assistance with an existing EID, please see the FAQ section of this document.

Need an EID?

Click here to create your Electronic ID (EID)

Have your EID?

Click here to start or continue your application

Step 2.  Begin Online EMPL Application (See FAQs section below for more information on each application component.)

Once you obtain your electronic EID, you can begin your online application. You are not required to complete your application in one sitting. You will be offered the opportunity to save and continue at a later date.

In this application system you need to:

  1. Enter your biographical, personal, education, and employment information.
  2. Enter the names, titles and email addresses for the three individuals who will be supplying your recommendation letters.
  3. Upload your Resume or CV (in PDF format)
  4. Upload your Personal Statement (in PDF format)
  5. Check and Submit Your Application

The system will only accept documents that are in PDF format. Documents cannot be deleted once they are submitted. Please review the content and format of the documents before submitting.

Note: Your recommenders will be notified and offered the opportunity to submit their letters of recommendation for your application once your application is submitted.  Official transcripts are uploaded in Step 4; see instructions below.

Step 3.   Receipt of Application Submitted

Upon the successful submission of your application. UT Austin will generate a bill for your application fee, you will receive an email directing you to UT Austin's What I Owe page. You may pay by Discover, MasterCard, Visa, electronic check or electronic funds transfer (EFT).

Application Fees:

  • U.S. Graduate: $65
    • UT alumni transcript fee: $20 (see Transcripts section in FAQs below for more details)
  • International Graduate: $90

Within 1–2 business day(s) after submitting your application and paying your application fee, you will receive a second email message acknowledging that the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) has received your application. There will also be a link to your MyStatus page, where you can monitor your application status.  You are not done yet….

Step 4.   Upload Transcript 

On the MyStatus page, you will need to upload a PDF copy of your OFFICIAL transcript using the Document Upload System. Please follow the guidelines for uploading transcripts available in Instructions for Uploading Transcripts, a downloadable GIAC guide. It is very important to remember that documents cannot be deleted once they are submitted. Please review the content and format of the documents before submitting. The system will only accept documents that are in PDF format.

Step 5.   Monitor Application Status 

Once you've submitted your EMPL application and completed Steps 3 and 4, please continue to monitor your application status for updates on your MyStatus page. The MyStatus page offers a to-do list of items to help you stay on top of your application and admission. On this page, you can manage your letter of recommendation requests using the Online Recommendation System page.

Reminder: The admissions committee cannot make a decision regarding your application until it is complete and all materials are received. Including your official transcript and all three letters of recommendation.

Application Complete! Upon completion of Steps 4 and 5, you have successfully submitted your application to the EMPL program.  Congratulations!   Your application is now eligible for review by the admissions committee.



Letters of Recommendation:

The LBJ School requires three letters of recommendation from professional colleagues who are familiar with your (a) leadership, managerial performance and overall ability, and (b) motivation to conduct graduate work.

In Step 2 of the EMPL application, you will be asked to provide a list of your recommenders including their e-mail addresses. Upon completion of Step 2, your recommenders will for the first time be sent an email containing instructions and a link to submit their letters. Your recommenders will not be contacted or have the opportunity to recommend you until you have completed Step 2 and submitted your application. 

Recommenders will be asked a series of short questions required by the University in order to submit a recommendation. Your recommender will be given the option to type or paste their letter into a text box or to upload it as a file. Please direct them to upload it as a file.

We are unable to modify the questions your recommenders will be asked on this page, so be sure to request that they address your leadership, managerial performance, and ability, as well as your motivation to conduct graduate work in their letter. You must waive your rights to access these letters when you complete your application.

Current Resume or CV:

Submit a current resume that includes work experience, years of management experience, internships, volunteer work, awards, special recognitions, and accomplishments. Be sure to include your name and page number on each page of your professional resume.


You must submit official transcripts for all senior undergraduate and graduate institutions that you have attended. Please upload official copies for all of your coursework. Even if courses taken at one institution are recorded on another college's transcript, transcripts must be submitted from the institution at which the courses were taken. Transcripts must have been issued within the past calendar year.

Complete guidelines for uploading transcripts are available in Instructions for Uploading Transcripts, a downloadable GIAC guide.

Applicants who have previously attended the university will be automatically billed $20 for transcripts, payable via What I Owe. Do not order transcripts directly from the university registrar, as doing so will slow processing.

Personal Statement:

Your statement of purpose should be uploaded into the same server and file space mentioned above. A document in standard essay format is required. There are no specific strict formatting requirements but please remember to double-space pages using a normal 12-point font for ease of reading.

The statement of purpose should describe your leadership experiences and aspirations. This essay may include details about your managerial experience, career aspirations, and how you believe completion of the EMPL degree program contributes to those aspirations. Disregard any instructions on the online application regarding length. Your statement may be as long or as short as you feel is necessary.

International Students:

All international applicants are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS prior to the submission deadline for the round in which they are applying. TOEFL and IELTS test scores expire two years from the test date.

International applicants who are from a country where English is the only official language are exempt from this requirement. Additionally, applicants are exempt from the requirement if they possess a bachelor's degree from a U.S. institution or an institution in a country where English is the only official language.

The minimum scores considered acceptable for admission by the Graduate School are:

  • TOEFL: 79 on the Internet-based test (iBT)

IELTS: An overall band of 6.5 on the Academic Examination


FAQs - Technical Questions

Issues with an existing EID? 

Are you getting this error message when trying to start your application: “Problem - the EID you are using is not configured for the Graduate Application for Admission”?

When you created your EID, you may have not indicated that you were planning to apply. Therefore, a student record was not attached to the EID. You have to have a student record attached to the EID in order to use the application system.

  1. To start, please go to the Graduate School EID Manager.
  2. Enter your information (first name, last name and DOB only) and press enter.
  3. It should bring up the EID you have already created; you will want to “claim” that EID.
  4. Log back into the EMPL Application (be sure you are using the EID you claim to login).

If you continue to experience issues please clear your browser history and cookies, try a different computer/browser, or contact



Need an EID?

Click here to create your Electronic ID (EID)

Have your EID?

Click here to start or continue your application
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