Admission Requirements:
Master of Public Affairs

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An applicant who meets the following criteria is eligible for clear admission to a graduate degree program:

  • Has submitted all required documents.
  • Has been awarded a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  • Student with a GPA lower than 3.0 but higher than a 2.75 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Graduate School Required Documents

Official Transcripts

Official college transcripts are to be sent to the Graduate Studies office directly from all the institutions attended. If the applicant attended UTRGV at any time, those official transcripts will be handled by the Graduate Studies office; however, the applicant is responsible for requesting official transcripts to be sent directly from all other institution(s).

Important: Please request that your official transcripts be mailed directly to the address listed below. It is important that you include the office name and room number to ensure proper delivery.

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Graduate College
Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
1201 W. University Drive
Edinburg, Texas 78539

Admission to the Program

The applicant must have at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale. Students with a lower GPA will be considered for Probationary Admission.

  • References
    Three references are necessary, that is, the names of three people who can be contacted for a personal and professional recommendation.
  • Statement of Purpose
    Personal Statement (letter) detailing reasons for pursuing the graduate degree and professional goals (submitted online).

GPA Appeals Process

If your GPA falls between a 2.75 and 2.99, you may be eligible to appeal the admissions decision. Please follow the steps below to request an appeal.

  • Obtains or holds a GPA between 2.75 and 2.99 GPA:
    • Must take graduate-level admissions test required by the program and earn the minimum required score to be admitted conditionally
  • Obtains a GPA below 2.75:
    • Must write a letter of appeal to the program coordinator

Check Program Availability in Your State

Higher Education Act of 1965 include changes in regulation for State Authorization that may impact online, distance, and correspondence education providers. Please review Check Program Availability in Your State for more details.

English Proficiency Exam/Evaluation of Educational Records

  1. Additional requirements for domestic applicants who attended foreign universities:
    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. View additional information
    • English translation of educational records.
    • Transcript Evaluation by the Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA). View additional information
  2. Additional requirements for international applicants:
    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. View additional information
    • English translation of educational records.
    • Transcript Evaluation by the Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA). View additional information
    • Immigration documents, including a current copy of your valid passport. View additional information

Transcripts or any supporting documentation should be sent to:

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
The Graduate College
Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
1201 W. University Drive
Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

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