The Department of Government
The Department of Government

Step 1: ApplyTexas

Complete the ApplyTexas application ( and pay your application fees.

You may want to read this information before beginning the application.

If your intent is to be admitted to the Ph.D. program, be sure to choose "doctoral" as the initial degree you will seek, even if you think you want to earn a master's degree along the way.

The Department of Government does not require that you complete the Employment History section of the ApplyTexas application, although we do require that you submit a CV/Resumé, and relevant employment information should be included there.

ApplyTexas will ask you to submit your statement of purpose and email addresses for your letters of recommendation. Two-to-three business days after you have submitted your ApplyTexas application, you will receive access to GIAC’s Status Check website. You have the option of uploading your statement of purpose at that time rather than completing the statement of purpose before submitting the ApplyTexas application. You must enter the email address of at least one recommender through the ApplyTexas application, but may manage the remaining two email addresses through the status check website. 


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    The University of Texas at Austin
    158 W 21st ST STOP A1800
    Batts Hall 2.116
    Austin, TX 78712-1704