APPLYTEXAS APPLICATION deadline December 15, 2022 at 11:59 PM (CST)
[optional] portfolio upload deadline January 25, 2023 at 8:00 AM (CST)

Application information

[  ] Follow the application instructions for all UTSOA graduate programs.

[  ] See below for MSHP application requirements.

Graduate School Requirements

[  ] Follow the Graduate School instructions to submit the application, application fee, transcripts, and test scores.

The GRE is waived for Fall 2023 MSHP applications. It may take 72 hours to be removed from your MyStatus. There is no reason to reach out in the interim. 

Statement of purpose

[  ] Upload your statement through MyStatus.

+ A 1,000-1,500 word essay that addresses your interest in the MSHP program with respect to your academic and professional objectives, the factors that led you to apply to the UTSOA, a situation or job that helped you define your interest, your most substantial professional contribution and why you view it as such, and/or any other factors related to your academic or professional experience that you wish to convey to the admissions committee.

+ You may submit your ApplyTexas online application before finishing your statement of purpose. You can later upload your statement through MyStatus.

Three letters of recommendation

[  ] Manage and track your letters through MyStatus.

[  ] Provide recommenders' emails as part of the ApplyTexas online application.

+ Recommenders may include former instructors and professional employers.

+ Letters should include comments on the applicant’s intellectual, communicative, and leadership abilities as well as his or her capacity for creativity and relevant personal characteristics.

+ After you submit your application and pay your application fee, notification emails will be sent to your recommenders. Any delay in submitting your application or application fee will delay the notifications to your recommenders.

Résumé or Curriculum Vitae

[  ] Upload through MyStatus

Writing sample

[  ] Upload through MyStatus.

+ This document should demonstrate your analytical writing and reasoning skills.

+ It does not need to be lengthy (most submissions range 5-10 pages), but it should clearly focus on a single topic.

[optional] Portfolio

[  ] Upload as a miscellaneous document through MyStatus.

For MSHP, the portfolio is optional, an opportunity for you to demonstrate abilities in any design or creative field (for applications from a design background, we normally expect to see a portfolio). Show us what you do; show us that you do it well. 


Upload portfolios as a single pdf through the portfolio credential on MyStatus. Portfolios should be designed and formatted for on-screen viewing. Maximum file size is 25 MB.


For each project, list the applicant’s name, the project’s date, and an indication as to whether the project was academic, office-related, or personal. In the case of collaborative or professional work, the contribution by the applicant must be precisely described.


The organization of the portfolio is a design exercise. It should be clear, succinct, and thoughtfully composed to best reflect your interests and skills. The quality of the work is of greater importance than quantity.