In the latest Notesworthy blog post, Dean Gilligan commends the Texas MPA and The University of Texas Accounting Department for their dominating spirit of achievement.
The MPA admissions cycle is officially closed for fall 2013.
Thank you, applicants, for taking the time and effort to apply to our program. Once again, the admissions committee was impressed with the strength of the applicant pool this year!
Interested in applying for fall 2014?
Here are ways you can prepare for your application:
- Review our admissions website in late August. Updates on the application process will be posted before the application opens in early September 2013.
- Take courses this summer or fall if you have not completed our pre-enrollment requirements. Please note that we have added introduction to managerial accounting as a pre-enrollment requirement for fall 2014.
- Prepare for the GMAT and TOEFL (if applicable) early so that we receive your test scores before the application deadline.
- Stay tuned to this admissions blog. I will begin posting tips on applying, updates on the admissions process, and highlights of our program after the application opens…Don’t miss out!
In the not-to-distant future, you will be stepping foot on The University of Texas at Austin campus and spending plenty of time in the McCombs School of Business. The MPA Program Office staff and accounting faculty will be assisting you, step by step, to prepare you for your classes and the busy, yet exciting, employment recruiting season. In the meantime, we recommend that you…
Take a virtual tour of The University of Texas at Austin’s campus.
Become familiar with student life at UT and in the McCombs School of Business. Over the years, our student bloggers have published a McCombs mini tour, information about the MPA Lounge and other favorite places to study, and the perks to being in Austin and attending a large, prestigious research university.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Originally posted by Katy McDowall in the Alcade. Photo by Matt Wright-Steel.
There are some teachers you just don’t forget. Nominated by alumni, these professors are among the best and most inspiring on the Forty Acres. Meet this year’s Texas 10.
Growing up in a small town in Southern Illinois, Lisa Koonce never thought she would attend college, let alone become a professor. She assumed she would be a secretary.
“It’s surprising to me still, at this point in my life, that I’m actually a university professor,” Koonce says. “People from my town didn’t do that sort of thing.”
Today, Koonce is the Deloitte and Touche Chair in Accounting at UT, where she has taught for 22 years and she’s earned a number of awards, including The University of Texas System Regents’ Teaching Award.
Teaching mostly seniors on their way to becoming certified public accountants, Koonce’s goal is to show her students that there’s more to accounting than just right or wrong answers.
“It’s not just black and white,” Koonce says. “There are a lot of financial situations that require judgment. I hope they realize that’s what they’re going to spend most of their professional lives doing.”
Koonce’s classroom also doubles as her research lab. While researching how accountants measure assets and liabilities at fair value, she often uses her students as test subjects.
“A lot of the projects I work on are related to ideas that students bring up in class,” she says. “If I really listen to them, I understand how they’re messing up their reasoning process.”
Ultimately, the research ideas Koonce gets from her students come full circle, helping her to teach more effectively.
“I view it as a pretty big privilege to work here,” she says, “and I feel very responsible for how they turn out.”
Meet our other Texas 10 professors here.
The Texas MPA was ranked first in the nation for the seventh year in a row in the U.S. News and World Report’s survey of Best Graduate Schools!
Visit our MPA rankings web page to learn about recent faculty accomplishments, highlighting the hard work that makes ours the top graduate accounting program in the country.