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GMAT or GRE for the Texas MPA Application?

You are planning ahead for your admissions application (great move!), and you noticed that the Texas MPA accepts either the GMAT or the GRE… so which should you take? Here are a few factors to consider:

  • The MPA admissions committee does not have a preference. Either test can demonstrate academic potential for business school.
  • Graduate accounting programs started accepting the GRE relatively recently. Be sure to check the application requirements for all of your programs of interest, as certain programs may accept the GMAT only.
  • The GRE may be the best choice for those who are applying to the Texas MPA plus another type of master’s degree, such as economics, which requires the GRE. Taking the GRE would allow you to apply to both programs with one exam.
  • If you are still trying to decide, I recommend that you take a practice test for each exam. You may find that you prefer one test over the other.

In any case, be sure to set aside time to study! Take the test early and reserve some buffer time in case you wish to retake the exam. Also keep in mind that it can take up to 3 weeks for the official scores to be sent, received and posted to your UT application.

If you have any questions related to your situation, be sure to contact me directly.

McCombs Accounting Program Ranked #1

Excerpted from McCombs Today:

The accounting program at the McCombs School of Business has once again been named the nation’s best.

For the eighth consecutive year, McCombs took a clean sweep in accounting, earning the No. 1 spots for its undergraduate, master’s, and Ph.D. programs in the 2017 Public Accounting Report (PAR) Annual Professors Survey. McCombs also topped the list of the most admired accounting programs in the country.

This marks the 13th time in 16 years that McCombs took first place across all three of the PAR categories.

The PAR annual survey is the only one in which accounting faculty (rather than deans or students) rank the best accounting programs in the nation.

Most Admired Accounting Program: No. 1

For the first time, PAR officials asked accounting faculty to name the U.S. college or university that they most admired overall for accounting (excluding their current employers and any schools they attended).

McCombs took first place.

Master’s Ranking: No. 1

McCombs has led the nation at the master’s level in 23 out of the past 24 surveys.

Read more…

Apply to the Texas MPA!

The fall 2018 online application is open!

All application materials, including official test scores, must be received before an application will be reviewed for a decision.

Application Deadlines:

U.S. applicants (early deadline): December 1, 2017

International applicants: January 5, 2018

U.S. applicants (final deadline): March 1, 2018

 U.S. Applications: The admissions committee reviews completed U.S. applications on a rolling basis starting in December.

International Applications: All international applications are reviewed after the January 5 application deadline.

Contact us if you have any questions along the way. We look forward to receiving your applications!

The Obsolete Accountant?

Will accountants become obsolete?

What is the role of the future auditor?

Jeff Johanns, accounting lecturer at the McCombs School of Buiness and former U.S. Assurance Risk Management Leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, provides insights in this recent article:

The Myth of the Obsolete Accountant


Fall 2018 Applicants: Prepare Early!

Applying to the Texas MPA program for fall 2018? Start preparing now!

  • Review our admissions website thoroughly. If there are any updates to the application process, we will be publish them on this website before the application opens in late August 2017.
  • Enroll in courses this summer or fall if you have not completed our pre-enrollment requirements.
  • Take the GMAT or GRE (all applicants) and TOEFL (international applicants) early so that we receive your test scores by the application deadline.
  • Check this admissions blog regularly. I will begin posting tips on applying, updates on the admissions process, and highlights of our program after the application opens…You don’t want to miss it!

Congrats, McCombs Graduates!

Class of 2017: By the Numbers

The McCombs School of Business will conduct five separate ceremonies on Friday and Saturday, honoring 1,695 new McCombs graduates. They will join more than 95,000 living alumni in 50 states, D.C., four territories, and 107 countries. Hook ’em!


Texas MPA Alumni Recognized for Top CPA Exam Performance

The American Institute of CPAs announced the winners of the 2016 Elijah Watt Sells Award. This prestigious award is granted to CPA candidates who scored above 95.50 across the four sections of the CPA Exam, passed all four sections on their first attempt, and completed testing in 2016.

Only 58 candidates met the criteria to receive the Elijah Watt Sells Award out of a total of 102,323 individuals who sat for the CPA Exam. Two alumni of the Texas MPA Program were named as recipients: Charles Sims (MPA ‘15) and Andrew J. Smith (MPA ’16). Charles is employed with EY in Houston, TX, and Andrew is employed with KPMG, LLP in Dallas, TX.


Texas MPA Program Highlight: Study Abroad

Gain a global perspective and prepare  for today’s business environment by studying abroad! Texas MPA students have the option to participate in a 5-week summer study program in either Buenos Aires or Prague. Each program consists of two courses that combine to give you 6 hours of graduate credit toward your MPA degree.

Texas MPA Program Highlight: Tax Practicum

Every year, Texas MPA students learn accounting skills through hands-on community volunteerism through the Tax Practicum course. As an optional part of the curriculum, students complete 55 volunteer hours working with Community Tax Centers, a Foundation Communities program that partners with the Internal Revenue Service to implement the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program for low-income filers. In 2016, students became part of the team that helped over 20,000 low-income households with free tax preparation services, resulting in over $34 million in refunds returned to the local economy.

Texas MPA Program Highlight: IIA Certificate

The Internal Audit Certificate Program at The University of Texas at Austin prepares students with the skills and knowledge to help them conduct basic internal audits immediately upon hire, as well as provide a foundation to begin preparing for the Certified Internal Auditor examination. The University of Texas at Austin is a part of the Internal Auditing Education Partnership (IAEP). IAEP program colleges are endorsed by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). The IIA recognizes UT-Austin as a university with a high-quality comprehensive internal auditing program. UT-Austin is one of only 24 universities in the world with this designation.

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