Choose references who know you in an academic or professional context and are familiar with your achievements, credentials, career aspirations and work history, if applicable. Also consider references who can provide unique and diverse viewpoints. Through the recommendation letters and admissions essay, we aim to learn about your strengths, personal qualities, skills, goals, and the potential for success in the classroom and as a professional.
Can I submit more than two recommendation letters?
Although only two recommendation letters are required for the MPA application, you are welcome to request more than two letters.
How should my references submit their recommendation letters?
You will provide the names and email addresses of your references in the online application. After UT-Austin receives your submitted application (approximately 1-2 working days after submission), your references will receive a “Request for Reference” email message with a link to the online recommendation system. NOTE: Submitting hard copies will significantly delay the processing of your application. As a result, we highly recommended that your references submit their recommendation letters online.
What should I do if I have already submitted my online application but need to send a recommendation request to an additional reference?
The Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) will send you an assigned UT EID and password after you submit your online application. You will use the EID and password to log into the application status check. Under the “Letter of Recommendation” section, click on “Details,” and you will find a link to “Manage your recommendation requests.” From there, you will be able to send a request to a new reference.
“Explain how obtaining a Master in Professional Accounting degree at the McCombs School of Business will assist you in further defining your primary personal and/or professional life goals. Why is now the best time for you to pursue this degree? Your explanation should include, but not necessarily be limited to, a description of both your intermediate and longer-term career goals, as well as a current vision of your desired employment upon graduation.”
Have you been procrastinating on writing your MPA admissions essay? Are you wondering what you should write or how long it should be? Here are some tips that will help you get started.
Let us know why you’re unique! There is no “right answer.” The essay gives you an opportunity to stand out from the applicant crowd and gives us an opportunity to learn about your unique background and aspirations. Avoid a cliched response and instead provide a genuine portrayal of why you are interested in the Texas MPA. How will our program will assist you in reaching your goals? If you are a non-accounting major, why have you decided to pursue a graduate accounting degree? How have your experiences prepared you for success in our program and the business world?
Develop your ideas…but be concise. Although you should focus more on content than length, the average essay is approximately two pages long (this is a commonly-asked question!). Avoid repeating information that is readily available in other parts of the application. Rather than simply listing your experiences, let us know how these experiences helped you to grow personally or professionally. We want to get to know you from a perspective that cannot be achieved by reviewing transcripts, test scores and resumes.
Mind your writing technique. The essay is a demonstration of your written communication skills. Avoid being too wordy, stay focused and organized, and proofread!
Clarify. If you prefer, you can use the admissions essay as an opportunity to address weaknesses in your record, or you can include this information in a separate essay. If you do so, be sure to explain how you have improved.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.