AICPA Scholarships

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If you are seeking scholarship opportunities for the Texas MPA program, be sure to check your eligibility to apply for an AICPA scholarship. The majority of the scholarships have an April 1 application deadline. Scholarships include (but are not limited to):

  • The John L. Carey Scholarship: provides financial assistance to liberal arts and other non-business related degree holders who are pursuing graduate studies in accounting and the CPA designation. Amount: $5,000/year
  • The AICPA Minority Scholarship: provides awards to outstanding undergraduate and graduate minority students who plan to pursue the CPA licensure. Amount: $5,000/year
  • The AICPA/Accountemps Student Scholarship: provides financial assistance to undergraduate & graduate-level students who are seeking the CPA license. Amount: $10,000/year

Many of our students have received these awards in the past. I would strongly encourage you to apply!

Why Texas MPA?

Tower #1 for Rose Bowl national championship Jan. 8, 2006_6618Why Should You Attend the Texas MPA Program? Consider This…

1) Top-Ranked Accounting: The McCombs School of Business graduate and undergraduate accounting programs are Ranked #1 with U.S. News and the Public Accounting Report. What contributes to our reputation for excellence?

2) High Quality Campus: The University of Texas at Austin ranked #28 in the 2014-15 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The Princeton Review’s recent guide, “The Best 295 Business Schools, 2015 Edition”, ranks McCombs #6 for the best professors category, based on student responses regarding how well their professors perform as teachers and how accessible they are outside the classroom. Attending a top national university offers distinct advantages, such as access to

3) Great Place to Live: Would you like to live in a city that offers a moderate cost of living and other attractive features? The City of Austin regularly tops many rankings, such as best cities for job seekers and fastest growing cities. Austin offers great weather and plenty of outdoor activities in a laid-back, friendly environment and consistently receives high accolades for quality of life, innovation, employment opportunities, cost of living…and the list goes on….

4) Longhorn Spirit: The University of Texas at Austin is filled with history and traditions, and UT’s athletic events incite passion.

Want to learn more about our program from a student’s perspective? Read Live and Learn, our student blog, or contact an MPA admissions ambassador.

Hook ‘em!

U.S. Application Deadline Extended for Fall 2015

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The MPA program has extended the Fall 2015 U.S. application deadline to March 31 to provide you with additional time to submit your application materials.

Keep in mind that we review files on a continuous basis, in the order of completion, and cannot guarantee space availability. As a result, I recommend that you submit all application materials as soon as possible rather than waiting until the final deadline.

As a reminder, you can track the status of your application online in My Status.

Texas MPA Curriculum Change

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The Department of Accounting faculty recently approved a new course waiver policy for the traditional MPA curriculum starting in Fall 2015.

The MPA degree requires the completion of 43 semester hours of coursework, as outlined in the degree requirement summary, unless a student qualifies for core course waivers. Our recently-approved policy will grant up to 4 course waivers (12 hours), rather than two course waivers, based on equivalent coursework completed. As a result, a student who qualifies for 4 waivers will complete a 31-hour program, the minimum requirement for the MPA degree.

  • Students with an undergraduate degree in accounting typically qualify for the maximum course waivers and complete a 31-hour program. A 31-hour program can be completed in the fall and spring or in the fall, spring, and summer. Students who participate in employment recruiting in the fall are encouraged to balance their schedule by completing fewer courses in the fall and extending graduation to early summer.
  • Students with an undergraduate degree in non-accounting business typically qualify for one to four waivers based on previous coursework and complete between a 31- to 40-hour program. Students must begin in the summer if they do not qualify for the ACC 381-financial accounting waiver and can graduate by spring or summer, depending on the required credit hours.
  • Students with an undergraduate degree in an area outside of accounting or business typically complete a maximum 43-hour program. A 43-hour program can be completed in the summer, fall, spring, and following summer. However, students who opt to complete an internship often graduate in the fall. Internships are not required but can be counted as 3 hours of credit toward the MPA degree.

Our Estimated Program Costs web page has been updated to reflect the reduced minimum program hours.

Visit the Texas MPA Program!

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We encourage admitted applicants to visit the Texas MPA program to learn more about our citycurriculum, career opportunities, faculty, and students. To arrange a personalized visit, please submit the form for admitted applicants to the MPA Program Office at least two weeks prior to your planned visit.

If you have not been admitted to the MPA program, please submit the visit form for prospective students.

We look forward to meeting with you!

MPA Merit Scholarships

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MPA merit scholarships are offered to admitted U.S. applicants who demonstrate a superior record of academic accomplishment in their application materials. In addition, out-of-state tuition waivers are awarded each year to a select group of high-achieving non-Texas residents. Admitted applicants are considered automatically for these awards; a separate application is not required. Please note the following:

  • If you are admitted, the MPA Program Office will notify you via e-mail prior to your MPA admission response deadline if you are awarded an MPA Merit Scholarship and/or out-of-state tuition waiver.
  • If your admissions response deadline is approaching and you haven’t received notification of a scholarship award, please feel free to contact me so that I can update you on the status of our scholarships.
  • Due to limited funding, international applicants are not eligible for departmental recruiting scholarships and therefore should be prepared to meet all expenses from their own resources.

For information about other financial aid options, please visit our financial aid website.

MPA Admissions Update

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I hope you all enjoyed a relaxing holiday season! Many of you are anxiously awaiting our decision, so I thought I would provide you with an update on the status of our application reviews.

  • The MPA admissions committee is reviewing U.S. applications and will begin releasing decisions on a rolling basis soon. Admitted applicants will be considered automatically for a possible recruiting scholarship; a separate application is not required. If you are awarded a scholarship, you will be notified via e-mail prior to your response deadline.
  • The international application review will begin in mid- to late January, and decisions will be released in February. If your file was not complete by the January 5 application deadline, please be sure to submit all of your application materials no later than mid-January if you would like your application to be considered in the first round of admissions decisions. Also, please send me a copy of your GMAT or TOEFL score reports if they have not been posted to your application record yet.

You will receive an e-mail notification after a decision has been entered, and the decision will be posted on the application status check page. As always, please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about your application.

International Applicants: January 5 Application Deadline

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International applicants: Your application deadline is quickly approaching! Be sure to continuously monitor the status of your application materials in the online application status checkWhat if your application is not complete by January 5?

  • Please keep me updated on the status of your outstanding application materials. If your file is not complete by the application deadline or very shortly thereafter, we will do what we can to include your file in the first round of admissions decisions; however, if your application materials arrive too late, we cannot guarantee it. As a result, make every attempt to complete your application as close to the application deadline as possible.
  • If your TOEFL/IELTS or GMAT scores have not been posted to your application record by January 5, please contact me and let me know the date that you requested your score report to be sent to The University of Texas at Austin. Additionally, send me a copy of the unofficial results if you have received them.
  • Your application will not be considered complete and subsequently forwarded to our department for a decision until all application materials, including the official score reports, have been received. On average, it takes 4 weeks for the score report to be sent, received, and loaded to an applicant’s record.

Do you have any concerns about your application? Please do not hesitate to contact me. I am here to help!

Reminder: All international applications will be reviewed after the January 5 application deadline, not on a rolling basis.

University Closed for Holiday Break

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The University of Texas at Austin will be closed for the holidays from Monday, December 22 through Thursday, January 1. In addition, I will be out of the office until January 5 with limited access to email. If you need immediate assistance while I am out, please call the MPA Program Office at (512) 471-6559 for program-specific questions, or contact the Graduate and International Admissions Center if you are having technical difficulties with your application materials.

I hope you enjoy the holidays, and Happy New Year!

MPA Application: Admissions Decision Timeline

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I submitted all application materials already. When can I expect to receive a decision?

Decisions on U.S. applications that are completed* by the December 1 early deadline are typically released in approximately mid-January, after UT-Austin’s winter break. Thereafter, decisions are typically released approximately one month after file completion.

All decisions on international applications* are made after the January 5 application deadline.

*Please note that all materials, including official test scores, must be received in order for an application to be considered complete and reviewed for a decision. Be sure to check the status of your application on a regular basis to ensure timely completion.

I have been admitted to another university and the acceptance deadline is approaching, yet I haven’t received an admission decision from the Texas MPA program. Is there anything I can do to receive an earlier decision?

If you should receive an admission offer from another university and need to respond to the offer before you receive a decision from the Texas MPA program, please e-mail the name of the university and the admission response deadline to Keri Ledezma. Although the admissions committee cannot guarantee an earlier admission decision, we will do our best to accommodate your request.

How will I find out if I am accepted into the MPA program?

Your decision will be immediately posted on the Application Status Check page, and you will receive an e-mail notification from the Graduate and International Admissions Center once a decision has been reached. Students who are accepted to the MPA program also will receive an e-mail notification from the MPA Program Office with instructions for accepting or declining the admission offer.

 

 

UT Austin Ranked No. 30 in World by U.S. News

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AUSTIN, Texas — U.S. News & World Report has ranked The University of Texas at Austin No. 30 in the world in its first-ever Global University Rankings, marking the fourth time this year a prestigious international group has placed UT Austin among the best international universities.

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New Resume Format for MPA Application

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Texas MPA applicants:

The MPA program has developed a new resume format for the MPA admissions application. We strongly suggest that you follow the MPA Application Resume Guidelines and the MPA Application Resume Template when formatting and constructing your resume.

This policy is effective for all applications completed after December 1. If you completed your application by December 1, you do not need to resubmit your resume in the MPA format, although you may do so, if you prefer.*

FAQs:

Am I required to submit my resume in the MPA format? 

Submitting your resume in the MPA format is not required but highly recommended. If you are admitted and decide to attend the MPA program, you will need to update your resume in this format if you wish to participate in employment recruiting.

Can MPA staff assist me in constructing my resume?

Due to substantial MPA applicant volume, the MPA admissions and career services staff are unable to assist applicants with resume content or format. However, we have provided detailed guidelines, a list of action words and a Word template to assist you. If admitted, you will use this format again during the MPA recruiting process and receive individualized attention from our MPA career consultants. They will work with you to fine-tune your resume content to maximize its effectiveness.

How can I submit an updated resume under the new MPA format?

*Updated resumes can be submitted in the document upload system.

University Closed November 27-28

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The University of Texas at Austin will be closed November 27-28 for the Thanksgiving holiday. We’ll be back on Monday!

U.S. Applicants: December 1 Early Deadline

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If you are working on submitting your application materials by the December 1 early deadline… great! Your application will be first in line for consideration. However, what if your application is not complete by December 1?

  • Keep in mind that the Texas MPA program uses a rolling admissions process in which we review applications in the order of completion, starting with those completed by December 1 and ending with those completed by the March 1 final deadline. As a result, your chances for admission would not be affected if you apply several weeks after this deadline, as anytime in December is still very early in our admissions cycle.
  • I recommend that you aim to complete your application as early in the admissions cycle as possible due to space limitations. That said, you should take the necessary time to present the strongest application possible rather than overly rushing. For example, you may need more time to study for the GMAT or you might wait to submit your transcript after your fall grades are posted if:
    1. You are taking pre-enrollment courses in the fall,
    2. You are enrolled in a significant number of accounting classes in the fall, or
    3. Your upper-level GPA will be improved substantially with your fall grades
  • Your application will not be considered complete and subsequently forwarded to our department for a decision until all application materials, including the official GMAT score report, have been received. On average, it takes 3-4 weeks for the score report to be sent, received, and loaded to an applicant’s record.

Do you have any concerns about your application? Please do not hesitate to contact me. I am here to help!

Please note: This early preferred deadline applies to U.S. applications only. All international applications will be reviewed after the January 5 application deadline.

MPA Application: Transcripts

Should I submit my transcript now or wait until my fall grades are posted?

I recommend that you submit your transcript after your fall grades are posted if:

  1. You are taking pre-enrollment courses in the fall,
  2. You are enrolled in a significant number of accounting classes in the fall, or
  3. Your upper-level GPA will be improved substantially with your fall grades.

U.S. applicants: If you are targeting our early December 1 application deadline, please note that we use a rolling admissions process for U.S. applications. Your chances for admission would not be affected if you wait until fall grades are posted before uploading your transcript. Mid-December is still very early in our admissions cycle.

International applicants: You must upload a transcript for a complete application by the January 5 application deadline, even if your fall grades are not available. If you wish to provide an updated transcript, you can send it to me via email as soon as the fall grades are posted to your transcript.

Do I need to submit high school or community college transcripts?

It is not necessary for you to submit your high school transcript. Please submit transcripts from junior or community colleges if you completed our pre-enrollment requirements or any accounting courses at these institutions.

Do I need to send my official transcripts?

Please do not mail any hard copy documents for the MPA application. After you submit your online application and pay your application fee, UT will send you a UT EID and password via email. You will use the EID/password to log into the documents upload page and upload a copy of your official transcript(s). Please refer to the application materials checklist for detailed instructions. A community college transcript can be uploaded as a “miscellaneous admissions document.”

I studied abroad for one semester, and the credit appears on my U.S. undergraduate transcript. Do I need to submit the transcript from the foreign university?

If you studied abroad for one semester only and the credit appears on your U.S. transcript, you will not need to request a transcript from the foreign university. However, if you studied abroad for more than one semester, you will need to submit the foreign university transcript.

If I need to submit a transcript from a foreign university, do I need to include a foreign credential evaluation from WES or another organization?

A foreign credential evaluation is not required. If a transcript is written in a language other than English, a complete and official English translation must be uploaded together with the original transcript.

What GPA is reviewed for MPA admissions purposes?

The Graduate and International Admissions Center will calculate a GPA using grades from all upper-division (junior- and senior-level) undergraduate courses and any graduate courses completed. Courses from professional programs (e.g., JD or MD) will not be factored into the upper-level GPA. The MPA admissions committee will review your performance not only in upper-division courses but also in courses within your major and any business-related courses, including those completed to fulfill the pre-enrollment requirements.

MPA Application: Recommendation Letters

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Who should write my letters of recommendation?

Choose references who know you in an academic or professional context and are familiar with your academic or professional achievements, credentials, career aspirations and work history, if applicable. Also consider references who can provide unique and diverse viewpoints. Through the recommendation letters and statement of purpose essay, we hope to learn about your strengths, personal qualities, skills, goals, and the potential to 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, if preferred. All recommendation letters that are submitted will be reviewed.

When will my references receive the “Request for Reference” email notification?

After you submit your Apply Texas application and it is received at The University of Texas at Austin (approximately 1-2 working days after submission), your references will receive an email message which will contain instructions and a link to the recommendation system.

Can my references submit hard copy recommendation letters?

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 make a change to my reference information?

The Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) will send you an assigned UT EID and password about 1-2 working days 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 resend the Request for Reference e-mail to any of your references or add a new reference.

McCombs Professors Among Best in Nation

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Originally published by Matt Turner in McCombs Today:

The McCombs School of Business once again made the top-10 list for best professors in the Princeton Review’s business school rankings, which are published in its annual guidebook, “The Best 296 Business Schools, 2015 Edition.”

McCombs landed at No. 6 for best professors, based on student responses regarding how well their professors perform as teachers and how accessible they are outside the classroom.

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MPA Application: International Applicants

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Frequently-asked questions from international applicants:

Do I need to submit the Certification of Financial Responsibility with my application?

The Certification of Financial Responsibility is used for immigration document processing, not for admissions purposes. Therefore, the form and supporting documentation are not required for the completion of an admissions application. However, the International Office will not issue the Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 until a student has been officially admitted and certification of adequate financial resources has been received.

Do I need to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores if I studied in the U.S. or another English-only speaking country?

All international applicants must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score report, even if they studied in an English-only speaking country. Please see my previous blog post for additional information.

Do I need to submit a foreign credential evaluation from WES or another organization?

A foreign credential evaluation is not required. If a transcript is written in a language other than English, a complete and official English translation must be uploaded together with the original transcript.

Are all of the application materials required by the January 5 application deadline?

Your application will not be considered complete and subsequently forwarded to our department for a decision until all application materials, including the official score reports, have been received. On average, it takes at least 4 weeks for the score report to be sent, received, and loaded to an applicant’s record. Applications completed after the application deadline may need to be considered on a space-available basis.

When are international applications reviewed?

All international applications will be reviewed after the January 5 application deadline, not on a rolling basis. Admissions decisions are typically released throughout the month of February.

Am I eligible for departmental scholarships or other types of financial aid?

Due to limited funding, international students are not eligible for departmental recruiting scholarships and therefore should be prepared to meet all expenses from their own resources. A limited number of graduate assistantship positions are available through individual academic departments across the campus. For additional information, please visit our financial aid website.

Can I get in touch with any current international MPA students?

Texas MPA Admissions Ambassadors and MPA International Connection Volunteers are groups of current MPA students who have volunteered to share their experiences with prospective students. Our admissions ambassadors and MIC volunteers can provide you with their perspectives on MPA classes, the job search, campus life, and living in Austin.

UT Austin Ranked #28 in the World

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The University of Texas at Austin has been ranked No. 28 in the 2014-15 Times Higher Education World University Rankings and No. 6 among U.S. public universities.

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MPA Application: Statement of Purpose Essay

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 Writing an admissions essay can seem like a daunting task…

What should I write? 

How should I write it? 

How long should the essay be?

Here are some tips to consider before writing your essay:

  • First and foremost, be yourself. The purpose of the essay is to provide the admissions committee with a better understanding of what makes you unique. It gives you an opportunity to stand out from the sea of applicants. Provide a thoughtful portrayal of why you are interested in the Texas MPA and how our program will assist you in reaching your goals. Don’t write what you think the admissions committee wants to hear! We would like to know about your unique aspirations and achievements and will not judge what you aim to do with your career.
  • Develop your ideas, but be concise. Although you should focus more on content than length, the average essay is approximately two pages long. As a result, it is important to stay concise and 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 reflection of your written communication skills. Avoid being too wordy; stay focused and organized; and check your grammar, spelling and punctuation.
  • Clarify. You can use the essay as an opportunity to explain weaknesses in your record. If you do, be sure to explain them adequately and address your attempts to improve.

Essay Submission Tips:

  • You will have the option to submit your online application and essay either together or separately. I highly recommend that you submit your application first and return to the essay later, if necessary, so that your references receive their Request for Reference e-mail notifications early in the admissions process.
  • Approximately 1-2 business days after submitting your application, you will receive an email message from UT, which will direct you to an online application status check. From this site you will have an opportunity to upload a .pdf of your essay.
  • Alternatively, you can log back into ApplyTexas and submit your essay through the application system. If you prefer this option, be sure to write and edit your essay responses in a plain-text editor such as Microsoft WordPad and then copy and paste the text into the essay text box.
  • If you submit your essay through ApplyTexas, the system will accept a maximum of 120 eighty-character lines of text (including spaces and blank lines). This is the maximum allowed by the system, not the recommended length! NOTE: if you submit your application and essay at the same time from ApplyTexas, the essay will take up to 24 hours longer to appear in the application status check.