Texas MPA Admissions Blog

Insider Information for Prospective Students

Texas MPA Alumni Recognized for Top CPA Exam Performance

The American Institute of CPAs announced the winners of the 2017 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 2017.

Only 58 candidates met the criteria to receive the Elijah Watt Sells Award out of a total of 95,858 individuals who sat for the CPA Exam. Two alumni of the Texas MPA Program were named as recipients: Hyungmin Kim (MPA ‘16) and Maureen Sweet (MPA ‘16). Hyungmin is employed with The Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan, and Maureen is employed with Deloitte Tax, LLP in San Jose, California.

Congratulations on a job well done!

Fall 2019 Applicants: Prepare Early!

Applying to the Texas MPA for fall 2019? 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 2018.
  • 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 or IELTS (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!

Welcome, MPA Class of 2019!

New MPA students,

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…

  • Learn about UT’s history and traditions.
  • Take a virtual tour of The University of Texas at Austin’s campus.
  • Follow the instructions on the website for new students.
  • Become familiar with student life at UT and in the McCombs School of Business. Over the years, our student bloggers have written about their experiences in our program, their favorite places to study, and the perks to being in Austin and attending a large, prestigious research university. Some examples:

Why I Chose to Stay

The Coffee Experience

There is More Than One Library on the UT Campus!

MPA Educated Eats is More than Just a Sandwich!

First Impressions of Being a TA

Looking Back, Looking Forward

MPAC in the Community

A Weekend in Austin

Making Austin Memories

Live Music Capital of the World

Next Stop…More Barbecue

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Conversations with MPA Career Services

What types of careers are possible with an MPA degree?

Conversations with Career Services is an opportunity for prospective students to uncover the full range of career options the MPA program can offer.  From investment banking to finance from consulting to advisory… our students have gone there.

Come join the career services team for small group discussions on your dream job.  This is a great opportunity to dispel some myths, uncover some new information, and get your questions answered.

RSVP and join us! Pizza will be served at the conclusion of the session.

DATE:  April 20, 2018

TIME: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

LOCATION: UT-Austin, Room: UTC 1.102

Questions? Contact peermpa@mccombs.utexas.edu

Austin is Ranked 2nd in Job Growth

Based on 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics data, Austin was ranked the 2nd fastest city for job growth.

Read more…

UT-Austin’s Graduate Accounting Ranked No. 1!

Graduate accounting at UT’s McCombs School of Business is ranked #1, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 edition of “Best Graduate Schools.”   Read more…

U. S. Applicants: March 31 Final Deadline

We are quickly approaching the final March 31 deadline. If you are interested in applying to the Texas MPA program and haven’t done so, you will have until 11:59 p.m. CDT on Saturday, March 31 to submit your online application from the ApplyTexas system. Be sure to submit all required application materials as soon as possible because space in our incoming class is limited.

Please note that it will take about 3 weeks for your official GMAT scores to be sent, received, and added to your UT application record. I recommend that you send me an email message with an unofficial report, in the meantime, if your official scores do not arrive by March 31.

If you have any questions or concerns about your application, please contact me.

UT-Austin’s Spring Break 2018


The University of Texas at Austin will have a spring break next week (March 12-16). The university offices, including the MPA Program Office, will remain open, but classes will not be in session.

Also, don’t forget that Daylight Saving Time begins for most of the U.S. and many parts of the world on Sunday, March 11!

MPA Student Profiles

You may have reviewed the MPA class profile and wondered, “Who, exactly, are MPA students? Why did they decide to attend The University of Texas at Austin for their graduate accounting degree? What do they like best about the MPA program, the UT campus and living in Austin?” The profiles of our MPA student ambassadors and the student profiles in Live and Learn, the MPA student blog, will give you a closer look at our students and their reasons for choosing  the Texas MPA.

MPA Student Profile – Natalie Allen

MPA Student Profile – Dillon Barclay

MPA Student Profile – Kexin Shuai

Why the Texas MPA?

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Why should you attend the MPA program at UT-Austin? 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 is ranked highly in the nation and the world. 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 relatively moderate cost of living and other attractive features? The city of Austin regularly tops many rankings, such as the city most likely to prosper over the next 10 yearsone of the top cities for job seekers and fastest growing city. 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 plenty of exciting athletic events.

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

Hook ’em!

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