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.
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.
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.