Texas MPA Admissions Blog

Insider Information for Prospective Students

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.

Welcome, MPA Class of 2018!

New Texas 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

MPAs Work Hard, Play Hard

MPAC in the Community

A Weekend in Austin

Making Austin Memories

Live Music Capital of the World

Next Stop…More Barbecue

Run, Austin! (2.0)

I Met a Famous Author Thanks to UT!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Austin = #1 Best Place to Live in the U.S.!

U.S. News & World Report recently ranked Austin the #1 best place to live in the U.S. The ranking was based on the city having a good value, desirable place to live, strong job market and high quality of life. Read more…

Want to learn more about Austin’s history? Check out this fun video from the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau.

 

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

Graduate accounting at The University of Texas at Austin was once again ranked No. 1 in the nation in U.S. News and World Report’s recent edition of “Best Graduate Schools.” In fact, U.S. News ranked four of UT-Austin’s graduate programs No. 1, and more than 40  of UT’s graduate programs were ranked in the top 10.

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 Friday, 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 loaded 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.

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: $1,000-$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!

UT-Austin’s Spring Break 2017

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The University of Texas at Austin will have a spring break next week (March 13-17). 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 12!

Why the 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 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 yearsbest city 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!

U.S. Application Deadline Extended for Fall 2017

The Texas MPA program decided to extend the Fall 2017 U.S. application deadline to March 31 to provide applicants with additional time to submit their application materials.

Keep in mind that we review applications on a continuous basis, in the order of file 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 materials online in the application status check.

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