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Insider Information for Prospective Texas McCombs Students

Author: Keri Ledezma (page 1 of 12)

Fall 2020 MPA Applicants: Prepare Early!

Applying to the Texas McCombs MPA for fall 2020? 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 August 2019.
  • 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. We 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!

U.S. Applicants: March 31 Final Deadline

We are quickly approaching the final March 31 application deadline! If you plan to apply to the Texas McCombs MPA for fall 2019, you must submit your online application no later than 11:59 p.m. CDT on Sunday, March 31. Also, submit the additional application materials as soon as possible because space in our incoming class is limited. We will review your application after we receive all of the required application materials.

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. If your official scores are not on record by March 31, send Keri Ledezma a copy of your unofficial score report, in the meantime.

Contact Keri if you have any updates, questions or concerns about your application. We look forward to receiving your application soon!

UT-Austin’s Spring Break 2019

The University of Texas at Austin will have a spring break next week (March 18 – 22). 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 10!

Should You Pursue a Graduate Degree in Accounting?

You’ve decided to become a Certified Public Accountant, but you’re not sure how to go about getting there. Here are a couple of options to consider if you are set on pursuing this career path:

  1. Take the required accounting coursework for CPA exam eligibility as a non-degree-seeking student. Available at some colleges and universities, a non-degree-seeking option may be a good fit if you are already working and have built a professional network. This approach would help you meet the requirements for the CPA exam and may provide more choices in course delivery, such as evening, weekend or online classes.
  2.  Study a graduate degree in accounting, such as the Texas McCombs MPA. This is a great option if you are seeking employment opportunities, want to expand your professional network and would like to enroll as a full-time student. The benefits of a structured master’s degree program include dedicated career services, connections with students and alumni, networking opportunities with employers and the addition of a higher-level degree to your credentials. Most graduate accounting programs require specific pre-enrollment courses. The Texas McCombs MPA helps you to make an easy transition to a new career by requiring only five pre-enrollment requirements, which can be completed at a local community college.

Contact us if the Texas McCombs MPA sounds like a good match for you!

Why Should You Choose Texas McCombs MPA?

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. 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? Contact an MPA student ambassador.

Hook ’em!

Visit the Texas McCombs MPA!

We encourage prospective and admitted applicants to visit Texas McCombs to learn more about Austin, the MPA curriculum, career opportunities, our faculty, and the MPA experience.

Admitted applicants are invited to attend MPA Preview Day on either Friday, February 15 or Friday, March 29, to explore the MPA program, meet your future classmates, and celebrate your admission.

Admitted applicants who are unable to attend MPA Preview Day and all other prospective students can arrange a customized visit schedule by submitting the visit form to the MPA Program Office at least two weeks prior to your planned visit.

We look forward to meeting you!

AICPA Legacy Scholarships

If you are seeking scholarship opportunities for the Texas McCombs MPA program, be sure to check your eligibility to apply for an AICPA Legacy Scholarship. The scholarships have a March 1 application deadline and are limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Scholarships include (but are not limited to):

  • The John L. Carey Scholarship: provides financial assistance to liberal arts and non-business undergraduate degree holders who are pursuing both graduate studies in accounting and CPA licensure.
  • The AICPA Minority Scholarship: provides financial awards to full-time minority students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in accounting or an accounting-related major.
  • The AWSCPA Scholarship: provides financial assistance to outstanding female students majoring in accounting or an accounting-related field.

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

Texas McCombs MPA Admissions Update

Here is a quick admissions update as we start the new year!

  • We have been reviewing completed U.S. applications and releasing decisions on a rolling basis. The final U.S. application deadline is March 31, but apply early if you can! Admitted applicants will be considered automatically for a possible recruiting scholarship (a separate application is not required).
  • The international application deadline was January 5. The application review will begin in late January, and decisions will be released in February. Please be sure to submit all of your supplemental application materials by mid-January if you would like your application to be considered in the first round of admissions decisions. Also, please send Keri Ledezma a copy of your GMAT or TOEFL score reports if they have not been posted to your application record yet.

The admissions decision will be posted on the application status check page, and admitted applicants will receive additional correspondence from the MPA Program Office.

UT-Austin Closed for Winter Break

The University of Texas at Austin will be closed for the holidays from Monday, December 24 through Tuesday, January 1. Please contact the Graduate and International Admissions Center if you are having technical difficulties with your application materials, or contact the MPA Program Office after the break.

Enjoy the holidays!

International Applicants: January 5 Deadline

International applicants:

Your application deadline is quickly approaching! Be sure to monitor the status of your application materials in the online application status check.

What if all of your application materials are not received by January 5?

  • Please update Keri Ledezma  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 are not posted to your application record by January 5, please update Keri Ledezma with the date of your test and a copy of the score report, if possible.
  • Your application will not be considered complete and reviewed for a decision until all application materials, including the official score reports, have been received. On average, it takes at least 3-4 weeks for the test scores to be sent, received, and uploaded to an applicant’s record.

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

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