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University Closed November 26-27

happy thanksgiving

The University of Texas at Austin will be closed November 26-27 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

We wish you a happy Thanksgiving!

Congratulations, MPA Class of 2015!

2015 Commencement

Students from the MPA Class of 2015 are already demonstrating great success! Of the May/August 2015 graduates who were actively seeking full-time employment:

  • 94% accepted offers of employment. 2% opted to continue their education post-MPA.
  • 94% of our international MPA graduates accepted offers of employment. 

Our MPA graduates secured full-time employment in a variety of geographical areas throughout Texas, the Northeast, West, South and Midwest and with a wide variety of employers:

  • 3% consulting
  • 5% industry
  • 5% investment banking and other financial services
  • 87% public accounting


Accounting Department Continues Ranking Dominance


Originally published by Matt Turner in McCombs Today:

For the sixth consecutive year, the McCombs School of Business took the ranking trifecta in accounting, earning the No. 1 spots for its undergraduate, master’s, and Ph.D. programs, according to the Public Accounting Report (PAR) Annual Professors Survey.

This marks the 11th time in 14 years that McCombs took first place across all three of the PAR categories.

Read more…

New MPA Website


What’s new in the MPA world? We recently launched our new mobile- and tablet-friendly website! If you were accustomed to the old format, no worries… all of the critical information on admissions, the curriculum, and MPA experience is still available but easier to read on your smaller devices. Check it out, and let us know what you think!

Michael Granof Re-Appointed to a Second Term on the GASB


Michael Granof, EY Distinguished Centennial Professor at McCombs, was re-appointed by the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) to a second term on the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). Dr. Granof is also currently serving his second term on the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB), making him the second person to ever serve on both boards concurrently.

Read more in MPA Weekly and the Department of Accounting faculty news

Welcome, MPA Class of 2016!

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…

A Mini Tour of the McCombs School of Business

Love the Place That You Study In!

First Impressions of Being a TA

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Cookie and Lunch Breaks in the MPA Office

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!

MPA Alumni Earn Prestigious Elijah Watt Sells Award


Originally published by April Stockwell in McCombs Today and MPA Weekly.

The University of Texas at Austin’s graduate accounting program consistently ranks #1 across the nation for its top notch faculty as well as the high quality accounting education it offers students. Once again the Texas MPA Program has topped the nation with four students, Taylor Atsalis (BBA ‘13, MPA ‘14), Scott Huff (BBA/MPA ‘14), Chongho Kim (MPA ‘14), and Michael Kovacich (MPA ‘13), earning the prestigious 2014 Elijah Watt Sells Award. The American Institute of CPAs bestowed the prestigious award on candidates who obtained a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination, passed all four sections of the Examination on their first attempt, and completed testing in 2014.

To put this in perspective, 91,384 individuals sat for the Examination in 2014 and only 60 candidates met the criteria to receive the award. This year, only three U.S. graduate programs had more than one Elijah Watt Sells winner and the Texas MPA program had as many winners as the other two combined.

All four award winners are now making their mark at their respective workplaces: Taylor is currently employed with EY in Houston, Scott works for Dell in Austin, Chongho is employed with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Boston, and Michael is employed with BDO in Houston.

UT-Austin’s Accounting Ranked #1

We're No. 1

The University of Texas at Austin’s accounting program is No. 1 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report‘s 2016 edition of “Best Graduate Schools.”

Read more…

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 student ambassador.

Hook ‘em!

Texas MPA Curriculum Change

Breaking News

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.

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