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…
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!
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.
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.”
The University of Texas at Austin will have a spring break next week (March 16-20). 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 8!
Why 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 admissions ambassador.
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.
We encourage admitted applicants to visit the Texas MPA program to learn more about our city, curriculum, career opportunities, faculty, and students. To arrange a personalized visit, please submit the form for admitted applicants to the MPA Program Office at least two weeks prior to your planned visit.
If you have not been admitted to the MPA program, please submit the visit form for prospective students.
We look forward to meeting with you!
The University of Texas at Austin will be closed for the holidays from Monday, December 22 through Thursday, January 1. In addition, I will be out of the office until January 5 with limited access to email. If you need immediate assistance while I am out, please call the MPA Program Office at (512) 471-6559 for program-specific questions, or contact the Graduate and International Admissions Center if you are having technical difficulties with your application materials.
I hope you enjoy the holidays, and Happy New Year!
Excerpted from MPA Weekly and McCombs Today
McCombs School of Business faculty shined at this year‘s American Accounting Association’s (AAA) annual meeting, held in Atlanta, Ga. Professors Bill Kinney, Lisa Koonce, John Robinson, and Lillian Mills were all honored for their achievements in accounting education and research.