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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 admissions ambassador.

Hook ‘em!

Texas MPA Curriculum Change

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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.

Visit the Texas MPA Program!

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We encourage admitted applicants to visit the Texas MPA program to learn more about our citycurriculum, 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!

University Closed for Holiday Break

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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!

Accounting Faculty Honored at AAA Annual Meeting

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Excerpted from MPA Weekly and McCombs Today

McCombs School of Business faculty shined at this years American Accounting Association’s (AAA) annual meeting, held in Atlanta, Ga. Professors Bill KinneyLisa KoonceJohn Robinson, and Lillian Mills were all honored for their achievements in accounting education and research.

Read more…

Announcing the Inaugural Terri Holbrook Scholars

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Originally published by Zach Lozano in McCombs Today:

Accounting lecturer, Terri Holbrook, and her husband, Ed, are providing funds for a new scholarship awarded to third, fourth, and fifth-year Masters of Professional Accounting students.

In its inaugural year, the eponymously named Terri Holbrook Scholarship in Accounting has been awarded to 15 MPA students. Scholarship recipients will receive one check per semester. Each award ranges in size from $5,000 to $10,000. With the establishment of this scholarship, Holbrook says she hopes to alleviate the cost for students attending McCombs.

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Granof Reappointed to Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board

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 Originally posted by Jeremy Simon in McCombs Today

With his recent reappointment to the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB), Michael Granof will continue to help ensure that the financial health of the federal government is communicated clearly and truthfully to U.S. citizens.

On July 11, FASAB Chairman Tom Allen announced that McCombs School of Business Accounting Professor Granof had been reappointed to the board for a second five-year term running from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2019. Granof, who is the Ernst & Young Distinguished Centennial Professor of Accounting as well as a University Distinguished Teaching Professor, also serves as a member of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).

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Accounting Department Continues No. 1 Ranking Sweep

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Originally posted by Matt Turner in McCombs Today

Continuing to lead the nation among academic institutions of accounting, for the 10th time in 13 years the McCombs School of Business ranks No. 1 across all three of the 2014 the Public Accounting Report (PAR) Annual Professors Survey rankings: undergraduate, master’s, and Ph.D.

This is the fifth year in a row McCombs took first place on all three bases. The PAR even notes in its August edition that The University of Texas at Austin “has practically formed a habit” in the three-way sweep.

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Congratulations, MPA Class of 2014!

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Students from the MPA Class of 2014 are already demonstrating great success! Of the May/August 2014 graduates who were actively seeking full-time employment:

  • 97% accepted offers of employment. 1% opted to continue their education post-MPA.
  • 95% 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, and Midwest and with a wide variety of employers:

  • 5% consulting
  • 3% finance
  • 4% industry
  • 87% public accounting
  • 1% public service

Congratulations!

Texas Wins NCAA Title in Accounting Research

Originally posted by Madison Hamilton in McCombs Today.

Although The University of Texas at Austin is no longer in the NCAA Tournament, the school has won the title in accounting research.

Each year, Brigham Young University reformulates the March Madness bracket by ranking the teams based on their accounting departments’ productivity. Texas, which also won in 2010 and 2012, has prevailed again after defeating Ohio State in the accounting finals.

“This research ranking measures productivity in total, but what distinguishes UT is that our research has both depth and breadth across topics and methods, and contributes to both theory and application,” says Lillian Mills, Chair of the University’s Accounting Department. “In basketball language, we aren’t a team with a single outside shooter – we have such a deep roster that any one of my colleagues could be the star on another team.”

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Welcome, MPA Class of 2015!

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!

The MPA Lounge

Study Group to Roommates: My MPA Family

First Impressions of Being a TA

MPAs Work Hard, Play Hard

MPAC in the Community

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!

Prepare for the Texas MPA

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Incoming students are often concerned about being prepared to start our program. Yes, our program is challenging, and our students are high achievers, but have no fear! Taking a few extra steps now will help you feel ready.

  • Complete the pre-enrollment requirements prior to starting our program.
  • Take advantage of the self-study resource that is mailed to students early in the summer so that you can get a head start on the financial accounting (ACC 381) material.
  • Meet with your academic advisor and participate in a career orientation webinar and resume review early in the summer.
  • Review the MPA technology orientation website and complete the Excel training.
  • Plan to attend MPA orientation in August, as you will meet the rest of the traditional MPA incoming class; learn from faculty members, MPA staff, current students and alumni about course options, study abroad options and career paths; and prepare for the employment recruiting season.
  • Be prepared for a busy fall schedule! Not only do your classes intensify in the fall, but also employment recruiting is in full swing. Maintaining a balance between your courses and recruiting activities is a definite challenge, so plan to keep your course load moderate and extracurricular activities to a minimum.
  • Consider joining the MPA Council to connect with other MPA students and expand your network.

Our student bloggers provide their thoughts as they progress through our program. I recommend that you read the blog regularly to gain an insider’s perspective! Here are a few posts related to adapting to the program:

Surviving and Thriving as a tMPA

You Have a Liberal Arts Degree. What Should You Expect in the Program?

Here Comes Recruiting!

Teamwork and the MPA

Why Consider the Texas MPA?

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Although there are numerous reasons to consider attending The University of Texas at Austin’s Master in Professional Accounting program, here are a few highlights:

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.

Hook ‘em!

Admitted to the Texas MPA? Visit the UT Campus!

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We encourage admitted applicants to visit the Texas MPA program to learn more about our citycurriculum, career opportunities, faculty, and students. To arrange a personalized visit, please complete the form on our website for admitted applicants and submit it to the MPA Program Office at least two weeks prior to your planned visit.

We look forward to meeting with you!

Accounting Department Again No. 1 In Rankings Trifecta

Originally posted by Matt Turner in McCombs Today.

The McCombs School of Business continues to lead the nation among academic institutions of accounting.

For the ninth time in 12 years, McCombs ranks number one across all three of the 2013 rankings of the Public Accounting Report (PAR) Annual Professors Survey: undergraduate, master’s, and Ph.D.

Additionally, this is the fourth year in a row for McCombs to take first place on all three bases.

Undergraduate Ranking: 1

For 22 years in a row, McCombs has placed first or second in this ranking. Second place goes to our only undergrad rival, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, followed by Brigham Young University in third.

Master’s Ranking: 1

McCombs has lead the nation at the master’s level in 19 out of the past 20 surveys. BYU and Illinois take second and third place, respectively.

Doctoral Ranking: 1

McCombs has landed among the top four doctoral programs since 1994, and has now taken the number-one spot 10 times in the last 12 years. Currently we rank above Stanford (2), the University of Chicago (3), Michigan (4), and Illinois (5).

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Navigating the New MPA Website

In early September, the MPA program launched a new website design for easier navigation. I have highlighted a few web pages below that may be the most useful to you during the admissions process.

MPA Home Page

To locate information that is most relevant to prospective applicants, select “Prospective Students” from the MPA home page.

Prospective Student Home Page

The prospective student page highlights key information about our program, such as:

Traditional MPA Home Page

The Traditional MPA web page contains the detailed information you need to apply to our program, such as:

and includes other important program information, such as:

If you have any feedback on our new site or are unable to find what you need, please let me know!

100 Years And Still Counting: McCombs’ No. 1 Legacy

In the latest Notesworthy blog post, Dean Gilligan commends the Texas MPA and The University of Texas Accounting Department for their dominating spirit of achievement.

Welcome, Texas MPA Class of 2014!

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 with Ten Things Every Longhorn Should Know.

Take a virtual tour of The University of Texas at Austin’s campus.

Become familiar with student life at UT and in the McCombs School of Business. Over the years, our student bloggers have published a McCombs mini tour, information about the MPA Lounge and other favorite places to study, and the perks to being in Austin and attending a large, prestigious research university.

A Mini Tour of the McCombs School of Business

 Love the Place That You Study In!

 The MPA Lounge

Austin, TX

Run, Austin! (2.0)

 I Met a Famous Author Thanks to UT!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Accounting Professor Lisa Koonce Selected in the Top 10

Originally posted by Katy McDowall in the AlcadePhoto by Matt Wright-Steel.

There are some teachers you just don’t forget. Nominated by alumni, these professors are among the best and most inspiring on the Forty Acres. Meet this year’s Texas 10.

Lisa Koonce

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Growing up in a small town in Southern Illinois, Lisa Koonce never thought she would attend college, let alone become a professor. She assumed she would be a secretary.

“It’s surprising to me still, at this point in my life, that I’m actually a university professor,” Koonce says. “People from my town didn’t do that sort of thing.”

Today, Koonce is the Deloitte and Touche Chair in Accounting at UT, where she has taught for 22 years and she’s earned a number of awards, including The University of Texas System Regents’ Teaching Award.

Teaching mostly seniors on their way to becoming certified public accountants, Koonce’s goal is to show her students that there’s more to accounting than just right or wrong answers.

“It’s not just black and white,” Koonce says. “There are a lot of financial situations that require judgment. I hope they realize that’s what they’re going to spend most of their professional lives doing.”

Koonce’s classroom also doubles as her research lab. While researching how accountants measure assets and liabilities at fair value, she often uses her students as test subjects.

“A lot of the projects I work on are related to ideas that students bring up in class,” she says. “If I really listen to them, I understand how they’re messing up their reasoning process.”

Ultimately, the research ideas Koonce gets from her students come full circle, helping her to teach more effectively.

“I view it as a pretty big privilege to work here,” she says, “and I feel very responsible for how they turn out.”

 

Meet our other Texas 10 professors here.

Texas MPA is #1…Again!

The Texas MPA was ranked first in the nation for the seventh year in a row in the U.S. News and World Report’s survey of Best Graduate Schools!

Visit our MPA rankings web page to learn about recent faculty accomplishments, highlighting the hard work that makes ours the top graduate accounting program in the country.