MPA Application: Frequently Asked Questions

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What major should I select in the ApplyTexas application?

Be sure to select “Professional Accounting MPA” as the major NOT “Accounting-Professional Program, (PPA) Fifth Year.”

I do not have an accounting background and need to start the MPA program in the summer. However, I cannot find a summer 2015 MPA application in ApplyTexas

You will complete a fall application, even if you are required to start in the summer. If you are accepted to the MPA program and decide to attend, we will backdate your admission to the summer so that you can enroll in summer courses.

How do I pay the application fee?

Payment of the application processing fee may be submitted electronically via MasterCard or Visa if submitted on the ApplyTexas site. If you do not pay your application fee on the ApplyTexas site, you will receive an email message after submitting your online application which will include instructions for making payment to The University of Texas at Austin directly. Payment options will include Discover, MasterCard, electronic check, or electronic funds transfer. Please note that The University of Texas at Austin does not accept Visa. If you wish to pay by Visa, you should pay your application fee on the ApplyTexas site.

What other application materials do I need to provide, and how do I submit them?

A comprehensive checklist and instructions are available on the MPA admissions website. I also recommend reviewing the characteristics of a strong applicationadmissions FAQs, and the MPA class profile.

I am a U.S. applicant. Should I apply by the early deadline?

As a general rule, U.S. applicants benefit by submitting their application materials as early as possible in the admissions cycle. However, if you need additional time to prepare your application (to prepare for the GMAT, for example), it is to your advantage to take your time and present the strongest application possible. Keep in mind that we use a rolling admissions process for U.S. applications in which we review applications in the order of completion. Therefore, if you do not complete your application by the early December 1 deadline, you do not need to wait for another “round” on March 1… apply as soon as you are able!

I do not hold U.S. permanent residency or citizenship status, but I will receive my undergraduate degree in the U.S. Can I apply as a U.S. applicant? Do I need to submit TOEFL or IELTS test scores?

Only U.S. permanent residents and U.S. citizens are eligible to apply as U.S. applicants. All international MPA applicants, except those from English-only speaking countries, must submit either an Internet-based TOEFL or IELTS official score report. Studying an undergraduate or graduate degree in an English-only speaking country will not waive the TOEFL/IELTS score requirement. However, if applicable, you may request that a copy of your expired Internet-based TOEFL or IELTS score report be used for your MPA application if the scores meet or exceed our preferred minimum requirements.  Please refer to the Admissions FAQs on our website for additional information.

Granof Reappointed to Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board


 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).

Read more…

Ready…Set…Apply to the MPA Program!

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MPA applicants: The fall 2015 online application is open!

Application Deadlines:

  • U.S. applicants (early deadline): December 1, 2014
  • International applicants: January 5, 2015
  • U.S. applicants (final deadline): March 1, 2015

All application materials, including official test scores, must be received before an application will be marked as completed and forwarded to the MPA admissions committee for review.

U.S. Applications: The admissions committee reviews U.S. applications in the order of completion, starting with those completed by December 1 and ending with those completed by the final March 1 deadline. As a general rule, U.S. applicants benefit by submitting their application materials as early as possible in the admissions cycle. However, if you need additional time to prepare your application (to prepare for the GMAT, for example), it is to your advantage to take your time and present the strongest application possible.

International Applications: The admissions committee does not use a rolling admissions process for international applications. Instead, we review all international applications after the January 5 application deadline.


I would encourage you to post general admissions questions to this blog. Any specific questions that are unique to your situation should be sent to me via e-mail.

We look forward to receiving your applications!

Accounting Department Continues No. 1 Ranking Sweep


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.

Read more…

Texas at the Top of Fastest-Growing Cities

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According to a recent article by the Associated Press [emphasis added in bold]:

“Three of the nation’s five fastest-growing cities — and seven of the top 15 — are located in the Lone Star State, new data from the Census Bureau shows. The Texas cities of San Marcos [located between Austin and San Antonio], Frisco [located just north of Dallas] and Cedar Park [located just north of Austin] were No. 1, 2 and 4 in percentage population growth between 2012 and 2013, each growing by at least 5 percent in that time span.”


“By population increase, New York City is still on top, growing by 61,440 people in 2012 to 8.4 million people in 2013. In addition to having the largest numerical increase, New York City is also still the largest city in the United States by population.


Houston increased by 35,202 people to 2.2 million in 2013. Los Angeles grew by 31,525 to 3.8 million.


The rest of the top 10 by numerical increase were: San Antonio, up 25,378 to 1.4 million; Phoenix, up 24,843 to 1.5 million; Austin, Texas, up 20,993 to 885,400; San Diego, up 18,867 to 1.35 million; Charlotte, North Carolina, up 18,420 to 792,862; Seattle, up 17,770 to 652,405; and Dallas, up 15,976 to 1.3 million.”

Congratulations, MPA Class of 2014!

UT Tower-Commencement 2014

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


Fall 2015 Applicants: It’s Never Too Early to Prepare!


The MPA admissions cycle is officially closed for fall 2014.

 Applying for fall 2015? Here are ways you can prepare.

  • Review our admissions website in late August. Updates on the application process will be posted before the application opens in early September 2014.
  • Take courses this summer or fall if you have not completed our pre-enrollment requirements.
  • Prepare for the GMAT and TOEFL (if applicable) early so that we receive your test scores before the application deadline.
  • Keep an eye on this admissions blog. I will begin posting tips on applying, updates on the admissions process, and highlights of our program after the application opens…Don’t miss out!

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.”


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

U.S. Applicants: March 31 Final Deadline

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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. CST on Monday, 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.

Why Consider the Texas MPA?

We're No. 1

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!

UT-Austin’s Spring Break

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The University of Texas at Austin will have a spring break next week (March 10-14). 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 9!

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AICPA Scholarships


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: $5,000/year
  • The AICPA/Accountemps Student Scholarship: provides financial assistance to undergraduate & graduate-level students who are seeking the CPA license. Amount: $2,500/year

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

U.S. Application Deadline Extended

Deadline Extended

The MPA admissions committee has extended the U.S. application deadline to March 31, 2014, to provide you with additional time to submit your application materials.

Keep in mind that we review files on a continuous basis, in the order of 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 application online in My Status.

MPA Application Review Update

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  • U.S. applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis. Typically, applicants are notified of a decision within a month after file completion.  If you haven’t applied yet, please note that we are still accepting U.S. applications. The application deadline is March 1 has been extended to March 31.
  • The international application review is also under way. We anticipate releasing all decisions by the end of February or early March, at the latest.

If you have not received our decision but have a response deadline approaching from another university, please let me know. You will receive an e-mail notification after a decision has been entered, and the decision will be posted on the application status check page.

Austin Ranked #1: America’s Best-Performing City

Austin skyline

The Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos metropolitan area was ranked the Best Performing Large City in the U.S. by the Milken Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank. As stated by the Institute:

The Best-Performing Cities index was designed to measure objectively which U.S. metropolitan areas are promoting economic vitality based on job creation and retention, the quality of new jobs, and other criteria.

Austin, TX:

This year’s Best-Performing City, Austin, is a case study in concocting the proper recipe for economic vitality. A rising technology center, it is creating high-quality jobs that improve the region’s overall wage structure. Economic development officials rightly tout its business-friendly, low-tax, low-regulation climate when recruiting outside the state, particularly when soliciting California firms. They also herald the business startups of local entrepreneurs, the spinouts from the University of Texas, Austin, and the number and quality of UT graduates.

Other Texas Cities:

The Lone Star State, which has both technology and energy assets, claimed three of the Top 10 and seven of the Top 25 large cities.

Would you like to see where your city ranked? Visit

Admitted to the Texas MPA? Visit the UT Campus!

McCombs Plaza

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!

MPA Merit Scholarships

MPA merit scholarships are offered to admitted U.S. applicants who demonstrate a superior record of academic accomplishment in their application materials. In addition, out-of-state tuition waivers are awarded each year to a select group of high-achieving non-Texas residents. Admitted applicants are considered automatically for these awards; a separate application is not required. Please note the following:

  • If you are admitted, the MPA Program Office will notify you via e-mail prior to your MPA admission response deadline if you are awarded an MPA Merit Scholarship and/or out-of-state tuition waiver.
  • If your admissions response deadline is approaching and you haven’t received notification of a scholarship award, please feel free to contact me so that I can update you on the status of our scholarships.
  • Due to limited funding, international applicants are not eligible for departmental recruiting scholarships and therefore should be prepared to meet all expenses from their own resources.

For information about other financial aid options, please visit our financial aid website.


MPA Admissions Update

I hope you enjoyed the holidays! Here is an all-important update on the status of our application reviews:

  • The MPA admissions committee is reviewing U.S. applications and will begin releasing decisions on a rolling basis soon. Admitted applicants will be considered automatically for a possible recruiting scholarship; a separate application is not required. If you are awarded a scholarship, you will be notified via e-mail prior to your response deadline.
  • The international application review will begin in mid- to late January, and decisions will be released in February. If your file was not complete by the January 5 application deadline, please be sure to submit all of your application materials no later than mid-January if you would like your application to be considered in the first round of admissions decisions. Also, please send me a copy of your GMAT or TOEFL score reports if they have not been posted to your application record yet.

Applicants will receive an e-mail notification after a decision has been entered, and the decision will be posted on the application status check page. As always, please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about your application.