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: $3,000/year
- The AICPA/Accountemps Student Scholarship: provides financial assistance to accounting majors who plan to become CPAs. Amount: $2,500/year
Many of our students have received these awards in the past. I would strongly encourage you to apply!
Don’t forget! Today is the final application deadline for U.S. applicants for fall 2013. 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 Friday, March 1 to submit your application from the ApplyTexas system. If you save the application in Apply Texas but do not submit it by 11:59 p.m., you will not have the ability to submit it later. Additionally, be sure to complete your application by supplying all other 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 are not appearing on your record by Monday.
- Your references will receive an email notification with instructions for supplying the recommendation letter AFTER UT-Austin receives your application from Apply Texas, approximately 24-48 hours after submission. This is also when you will receive a notification and will have the ability to upload your supplemental documents.
If you have any questions or concerns about your application, please contact me. Thank you for considering the Texas MPA program!
The Texas MPA program accepts individuals with a wide variety of backgrounds. In fact, typically 50% of our incoming class is comprised of students who hold undergraduate degrees in areas outside of accounting!
If you are an incoming student with a non-accounting background, you may be 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.
- 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.
Keep in mind that
- Our curriculum is customized based on a student’s academic background. Students with accounting undergraduate degrees will waive and substitute electives for our core courses if they have completed the equivalent prior to entering our program. Those without an accounting background will start with our core courses (ACC 381 and ACC 380k.11) in the summer, continue with additional core courses in the fall, and enroll in classes with others from non-accounting backgrounds.
- Our students are high achievers but come from diverse backgrounds and operate in a collaborative environment.
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?
A Rise in the Fall
Teamwork and the MPA
We are quickly approaching the final March 1 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 Friday, March 1 to submit your 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 1.
If you have any questions or concerns about your application, please contact me.
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:
- Great Place to Live: 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….
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.
Originally posted by Dean Thomas Gilligan in McCombs Today.
For the third year in a row, Austin is No. 1 on Forbes’ list of America’s 20 fastest-growing cities in terms of population and economy, thanks in part, say the ranking authors, “to the 51,000-student University of Texas at Austin.”
Diving deeper into that news, one discovers the McCombs School of Business is generating more than its fair share of Austin’s entrepreneurial spark.
Professor John Sibley Butler has been called one of the 20 Austinites you simply must know if you intend to be influential in the region’s business scene. Butler could accurately be termed a force of nature, and his impact on students is legendary across campus. He directs the university’s IC2 Institute, and the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship, which he unabashedly boasts is the best in the U.S.
Butler told me, “In Texas we’ve made entrepreneurs the heroes, and that’s why we’ve created four times as many jobs as any other state. People who do great things are our heroes, and our students get to learn directly from them.”
Are MPA classes challenging?
What is the culture of the McCombs School of Business?
What is it like to live in Austin?
If you are interested in getting in touch with a current MPA student but are unable to visit our campus, contact a Texas MPA admissions ambassador! Our ambassadors are a group of current students who have volunteered to share their perspectives on classes, the job search, campus life, and living in Austin.
Keep in mind that our ambassadors are not directly involved in the admissions process and therefore cannot answer admissions-related questions. Please review the Frequently-Asked Questions, refer to the posts in this MPA admissions blog, or contact me directly if you have any questions regarding admissions. Additionally, if you have detailed career-related questions, please visit our website or reach out to one of our career consultants. We’re here to help!
The Professional Development Center at The University of Texas at Austin is offering a new CPA exam review course starting this January 2013 in the McCombs School of Business.
CPA candidates from The University of Texas at Austin typically have pass rates much higher than the statewide average on any given part of the exam.
The review course is designed to provide a convenient option for students enrolled in our Master in Professional Accounting program to prepare for the CPA exam.
The MPA admissions committee is currently reviewing U.S. applications that were completed in early December and will begin releasing decisions soon. Applications that were completed in mid-December will be reviewed in the next two weeks. 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 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.
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.
The University of Texas at Austin will be closed for the holidays from Monday, December 24 through Tuesday, January 1. In addition, I will be out of the office on December 21 and January 2-4 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.
We will begin releasing admissions decisions for U.S. applicants on a rolling basis starting in mid-January. You will receive an email notification after a decision has been entered, and you will be able to view the decision by logging into the My Status page.
As a reminder, all decisions for international applicants will be made after the January 5 application deadline rather than on a rolling basis. We anticipate releasing international admissions decisions from late January through late February.
I hope you enjoy the holidays, and Happy New Year!
International applicants: Your application deadline is quickly approaching! Be sure to continuously monitor the status of your application materials in the online application status check. What if your application is not complete by January 5?
- Please keep me updated 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 have not been posted to your application record by January 5, please contact me and let me know the date that you requested your score report to be sent to The University of Texas at Austin. Additionally, send me a copy of the unofficial results if you have received them.
- Your application will not be considered complete and subsequently forwarded to our department for a decision until all application materials, including the official score reports, have been received. On average, it takes 3 weeks for the score report to be sent, received, and loaded to an applicant’s record.
Do you have any concerns about your application? Please do not hesitate to contact me. I am here to help!
Please note: All international applications will be reviewed after the January 5 application deadline, not on a rolling basis.
Originally posted by Jeremy Simon in McCombs Today.
The accounting department will need to make some additional room in its trophy case after a trio of professors recently won awards.
Over the past several weeks, three McCombs accounting professors were each recognized for their outstanding achievements. Professor Michael Clement received the Honored Guest Award from the PhD Project, an organization that recruits minority professionals from business into doctoral programs. Professor James Deitrick, meanwhile, received the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants’ (TSCPA) 2012 Outstanding Accounting Educator Award. Additionally, Assistant Professor Brian White was awarded with the Outstanding Manuscript Award at the Accounting Behavior and Organizations (ABO) conference for his paper on performance-based incentives.
The University of Texas at Austin‘s undergraduate, master’s and doctoral accounting programs are ranked #1 in the Public Accounting Report’s 31st Annual Professors Survey.
If you are working on submitting your application materials by the December 1 early deadline… great! However, what if your application is not complete by December 1?
- Keep in mind that the Texas MPA program uses a rolling admissions process in which we review applications in the order of completion starting with those completed by December 1 and ending with those completed by the March 1 final deadline. As a result, there will not be a significant impact if your application is completed shortly after the December 1 deadline.
- Although it is preferable that you complete your application as early in the admissions process as possible due to space limitations, if you need additional time to prepare your application (to study for the GMAT, for example), it would be to your advantage to take your time and present the strongest application possible rather than rushing the process.
- Your application will not be considered complete and subsequently forwarded to our department for a decision until all application materials, including the official GMAT score report, have been received. On average, it takes 3 weeks for the score report to be sent, received, and loaded to an applicant’s record.
Do you have any concerns about your application? Please do not hesitate to contact me. I am here to help!
Please note: This early preferred deadline applies to U.S. applications only. All international applications will be reviewed after the January 5 application deadline.
Researching your career options?
“Start Here, Go Places” is an informative website that was created by the AICPA. I recommend visiting this site if you are researching your career options, as it contains a wealth of information about accounting careers, including portfolios of CPAs, a salary snapshot, and a scholarship search. One highlight is the “Build Your Future Me” interactive feature. After answering a series of questions, you will receive suggestions for jobs in the accounting profession that may be a good fit for you, as well as a plan for getting there.
All international applicants who plan to enroll at The University of Texas at Austin in F-1 or J-1 status must submit the Certification of Financial Responsibility even if they are currently living in the United States. Immigration regulations require every international student to verify the availability of financial resources to pay for all educational, living, and other expenses prior to the issuance of Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 for the F-1 or J-1 visa.
The form is not required for the completion of an admissions application but rather is necessary for preparation of the immigration document after being admitted to The University of Texas at Austin. Questions regarding the completion of the form should be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are wondering…
How many recommendation letters are required?
May I use professional references?
What topics should my references address?
How should my references submit their recommendation letters?
…continue reading this post!
- Two letters of recommendation are required. You may leave one reference blank in the online application, although you are welcome to request more than two recommendation letters, if you prefer.
- Individuals who have observed you in an academic and/or professional context should serve as references.
- References should speak to your personal qualities (e.g., leadership skills, motivation, team building abilities, dedication, maturity, analytical skills, communication skills, etc.), career potential, and/or potential to succeed in the classroom.
- Recommendation letters should be submitted online. Paper copies require much longer processing times.
- Your references will receive a Request for Reference e-mail notification after you submit your online application and The University of Texas at Austin receives it (approximately 24-48 hours after submission).
- You will have the ability to resend the Request for Reference e-mail message to any of your references or add another reference from the application status check page.
- The spam filters for certain universities may delete the links within the Request for Reference e-mail. You can use the application status check site to supply an alternate email (such as Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo) if your reference’s spam filter blocks the original request or has removed the link.
Originally posted by Jeremy Simon in McCombs Today.
McCombs School of Business students are among the happiest in the nation when it comes to both their campus environment and the quality of their professors, according to new survey results from the Princeton Review.
McCombs placed among the top 10 in two categories — best campus environment and best professors — out of the Princeton Review’s 11 attribute rankings. Based on student responses to survey questions, McCombs ranked:
- No. 2 for best campus environment, based on student responses regarding how happy they are and how they rate the campus community. Only UCLA scored higher for campus environment.
- No. 2 for best professors, based on student responses regarding how good their professors are as teachers and how accessible professors are outside the classroom. Only Berkeley professors were rated more highly.
Although earning silver medals in two categories marked a banner year for McCombs, it wasn’t the first time students have given such high marks to the business school. With this latest survey result, the Princeton Review has now placed McCombs professors among the top 10 in the nation for four straight years.
Writing an admissions essay can seem like a daunting task…
What should I write?
How should I write it?
How long should the essay be?
Here are some tips to consider before writing your essay:
- First and foremost, be yourself. The purpose of the essay is to provide the admissions committee with a better understanding of what makes you unique. It gives you an opportunity to stand out from the sea of applicants. Provide a thoughtful portrayal of why you are interested in the Texas MPA and how our program will assist you in reaching your goals. Don’t write what you think the admissions committee wants to hear! We would like to know about your unique aspirations and achievements and will not judge what you aim to do with your career.
- Develop your ideas, but be concise. Although you should focus more on content than length, the average essay is approximately two pages long. As a result, it is important to stay concise and avoid repeating information that is readily available in other parts of the application. Rather than simply listing your experiences, let us know how these experiences helped you to grow personally or professionally. We want to get to know you from a perspective that cannot be achieved by reviewing transcripts, test scores and resumes.
- Mind your writing technique. The essay is a reflection of your written communication skills. Avoid being too wordy; stay focused and organized; and check your grammar, spelling and punctuation.
- Clarify. You can use the essay as an opportunity to explain weaknesses in your record. If you do, be sure to explain them adequately and address your attempts to improve.
Essay Submission Tips:
- You will have the option to submit your online application and essay either together or separately. I highly recommend that you submit your application first and return to the essay later, if necessary, so that your references receive their Request for Reference e-mail notifications early in the admissions process.
- Approximately 1-2 business days after submitting your application, you will receive an email message from UT, which will direct you to an online application status check. From this site you will have an opportunity to upload a .pdf of your essay.
- Alternatively, you can log back into ApplyTexas and submit your essay through the application system. If you prefer this option, be sure to write and edit your essay responses in a plain-text editor such as Microsoft WordPad and then copy and paste the text into the essay text box.
- If you submit your essay through ApplyTexas, the system will accept a maximum of 120 eighty-character lines of text (including spaces and blank lines). Please note that this is the maximum allowed by the system, not the recommended length!
Who needs to take the TOEFL or IELTS?
All international applicants must submit official test scores for the Internet-based version of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Only applicants from English-only speaking countries are eligible to waive the test requirement.
Can I waive the test requirement if I studied my bachelor’s degree in the U.S.?
International applicants who studied an undergraduate or graduate degree in an English-only speaking country may not waive the test requirement but may request that a copy of their expired Internet-based TOEFL or IELTS score report be used for the MPA application if the scores meet our minimum requirement (see below). Please e-mail the following information to Keri Ledezma in your request:
- A copy of your TOEFL or IELTS score report,
- The university where you studied your degree,
- The degree earned (including major) and your graduation date, and
- The total length of time spent in the English-only speaking country.
What is the MPA program’s preferred minimum score requirement?
- TOEFL – 105 overall and a minimum of 24 on individual sections
- IELTS – total and individual section band scores of 7.5
What do I need to know about the score reports?
TOEFL – The University of Texas at Austin Institution Code: 6882
(Any department code may be used, such as Graduate Management)
IELTS – The University of Texas at Austin mailing address
- Only test scores mailed directly from the testing agency are considered official.
- TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date.
- If an applicant retakes the TOEFL or IELTS, the admissions committee will consider the score report with the highest total score.
- Test scores are received by the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) approximately four to six weeks after a test is taken if The University of Texas at Austin is designated as a score recipient at the time of testing. Tests should be taken early to ensure that scores arrive prior to the application deadline.