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The Obsolete Accountant?

Will accountants become obsolete?

What is the role of the future auditor?

Jeff Johanns, accounting lecturer at the McCombs School of Buiness and former U.S. Assurance Risk Management Leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, provides insights in this recent article:

The Myth of the Obsolete Accountant


Fall 2018 Applicants: Prepare Early!

Applying to the Texas MPA program for fall 2018? Start preparing now!

  • Review our admissions website thoroughly. If there are any updates to the application process, we will be publish them on this website before the application opens in late August 2017.
  • Enroll in courses this summer or fall if you have not completed our pre-enrollment requirements.
  • Take the GMAT or GRE (all applicants) and TOEFL (international applicants) early so that we receive your test scores by the application deadline.
  • Check this admissions blog regularly. I will begin posting tips on applying, updates on the admissions process, and highlights of our program after the application opens…You don’t want to miss it!

Congrats, McCombs Graduates!

Class of 2017: By the Numbers

The McCombs School of Business will conduct five separate ceremonies on Friday and Saturday, honoring 1,695 new McCombs graduates. They will join more than 95,000 living alumni in 50 states, D.C., four territories, and 107 countries. Hook ’em!


Texas MPA Alumni Recognized for Top CPA Exam Performance

The American Institute of CPAs announced the winners of the 2016 Elijah Watt Sells Award. This prestigious award is granted to CPA candidates who scored above 95.50 across the four sections of the CPA Exam, passed all four sections on their first attempt, and completed testing in 2016.

Only 58 candidates met the criteria to receive the Elijah Watt Sells Award out of a total of 102,323 individuals who sat for the CPA Exam. Two alumni of the Texas MPA Program were named as recipients: Charles Sims (MPA ‘15) and Andrew J. Smith (MPA ’16). Charles is employed with EY in Houston, TX, and Andrew is employed with KPMG, LLP in Dallas, TX.


Texas MPA Program Highlight: Study Abroad

Gain a global perspective and prepare  for today’s business environment by studying abroad! Texas MPA students have the option to participate in a 5-week summer study program in either Buenos Aires or Prague. Each program consists of two courses that combine to give you 6 hours of graduate credit toward your MPA degree.

Texas MPA Program Highlight: Tax Practicum

Every year, Texas MPA students learn accounting skills through hands-on community volunteerism through the Tax Practicum course. As an optional part of the curriculum, students complete 55 volunteer hours working with Community Tax Centers, a Foundation Communities program that partners with the Internal Revenue Service to implement the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program for low-income filers. In 2016, students became part of the team that helped over 20,000 low-income households with free tax preparation services, resulting in over $34 million in refunds returned to the local economy.

Texas MPA Program Highlight: IIA Certificate

The Internal Audit Certificate Program at The University of Texas at Austin prepares students with the skills and knowledge to help them conduct basic internal audits immediately upon hire, as well as provide a foundation to begin preparing for the Certified Internal Auditor examination. The University of Texas at Austin is a part of the Internal Auditing Education Partnership (IAEP). IAEP program colleges are endorsed by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). The IIA recognizes UT-Austin as a university with a high-quality comprehensive internal auditing program. UT-Austin is one of only 24 universities in the world with this designation.

Welcome, MPA Class of 2018!

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…

  • Learn about UT’s history and traditions.
  • Take a virtual tour of The University of Texas at Austin’s campus.
  • Follow the instructions on the website for new students.
  • Become familiar with student life at UT and in the McCombs School of Business. Over the years, our student bloggers have written about their experiences in our program, their favorite places to study, and the perks to being in Austin and attending a large, prestigious research university. Some examples:

Why I Chose to Stay

The Coffee Experience

There is More Than One Library on the UT Campus!

MPA Educated Eats is More than Just a Sandwich!

First Impressions of Being a TA

Looking Back, Looking Forward

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!

Austin = #1 Best Place to Live in the U.S.!

U.S. News & World Report recently ranked Austin the #1 best place to live in the U.S. The ranking was based on the city having a good value, desirable place to live, strong job market and high quality of life. Read more…

Want to learn more about Austin’s history? Check out this fun video from the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau.


UT-Austin’s Graduate Accounting Ranked No. 1!

Graduate accounting at The University of Texas at Austin was once again ranked No. 1 in the nation in U.S. News and World Report’s recent edition of “Best Graduate Schools.” In fact, U.S. News ranked four of UT-Austin’s graduate programs No. 1, and more than 40  of UT’s graduate programs were ranked in the top 10.

Read more…

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