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Texas MPA Program Rankings

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Accounting Rankings
 Rank  Publication  Date
 #1 (Undergraduate Accounting)  U.S. News & World Report  09/14
 #1 (Graduate Accounting)  U.S. News & World Report  03/14
 #1 (Undergraduate Program)  Public Accounting Report  08/14
 #1 (Masters Program)  Public Accounting Report  08/14
 #1 (Ph.D. Program)  Public Accounting Report  08/14
 #1 (Global, all publications since 1990)     BYU Accounting Research Rankings  2013
 #10 (Accounting, Global)  Financial Times  01/13

MPA Employment & Salary Statistics

MPA Employment Statistics
  Class of 2013 Class of 2012
Professional accounting services firms (Big 4, Mid-Cap and Regional Firms)  88%  88%
Industry  5%  4%
Investment Banking and other Financial Services  4%  4%
Consulting  2%  4%
Government/Public Sector  1%  0%
MPA Average Salary (Across all industries)
Class of 2013 $54,647
Class of 2012 $54,175
MPA Geographic Distribution of Employment

 Class of 2013  tMPA  iMPA Class of 2012
Texas  74%  64%  79% 83%
Northeast   2%  4%  1% 7%
Mid-Atlantic  8%  6%  9% -
Midwest   4%  6%  4%  2%
South (other than Texas)  4%  8%  2%  3%
West   8%  12%  5%  4%
International   -  -  -  1%
At time of graduation in 2013, percentage of MPA students who were
   MPA-All MPA-International 
Employed or received offers     95% 87%
Continuing education or postponing job search   2% 3%
Seeking employment  3% 10%

Companies That Have Recently Recruited Texas MPAs

Poised for success, Texas MPA students are sought after by organizations in a variety of sectors including public accounting, finance, industry, public service, and consulting. Below is a list of organizations that recently recruited MPA students.


Abacist Group McKinsey & Co.
Accenture Mercer
Alvarez & Marsal Navigant Consulting
Bain & Company Pariveda Solutions
Capgemini U.S., LLC PRGX
Cogent Compensation Partners Protiviti
Cornerstone Research Ryan, Inc.
Crowe Horwath, LLP The Boston Consulting Group
Deloitte Consulting Towers Watson
FTI Consulting Veritas Advisory Group, Inc.
Gerson Lehrman Group VMG Health

Public Accounting

Atchley & Associates, LLP KPMG
BDO Seidman Malone Bailey, LLP
BKD, LLP Maxwell Locke & Ritter, LLP
Deloitte & Touche, LLP Novogradac & Company, LLP
Ernst & Young, LLP PMB Helin Donovan, LLP
Flieller, Kruger, Skelton & Plyler, LLP PricewaterhouseCoopers
Grant Thornton, LLP Reznick Group
Hamilton, Pyle & Bowman, LLP Rothstein Kass
Holtzman Partners
Ubernosky & Majeres, LLP

Public Service

Buckner International Internal Revenue Service
Doctors in Training NASA Johnson Space Center
Education Pioneers Texas Department of Banking
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston


Acquest Advisors J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
Amegy Bank JMP Securities
American Express Koch Supply and Trading
Austin Ventures Lazard
Bank of America Merrill Lynch Macquarie Holdings (U.S.A.), Inc.
Bank of Texas Madison Williams and Company
Barclays McColl Partners, LLC
Bares Capital Managment MHT Partners
BB&T Miller Buckfire & Co.
BBVA Compass Morgan Keegan
BMO Capital  Markets Morgan Stanley
Brandes Investment Partners, LP  Nomura Securities International, Inc.
Buffington Capital Holdings, LLC Piper Jaffray & Co.
Capital One PNC Business Credit
Centerview Partners, LLC Propel Financial Services
Citi Prudential Financial
Comerica Bank Raymond James & Associates
CPMG, Inc. RBC Capital Markets
Credit Suisse Regions Financial Corporation
Deutsche Bank Resource Land Holdings
Dimensional Fund Advisors, Inc. Robert W. Baird & Co.
Duff & Phelps, LLC Scotia Waterous (U.S.A), Inc.
Evercore Partners Simmons & Company International
Factset Research Systems, Inc. Skellig Capital Management, LLC
Financial Technology Partners Southwest Securities
Freddie Mac Standard Charter Bank
Fulcrum Capital Stifel Nicolaus Investment Banking
Goldman Sachs Summit Partners
Goldman Sachs Specialty Lending The BVA Group, LLC
Greenhill & Co., LLC The Royal Bank of  Scotland
Houlihan Lokey Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co.
Howard Frazier Barker Ellion, Inc. UBS
Imperial Capital, LLC Wells Fargo
Invesco Aim


3M Huntsman Corporation
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) IBM
American Airlines Intel Corporation
Amphora, Inc. JB Hunt Transport
Anadarko Petroleum JCPenney
Apache Corporation Liberty Mutual Insurance Group
AppFolio Macy's
Archon Group Marathon Oil Company
AT&T, Inc. Mariott International
BHP Billiton Maxim Integrated Products
BP Corporation McAffee, Inc.
Cameron McMaster-Carr Supply Co.
Cardinal Health Corporation MicrosoftCorporation
CenterPoint Energy, Inc. National Instruments
Chevron Corporation National Oilwell Varco
CIM Group, Inc.  Nestle U.S.A.
CITGO Petroleum Corporation Noble Energy
Clear Channel Communications PepsiCo
ConocoPhillips Plains Exploration & Production Company
Continental Airlines Procter & Gamble Company
Dell R.W. Beck
Delta Air Lines, Inc. Raytheon
Direct Energy Sabre Holdings
El Paso Corporation Schneider Electric
Energy Future Holdings (TXU) Shell Oil Company
Epic  Systems Corporation Southwestern Energy
ExxonMobil Corporation Spectra Energy
FedEx Stage Stores, Inc.
General Electric Strayer University
General Motors Texas Instruments
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Textron, Inc.
Halliburton Company Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Hewlett-Packard Walt Disney Company
Home Depot Whiteside Energy
Hunt Administrative Services, LLC  

CPA Exam Success

The Texas MPA curriculum lays a solid educational foundation for the Uniform Certified Public Accounting examination. Candidates from UT Austin typically have pass rates much higher than the statewide and national averages on any given part of the exam. In fact, several of our students have received the prestigious American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Sells Award for earning the highest cumulative scores on the four sections of the exam on their first attempt.

MPA Student Profile

Traditional MPa - Student profile
Class of 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013
Enrollment 109 96 102
Average GPA 3.74 3.76 3.76
Average GMAT 660 664 660
Female 40% 51% 51%
Male 60% 49% 49%
Percent not Texas residents 55% 61% 62%
Underrepresented Minorities* 6%  7% 14%
Average Age 24 24 24
Average work experience (months) 17 17 13
*African-American, Hispanic and Native American
Traditional MPA - Undergraduate major
Class of 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013
Accounting 50% 50% 52%
Other business major 12% 19% 13%
Economics 14% 14% 17%
Other Liberal Arts 14% 9% 13%
Engineering/Science/Math 4% 4% 3%
Other 6% 4% 2%
Integrated mpa - Student profile
Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015
Enrollment 207 195 207
Average GPA 3.65 3.71 3.69
Average SAT 1298 1309 1304
Female 47% 51% 46%
Male 53% 49% 54%
Underrepresented Minorities* 12% 10%    13%
*African-American, Hispanic and Native American





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