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Traditional MPA

The traditional approach to the Master in Professional Accounting degree is open to students with a bachelor’s degree in any academic discipline. Students with an undergraduate accounting degree often complete the program in 36 hours (fall, spring, and summer). Students without an undergraduate degree in accounting or business normally earn the MPA degree by completing a 42-hour program (summer*, fall, spring, summer).

*Admitted applicants who do not qualify for the ACC 381–Financial Accounting waiver (based on two semesters of Financial Accounting, including one semester of Intermediate Accounting, at the undergraduate level with a grade of B or better) will be required to complete two courses during the second 6-week summer session. Second summer session courses begin in mid-July.

Benefits of the Program

MPA students interact with professionals in the field through the MPA Distinguished Speaker Lyceum, receptions, team competitions, workshops and internships. The program also offers study abroad opportunities to prepare students for the global focus of today’s business world.

Texas MPA graduates are heavily recruited by nearly 200 organizations in a wide variety of industries. Most students accept a job offer before graduating.

Application Deadlines

U.S. - Early*: December 1
International**: January 5

U.S. - FinalMarch 1

Admissions Process

Here are the 10 steps you’ll need to complete to become a McCombs student in the traditional MPA.

  1. Complete the MPA pre-enrollment requirements prior to applying

  2.  Follow the admissions blog for important admissions updates & application tips. International applicants (not citizens or permanent residents of the United States of America) should be aware that their application deadline differs from those of domestic applicants.

  3.  Explore your MPA track. The Texas MPA provides students the opportunity to develop specialized expertise in one of four tracks. Your advisor will discuss your goals with you and help you choose a track; the MPA program also offers an Accounting Careers Exploration Class (ACC 151) that examines several different career areas as they relate to tracks.

  4.  Prepare your application materials well before you apply. Confirm the people who will write your letters of recommendation. Make sure your GMAT scores are accessible.

  5.  Submit a completed online (ApplyTexas) application and pay the application fee. Applications to the traditional MPA are accepted for the fall semester only. The online application opens in the 1st week of September each year. **An international applicant is defined as a person who is not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States of America.

  6. Receive an email confirmation from UT’s Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC). Within 24 hours of submitting the online application, you will receive a “thank you” email containing details on how you can check your application status (what materials have successfully been received, what is still needed, etc.).
  7.  Upload your supplemental application materials. All application materials, including official test scores, must be received by the final deadline, at the latest. Applications that are completed after the submission deadline are considered on a space-available basis only. *U.S. applicants with strong credentials (GPA of 3.5 or better and a GMAT score of 600 or better) are encouraged to submit their applications by the early deadline (December 1) if they wish to receive an earlier decision notification. Please note that the admissions committee may decide to admit, deny or place an applicant on a waitlist, depending on the strength of the entire application and applicant pool.

  8.  Have your official GMAT and TOEFL (or IELTS) scores sent directly to The University of Texas at Austin. Please review Characteristics of a Strong Application for additional details and UT’s institution codes.

  9.  Wait for the admissions decision. Once complete, your application is sent to the MPA admissions office for review. The MPA admissions committee will post decisions on the status check site and send out an email with your letter of acceptance or denial within 24 hours of decision. U.S. applications are reviewed on a rolling basis in the order of file completion, beginning with those completed by the early deadline and ending with those completed by the final deadline. All international applications are reviewed after the application deadline rather than on a rolling basis.

  10.  Commit to the MPA program. If you are admitted, the MPA program will email you the details of how to formally accept your offer of admission, including how to pay the enrollment deposit. Important information and the next steps will be covered in the website for new students, your week-long mandatory orientation and your initial advising appointment.

CPA Exam

If your final goal is to take the CPA Exam your MPA adviser will tailor your academic plan so that you are eligible to sit for the exam by the time you complete the program.