MPA | Prospective Students

Welcome, Texas MPA Class of 2015!

Congratulations on your admission to the nation's #1 graduate accounting program!

The opportunities that a McCombs MPA degree gives you are endless. Before you enroll in the Texas MPA program, you may wish to:

Important Dates for Summer and Fall 2014


 Event Date Location/Other 
Preregistration advising Prior to summer registration on July 11 (summer start) or prior to orientation (fall start)  Starting in May, please send an e-mail message to the MPA Program Office at: mpa@mccombs.utexas.edu to schedule your summer initial academic advising appointment and resume review (for those participating in recruiting). Location: MPA Program Office, GSB 4.112.
MPA Resume Book Deadline  July 16 at 11:59 p.m. See the MPA Career Services website for details.  You will need to log in with your UT EID and password. 
International Student Orientation See International Office website See International Office website or call 512-471-2477 for more information.
MPA Career Orientation Webinar

Choose one:
Tuesday, May 27, 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, May 28, Noon
Thursday, June 25, 5:30 p.m.
Monday, July 7, 2:00 p.m.

Access the webinar from your own computer; you do not need to be on campus. All new students who plan to participate in on-campus recruiting are required to participate in one of the sessions offered.  See "MPA Orientation" tab for details on how to register. 
MPA Orientation Week of August 18 See "MPA Orientation" tab.  Schedule
MPA International Student Orientation August 29 (Time and Location TBD.) See "MPA Orientation" tab
Summer Registration* June 3-4 or July 11
Online Registration
Fall Registration Mid July (summer start)* or August 22 (fall start)  Online Registration 
Payment deadline, Summer Classes June 6 at 5 p.m. or July 15 at 5 p.m. (depending on registration date) Student Accounts Receivable
Payment deadline, Fall Classes September 2 at 5 p.m. Student Accounts Receivable
First class day Summer 2014 (summer start) - July 14; Fall 2014 - August 27      

Summer vs. Fall Start Date:

All incoming MPA students must enroll in ACC 381 in the summer unless they qualify for a course waiver.

If you qualify for a waiver:
  • You do not need to enroll in ACC 381
  • You will start your MPA coursework in the fall
If you do not qualify for a waiver:
  • You will be required to start your MPA coursework in the second summer session with ACC381 and ACC380K.11

If you have any questions about whether or not you will be required to start in the summer, please email Keri Ledezma.

For a detailed calendar for Summer and Fall 2014, consult the UT Registrar's Office calendar website.

All new students are required to meet with an academic advisor for initial advising. In addition, if you plan to participate in the McCombs recruiting process, you will be required to meet with a career consultant for a resume review.

Academic Advising

Your academic advisor will review your undergraduate transcript(s) to determine if you have satisfied the pre-enrollment requirements and if any MPA classes can be waived or substituted.

  • Students who are beginning the MPA program in the fall should schedule an academic advising appointment before August 18, 2014. However, international students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor before August 11.
  • Students who are required to start in the summer should schedule an academic advising appointment before July 11, 2014.

If you have any questions, please contact your assigned academic advisor:

Career Consulting

All students who plan to participate in the McCombs recruiting process are required to schedule a resume review with a career consultant before the July 16, 2014 resume book submission deadline. You also have the option of scheduling a more in-depth initial career consulting appointment to discuss:

  • Career options with an MPA degree
  • Researching, identifying, and applying for positions
  • Writing a cover letter
  • Communicating with employers
  • Networking
  • Interviewing
  • Handling delicate recruiting issues
  • Evaluating a job offer

Questions? Contact Dawn Shaw, MPA career consultant: dawn.shaw@mccombs.utexas.edu, (512) 471-3180

Reserve Your Spot

In many cases, initial career consulting and academic advising appointments can be scheduled back-to-back. The MPA Program Office will accept appointment requests starting in May. Contact MPA@mccombs.utexas.edu to schedule your appointments. Be sure to tell us your:

  • UT EID
  • phone number
  • dates available
  • whether you need a career consulting appointment along with your academic advising appointment

Please note that the advising spots closest to Orientation or the start of summer classes fill up quickly. When letting us know of your availability, please provide us with several options. 

MPA Orientation

Congratulations on your acceptance to the MPA program at The University of Texas at Austin! There’s no better introduction to Austin, McCombs, and the resources now available to you than our orientation program.

MPA Orientation

On-site MPA Orientation events will be held throughout the week of August 18, 2014. Attendance is mandatory except for those events marked as optional. Please review the MPA Orientation schedule.

MPA Career Orientation Webinar

The MPA Career Orientation Webinar will provide important recruiting information (including dates and tools) for incoming traditional MPA students. Tune in to learn about specific career services, events and resources available to help you throughout the career development and job search process. 

All new students who plan to participate in on-campus recruiting are required to participate in one of the sessions offered. All sessions will cover the same information. You do not have to be on campus to attend this webinar. It is strongly suggested that you participate in the webinar prior to your initial career advising appointment. 

2014 Webinar Session Dates and Times:
Tuesday, May 27, 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, May 28, Noon
Wednesday, June 25, 5:30 p.m.
Monday, July 7, 2:00 p.m.

Note that all times noted are on Central Daylight Time (CDT). Session times are subject to change. Sessions will last less than one hour. Please register at least three business days prior to the desired session by emailing your name and selected session time to Stacy Abrams at: stacy.abrams@mccombs.utexas.edu. Information needed to access the webinar will be sent to registered participants via email at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled session. 

MPA International Student Orientation

International MPA students are invited and highly encouraged to attend the MPA International Student Orientation in addition to the general MPA Orientation program. MPA staff and students will provide important information on topics including obtaining your OPT/CPT, CPA, tips for participating in class, recruiting strategies and much more. The event will be held on Friday, August 29. The time and location will be posted to this web page as soon as they are finalized.

Technology Orientation

Instructions for setting up your McCombs (MSB) technology account, changing your email forwarding address, and changing your name in the email address are available in the online MPA Technology Orientation.

You must set up your McCombs (MSB) account and McCombs email address before the first day of MPA Orientation. They will be necessary for some orientation activities, as well as to participate in on-campus recruiting. Any messages that are sent to the McCombs email address will be forwarded automatically to the email address you provided at the time of admission. Be sure to keep your forwarding email address updated at all times.

Mandatory Excel Training

The University of Texas at Austin MPA program is committed to offering its students a comprehensive education. Employers consistently tell us that one of the skills they look for most is knowledge of working with Microsoft Excel. When starting a new position, you will be expected to know how to execute advanced tasks such as:

  • filtering data
  • working with advanced functions
  • creating pivot tables
  • conducting lookups

Due to the importance and prevalence of Microsoft Excel, we’ve teamed with Cengage to design a series of self-paced online Microsoft Excel courses. The online course is called Skills Assessment Manager (SAM). Every incoming MPA student is required to complete on online Excel skills training no later than July 1, 2014.

Your access to this product will stay active until you graduate.

  • It can be used during the school year if you need to learn something specific for a class you are taking.
  • You can take additional trainings during the summer or on breaks.
  • You can use it to learn other programs like Microsoft Access, Word or PowerPoint.

Getting Started

Detailed instructions for accessing the Excel training and the requirements for completion are available here. Please contact the MPA Program Office at MPA@mccombs.utexas.edu if you have any questions.

Admitted MPA Student FAQ

Additional information regarding MPA degree policies, McCombs resources, registration, and other topic areas are available on the current student web page.

Committing to the MPA Program

  • I am ready to accept my offer of admission. What do I do now?

    1. Accept your offer in our online admissions system.

    2. Submit the enrollment deposit to lock in your spot in the incoming class. 

    3. Complete all of the items in the New Student Checklist 

  • How long will enrollment deposits be held?
    Enrollment deposits will be held until you register and initiate payment for fall classes. At that time, your deposit funds will be applied automatically toward your fall tuition bill.

Start Date

  • How do I know if I need to start the MPA program in the summer or fall?
    All incoming students must enroll in ACC 381 unless they qualify for a course waiver. If you qualify for a waiver, you will start your MPA coursework in the fall. If you do not qualify for a waiver, you will be required to enroll in ACC 381 and ACC 380k.11 in the second summer session.
  • I need to start in the summer, but my admissions letter indicates I was admitted for the fall. Will this be corrected?
    If you are not eligible to waive ACC 381, you will be required to start in the summer. After your enrollment deposit is submitted, we will backdate your admission to the summer. International students will be issued an I-20 based on the new summer start date and the Office of Student Financial Services will create a financial aid package for the summer, if you submitted a FAFSA to UT.

Advising and Orientation

  • Can I schedule my initial academic advising appointment or resume review as a phone appointment?

    Due to the large amount of information covered during the advising session and resume review, we are unable to schedule phone appointments.

  • Am I required to attend Orientation?

    Yes. Attendance at Orientation is mandatory because important information about our program is disseminated at Orientation and because it provides an opportunity to meet your fellow classmates, alumni, faculty, staff and employers.

  • Which classes will I be taking each semester?

    Each student's degree plan is customized. Your class schedule will be determined during your initial advising appointment.

Registration

  • How and when do I register for classes?

    The registration process is explained on the Registrar's website. Registration dates and payment deadlines are listed on the "Important Dates" tab in this website for newly admitted students.

  • Where can I purchase textbooks?

    Textbooks can be purchased at the University Co-op, but there are other book stores around campus and different websites where you can rent or buy textbooks.

Financial Aid

  • How do I apply to for departmental scholarships or an out-of-state tuition waiver?

    All admitted U.S. applicants are automatically considered for possible departmental scholarships and out-of-state tuition waivers; no separate application is required. Our merit-based awards are offered to U.S. applicants who demonstrate a superior record of academic accomplishment in their application materials.

  • When will I find out if I received a departmental scholarship or out-of-state tuition waiver?

    Scholarship decisions are made and awardees are notified via e-mail prior to the MPA admission response deadline.

  • Are international students eligible to receive departmental scholarships or teaching assistant (TA) positions?

    International students are not eligible for federal loans or departmental recruiting scholarships and therefore should be prepared to meet all expenses, for up to a 42 credit hour program, from their own resources. However, international students who completed an undergraduate degree in accounting are eligible to apply for a TA position in accounting. Additional details are available on our financial aid website.

  • How do I apply for a teaching assistantship (TA) position in the Department of Accounting?

    A very limited number of graduate assistantship positions are available through individual academic departments across the campus. Interested students should request application information directly from the department(s) of their choice. Details regarding the Accounting Department TA positions are available on our financial aid website.

  • Who should I contact with questions about my financial aid package?

    Financial aid packages for graduate students automatically assume the enrollment of 6 hours in the summer and 9 hours in the fall, unless the financial aid office is notified otherwise. If you plan to enroll in more or fewer than 6 hours in the summer or 9 hours in the fall, you will need to contact financial aid (at: ask@finaid.utexas.edu or 512-475-6282, option 4) so that your financial aid package is adjusted accordingly. Keep in mind that you will need to have completed a FAFSA in order to be packaged for financial aid.

  • Do I qualify as a Texas resident for tuition purposes?

    For detailed information, please visit the residency website.

Housing and Campus Resources

  • Where do most MPA students live?

    The Graduate School website describes the various housing options that are available to students. The majority of MPA students choose to live off campus, as Austin offers a moderate cost of living. Generally speaking, the most popular graduate student neighborhoods are:

    • Hyde Park - Older rustic houses and apartments close to campus
    • Far West - Apartments further from campus and serviced by the UT Shuttle System
    • The Enfield/Tarrytown/Lake Austin area - Older houses, duplexes, and apartment buildings along 15th street and serviced by the UT Shuttle System
    • South Congress/Riverside - Apartments farther from campus but still serviced by the UT Shuttle System
    • West Campus is closest, but this area tends to be populated by undergraduates
  • Where can I find apartment listings?

    You can start your search on the UT Housing page, but be sure to look on various other websites for more options.

  • Am I required to purchase a laptop?

    Purchasing a laptop is completely optional. Students interested in purchasing hardware and software for school can get special educational discounts, promotions, and pricing through the Campus Computer Store. The Campus Computer Store also sells a range of applications at special educational pricing. Certain applications, including antivirus software, are available for free download from the BevoWare website.

    Please note that ITS provides the campus community with both wired and wireless access to UTnet (the university's network), as well as the external Internet. Business students also have the option to check out laptops (and other media equipment) through the McCombs Media Services for occasional use.

  • How can I get my student ID card?

    You can get your UT ID card at the ID Center located at the Flawn Academic Center (FAC). Be sure to ask for a proximity ID card in order to gain access to the MPA Lounge (CBA 4.352) and MBA/MPA study rooms (GSB 3.140) in the McCombs School of Business. After you have received your card, please send your name and UT EID to the MPA Program Office at: mpaoffice@mccombs.utexas.edu to have your card programmed on the first class day. Also note that when you pick up your ID card, your EID will also be upgraded to "high assurance. Highly confidential information and transactions are only available with a high assurance EID, such as accessing student loan information and viewing your grades online.

  • Will I receive a business school email account? When can I start using this email account?

    A McCombs technology account and email address will be created for you no later than early June. Any messages that are sent to your McCombs email address will be forwarded automatically to the email address you provided at the time of admission, unless you update your email address. Instructions for setting up your McCombs technology account, changing your email forwarding address, and changing your name in the email address are available in the online MPA Technology Orientation. Be sure to keep your email forwarding address current so that you receive all messages sent to your McCombs email address, including messages from the MPA Program Office.

  • What student organizations can I join?

    A list of possibilities can be found on our student organizations tab. The Master in Professional Accounting Council (MPAC) is the student organization specifically designed for MPA students.

Internships

  • Am I required to complete an internship as part of the MPA degree program?

    Internships are an optional component of the MPA curriculum. The internship program is designed to give students an opportunity to combine their formal academic preparation with an exposure to the accounting profession.

  • I am interning this summer and starting the MPA program in the fall. Can I receive MPA degree credit for this internship? 

    Internship credit cannot be granted for internships completed prior to entering the MPA program.

Employment Recruiting

  • What types of career fields can I enter with an MPA degree?

    Employers from various industries recruit our students to fill a diverse range of internship and full-time positions. Detailed information about MPA career opportunities and recruiting will be covered during Orientation.

  • What are the placement statistics and starting salaries for MPA graduates?

    The MPA website provides information on placement and salary statistics.

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