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Newly Admitted MPAs

Newly Admitted MPAs

Newly Admitted MPAs

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Texas MPA - See for Yourself

High job placement rates, a huge global network of alumni, and an excellent overall value are just a few of the reasons why the Texas MPA is ranked the #1 graduate accounting program in the nation. We want you to see firsthand why so many of the country's most talented students choose to attend our program; schedule a tour or connect with a student ambassador today to learn about UT, McCombs, and the Texas MPA!

Schedule a Visit  UT Virtual Tour View New Student Checklist  Connect with a Student Ambassador

MPA Student Life Blog

Live and Learn, the MPA student life blog, is a fantastic resource for anyone who wants to learn about the culture and goings on surrounding McCombs, UT, and Austin. 

Important Dates


Summer Registration - May 31-June 1 or July 8

Fall Registration - June 8-July 15 or August 19

MPA Resume Book Deadline - July 13

MPA Orientation - week of August 15

View the full list of important dates for newly admitted MPAs.

Academic Advisors and Career Consultants

Career Services Contacts

All students are required to meet with an academic advisor when they enter the MPA program. Students who plan to participate in the McCombs recruiting process are strongly encouraged to meet with a career consultant, as well.

  • Academic Advisors >

    Academic Advisors

    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 15, 2016. International students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor before August 8.

    Students who are required to start in the summer should schedule an academic advising appointment before July 8, 2016.

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

    Last name starting with A-K: Kathy Saqer,

    Last name starting with L-S: Jason Tasset,

    Last name starting with T-Z: Keri Ledezma,

    Please do not contact your academic advisor to schedule your initial advising appointment. Instead, use the online appointment request form.

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    Career Consultants

    If you are planning on participating in the McCombs recruiting process, it is strongly recommended that you speak to a career consultant first. We are happy to review your resume in preparation for the resume book deadline (July 13, 2016) and discuss any of the following in your appointment:

    Career options with an MPA degree

    Researching, identifying, and applying for positions

    Writing a cover letter

    Communicating with employers



    Handling delicate recruiting issues

    Evaluating a job offer

    Questions? Email Jo Chauvin

New Student Checklist

Want to make sure you've done everything necessary to make your transition into the Texas MPA a smooth one? Take a look at our Checklist for New MPA Students.

MPA Orientation

Welcome to the Texas MPA! On-site MPA Orientation events will be held throughout the week of August 15, 2016. Attendance is mandatory except for those events marked as optional.

View the Orientation Schedule

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.

International MPA Orientation will be held on Friday, August 26, 2016. The time and location will be posted to this web page as soon as they are finalized.

Before Your Orientation

There are a number of important items newly accepted students must consider before their official MPA Orientation:

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    Excel Training

    Due to the importance and prevalence of Microsoft Excel, every incoming MPA student is required to complete online Excel training no later than July 1, 2016. Detailed instructions will be added to this web page in mid-February. Please contact the MPA Program Office if you have any questions.

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    Technology Orientation

    Instructions for setting up your McCombs technology account are available in the online MPA Technology Orientation. You must set up your McCombs (MSB) account before the first day of MPA Orientation. 

    UTmail provides UT-Austin students with a university-affiliated email address for life. Those who opt in to the free service can choose their email address and have 30+ GB of email storage. You are eligible to sign up for UTmail after you enroll in and pay for your first semester's classes.

    It is important to keep your email address up-to-date in UT Direct at all times. Students are expected to check email frequently in order to stay current with University-related communications, recognizing that certain communications may be time-critical.

  • Webinar >


    The MPA Career Orientation Webinar will provide important recruiting information 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 these sessions; you do not have to be on campus to attend this webinar.

    2016 webinar session dates and registration instructions will be posted to this web page in mid-February.

Make It Official

Already accepted to our program? Congratulations, and welcome to one of the most highly ranked accounting programs in the nation! Make it official:

Commit to Texas MPA

Housing Info

Finding a place to live in Austin can be a challenge. Please visit the Graduate School website and the UT housing page for information that can help you find the perfect place to call home.


Check out our New MPA FAQs for answers to some of our newly accepted students' most pertinent questions.