MPA | Prospective Students

A Foundation for CPA Exam Success

The Texas MPA curriculum lays a solid educational foundation for the Uniform Certified Public Accounting examination. If your goal is to satisfy the requirements for the CPA exam, MPA academic advisors will help you plan your coursework so that you will be eligible to sit for the exam by the time you complete the program. Eligibility requirements vary from state to state. The state in which you plan to sit for the exam will determine whether you need to fine-tune your MPA coursework to meet your goals.

 The CPA Examination is comprised of four sections.

  • AUD - Auditing and Attestation
  • BEC - Business Environment and Concepts
  • FAR - Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • REG - Regulation

CPA candidates from the University of Texas at Austin typically have pass rates much higher than the statewide average on any given part of the exam. Our students’ pass rates also tend to exceed the national averages for each part of the exam, which range from 40 to 45%. 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.

Texas CPA Exam Pass Rates by Exam Part
UT Austin Candidates Candidates - All Other Tx Colleges & Univ.
  AUD
Take
AUD
Pass 
AUD
%Pass
  AUD
Take
AUD
Pass 
AUD
%Pass 
2009 323 220 68%  2009 2970 1474  50% 
2010                            341     249    73%        2010                      3483 1744 50%
2011 305 183 60% 2011 2995 1396 47%
2012 323 244 76% 2012  3017  1464  49% 
BEC
Take
BEC
Pass
BEC
%Pass 
  BEC
Take 
BEC
Pass 
BEC
%Pass 
2009 295  233  79%    2009 3320  1570  47%
2010                     305 254 83% 2010                      4276 1982 46%
2011 243 194 80% 2011 2477 1205 49%
2012  265  226  85%  2012  2646  1410  53% 
FAR
Take
FAR
Pass
FAR
%Pass
  FAR
Take
FAR
Pass
FAR
%Pass
2009 288 219  76%  2009 2782 1400  50% 
2010                     315 239 76% 2010                      3594 1750 49%
2011 261 183 70% 2011 2624 1221 47%
2012  324  239  74%  2012  2739  1351  49% 
REG
Take
REG
Pass
REG
%Pass 
  REG
Take 
REG
Pass 
REG
%Pass 
2009 310 214  69%  2009 2767 1474  53% 
2010                     313 242 77% 2010                      3058 1639 54%
2011 314 204 65% 2011 2933 1331 45%
2012  321  222  69%  2012  2793  1413  51% 
Total
Take
Total
Pass
Total
%Pass
  Total
Take
Total
Pass
Total
%Pass
2009 1216 886  73%  2009 11839 5918  50% 
2010                       1274 984 77% 2010                       14411 7115 49%
2011 1123 764 68% 2011 11029 5153 47%
2012  1233  931  76%  2012  11195  5638  50% 

Page last updated: 9/16/2013