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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

Upcoming Important Dates:

MPA Resume Book Deadline – July 15

MPA Orientation  – week of August 17

Fall Registration – June 10-July 17 or August 21 

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

Academic Advisors and Career Coaches

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 counselor, as well.

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    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 17, 2015. International students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor before August 10.

    Students who are required to start in the summer should schedule an academic advising appointment before July 10, 2015.

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

    Last name starting with A-K: Kathy Saqer,, (512) 471-6298

    Last name starting with L-S: Jason Tasset,, (512) 471-2617

    Last name starting with T-Z: Keri Ledezma,, (512) 471-1051

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    Career Counselors

    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 15, 2015) 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 or call MPA Sr. Placement Representative Jo Chauvin at (512) 232-7728.

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 17, 2015. 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.

The next event will be held on Friday, August 28, 2015. 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, 2015. 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, 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. 

    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.

  • 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.

    2015 Webinar Session Dates and Times:

    Thursday, May 21 at 5:30 p.m. Register Now

    Wednesday, June 10 at Noon.  Register Now

    Monday, June 22 at 5:30 p.m.  Register Now

    Thursday, July 9 at 9:00 a.m.   Register Now

    *All times noted are on Central Daylight Time (CDT). Please register at least three business days prior to the desired session. 

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.