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Academic Excellence

The McCombs School of Business is home to some of the nation's most recognized business researchers, trendsetters, and innovators. Our professors and lecturers are regularly cited as one of the most compelling reasons to join the Texas McCombs MPA.

  • Dynamic Curriculum

    As a student in our program, you'll have access to the greatest minds in the world of business both inside and outside of the classroom. We listen to the needs of accounting professionals and continuously evolve our curriculum to prepare students with insights into new technologies, including incorporating data analytics into every course offered within the Texas McCombs MPA program.

Tracks, Certificates, and MBA Electives

Tailor your Texas McCombs MPA coursework to align with your specific career goals by selecting a track and completing an optional certificate program. Broaden your knowledge by enrolling in various accounting and MBA electives in areas such as finance, information technology, strategy, management, and more.

  • Financial Reporting and Assurance Track

    Students in this track are prepared for positions in financial reporting, internal audit, capital budgeting, assurance, and project analysis in government and non-government organizations.
  • Managerial Accounting and Control Track

    Focuses on how auditing information assists leaders in making informed decisions in planning, evaluating, and controlling an entity.
  • Taxation Track

    The taxation track offers an excellent foundation for career mobility within and outside of the tax field in all sectors of the economy.
  • Generalist Track

    This track allows you to design your own area of specialization. Select your own coursework beyond the accounting core, including non-accounting graduate electives.
  • Internal Audit Certificate Program

    Gain the skills and knowledge to conduct basic internal audits immediately upon hire. UT Austin is one of only 24 universities in the world endorsed by the Institute of Internal Auditors.

TAKE A PEEK INTO THE CLASSROOM

 Explore Professor Patrick Badolato's Financial Statement Analysis class at Texas McCombs, and learn about career opportunities from MPA graduate Sravani Kolli.

CPA EXAM SUCCESS

CPA candidates from The University of Texas at Austin typically have pass rates much higher than the statewide average overall and on any given part of the Uniform Certified Public Accounting examination. Our students’ pass rates also tend to exceed the national averages. 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. The Texas McCombs MPA curriculum lays a solid educational foundation for the CPA exam.

PERCENTAGES: OVERALL

 UT Austin
Candidates
All Other Texas
Colleges & Universities
 2020  88% 57%
 2019  83% 54%
 2018  78% 52%
 2017  77% 49%
 2016  74% 51%


PERCENTAGES: BY SECTION

The CPA Examination is comprised of four sections:
AUD - Auditing and Attestation
BEC - Business Environment and Concepts
FAR - Financial Accounting and Reporting
REG - Regulation

 

 AUD
 UT Austin 
AUD
 All Other TX 
 BEC
 UT Austin 
BEC
 All Other TX 
 FAR
 UT Austin 
FAR
 All Other TX 
 REG
 UT Austin 
REG
 All Other TX 
 2020  89% 55%   94% 64%   85% 49%   86% 61%
 2019  81% 53% 92% 59% 76% 48% 85% 58%
 2018  78% 52% 91% 58% 72% 48% 73% 55%
 2017  71% 50% 90% 52% 72% 45% 76% 48%
 2016  72% 56% 86% 52% 73% 45% 70% 49%
 

MEET YOUR MPA ACADEMIC ADVISORS

Your academic advisors will help you plan your course of study and keep you on an academic program that is aligned with your goals. Academic advisors are available to talk with you about long-range academic plans as well as specific course needs and provide one-on-one assistance with degree planning, course selection, registration, graduation requirements, and CPA planning.

  • Jason Tasset

    Jason Tasset

    Director of Academic Services
  • Sheryll Cox

    Sheryll Cox

    Senior Academic Advisor
  • Emily Stroman

    Emily Stroman

    Academic Advisor