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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 faculty 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.

Coursework That Launches Your Career

Tailor your Texas McCombs MPA coursework to align with your specific career goals. Select a curriculum path and a foundational set of courses to get started. Broaden that knowledge with carefully selected accounting electives and MBA electives in areas such as finance, information technology, strategy, management, and more. Enhance your MPA degree with an internal audit certificate.


  • Business Advisory / Management Consulting

    Advisors and consultants armed with accounting knowledge are uniquely placed to help businesses achieve their strategic goals. Become the expert every consulting firm needs.
  • Forensic Accounting

    Forensic accountants are called in when financial wrongdoing or fraud is suspected. Interested in crime? Litigation? Combine your accounting knowledge with investigative skills in this high-stakes, fast-paced arena.
  • Investment Banking

    With a comprehensive knowledge of financial accounting and a solid grounding in finance, you can work with companies to raise capital, provide strategic financial advice, and facilitate M&A transactions.
  • Corporate Accounting / Financial Analyst

    Corporate accountants are the heartbeat of an entity’s financial, managerial, and due-diligence operations. Interested in being a CFO? This could be the path for you.
  • Government Accounting / Not-For-Profit

    Interested in working for the greater good? You could help entities in this sector achieve their mission by ensuring they have sound financial strategies and meet their unique reporting requirements.
  • Tax Consulting

    Go beyond compliance. Work with companies domestically and internationally to apply your tax law knowledge to achieve efficient outcomes and ensure regulatory requirements are met.
  • External Auditing / Assurance

    Capital markets do not function well without assurance about the veracity of companies’ financial disclosures. Auditors keep those companies accountable and the markets working for everyone.
  • Internal Auditing

    Interested in the entirety of an entity’s operations? Work with the management team to ensure that internal controls, governance, and risks are managed to achieve strategic excellence.
  • Wealth Management / Investment & Tax Consulting

    Use your accounting knowledge to be a trusted advisor. Help entrepreneurs and other visionaries manage investments, risks, estate and tax planning, and other strategic requirements.


 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 higher pass rates than the statewide and national averages on any given part of the Uniform Certified Public Accounting examination. Several of our students have received the prestigious American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AIC) Sells Award for earning the highest cumulative scores on their first attempt. Our MPA curriculum lays a solid educational foundation for the CPA Exam.

CPA Exam Pass Rates


  UT Austin Other Texas  Universities
2023  73% 48%
 2022  86% 52%
2021  85% 53%
2020  88% 57%
2019  83% 54%



  UT Austin Other Texas  Universities
 AUD  71% 47%
BEC  81% 46%
 FAR  67% 43%
 REG  70% 57%


The CPA Examination is comprised of four sections:

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



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