Students may count a maximum of nine upper-division undergraduate hours toward their MPA degree but must receive prior approval from their academic advisor to do so. The form for requesting approval of an undergraduate course is available in the MPA Program Office or is downloadable here. If a graduate equivalent of a class is offered during the same semester, students must enroll in the graduate class. All courses that satisfy MPA degree requirements must be taken subsequent to entering the MPA program at UT. Lower-division undergraduate courses will not count toward the MPA degree.
Courses Outside McCombs
Students may complete a maximum of six hours of electives outside the McCombs School of Business but must obtain permission in advance from their academic advisor. In the request for approval, students will be expected to explain how the proposed outside elective ties in with their career objectives and include a copy of the syllabus. The form for requesting approval of a course outside the McCombs School is available in the MPA Program Office or is downloadable here.
A student who is granted a waiver or substitution for a core course will not receive degree credit, even as an elective, for this core course unless the student receives permission to do so from MPA academic advisor.
One independent study, up to 3 credit hours and in addition to the internship course (ACC 391C-CR/NC), may be counted for credit toward the MPA degree. An independent study that is completed in an accounting topic (ACC 391C) will count as a graduate accounting elective. Before the semester starts, both the instructor and the academic advisor must approve the independent study course to be completed that semester. The approval form is available in the MPA Program Office or is downloadable here. The basis for determining the course grade must be included on the form.
An internship course (ACC 391C-CR/NC) will be counted as a graduate business elective toward the MPA degree, NOT as a graduate accounting elective. However, for eligibility to sit for the CPA exam in Texas, three hours of internship credit WILL count toward the requirement of 30 hours in accounting. Please review the CPA exam requirements for more information. All internship courses are offered on a credit/no credit basis, and only one internship course may count toward the MPA degree. Academic credit is not available for any internship opportunity during a student's final semester. For details regarding internships, please see our internship information.
Other Degree Policies
With the exception of the internship course (ACC 391C-CR/NC) and MPA Distinguished Speaker Series course (ACC 180C), students must complete all courses counted toward the MPA degree on the letter-grade basis. Additional courses that are not required for the MPA degree may be taken on the credit/no credit-basis (CR/NC) only if the professor gives consent.
Only courses in which students earn a grade of C or better may be included in the program of work for the MPA degree. Students may not repeat for credit a course in which they have earned a grade of C or better.
Students who are unable to complete all MPA degree requirements in the semester for which they applied for graduation should check with their academic advisor about the implications of a later graduation date.