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Texas McCombs MPA Tracks

You can tailor your coursework to specific career goals by choosing one of four tracks. In each track, core courses provide a solid accounting foundation while relevant electives offer specialized knowledge.

Financial Reporting and Assurance

  • Focuses on interpretation, preparation, and certification of publicly disclosed financial and other data
  • Provides a solid knowledge-base in financial reporting and in the expanding area of assurance beyond traditional audits of financial statements
  • Offers an excellent foundation for other professional services such as forensic accounting and consulting opportunities
  • Career outlook: Industries hire for positions in financial reporting, internal audit, capital budgeting, project analysis, and other areas. Financial management and assurance are also critical functions in government and non-government organizations.

Learn more about Financial Reporting and Assurance here (PDF)

Managerial Accounting and Control

  • Focuses on how accounting and auditing information assists managers in making informed decisions in planning, evaluating, and controlling an entity
  • Teaches students how to prepare reports for external groups such as shareholders, creditors, regulatory agencies, and tax authorities
  • Career outlook: Professional services firms such as enterprise risk management, internal audit services, forensic accounting, and litigation support hire MPAs with a managerial specialty. Industry careers may involve work in a variety of different departments: Controller’s office, internal audit, treasury and finance, cost accounting and planning, and budgeting. Public service offers positions in government entities and nonprofit organizations

Learn more about Managerial Accounting and Control here (PDF)


  • Designed for students seeking employment in public accounting and private industry, or with governmental and regulatory agencies
  • Emphasizes the role of taxation in planning and structuring business transactions
  • Career outlook: An excellent foundation for career mobility within and outside of the tax field in all sectors of the economy, from leading public/professional service firms to industries of all types, to local, state, and federal levels of government, as well as non-governmental organizations

Learn more about Taxation here (PDF)


  • Design your own area of specialization
  • Have the flexibility to select your own coursework beyond the accounting core. Choose classes that cover the full range of accounting offerings, as well as a maximum number of non-accounting graduate electives including finance, information technology, strategy, management, and international business.