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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.

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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)

Taxation

  • 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)

Generalist

  • 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.