Master’s in Accounting Degree Options

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Jindal School master’s in accounting students file into commencement ceremonies, including David Dowdle who received his undergraduate from UT Dallas in 2015 and later earned his master’s degree in accounting.

Advance Your Accounting Career. Choose Your Path.

The Naveen Jindal School of Management offers students two different pathways to advance an accounting career in public or corporate accounting, taxation, audit or accounting systems. Whether working full-time or balancing a full-time course load, you can obtain the degree that will change your future.

Master’s in Accounting Flex

The flex program allows students to complete their program on a full-time or part-time basis entering the program in fall, spring or summer. The flex program also provides flexibility to choose courses that will advance your accounting career objective whether your interest is in public or corporate accounting, assurance services, taxation, internal audit or accounting systems. Students can enrich their academic journey with engagement in professional networks, student organizations, competitions, mentoring and a full-service career center.

MS in Accounting Flex

Master’s in Accounting Cohort

The 24-month cohort program attracts students who are seeking to complete their entire program with a select group of students. The program is designed to capitalize on the diversity of student backgrounds and perspectives to advance their careers in public accounting. The program admits students each fall who complete a 36-credit hour, lock-step program where coursework has been pre-selected by faculty.

Students in the cohort program can also opt to complete a double degree in Accounting and Business Analytics (STEM). Both degrees can be obtained in 24 months. In a 2019 report from The Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals in Business they stated that “the increased emphasis on data provides an opportunity for finance and accounting professionals, with their traditional proficiency in pulling data from a variety of information systems, manipulating that data, and gleaning insights from that data, to build on this core competency. By doing so, they can enhance their role within the organization and serve as business partners with other areas in the organization.”

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Master’s in Accounting Flex Student Testimonials

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Chenyang (Cheryl) Hu, Class of 2020

Business Consultant, EY Dallas

After coming to UT Dallas, what has influenced me the most are those who are around me. The dedicated professors, the diligent students and every friend I have made here, always keep me motivated to become a better person. I have opportunities to meet different people every single day. They might be alumni, a professional giving a speech at an organization event or a student I just met with a different background. I try and get connected with them. Because of this wonderful journey, there has been a huge improvement in my communication skills.
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Lori Goodwin, Class of 2017

Risk Assurance Senior Associate, PwC

One of the things that attracted me to UTD was the ability to do an MS in Accounting/MBA degree and have enough credits to sit for the CPA Exam. Due to the flexibility of the program, I was able to work full time while taking classes at night and online. I was also able to be part of the key planning of the ProConnect program, which is now a vital part of the MS in Accounting degree.
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Ares Ross, Class of 2020

Current Student

As an undergrad at UT Austin, I studied government and sociology while pursuing a career in public service. After working for several years in the Texas State Senate, I returned to Dallas to study business. After taking a class in accounting, I came to UT Dallas where I could study at my own pace. As a grad student, I was able to serve my academic community while honing my skills as a student leader and mentor. By participating in the Internal Audit Education Partnership program, I applied my liberal arts and public service experience to find my accounting career.
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Xiaoqu (Joy) Chen, Class of 2019

Risk Assurance Associate, PwC Hong Kong

Attending events gave me a great opportunity to network with peers, faculty and professionals to learn about what was happening in the real world. The more I was involved, the more confidence I gained. I am especially thankful for the mentoring sessions that helped me plan my career path and the UTD Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) chapter for playing a huge role in helping me land my dream job at PwC Hong Kong as a risk assurance associate.
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Yijin Wang, Class of 2020

Current Student

Our program director and coordinator have always helped me whenever I had any questions, whether it be with my course selection, degree plan or CPA exam preparations. They are concerned about both me personally and professionally. They keep me in mind for whatever they find beneficial to me. Our professors are always willing to help and share patiently. I learned from all of them that I would not only pay back to them on how they have helped me, but also pay forward to other UTD students who need my help. I chose to come to UT Dallas because Senior Lecturer Mary Beth Goodrich explained how the master’s in accounting program at UTD can benefit me with both academics and social resources, and encouraged me to apply for it. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.
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Shruthi Pattabhi Shankar, Class of 2021

Current Student

The master’s in accounting program at UT Dallas has multiple tracks to offer, which adds best value to incoming students. Each track is tailor-made to suit the background and interests of the students. The program has a plethora of networking events and resources — to socialize, volunteer, meet prospective employers and make some amazing friends. The warmth and kindness of everyone in the department has made my transition here a smooth one.
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Justin Hogue, Class of 2016

Risk Advisory Senior Associate, BDO USA, LLP

The professionals who came to recruit or speak in a class and those who I met being a TA, did a lot to influence and motivate me. The staff and faculty are also so vested in the success of those around them and the students. I learned a lot of new ideas, outlooks and viewpoints, which has really added to who I am as a person.
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Rachel McKenna, Class of 2020

Current Student

I chose to come to UT Dallas due to the prominence of the business school, the accessibility of jobs in the Dallas area after graduation, proximity to my family, and the existence of the five-year Professional Program in Accounting (PPA). I stayed at UTD due to the people I met and built relationships with, and the positive learning environment I have experienced as a student. I felt it was important to me in starting here as a freshman to identify resources on campus that would guide me throughout college. One thing I have learned about UTD is that the resources are available, and taking the time to become informed about all UTD has to offer is well worth it!
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Vidya Mohanraj, Class of 2020

Current Student

UT Dallas has given me so many opportunities to figure out what is out there and what interests me. I had so many questions about my future career, and my journey to answering those questions was supported by the workshops, panels, students, staff and faculty at UTD. UTD had resources in so many different forms and that made me believe that I could truly thrive in the environment there. The organizations that I have participated in since I was a freshman have supported me throughout my undergraduate and now graduate curriculum, and I have gotten to work in departments on campus that have truly shaped the way I approach situations and solve problems.
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Zelika Kadogo, Class of 2019

Tax Associate, EY Dallas

UTD’s staff and faculty members are very dedicated to the success of students. Overall, the quality of the education I received here has exceeded my expectations. In addition to the great courses, the highlight of my time at UTD has been the student organizations I joined. I was a Graduate Dean’s Council member, a peer mentor and on the leadership board of the National Association of Black Accountants.
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Wonseok (Aiden) Go, Class of 2020

FSO Tax Staff, EY Dallas

I chose UT Dallas, … and I’m satisfied with my decision for several reasons. The program is flexible so that I can take classes based on my own interest. For example, we can take few general classes in the first semester and dig into one or two specific areas such as internal audit and tax. The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is one of the fastest growing areas in the U.S. There are a lot of job opportunities, so I was able to obtain several internships from a public accounting firm and the aviation industry. Everyone at UT Dallas is always willing to fully support each student not only about their professional careers but also other important aspects of school life, such as cultural differences, housing, hobbies and health. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns about the application, program, living in Dallas, and your professional career.
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Claude Owens, Class of 2018

Manager of Economic Development, PepsiCo

My time in the master’s in accounting program was inspiring, challenging and rewarding. I decided to join this program after making a change to my career. I received more than I expected through this program. Challenging professors and fellow students have shaped me and prepared me in achieving a successful career.
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Master’s in Accounting Cohort Student Testimonials

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Lawrence Du

The program did an excellent job getting me ready for the U.S. CPA examination.
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Andrew Chu

The program was perfectly set up to obtain an MS in Accounting degree and prepare for the CPA exam.
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Kevin Huang

The special events like the improv session really helped my English and communication skills.
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Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD in Accounting?

Bachelor’s Degree Program

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The Bachelor’s Degree in  Accounting prepares you for diverse career options. There is a wide range of high-demand paths to pursue. It is the only Jindal School program tailored for students who want to become Certified Public Accountants (CPAs).

BS in Accounting

Master’s Degree Programs

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A Master’s in Accounting Program that fits your needs. Choose between the Flex Program and complete the coursework at your own pace, or, the Cohort Program where you take all courses together with other students as a group.

MS in Accounting Flex MS in Accounting Cohort

PhD Concentration in Accounting

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Our PhD Accounting program is designed for students seeking training in the most advanced issues in accounting, both theoretical and applied. Primarily intended for tenure-track positions in research-oriented universities.

PhD in Management Science, Accounting Concentration