Master of Science in Accounting Cohort

Jindal School master's in accounting cohort student in cap and gown on UT Dallas graduation day

Take all of your courses together as a cohort, over 24 months.

The Master’s in Accounting Cohort program is a 36 semester-credit-hour degree program designed for students from various educational backgrounds. No prior work experience is required. Students in the program will take all the courses together as a cohort, over 24 months. That is, the program is a lock-step program with no flexibility for choosing electives.

Once accepted into the Master’s in Accounting Cohort program, students can then opt into the Master’s in Business Analytics Cohort (STEM) program. While domain knowledge will continue to be important for accounting professionals, enhanced technology skills that include and data-analytic skills will be essential. Data analytic skills are required for data-driven audits, data-driven business performance and risk monitoring and data-driven decisions. If you choose the second master’s program option, both degrees will be earned over the same 24 months. (See degree plan.)


thumbmail image of YouTube video of Class of 2020 virtual graduation ceremony for MS Accounting and Business Analytics cohorts

The Class of 2020 Master’s in Accounting and Business Analytics Cohort Programs held their virtual graduation ceremony on May 15, 2020. Senior Associate Dean and Graduate Monica Powell served as Master of Ceremonies. Speakers included Jindal School Dean Hasan Pirkul, Vice Dean Varghese Jacob, Associate Dean of Executive Education John Barden, and Class President Max Tang.

Watch the video on YouTube

Cohort Program Highlights

Courses taught by world-class instructors

Meet the accounting faculty

Predetermined course sequence and continuous reviews to help pass the U.S. CPA exam

See the cohort curriculum

Double Degree Option: Obtain both degrees at the same time

  • Option to pursue a second cohort STEM program: Master’s in Business Analytics
  • Additional tutoring with coding assistance for business analytics courses
Learn about the Master’s in Business Analytics Cohort

Lock-step cohort enables long-term relationships with fellow cohort students

Extracurricular activities include:

  • Comprehensive reinforcements of domain knowledge and reviews for U.S. CPA examination
  • Intense pre-term activities to enhance communication and leadership skills
  • Visit to Big 4 and other corporations in New York or San Francisco for professional
  • development
  • Extensive assistance and guidance for obtaining internships and assistance in determining post-graduation career options
  • Advice and assistance with post-graduation career options
See all extracurricular activities

Student Success

U.S. CPA Pass Statistics
Class of 2014 2015* 2016 2017 2018
Percentage of cohort program CPA exam takers who passed all four exam parts. 100% 100% 93% 100% N/A

* Accounting graduate Liang-Han (Hank) Wuu, MS’15, received the Elijah Watt Sells Award for obtaining one of the highest point averages on the CPA exam in 2015.

Career Placement (Full Time)
Class of 2016 2017
Big 4 85% 36%
U.S. CPA Firms 8% 18%
Private Companies 17% 28%
2nd Degree 0 18%

Master’s in Accounting Cohort Student Testimonials

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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.
Kevin Huang portrait

Kevin Huang

The special events like the improv session really helped my English and communication skills.
Lawrence Du portrait

Lawrence Du

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

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Before you apply, get familiar with the application process for the master’s in accounting cohort program at UT Dallas.

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