Master of Science in Accounting Flex

Master of Science in accounting student Meichen Lin waves to friends in the crowd during one of three fall commencement ceremonies for the Naveen Jindal School of Management.

Master’s in Accounting at UT Dallas

The Accounting Flex lets you customize your degree to fit your needs, your passion and your goals.

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Accounting students explore careers at an Accounting Career Panel.

Customize Your Degree

The MS in Accounting Flex degree plan offers multiple tracks which allows you to select courses according to your academic and professional goals.

30The program is open to students with bachelor degrees across all majors as the foundational accounting courses are built into the degree. You can choose from over 30 accounting electives, as well as information systems, finance, and other business electives.

For your flexibility, the degree can be completed in 12-24 months, and courses are offered in the daytime, evening, and online.

By adding a second MS STEM degree to the MS in Accounting, international students can take advantage of the extended post-graduation work authorization period.

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Alumni Spotlight

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J.B. Yett, BS’09, MS’10

Audit Manager, Grant Thornton LLP

Yett earned both his undergraduate and master’s degree in accounting from Jindal School, where he was part of the selective Professional Program in Accounting. The PPA offers top accounting students smaller classes along with training in soft skills and access to choice internships. Upon graduation, Yett joined Grant Thornton where his current responsibilities include managing multiple audit engagement teams and client relationships. His role includes ensuring high quality audit execution and distinctive client service.  

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Brett Philips, BS’05, MS’09

Founding Partner, Shifflett & Philips

Philips, and his friend Nick Shifflett, started Shifflett & Philips accounting firm in 2014 in Frisco. Philips, a CPA, had worked at other accountancies for more than nine years before going out on his own. His practice now primarily focuses on the performance of federal and state tax compliance and consulting with individuals, estates, partnerships and closely held corporations. Philips holds two Jindal School degrees – a bachelor’s in Business Administration, which he completed in 2005, and an MS/Accounting which he completed in 2009.  

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Eugene Murray, MS’03

President, W&M Environmental Group, Inc.

With more than 30 years of experience in environmental consulting and two degrees in geology, Eugene (Gene) Murray, president of W&M Environmental Group, Inc., intended to take just one statistics class to further enhance his business skills. But after one class, Murray discovered the numerous benefits of a Jindal School education and decided to pursue a master’s degree. 

Remsen Jennings, BS’11, MS’12

Assurance Services, EY

Remsen Jennings graduated summa cum laude with a double bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance in 2011, following that with a master’s degree in accounting in 2012. During his time at UT Dallas, Jennings was appointed as a UT System Student Advisory Council member, elected as student body vice president, served as president of the Davidson Management Honors Program and was a member of the Professional Program in Accounting.

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Frank Martinez, MBA’07, MS’14

Supervisor, Project Management Office; Federal Reserve Bank Of Dallas

Martinez, who started working at The Fed in 2011, keeps returning to UT Dallas and Jindal School to upgrade his skills.. 

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Brian Livingston, MBA’01 MS’02

President and COO, Firebird Restaurent Group

Livingston holds two degrees from the Jindal School, his MBA and his master’s degree in accounting. His undergrad degree in finance is from UT Austin. He is now with Firebird Restaurant Group, LLC, the parent company of El Fenix Mexican Restaurants, Snuffers Restaurant & Bar, Meso Maya, Village Burger Bar, Taqueria La Ventana and Tortaco, where he oversees the daily operations of 54 restaurants, a food manufacturing company and related companies. 

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HB Paksoy, MA’76

Retired Professor

This Richardson resident was one of the first graduates of what was then known as the School of Management at The University of Texas at Dallas.

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Giulia Ippolito Lane and Robert Lane

When Rob entered UT Dallas, he already held an undergraduate degree from University of Southern California. He eventually earned four additional degrees at UT Dallas. 

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Brandy Arbuthnot, BS’99 MS’02

Tax Partner, BDO, USA LLP

In her current position at BDO, Arbuthnot assists accounting clients with their tax compliance and consulting needs including tax returns, tax provision preparation and review, assistance with tax implications of mergers and acquisitions, and other tax planning matters. She joined BDO, an international assurance, tax and financial advisory services firm, after earning her undergraduate accounting degree. Her master’s degree is also in accounting. “My degrees prepared me for a career in public accounting and the necessary qualifications for the CPA exam. Furthermore, my experience at UT Dallas prepared me to have success the professional world,” she said. BDO certainly covers the world, with offices in 167 countries.

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Andy Mangham, BS’07 MBA’12 MS’13

IT Audit Manager – Global Sox Assurance; CBRE

In his role at the real estate services giant CBRE, Mangham manages IT audits for global operations, works on special projects for executives. 

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MS in Accounting students at an IIA meeting at UT Dallas

Prepare to Pass the CPA and Other Certifications

To help students advance in their career opportunities, the rigorous curriculum, multiple track options, and review courses prepare students to be eligible to sit for various certifications, including the CPA, CMA and CIA.

CPAThe MS Accounting program is designed to give students the tools they will need to sit for the Texas CPA exam, provided they meet the requirements stipulated by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (TSBPA). In addition to offering the courses needed to complete the educational requirements for the exam, this program offers CPA review courses and access to the Jindal School of Management’s Career Management Center, which will help students find opportunities to complete the work experience required to obtain the CPA license.

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Advance Your Career Through Employer Connections and Mentoring

Students advance their careers through internship opportunities with growing companies in the DFW metroplex.

60%About 60% of recent graduates participated in an internship. Read more about their internship experiences below.

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Get involved in personal growth and networking

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A ProConnect meeting with MS in Accounting students and local business owners

Consult for Local Businesses

Curriculum provides opportunity for all students to gain practical work experience and professional communication skills through the delivery of accounting consulting services to local businesses.

The rationale for experiential learning was stated by Benjamin Franklin: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” The mission of the ProConnect program follows this mindset by partnering teams of 3 -5 Masters students with a local small to mid-sized business, start up or not for profit. This partnership allows students to cultivate valuable consulting skills in their field of expertise while allowing them to add value to the community with their skills set.

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Student Testimonials

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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