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The Master of Science in Accounting program is designed to prepare students with 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”). Please note that the TSBPA makes the final determination of courses that count towards CPA exam eligibility, so you should check with the TSBPA for updated rules and to confirm your eligibility through the Application of Intent process. For more information, please review the CPA Exam FAQ, attend CPA info sessions hosted by the MS Accounting program, as well as make individual CPA advising appointments with the MS Accounting team to best plan your courses according to your educational background.

In addition to offering the courses needed to complete the educational requirements for the exam, this program also 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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Now Enrolling Summer & Fall 2017 CPA Review

The CPA review class will be available online in the Summer and Fall 2017. We are now enrolling for the Summer and Fall 2017 CPA Review Courses.

The review classes are open to UTD and non-UTD students who are eligible to take the CPA EXAM. If you are a non-UTD student or a UTD Alumni please contact Lynn Hankins for admission and enrollment requirements.

Changes to the CPA Exam

The next version of the Uniform CPA Examination will be launched on April 1, 2017. It has been designed to test your higher-order cognitive skills, including critical thinking, problem solving, and analytical ability. These skills protect the public interest and are in demand by employers who hire newly-licensed CPAs. The new exam will keep the same sections: Auditing and Attestation (AUD), Business Environment and Concepts (BEC), Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR), and Regulation (REG). However, all four sections will include more task-based simulations, with fewer multiple choice questions. Written responses will still be required in BEC.

New Exam Blueprints
To help you better prepare for the exam, please see the exam blueprints on the AICPA’s website, which provide clarity in the presentation of content, skills, and related representative tasks that may be tested on the exam. Exam Blueprints

  • Overview
  • Education/ Qualifications
  • CPA Review Course
  • Links/Other
  • CPA Exam 2017

Overview

The following steps are required to obtain your CPA license in Texas:

  1. Submit the Application of Intent (AOI) and complete the fingerprinting process.
    • The AOI determines if you meet the educational and moral character requirements to sit for the CPA exam. To meet this responsibility, the Board will access the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) database and the Texas Department of Public Safety – Crime Records Division files using an established fingerprint process for each person who submits an Application of Intent. Applications cannot be finally approved by the Board until the fingerprint process is complete and the Board has received the results.
      Information about the fingerprinting process, applications, and locations in Texas are available on the Texas State Board’s website. It is the responsibility of the applicant to pay all fees to the service provider at the time that the appointment for fingerprinting is made.
    • You can obtain the Application of Intent through the Texas State Board of Accountancy website. Once your application has been processed, the Board will notify you of any deficiencies (i.e., any remaining courses, documents or eligibility requirements you need to submit).

      CPA exam eligibility requirements

  2. Submit the Eligibility Application online once the deficiencies have been met.
    • The Eligibility Application is the application to take one or more sections of the Uniform CPA Examination and may be submitted online through the Texas State Board of Accountancy website .
  3. Pass all four parts of the CPA exam within 18 months of receiving notification of passing your first section.
  4. Complete one year of work experience.
    • Note: You may begin your work experience prior to sitting for the exam.
  5. Submit the Application for Issuance of Certificate once you have passed all four parts of the CPA exam and met the work experience requirement. This form must be requested application the Board.
  6. Once your application file has been approved, you will receive a CPA number and pay your license fees. Once the fees have been paid, you may use the Texas CPA designation and attend the Swearing-In Ceremony.

Education/Qualifications

In order to take the CPA exam in the state of Texas, you must meet the educational requirements as prescribed by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy. These requirements state that you must meet the following requirements:

  1. hold a bachelor’s degree,
  2. have 150 hours of total college credit,
  3. have 30 hours of approved upper-level accounting course credit to include at least 2 hours in accounting research/analysis,
  4. have 24 hours of approved business course credit to include at least 2 hours in accounting/business communications, and
  5. have 3 hours of approved accounting ethics credit.
Candidates are encouraged to visit http://www.tsbpa.state.tx.us for complete details.

Currently, the following courses are on UTD’s approved list that qualify towards the 30 hours in upper-level accounting:

Undergraduate Graduate

ACCT 3320 Financial Information Management (if taken before Fall 2012)
ACCT 3322 Integrated Accounting Information Systems
ACCT 3331 Intermediate Financial Accounting I
ACCT 3332 Intermediate Financial Accounting II (course previously numbered as ACCT 4332)
ACCT 3341 Cost Management Systems
ACCT 3350 Fundamentals of Taxation
ACCT 4334 Auditing
ACCT 4336 Financial Statement Analysis
ACCT 4337 Business Valuation
ACCT 4342 Analysis and Design of Accounting Systems

ACCT 6330 Intermediate Financial Accounting I
ACCT 6331 Cost Accounting
ACCT 6332 Intermediate Financial Accounting II
ACCT 6333 Advanced Financial Reporting
ACCT 6334 Auditing
ACCT 6336 Information Technology Risk Management
ACCT 6337 Data Management (if taken before Fall 2014)
ACCT 6338 Accounting System Integration and Configuration
ACCT 6341 Planning, Control and Performance Evaluations
ACCT 6342 Strategic Cost Management
ACCT 6343 Accounting Information Systems
ACCT 6344 Financial Statement Analysis
ACCT 6345 Business Valuation
ACCT 6350 Fundamentals of Taxation I
ACCT 6351 Individual Taxation (if taken before Fall 2014)
ACCT 6352 Corporate Taxation (if taken before Fall 2013)
ACCT 6353 Fundamentals of Taxation II
ACCT 6354 Partnership Taxation
ACCT 6356 Tax Research
ACCT 6359 Accounting Policy and Research
ACCT 6362 International Accounting
ACCT 6365 Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting
ACCT 6367 Multijurisdictional Taxation
ACCT 6373 Advanced External Auditing
ACCT 6377 Corporate Governance and Accounting
ACCT 6380 Internal Audit
ACCT 6382 Advanced Internal Auditing
ACCT 6383 Fraud Examination
ACCT 6384 Analytical Reviews Using Audit Software
ACCT 6385 Managerial Accounting in Enterprise Systems
ACCT 6386 Governance, Risk Management and Compliance

Accounting Research and Analysis: As part of the 30 hours of accounting coursework needed, two (2) semester hours are required in accounting research and analysis. The semester hours may be included in the 30 hour accounting requirement.

The following classes are approved to provide research credit as noted:

Course Number Course Name Research Credit Hours Notes:
ACCT 3350 / 6350 Fundamentals of Tax I 1 credit hour of research
ACCT 3351 / 6351 Individual Taxation 1 credit hour of research
ACCT 4334 / 6334 Audit 1 credit hour of research
ACCT 6333 Advanced Financial Reporting 1 credit hour of research Approved Fall 2014 and after
ACCT 6382 Advanced Internal Auditing 1 credit hour of research Approved Fall 2014 and after
ACCT 6373 Advanced External Auditing 1 credit hour of research Approved Fall 2015 and after
ACCT 6356 Tax Research 2 credit hours of research

Required Business Coursework

The board states that all related business courses taken must be upper division courses (except statistics and economics courses, in which any level may be used). In addition, no more than 6 hours may be taken in any subject area. The approved business subject areas are business law, economics, management, marketing, business communications, statistics, technical writing, finance and information systems or technology.

Required Communication Coursework

As part of the 24 hours of business coursework needed, (2) two credit hours of either accounting communications or business communications will be required. The following course(s) meet the Board’s requirements for a discrete (stand-alone) course in accounting communications or business communications:

  • ACCT/BA/BCOM 3311 – Business Communications (Before Fall 2014)
  • BCOM 3310 – Business Communications (Fall 2014 or later)
  • ACCT 6203 – Professional Accounting Communications
  • ACCT 6388 – Accounting Communications

Required Ethics Coursework

ACCT 6335 – Ethics for Professional Accountants meets the board definition of an ethics course. It can be taken in class or online.

Internships

Up to 3 hours of internship course credit may be used toward the 30 hours of approved upper-level accounting coursework. The internship must be taken after 12 semester hours of upper division accounting coursework is completed. All internships must be approved by ACCT faculty member, Art Agulnek, (axa022000@utdallas.edu, 972-883-4773, office JSOM 4.222) in advance. Please note that internship credit may only be counted toward work experience or the approved upper-level accounting hours, not both.

Suggested Courses

While all ACCT courses will help to varying degrees with the four parts of the CPA exam, some suggested courses are listed below (list not all-inclusive):

CPA Exam Part Suggested Courses
Financial Accounting & Reporting (FAR) ACCT 3331 (UG), ACCT 6330 (GR), ACCT 3332 (UG), ACCT 6332 (GR), ACCT 6333 (GR), ACCT 6365 (GR)
Auditing and Attestation (AUD) ACCT 4334 (UG), ACCT 6334 (GR), ACCT 6335 (GR), ACCT 6373 (GR)
Regulation (REG) ACCT 3350 (UG), ACCT 6350 (GR), ACCT 6353 (GR), ACCT 6370 (GR), ACCT 6335 (GR)
Business Environment & Concepts (BEC) ACCT 3341 (UG), ACCT 4342 (UG), ACCT 4336 (UG), ACCT 6331 (GR), ACCT 6343 (GR), ACCT 6344 (GR)

For more information about the material tested in each part of the Uniform CPA examination, please visit the AICPA’s website (American Institute of Certified Public Accountancy, Becoming a CPA).

CPA Review Course

The UT Dallas MS Accounting program is proud to offer CPA REVIEW COURSES in cooperation with WileyCPAexcel. The review course is divided into four separate courses, one for each part of the CPA exam, for a total of six credit hours. The courses run consecutively; focusing on 1 part of the exam at a time. Classes are offered in an online format in Summer and Fall and in person in the Spring. Students may select 1-4 courses at a time. For the in-person classes there may be some required Saturday sessions. In addition, regardless of the format, each review class will require 1 – 2 outside of class proctored exams that will be taken at the UT Dallas testing center or other approved testing center.

Please note that the CPA Review courses can be counted as electives in the MS-Accounting degree plan. However, these classes are not considered as part of the 30 hours of accounting required by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy to qualify to take the CPA exam.

Summer 2017 (Online) & Fall 2017 (Online)

Summer/Fall courses will be provided in an online format. The Schedule is as follows:

Summer 2017 Fall 2017
BEC: ACCT 6194 (1 credit)
May 30, 2017 – July 3, 2017
FAR: ACCT 6291 (2 Credits)
August 21, 2017 – October 7, 2017
AUD: ACCT 6292 (2 credits)
July 7, 2017 – August 10, 2017
REG: ACCT 6193 (1 Credit)
October 16, 2017 – December 6, 2017

Spring 2018

We will offer all 4 CPA review classes in a live in-person format in the Spring 2018. The tentative Spring 2018 schedule will be as follows:

  • ACCT 6194 – BEC (Jan 2018)
  • ACCT 6292 – AUD (Feb 2018)
  • ACCT 6291 – FAR (Mar/Apr 2018)
  • ACCT 6193 – REG (Apr/May 2018)

Course Registration

The CPA Review course is offered through the Executive Education Area. Complete the online registration request form for Summer/Fall 2017. The form will be reviewed by our CPA review team and after review and approval, you will be enrolled in the selected classes. Classes are filled on a first come, first served basis. Class size is limited, so completing the form does not guarantee you a spot in the course. You will be contacted once your form is received to complete the registration process.

Course Materials

The course will use materials provided by Wiley CPAexcel, an independent CPA review provider. The course cost includes all materials. The materials will be distributed to enrolled students prior to the beginning of each class

Course Costs

Cost of each course is based on credit hours and residency status.

Credit Hours Resident Cost per Class Non-Resident Cost per Class
BEC 1 $750.00 $1,250.00
AUD 2 $1,250.00 $2,250.00
FAR 2 $1,250.00 $2,250.00
REG 1 $750.00 $1,250.00
TOTAL $4,000.00 $7,000.00

Course Instructors

BEC – Jennifer Johnson
AUD – Chris Linsteadt
FAR – Tiffany Bortz
REG – Steve Solcher

Contacts

For general questions regarding the Review course or CPA requirements, please contact Jennifer Johnson. If you are not a current UT Dallas student, please contact Lynn Hankins for information on registration.

Links/Other

CPA Exam Links

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Finding other States’ CPA Exam and Licensing Requirements

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Candidate Bulletin: Information for CPA Exam Applicants

Essential guide to the entire process of becoming a CPA.

CPA Requirements (Texas)

On your way to Texas CPA: Video outlining accounting career options and the qualifications and requirements to get your Texas CPA license.

AICPA Exam Resources

Information from the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) on how the CPA exam is structured and administrated.

CPA Exam FAQ

CPA Exam 2017

Next Version Exam
The next version of the Uniform CPA Examination will be launched on April 1, 2017. It has been designed to test your higher-order cognitive skills, including critical thinking, problem solving, and analytical ability. These skills protect the public interest and are in demand by employers who hire newly-licensed CPAs. The new exam will keep the same sections: Auditing and Attestation (AUD), Business Environment and Concepts (BEC), Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR), and Regulation (REG). However, all four sections will include more task-based simulations, with fewer multiple choice questions. Written responses will still be required in BEC.

General Information

  • Launch on April 1, 2017
  • Candidates who do not pass all four parts before the 2017 changes will be able to keep scores on sections they passed (unless the 18-month window expired).

What remains the same:

  • Exam will continue to be composed of the 4 existing sections
  • Still requires a score of 75 to pass the new exam

Changes:

  • In addition to testing skills of knowledge & understanding and application, the new exam will also test analysis and evaluation skills.
  • Increase in the proportion of task-based simulation (TBS) on the FAR, AUD and REG exams from 40% to 50%
  • Adding TBS to the BEC Exam (in addition to the written communication questions)
    • The new BEC Exam will have MCQs (50%), TBS (35%) and Written Communications (15%)
  • The BEC and REG sections of the CPA Exam will be increased to be 4 hours (instead of 3).
  • The new CPA Exam will now consist of 5 testlets instead of the current 3. As the exam divides TBSs into their own testlets, this means that candidates will not be able to move between all TBSs; once a TBS teslet is finished, candidates cannot go back and must move onto the next one.
  • On the new FAR Exam, the testing of IFRS will be limited to testing only the differences between IFRS and U.S. GAAP rather than testing IFRS in its entirety as a standalone financial accounting and reporting framework. Also, International Standards on Auditing (ISA) are currently testable on the AUD Exam, but will NOT be testable on the new AUD Exam.
  • Content Specification Outlines (CSOs) will now be replaced with Blueprints, which will guide the development of Exam questions. Exam Blueprints
  • Administration of the new exam will now include a 15-minute standardized break for each section. This allotted time will not count against the candidate’s testing time.

New Exam: Amount of Questions by Question Type
Section Section Time Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) Task-Based Simulations (TBSs) Written Communication
AUD4 hours728
BEC4 hours6243
FAR4 hours668
REG4 hours768
New Exam: Score Weighting
Section Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) Task-Based Simulations (TBSs) Written Communication
AUD50%50%
BEC50%35%15%
FAR50%50%
REG50%50%
New Exam: CPA Exam Structure by Section
Section Item Type Item Weighting Testlet
Auditing and Attestation (AUD)
Time to complete: 4 hours
72 MCQs
8 TBSs
50%
50%
#1: 36 MCQs
#2: 36 MCQs
#3: 2 TBSs
#4: 3 TBSs
#5: 3 TBSs
Business Environment and Concepts (BEC)
Time to complete: 4 hours
62 MCQs
4 TBSs
3 Written Responses
50%
35%
15%
#1: 31 MCQs
#2: 31 MCQs
#3: 2 TBSs
#4: 2 TBSs
#5: 3 Written Responses
Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR)66 MCQs
8 TBSs
50%
50%
#1: 33 MCQs
#2: 33 MCQs
#3: 2 TBSs
#4: 3 TBSs
#5: 3 TBSs
Regulation (REG)76 MCQs
8 TBSs
50%
50%
#1: 38 MCQs
#2: 38 MCQs
#3: 2 TBSs
#4: 3 TBSs
#5: 3 TBSs