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Master of Science in Accounting Cohort


The Master of Science in Accounting Cohort program is a minimum 36 semester credit hour degree program at the Naveen Jindal School of Management. The purpose of the program is to develop effective leaders in professional accounting by adopting a holistic approach that focuses on accounting knowledge as well as communication and leadership skills.

The MS in Accounting Cohort program is 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. As such, the program is a lock-step program with no flexibility for choosing electives.

Highlights of the Program

  • Train comprehensively to take the US CPA examination;
  • Have many opportunities for hands-on projects: internship OR capstone;
  • Develop leadership and communication skills;
  • Opt to pursue a second Master of Science degree program in the third year;
  • Develop long-term relationships with fellow cohort students; and
  • Participate in additional activities.

U.S. CPA Pass Statistics
Class of 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Percentage of cohort program CPA exam takers who passed all four exam parts. 100% 91% 100% 100% 100%

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.

Program Brochure
  • Connect with the Director
  • Degree Plan
  • Admission Prerequisites
  • Student Testimonials
  • Tuition and Program Costs
  • Application

Connect with the Director

The University of Texas at Dallas Master of Science in Accounting Cohort Program is a two-year program designed for individuals looking to be challenged. The cohort experience means students in a class take all courses together. This helps build a collaborative experience in which each of you can use your strengths to help one another.

In addition, you will be engaged in various professional and extracurricular activities, which will help enhance your leadership skills. These experiences will foster networking relationships, which will be catalysts for a successful career.

To help accomplish these objectives, the program proceeds according to a predetermined schedule with no flexibility on course selection.

Program BrochureApply to MS ACCT Cohort

Please contact us with any questions you may have.

 
Suresh Radhakrishnan, PhD Director
MS Accounting Cohort Program
 
Steve Solcher Asst. Director
MS Accounting Cohort Program

Degree Plan

Notes:
The only program prerequisites are ACCT 2301 and ACCT 2302, or equivalent. Prerequisites courses are built into the program but will not count toward the degree plan. If a student has passed the prerequisite course with a course grade of B or above, then the course can be waived. No tuition/fee credits or refunds will be given for such waivers that are granted. In addition, students opting to waive out of these courses will not be able to substitute any other courses. The program is a lock-step program with no flexibility for choosing electives.
The internship course has a flexible credit hour and will be tailored to the student’s need. For example, the internship course can be spread over the first year summer and second year fall and spring, with one credit hour each (if the student obtains an internship locally).
The accounting communication course has projects and team building built into the curriculum. This will help students build networks and relationships for obtaining internships.

FIRST YEAR

Chronologically from left to right

Curriculum-Related Activities
Pre-Session Fall Spring Summer
  • No Courses
Career-Related Activities
Pre-Session Fall Spring Summer
  • Speakers Series
  • Speakers Series
  • Career Coaching
  • Assistance with the CPA application process
  • Explore internships
  • Career Coaching
  • Explore internships
  • Apply for second MS degree
  • Introduction to the CPA application process
  • Trip to NYC or Washington, D.C.
  • Speakers Series
  • Career Coaching
  • Visit to local Big 4 office or local company office
Other Activities
Pre-Session Fall Spring Summer
  • Improv
  • Team building
  • Social Events
  • Social Events
  • Possible on your own: Various sporting events Various concerts in town Trips around the U.S.
  • Social Events
  • Possible on your own:Various sporting events Various concerts in town Trips around the U.S.
  • Social Events
  • Possible on your own:Various sporting events Various concerts in town Trips around the U.S.

SECOND YEAR

Chronologically from left to right

Curriculum-Related Activities
Pre-Session Fall Spring Summer
  • No Courses
  • ACCT 6194: Professional Accounting- Business
  • ACCT 6292: Professional Accounting- Audit
  • ACCT 6291: Professional Accounting- Financial
  • ACCT 6193: Professional Accounting- Regulation
  • OPRE 6301: Quantitative Introduction to Risk and Uncertainly in Business
  • GRADUATE/Retake CPA exam (if needed)
Career-Related Activities
Pre-Session Fall Spring Summer
  • Speakers Series
  • Speakers Series
  • Career Coaching
  • Assistance in the CPA application process
  • Explore internships
  • Career Coaching
  • Explore internships
  • Applyfor second MS degree
  • U.S. CPA exam (March-May)
Other Activities
Pre-Session Fall Spring Summer
  • Improv
  • Team building
  • Social Events
  • Social Events
  • Possible on your own: Various sporting events Various concerts in town Trips around the U.S.
  • Social Events
  • Possible on your own:Various sporting events Various concerts in town Trips around the U.S.
  • Pre-Session: Early August
  • Fall: Late August to Mid-December
  • Spring: Mid-January to Mid-May
  • Summer: Mid-May to Mid-August

The sequence of the courses is subject to change.

Admission Prerequisites

The only program prerequisites are ACCT 2301 and ACCT 2302, or equivalent. Prerequisites courses are built into the program but will not count toward the degree plan. If a student has passed the prerequisite course with a course grade of B or above, then the course can be waived. No tuition/fee credits or refunds will be given for such waivers that are granted. In addition, students opting to waive out of these courses will not be able to substitute any other courses.

Application materials include:

  1. GMAT and TOEFL (or IELTS) scores
  2. Three letters of recommendation
  3. Two sets of transcripts, degree certificates and diplomas in two separately sealed envelopes
  4. A résumé and a personal objective statement

Student Testimonials

Andrew Chu

Andrew Chu

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

Lawrence Du

Lawrence Du

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

Kevin Huang

Kevin Huang

“The special events like the improv session really helped my English and communication skills.”

Tuition and Program Costs

The in-state tuition cost of the program is $36,000; and the out-of-state tuition cost of the program is $52,000.

Cost Breakdown
Program Installments Per Semester In-State (US $) Out-of-State (US $)
On Admission   $3,000   $6,000
Fall 2017   $6,000   $7,000
Spring 2018   $9,000 $13,000
Fall 2018   $9,000 $13,000
Spring 2018   $9,000 $13,000

The tuition is nonrefundable.

Explanation of Costs

The total program cost includes:

  • Program tuition and registration fees
  • Materials for the U.S. CPA review course
  • One out-of-town professional development trip for two days (including travel, food and lodging)
  • Trips to local professional accounting firms
  • Pre-term team-building and communication activities
  • Career coaching.
The tuition cost does not include books, parking fees and student health insurance.

Discounts

Tuition discounts are available to high-achieving students.

Financial Aid Information

Federal Student Loans are available for a student who is a US citizen or eligible noncitizen; is registered with Selective Service (males) or prove exemption; and, is admitted as a regular degree-seeking graduate student. You must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply electronically at www.fafsa.gov. You must first apply for a Federal Student Aid identification number (FSA ID) at www.fsaid.ed.gov. The FSA ID is needed to sign your FAFSA electronically, correct any information after you get your FAFSA results, and access your financial aid history online. The UTD federal school code is 009741.

Private Educational Loans are available for a student who does not meet the Federal Student Loan requirements or who prefers to borrow from a private educational lender. There are several sources of private-based long term educational loans that are issued based on the credit-worthiness of the borrower. More information is available via the UTD Financial Aid Office website, including a list of some lenders.

JSOM contact:
More information is available by contacting Paula Baxter (paula.baxter@utdallas.edu or 972-883-4114).

Application

The deadlines for Fall 2017 semester are:

  • Domestic Students: May 31, 2017
  • International Students: April 30, 2017

Application materials include:

  1. GMAT and TOEFL (or IELTS) scores
  2. Three letters of recommendation
  3. Two sets of transcripts, degree certificates and diplomas in two separately sealed envelopes
  4. A résumé and a personal objective statement.

Steps in the Application Process:

  1. Click “Apply to MS ACCT Cohort” button
  2. Create a user name and password
  3. Click on “Application for Admission”
  4. Choose “Naveen Jindal School of Management” for Program School
  5. For “Applying for Program”: choose MS in Accounting-Cohort Program
  6. Complete Application
Apply to MS ACCT Cohort

Check Your Application Status

Check on the status of your application, application fee payment or registration hold on the application status page.

Your Graduate Application Processing

Once an application and supporting documents have been submitted, the files are sent to the corresponding graduate department. The file is reviewed by a departmental committee. When the committee has made an admissions decision, an official letter of notification will be sent to the applicant.

If applicants wish to include any additional correspondence or communicate additional information, it may be submitted in writing with the other admissions documents to Steve.Solcher@utdallas.edu.

The length of time needed to make an admissions decision varies depending on the time of year when your file is completed. Our offices receive more documentation as application deadlines draw closer. Allow up to six weeks for processing of application materials.

If you receive an admission letter, check the steps after admission for your next steps.

Contact Steve.Solcher@utdallas.edu for questions related to submitting admission documentation.

Admission Letter Corrections

Please look over admission letter information carefully to ensure that your name, address, residency, college, degree and graduate program are correct.

Steps After You Are Admitted

  • Accept your offer of admission.
  • Pay the tuition installment.
  • Submit official transcripts and other official documentation.*
  • Submit any outstanding required documents before enrollment.
  • Apply for on-campus housing.
  • Attend graduate student orientation.
  • Plan arrival to the UTD campus before the start of the Pre-Session. We will have a MS Accounting-Cohort orientation and will allow time for the following:
    • We will register you for classes as a Cohort.
    • Pay for classes.
    • Get your parking decal (if needed).
    • Get your Comet Card (student ID card).
    • Create your NetID and email address.
    • Consider getting involved in one of UTD’s many student organizations.

Documentation Guidelines

*To submit your official transcripts and other documents, you may use one of the following electronic uploading systems: Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, eSCRIP-SAFE, Credentials Solutions, Standardization of Postsecondary Education Data Exchange (SPEEDE), Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS), TrueCopy (international) or WES International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP).

If your college or university does not support sending official documents electronically, the documents should be mailed to our mailing address in a sealed envelope by the issuing institution:

Office of Admission and Enrollment 
The University of Texas at Dallas 
800 W. Campbell Road 
Richardson, TX 75080-3021

Any questions? Please contact:
Steven J. Solcher • Steve.Solcher@utdallas.edu