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Professional Program in Accounting (PPA)

Professional Program in Accounting (PPA)

The Professional Program in Accounting (PPA) is designed for highly-motivated JSOM students interested in pursuing a professional accounting career. The program has two primary objectives: to prepare students to take and pass the CPA exam and to help students secure quality public accounting internships and full-time positions upon graduation.

PPA Benefits to Students

  • Smaller “honors” type core classes for PPA students only, who are taught by highly regarded faculty
  • Better networking opportunities with students, faculty and professionals
  • Priority access to many internship and full-time employment opportunities
  • Help with CPA eligibility and passage
  • Enhancement of technical accounting and “soft” skills, such as interpersonal interaction, teamwork, communication, presentation and networking
  • Mentor program and workshops focusing on interviewing skills, resume writing and professional etiquette
  • Connect with the Directors
  • PPA Admission Requirements
  • Sample Degree Plan
  • Recruiting Companies
  • PPA Spotlights
  • PPA Stats

Our goal as directors of the Professional Program in Accounting (PPA) is to make PPA one of the top-rated accounting programs in the country. PPA aims to place its students in the most competitive professional internships and full-time positions, and we expect that our students will become leaders in the accounting profession and the business world.

PPA takes a great interest in the development of its students, and we greatly enjoy working to help develop students into professionals with limitless potential. Additionally, PPA is fortunate to have had the opportunity to develop lasting professional relationships with some of the most highly regarded professional firms in the world.

We look forward to the continued growth of the program. If you are interested in joining the program or would like to find out how you can recruit students from PPA, please feel free to contact Elizabeth Pigg.

Amy Troutman, CPA

Associate Area Coordinator

Elizabeth Pigg

Associate Director

Please note that satisfaction of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the PPA program.

  • Junior-level (completed approximately 60 Semester Credit Hours) as of the fall semester in which the application is submitted
  • Completion of the following courses with a minimum grade of “B” prior to applying for PPA:
    • ACCT 2301 Introduction to Financial Accounting
    • ACCT 2302 Introduction to Management Accounting
  • Application deadline is September 15 (applications can only be submitted in the fall, online)
  • Selected applicants will be interviewed by PPA directors
  • Freshman Year

    Fall – 16 Semester Credit Hours Spring – 15 Semester Credit Hours
    BA 1100 Business Basics*
    Natural Science HUMA 1301 Exploration of the Humanities
    MATH 1325 Applied Calculus I Natural Science
    HIST 1301 U.S. History Survey to Civil War MATH 1326 Applied Calculus II
    RHET 1302 Rhetoric HIST 1302 U.S. History Survey from Civil War
    Free Elective ARTS 1301 Exploration of the Arts
  • Sophomore Year

    Fall – 15 Semester Credit Hours Spring – 15 Semester Credit Hours
    GOVT 2301 Constitutional Foundations and Political Behavior in the U.S. and Texas GOVT 2302 Political Institutions in the U.S. and Texas
    ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics ECON 2302 Principles of Microeconomics
    ACCT 2301 Introductory Financial Accounting ACCT 2302 Introductory Management Accounting
    BLAW 2301 Business and Public Law Natural Science
    Free Elective MIS 3300 Introduction to Management Information Systems
  • Junior Year

    Fall – 16 Semester Credit Hours Spring – 15 Semester Credit Hours
    OPRE 3333 Quantitative Business Analysis
    OPRE 3360 Managerial Methods in Decision Making Under Uncertainty FIN 3320 Business Finance
    ACCT 3100 Professional Development* OBHR 3310 Organizational Behavior
    BCOM 3311 Business Communication OPRE 3310 Operations Management
    ACCT 3331 Intermediate Financial Accounting I ACCT 3332 Intermediate Financial Accounting II – PPA section
    MKT 3300 Principles of Marketing BCOM 4350 Advanced Business Communication
  • Senior Year

    Fall – 18 Semester Credit Hours Spring – 15 Semester Credit Hours
    ACCT 3350 Fundamentals of Taxation – PPA section
    ACCT 3341 Cost Management Systems ACCT 4342 Analysis and Design of Accounting Systems
    ACCT 4334 Auditing – PPA section ACCT 4380 Internship in Accounting
    BPS 4305 Strategic Management ACCT 6335 Ethics for Professional Accountants – PPA section (fast-track)
    IMS 3310 International Business ACCT 6365 Governmental and Not-For-Profit Accounting – (fast-track)
    ACCT ELECTIVE ACCT 6V09 – internship (reserve for graduate credit)
  • Graduate Year

    Summer/Fall – 21 Semester Credit Hours Spring – 6 Semester Credit Hours
    MECO 6303 Business Economics/FIN 6301 Financial Management ACCT 6390**
    ACCT 6344 Financial Statement Analysis ACCT 6390
    OPRE 6301 Quantitative Introduction to Risk and Uncertainty in Business
    ACCT 6353 Fundamentals of Taxation II – PPA section
    ACCT elective (ACCT 6333 Advanced Financial Reporting – suggested)
    ACCT elective (ACCT 6373 Advanced External Auditing – suggested)
    ACCT elective (ACCT 6370 Business Law/ACCT 6354 Partnership Taxation – suggested)

* Denotes a 1 semester credit hour course.

** PPA students must meet the requirements for the CPA exam prior to taking ACCT 6390.

Natural Science: 9 semester credit hours is required in Natural Sciences with at least one course with a significant laboratory.

The following public accounting firms are actively recruiting PPA students only into their internship programs from UTD.

Some of our current PPA students are blogging for the Texas Society of CPA’s. Meet the PPA Bloggers, subscribe to blog updates and visit the PPA Facebook page.

The PPA program was founded in 2007 and continues to be one of the more prestigious programs at UTD. Below you will see the class profiles for the PPA classes.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Number of Applicants 54 62 66 91 105 63 85 130
Number of PPA Admits 33 35 37 43 23 37 51 88
Average GPA at Admission 3.64 3.55 3.62 3.65 3.65 3.59 3.63 3.63
Placement to Internships 33 35 35 40 23 36 49 N/A
Placement to full time jobs 33 35 37 43 23 36 N/A N/A
CPA pass rates (six months post grad) 75% 75% 72% 77% 75% N/A N/A N/A

N/A = students are still in school and this information is not available at this time.