CPA Exam Info/Review Course



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, as required by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy. 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. Upon completion of the MS degree in accounting, students may sit for the Uniform CPA Examination, provided they meet the requirements.


Texas CPA Eligibility Information Sessions

Thursday, Oct 2nd, 4-5pm
JSOM 1.118

Monday, Oct 6th, 6-7pm
JSOM 1.508

Is the Texas CPA for you?
This session will cover:

  • Requirements to be eligible to sit for the CPA exam in the state of Texas;
  • How to begin this process with the Application of Intent (AOI) to the Texas State Board of Accountancy;
  • Costs, work experience rules, and time limits;
  • MS Accounting degree plan;
  • How to plan your time at UT Dallas to meet the requirements for both the degree AND the CPA.
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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).
  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 the time your Eligibility Application has been approved.
  4. Complete one year of work experience within 18 months of the time your Eligibility Application has been approved.
    • 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 application must be requested from 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.

In order to sit for 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 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, 4) have 24 hours of approved business course credit, 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:

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 6332 Intermediate Financial Accounting II
ACCT 6333 Advanced Financial Reporting
ACCT 6334 Auditing
ACCT 6336 Information Technology Risk Management
ACCT 6337 Data Management
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 6353 Fundamentals of Taxation II
ACCT 6351 Individual Taxation
ACCT 6352 Corporate Taxation
ACCT 6354 Partnership Taxation
ACCT 6356 Tax Research
ACCT 6362 International Accounting
ACCT 6365 Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting
ACCT 6377 Corporate Governance and Accounting
ACCT 6380 Internal Audit
ACCT 6382 Advanced Auditing
ACCT 6383 Fraud Examination
ACCT 6384 Analytical Reviews Using Audit Software
ACCT 6385 Accounting System Integration and Configuration
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 Audit 1 credit hour of research Approved Fall 2014 and after
ACCT 6356 Tax Research 2 credit hours of research

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 ACCT 3331 (UG), ACCT 3332 (UG), ACCT 6330 (GR), ACCT 6332 (GR), ACCT 6333 (GR), ACCT 6365 (GR)
Auditing and Attestation ACCT 4334 (UG), ACCT 6334 (GR), ACCT 6335 (GR), ACCT 6382 (GR)
Regulation ACCT 3350 (UG), ACCT 6350 (GR), ACCT 6353 (GR), ACCT 6370 (GR), ACCT 6335 (GR)
Business Environment and Concepts 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).

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, two (2) 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:

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

A 3-hour internship course may be used for approved accounting credit. The internship must be taken after 12 semester hours of upper division coursework is completed. All internships must be approved by ACCT faculty member, Art Agulnek, (Email, 972-883-4773, Office JSOM 4.222) in advance.

The UT Dallas MS Accounting program is proud to offer ON-CAMPUS CPA REVIEW COURSES in cooperation with CPAexcel. 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. Please note that there will be some required Saturday sessions. In addition, each review class will require 1 – 2 outside of class proctored exams that will be taken at the UTD testing center.


The Fall 2014 schedule is as follows:

Monday AND Wednesday at 4:00pm to 6:45pm, with some Saturday classes. Click here for the full schedule.

  • ACCT 6291 – FAR (2 credits) Aug 23 – Sept 22 *with suggested Exam date of Oct 1 – Oct 3
  • ACCT 6193 – REG (1 credit) Sept 29 – Oct 22 *with suggested Exam date of Oct 25 – Oct 28
  • ACCT 6292 – AUD (2 credits) Oct 29 – Nov 19 *with suggested Exam date of Nov 23 – Nov 26
  • ACCT 6194 – BEC (1 credit) Dec 1 – Dec 17 *with suggested Exam date of Jan, 2015

The Spring 2015 schedule is as follows:

Monday AND Wednesday at 4:00pm to 6:45pm, with some Saturday classes. Click here for the full schedule.

  • ACCT 6291 – FAR (2 credits) Jan 12 – Feb 11 *with suggested Exam date of Feb 18-22
  • ACCT 6292 – AUD (2 credits) Feb 23 – Mar 25 *with suggested Exam date of Apr 1-3
  • ACCT 6194 – BEC (1 credit) Apr 4 – Apr 20 *with suggested Exam date Apr 4-25
  • ACCT 6193 – REG (1 credit) Apr 29 – May 20 *with suggested Exam date of May 25-29

Please Note: These 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.

Course Instructors

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

Course Registration

The CPA Review course is offered through the Executive Education Area. Complete the online registration request Fall 2014 form or Spring 2015 form.

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. Deadline for requesting registration is August 15, 2014. 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 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
FAR 2 $1,250.00 $2,250.00
AUD 2 $1,250.00 $2,250.00
REG 1 $750.00 $1,250.00
BEC 1 $750.00 $1,250.00
TOTAL $4,000.00 $7,000.00

CPA Review Course Orientation

Orientation will be done on-line via the use of CPAexcel.

Contacts

For general questions regarding the Review course or CPA requirements, please contact the MS Accounting team.

If you are not a current UT Dallas student, please contact Sharon Pianka for information on registration.

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CPA Exam FAQ
  • Can I take all of these courses online?
  • No, the Board mandates that at least 15 credit hours of your total 30 accounting credit hours be taken in classes meeting regularly on the campus.

  • I see that some courses are offered at the undergraduate and graduate level. Can I take the same class at the graduate and undergraduate level and have them both count toward the 30 hour requirement?
  • No, the Board states that credit will not be given for repeated courses or coursework.

  • What if I have additional questions about the CPA exam qualifications?
  • You should contact the Board directly with additional questions. Its website is www.tsbpa.state.tx.us or phone is (512) 305-7870.

  • CPA Advising Appointment
  • For additional information about UT Dallas’ courses or programs contact one of the ACCT faculty members below schedule a CPA appointment online visit http://utd-acct.genbook.com

  • CPA Advisors