The Professional Program in Accounting (PPA)

PPA provides the following 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
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My goal as director 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 I 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 I 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.

I 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 me.

Amy Troutman, CPA
Associate Area Coordinator, Senior Lecturer

(972) 883-6719
Office – JSOM 4.419

Admissions Requirements

  • Junior-level (completed approximately 60 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
*Please note – satisfaction of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into PPA

Freshmen Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
BA 1100*
Natural Science HUMA 1301
MATH 1325 Natural Science
HIST 1301 MATH 1326
RHET 1302 HIST 1302

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
GOVT 2301 GOVT 2302
ECON 2301 ECON 2302
ACCT 2301 ACCT 2302
BLAW 2301 Natural Science

Junior Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
OPRE 3333
OPRE 3360 FIN 3320
ACCT 3100* OBHR 3310
BCOM 3311 OPRE 3310
ACCT 3331 ACCT 3332- PPA section
MKT 3300 BCOM 4350

Senior Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
ACCT 3350- PPA section 
ACCT 3341 ACCT 4342
ACCT 4334- PPA section ACCT 4380- internship
BPS 4305 ACCT 6335- PPA section (fast-track)
IMS 3310 ACCT 6365- (fast-track)
ACCT ELECTIVE ACCT 6V09- internship (reserve for GR credit)
Graduate Year
Summer/Fall Semester Spring Semester
MECO 6303/FIN 6301 ACCT 6390**
ACCT 6344 ACCT 6390
OPRE 6301  
ACCT 6352- PPA section
ACCT elective (ACCT 6333 suggested)
ACCT elective (ACCT 6382 suggested)  
ACCT elective (ACCT 6370/6354 suggested)  
*Denotes a 1 hour course
**PPA students must meet the requirements for the CPA exam prior to taking ACCT 6390

Natural Science: 9 hours is required in Natural Sciences with at least one course with a significant laboratory component. There are many ways to accomplish this through 1-hour, 2-hour, 3-hour, and 4-hour courses. Discuss options with your advisor

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