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CPA Exam Info/Review Course

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The Master of Science in Accounting program is designed to give students 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 toward CPA exam eligibility, so 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 in Accounting program, as well as make individual CPA advising appointments with the MS in 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 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.

Download Texas CPA Planning Tool Download CPA Exam Qualifications FAQ

Information for Summer and Fall 2020

The CPA review classes meet in person during the spring semester. We are now accepting enrollment requests for summer and fall 2020.

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 alumnus, please contact Lynn Hankins for admission and enrollment requirements.

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

  1. Submit the Application of Intent (AOI) and complete the fingerprinting process.
    • o The AOI determines if you meet the educational and moral character requirements to sit for the CPA exam. To meet this responsibility, the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy 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 TSBPA until the fingerprint process is complete and the TSBPA has received the results.
      Information about the fingerprinting process, applications and locations in Texas are available on the TSBPA 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 Public Accountancy website. Once your application has been processed, the TSBPA will notify you of any deficiencies (such as any remaining courses, documents or eligibility requirements you need to submit).

      CPA exam eligibility requirements

  2. Submit the Eligibility Application online after you have corrected any deficiencies.
  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 CPA Certificate after you have passed all four parts of the CPA exam and met the work experience requirement. This form must be requested from the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.
  6. After your application has been approved, you will receive a CPA number and pay your license fees. After the fees have been paid, you may use the Texas CPA designation and attend the Swearing-In Ceremony.

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 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 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 4v80 Professional Internship (See Internship rules below)

ACCT 6321 Database Applications for Business Analytics
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 Audit & Risk 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 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 6368 Forensic Analysis of Corporate Disclosures
ACCT 6373 Advanced External Auditing
ACCT 6374 Data Analytics for Accountants & Auditors
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 6386 Governance, Risk Management and Compliance
ACCT 6v98 Accounting Internship (See Internship Rules below)

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 Taxation I 1 credit hour of research
ACCT 3351 / 6351 Individual Taxation 1 credit hour of research
ACCT 4334 Auditing 1 credit hour of research
ACCT 6334 Auditing 1 credit hour of research Only if taken before Fall 2019
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, business analytics 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:

Course Number Course Name Notes:
ACCT/BA/BCOM 3311 Business Communications Before Fall 2014
ACCT 6203 Professional Acct Communications
BCOM 3310 Business Communications Fall 2014 or later
ACCT 6388 Accounting Communications
ACCT 6334 Auditing Fall 2019 or later
ACCT 6353 Federal Taxation II Fall 2019 or later

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.


Up to 3 hours of internship course credit may be used to count towards the 30 hours of upper-level accounting coursework. The internship must be taken after 12 semester hours of upper-level accounting coursework has been completed. For international students, 2 long semesters must be completed before starting an internship. You must have GPA of 3.0 or better to complete an internship. All internships must be approved by the career center and the undergraduate or graduate accounting area before you are enrolled. Please visit the Career Center for detailed requirements at . For questions about starting the approval process, contact the Career Center at . For questions regarding the internship course, specific accounting duties, and waivers, please contact Tiffany Bortz (for undergraduate) ( ) or for graduate internship. For questions about course registration, please contact your JSOM Advisor ( /som/advising/ ) .

Online Hours and Repeat Courses and CPA Review Courses:

Note that the TSBPA requires that 15 credit hours of your total 30 approved upper level accounting credit hours are live, in-person courses. The remaining 15 credit hours can be online. The limitation does not apply to the ethics or business courses. At UTD there are a few classes that are similar at the graduate and undergraduate level. Note that the TSBPA states that credit will not be given for repeated courses for coursework in accounting, business or total hours. Additionally, CPA review classes do not count for upper-level accounting hours and cannot be included in the 150 hour total hour requirement.

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).

The UT Dallas MS Accounting program is proud to offer CPA REVIEW COURSES in cooperation with Wiley CPAexcel. The review course is divided into mini courses, aligning with the CPA exam. The review courses run consecutively; focusing on 1 part of the exam at a time.

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 or the 150 hours required by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy to qualify to take the CPA exam.

Credit Hours Meeting Dates Meeting Days/Times
BEC: ACCT 6194 1 Cr. Hrs May 26, 2020 – Jun 29,2020 Online
AUD: ACCT 6292 2 Cr. Hrs Jul 6, 2020 – Aug 4, 2020 Online
Credit Hours Meeting Dates Meeting Days/Times
FAR: ACCT 6291 2 Cr. Hrs Aug 17, 2020 – Oct 4, 2020 Online
REG: ACCT 6193 1 Cr. Hrs Oct 12,2020 – Dec 3, 2020 Online
Credit Hours Meeting Dates Meeting Days/Times
FAR: ACCT 6291 2 Cr. Hrs TBD – Spring 2021 Live / On Campus
REG: ACCT 6193 1 Cr. Hrs TBD – Spring 2021 Live / On Campus
AUD: ACCT 6292 2 Cr. Hrs TBD – Spring 2021 Live / On Campus
Practicum: ACCT 6195 1 Cr. Hrs TBD – Spring 2021 Live / On Campus


The CPA Review course is offered through the Executive Education Area. Complete the online request for enrollment form here: CPA Review registration 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. 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
Summer 2020
BEC 1 $750.00 $1250.00
AUD 2 $1,250.00 $2,250.00
Fall 2020
FAR 2 $1,525.00 $3,000.00
REG 1 $850.00 $1,750.00

Course Instructors

BEC – Jennifer Johnson
AUD – Chris Linsteadt
FAR – Kathy Zolton
REG – Steve Solcher


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.

CPA Exam
The Uniform CPA Examination was updated in 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

General Information

  • CPA exam Sections – 4
  • Passing Score – 75
  • Timeline to pass. Once a candidate passes a part, they have 18 months to complete all the rest of the sections.
  • Testing Window: You can take the Exam during any one of four “testing windows.”
Testing Windows
  • January 1 – March 10
  • April 1 – June 10
  • July 1 – September 10
  • October 1 – December 10
For more information see the CPA exam Candidate Bulletin

Test Structure
Section Section Time Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) Task-Based Simulations (TBSs) Written Communication
AUD 4 hours 72 8
BEC 4 hours 62 4 3
FAR 4 hours 66 8
REG 4 hours 76 8
Skill Level Allocation
Section Remembering & Understanding Application Analysis Evaluation
AUD 30% – 40% 30% – 40% 15% – 25% 5% – 15%
BEC 15% – 25% 50% – 60% 20% – 30%
FAR 10% – 20% 50% – 60% 25% – 35%
REG 25% – 35% 35% – 45% 25% – 35%
Skill Allocation Definition:
  • Evaluation: The examination or assessment of problems, and use of judgment to draw conclusions.
  • Analysis: The examination and study of the interrelationships of separate areas in order to identify causes and find evidence to support inferences.
  • Application: The use or demonstration of knowledge, concepts or techniques.
  • Remembering & Understanding: The perception and comprehension of the significance of an area utilizing knowledge gained.
Score Weighting
Section Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) Task-Based Simulations (TBSs) Written Communication
AUD 50% 50%
BEC 50% 35% 15%
FAR 50% 50%
REG 50% 50%
CPA Exam Structure by Section
Section Item Type Item Weighting Testlet
Auditing and Attestation (AUD)
Time to complete: 4 hours
72 MCQs
8 TBSs
#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
#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
#1: 33 MCQs
#2: 33 MCQs
#3: 2 TBSs
#4: 3 TBSs
#5: 3 TBSs
Regulation (REG) 76 MCQs
8 TBSs
#1: 38 MCQs
#2: 38 MCQs
#3: 2 TBSs
#4: 3 TBSs
#5: 3 TBSs

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