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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 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. That is, the program is a lock-step program with no flexibility for choosing electives.

Once accepted into the MS in Accounting Cohort program students can then opt into the MS in Business Analytics Cohort program.

Highlights of the Program

U.S. CPA Pass Statistics
Class of 2013 2014 2015 2016
Percentage of cohort program CPA exam takers who passed all four exam parts. 100% 100% 100% 93%

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.

Career Placement
Class of 2016 2017
Big 4 85% 36%
U.S. CPA Firms 8% 18%
Private Companies 17% 28%
2nd Degree 0 18%

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.

Apply 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
To view a specific degree plan, choose your Cohort below:
Degree Type(s) Class of 20191 Class of 20202 Class of 20213
MS in Accounting Cohort only 2019 – ACCT only 2020 – ACCT only 2021 – ACCT only
MS in Accounting & MS in Business Analytics n/a 2020 – ACCT & BUAN 2021 – ACCT & BUAN

1Class of 2019 refers to students who enter the program in August 2017 and expect to graduate in May 2019.
2Class of 2020 refers to students who enter the program in August 2018 and expect to graduate in May 2020.
3Class of 2021 refers to students who enter the program in August 2019 and expect to graduate in May 2021.

Year One & Year Two Extracurricular Activities (tentative)

Fall

  • Apply for second MS degree
  • Speakers Series
  • Career Coaching
  • Assistance with the CPA application process
  • Assistance with internships
  • Communication Seminar with ProConnect projects
  • Social Events

Spring

  • Speakers Series
  • Career Coaching
  • Assistance with internships
  • Communication Seminar with ProConnect projects
  • Social Events
  • Trip to NYC, SF or Washington, D.C.
  • Take U.S. CPA exam in year two

Summer

  • Speakers Series
  • Career Coaching
  • Visit to local Big 4 office or local company office

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).

Academic Calendar Timeframes

  • 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.

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
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.”

To view tuition, choose your Cohort below:
Degree Type(s) Class of 20191 Class of 20202 Class of 20213
MS in Accounting Cohort only 2019 – ACCT only 2020 – ACCT only 2021 – ACCT only
MS in Accounting & MS in Business Analytics n/a 2020 – ACCT & BUAN 2021 – ACCT & BUAN

1Class of 2019 refers to students who enter the program in August 2017 and expect to graduate in May 2019.
2Class of 2020 refers to students who enter the program in August 2018 and expect to graduate in May 2020.
3Class of 2021 refers to students who enter the program in August 2019 and expect to graduate in May 2021.

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).

The deadlines for Fall 2019 semester are:

  • Domestic Students: July 15, 2019
  • International Students: April 30, 2019

Application materials include:

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

Steps in the Application Process:

Click the green “Apply to MS ACCT Cohort” button below.
After you have clicked the button, follow Steps 1-5 below.

  • Even if you are interested in the double degree option, please use the “Apply to MS ACCT Cohort” button below.
  • If you are interested in the double degree option, please indicate your interest in your MS ACCT Cohort application by checking the appropriate box.
  • We will assist you to apply and obtain admission to the MS in Business Analytics in the first Fall semester, and the formal admission will take place in that semester.
  1. Create a user name and password
  2. Click on “Application for Admission”
  3. Choose “Naveen Jindal School of Management” for Program School
  4. For “Applying for Program”: choose MS in Accounting-Cohort Program
  5. 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