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Professional Accounting Track - Proposed 2019

MS in Accounting

The Professional Accounting Track is designed for non-accounting majors aspiring to have a career in public accounting and obtain sufficient accounting credit hours to meet the eligibility criterion to sit for CPA exam in the state of Texas.

Program prerequisite (1 semester credit hour)

  • MAS 6102 Professional Development (Can be waived if ACCT 6388 is chosen as an elective)

Common Core (9 semester credit hours)

  • ACCT 6330 Intermediate Financial Accounting I
  • ACCT 6331 Cost Accounting
  • ACCT 6332 Intermediate Financial Accounting II

Electives (12 semester credit hours)

  • ACCT 6320 Database Foundations
    or ACCT 6321 Database Foundations for Business Analytics
    or ACCT 6343 Accounting Information Systems
    or ACCT 6344 Financial Statement Analysis
  • ACCT 6345 Business Valuation
    or ACCT 6383 Fraud Examination
    or ACCT 6384 Analytical Reviews Using Audit Software
  • ACCT 6365 Governmental and Not-For-Profit Accounting
  • ACCT 6388 Accounting Communications
    or any elective ACCT prefix course

Track-related Core (15 semester credit hours)

  • ACCT 6333 Advanced Financial Reporting
  • ACCT 6334 Auditing
  • ACCT 6335 Ethics for Professional Accountants
  • ACCT 6350 Fundamentals of Taxation I
  • ACCT 6353 Fundamentals of Taxation II

Note: These curriculum changes are still pending full UT Dallas Academic Governance approval for the fall 2019 catalog. Students on the current degree plan may opt into the new degree plan after the catalog is officially published in the summer by completing the Change of Catalog Form with their graduate advisor. If students opt into the new degree plan, they may not revert to the prior degree plan.

As accounting students, you can enrich your curricular experience by engaging with a variety of mentors, including peer, faculty and industry mentors. Students also can engage with each other and with industry representatives through a variety of student organizations focused on accounting.

Accounting Student Organizations
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Experiential Learning Opportunities

Through ProConnect, a project program the Jindal School Accounting Area offers, 222 MS in Accounting students had the opportunity to gain from experiential learning by providing consulting services to 53 firms in the Dallas Metroplex during academic year 2017-2018.

Job titles and salaries associated with this track*

  • Auditor $44,000 – $60,000
  • Audit Associate $48,000 – $63,154
  • Staff Auditor $48,000 – $63,211
  • Audit Staff $48,000 – $63,000


  • Students sit for the CPA exam.

National median salary (Salary range)**

  • $49,000 – $61,000

Job positions for graduating students

Positions in public accounting firms are generally categorized as follows, according to AccountingEdu.org:

  • Accounting and auditing services that involve maintaining financial records and preparing and auditing financial statements for use by outside investors and banks
  • Tax services that involve the preparation of tax returns as well as advising clients on tax deductions, tax planning and other tax-related issues
  • Consulting services, which can involve financial planning services for individuals as well as business consultation services to help management design, develop and implement accounting systems and employee compensation packages

Want to learn more about employment, internships and hiring companies?

MS in Accounting Career Outcomes

* Source for full-time job and salary information: Glassdoor.com

** Sources for Salary and job information: NACE Salary Survey – Fall 2018, Robert Half 2019 Salary Guide, Financial Additions Salary Guide for DFW, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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