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Professional Program in Accounting (PPA)

The Professional Program in Accounting (PPA) is designed for highly-motivated Jindal School of Management students interested in pursuing a professional accounting career. The program has two primary objectives: to prepare students to take and pass the CPA exam and to help students secure quality public accounting internships and full-time positions upon graduation.

PPA 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
  • Connect with the Directors
  • PPA Admission Requirements
  • Sample Degree Plan
  • Recruiting Companies
  • Annual Report
  • PPA Stats

Connect with the Directors

Our goal as directors 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 we 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 we 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.

We 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 Elizabeth Pigg – Office hours (PPA Lounge): Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 9:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m.

Amy Troutman, CPA Associate Area Coordinator
Elizabeth Pigg Associate Director

PPA Admission Requirements

Please note that satisfaction of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the PPA program.

  • 3.2 GPA or higher
  • Junior-level (completed approximately 60 Semester Credit 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

Sample Degree Plan

  • Freshman Year

    Sample Courses
    Fall – 16 Semester Credit Hours Spring – 15 Semester Credit Hours
    BA 1100 Business Basics*
    Natural Science HUMA 1301 Exploration of the Humanities
    MATH 1325 Applied Calculus I COMM 1311 Survey of Oral & Technology Based Communication
    HIST 1301 U.S. History Survey to Civil War MATH 1326 Applied Calculus II
    RHET 1302 Rhetoric HIST 1302 U.S. History Survey from Civil War
    Free Elective ARTS 1301 Exploration of the Arts
  • Sophomore Year

    Sample Courses
    Fall – 15 Semester Credit Hours Spring – 15 Semester Credit Hours
    GOVT 2305 American National Government GOVT 2306 State & Local Government
    ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics ECON 2302 Principles of Microeconomics
    ACCT 2301 Introductory Financial Accounting ACCT 2302 Introductory Management Accounting
    BLAW 2301 Business and Public Law Natural Science
    Free Elective ITTS 3300 Information Technology for Business
  • Junior Year

    Sample Courses
    Fall – 16 Semester Credit Hours Spring – 16 Semester Credit Hours***
    OPRE 3333 Quantitative Business Analysis
    OPRE 3360 Managerial Methods in Decision Making Under Uncertainty FIN 3320 Business Finance
    ACCT 3100 Professional Development* OBHR 3310 Organizational Behavior
    ACCT 3341 Cost Management Systems OPRE 3310 Operations Management
    ACCT 3331 Intermediate Financial Accounting I ACCT 3332 Intermediate Financial Accounting II – PPA section
    MKT 3300 Principles of Marketing BCOM 3310 Business Communication
    ACCT 4V09 PPA Lyceum*
  • Senior Year

    Sample Courses
    Fall – 18 Semester Credit Hours Spring – 14 Semester Credit Hours
    ACCT 3350 Fundamentals of Taxation – PPA section
    BCOM 4350 Advanced Business Communication ACCT 4342 Analysis and Design of Accounting Systems
    ACCT 4334 Auditing – PPA section ACCT 4V80 Internship in Accounting
    BPS 4305 Strategic Management ACCT 6373 OR ACCT 6353 – (fast track)**
    IMS 3310 International Business ACCT 6333 – Ethics – (fast track)
    ACCT ELECTIVE ACCT 6V09 – internship (reserve for graduate credit)

    **if you are an audit intern, you will take ACCT 6373 – Advanced External Audit. If you are a tax intern, you will take ACCT 6353 – Taxation II. In the fall of your graduate year, you will take the other course (either ACCT 6373 or ACCT 6353) that you did not take during this spring semester as both are required for your degree plan.

  • Graduate Year

    Sample Courses
    Summer/Fall – 21 Semester Credit Hours Spring – 6 Semester Credit Hours
    MECO 6303 Business Economics/FIN 6301 Financial Management ACCT 6291 Professional Accounting – Financial**
    ACCT Elective ACCT 6292 Professional Accounting**
    OPRE 6301 Quantitative Introduction to Risk and Uncertainty in Business ACCT 6193 Professional Accounting – Regulation**
    ACCT 6353 Fundamentals of Taxation II – PPA section ACCT 6194 Professional Accounting – Business**
    ACCT 6365 Governmental and Not-For-Profit Accounting – suggested elective
    ACCT 6373 Advanced External Auditing – suggested elective
    ACCT 6370 Business Law/ACCT 6354 Partnership Taxation – suggested elective
    ACCT 6333 Advanced Financial Reporting – PPA section

* Denotes a 1 hour course.

** PPA students must meet the requirements for the CPA exam prior to taking these courses.

***It is highly recommended not to take night classes this semester as there are various recruiting events in the evenings.

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Recruiting Companies

The following accounting firms are actively recruiting PPA students into their internship programs.

Annual Report

2016-2017 PPA Report

PPA Stats

The PPA program was founded in 2007 and continues to be one of the prestigious programs at UT Dallas. The table below features class profiles for the PPA classes.

PPA Student Statistics by Year
Class of 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Number of Applicants 54 62 66 91 105 63 85 130 95 175 162
Number of PPA Admits 33 35 37 43 23 37 49 78 78 77 78
Average GPA at Admission 3.64 3.55 3.62 3.65 3.65 3.59 3.63 3.63 3.606 3.603 3.75
Placement to Internships 33 35 35 40 23 36 49 78 77 76 N/A
Placement to full time jobs 33 35 37 43 23 36 49 78 74 N/A N/A
CPA pass rates (six months post grad)* 75% 75% 73% 77% 75% 76% N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
CPA pass rates (six months post grad)# 83% 88% 82% 84% N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
CPA Pass Rates (12 months past grad)* 74% N/A N/A N/A N/A
CPA Pass Rates (12 months past grad)# 90% N/A N/A N/A N/A

* calculated comparing passed parts vs. failed parts + parts not reported
# calculated comparing passed parts vs. failed parts
N/A = students are still in school and this information is not available at this time.