Professional Program in Accounting (PPA)

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Our Professional Program in Accounting (PPA) is designed to prepare undergraduate business students for the accounting profession. The PPA program helps you to develop the professional and leadership skills necessary to begin a rewarding career in accounting. 

Our PPA Seminar class provides you the opportunity to develop your leadership skills and network with accounting professionals. This class helps prepare you for the internship recruiting process that occurs your junior year.

The PPA program provides a seamless pathway from our BBA program in Accounting to the successful completion of a Master of Accounting (MAc) degree. 


Master of Accounting (MAc)

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The MAc program is a 30-hour, full-time program designed to refine your critical thinking and professional development.  Our program is completed in two consecutive semesters, generally with 15 hours per semester.  Additionally, the MAc program provides the additional hours beyond those required in a bachelors degree in accounting to take the CPA exam in Texas.

Our MAc program is a cohort program with classroom sizes averaging between 25-35 students per class.  Our small class sizes will not only enable you to get to know your professors, but you will also have the opportunity to build strong relationships with your peers that can translate to lifelong friendships and networking opportunities.


Why Pursue Accounting at TCU?

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TCU accounting graduates are known as creative problem-solvers, team players and professional leaders who are ready, willing and able to contribute their knowledge and skills from day one. 
  • Nationally recognized curriculum and faculty:
    TCU MAc ranks in the top 25 in the nation, five years in a row. Furthermore, TCU Neeley accounting faculty members receive national recognition for teaching and research, and deliver an outstanding program with a reputation for excellence.
    *Recognized by The Public Accounting Report, compared to programs of the same size with 17-23 faculty members.
  • Outstanding CPA Exam Pass Rates
    Every year, TCU PPA grads have exceptional pass rates for the Texas CPA exam. Our graduates consistently place in the top 5 CPA exam pass rates in Texas.
  • Outstanding Career Placement
    In addition to a 98% overall placement rate, TCU PPA/MAc students have been chosen from a handful of exceptional students across the country to work with the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board.


Get Involved

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Alumni Relations

Not only do we connect with our alumni through the annual TCU Alumni and Friends dinner, we also have alumni speak to students in class and at special events.

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Service Learning Project

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Our TCU students are involved in the Dallas/Fort Worth Community. We partner with organizations to benefit our students learning potential and to improve the community. For example, during the Spring 2016 semester, Risk and Controls students evaluated and recommended process improvements at the University United Methodist Church. If you are an entity in the Dallas/Fort Worth area that would like to partner with our undergraduate or graduate classes please contact Renee Olvera, MAc Director.

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TCU works with the United Way’s VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program to provide free income tax preparation services for qualifying families in the Fort Worth area. This service opportunity provides our students the opportunity to give back to the community while enhancing and developing their personal tax preparation skill set.

Give Back

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Get involved by making a financial contribution to the Department of Accounting at TCU’s Neeley School of Business. Online allocation options include:

Bob Vigeland Excellence in Accounting Fund: Supports classroom innovation and experiential learning.

Department of Accounting: Supports student engagement, alumni involvement, and national/international research by Accounting faculty.

Our students are recipients of several accounting-designated awards and scholarships each year including:

  • Weaver Endowment Scholarship
  • Geraldine Dominiak Award
  • Inspirational and Leadership Award
  • Admire Scholarship
  • Henry Key Award
  • Financial Executives International - Fort Worth Chapter Scholarship
  • Financial Executives International - Fort Worth Chapter Academic Award
  • Texas Society of PCAs Accounting Education Foundation Scholarship
  • Federation of Schools of Accountancy


Growing the TCU MAc Family

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Students in the TCU MAc program work hard to develop their technical and leadership skills, but they take the time to develop lasting relationships with their colleagues and faculty.

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