About the Professional Program in Accounting (PPA)

If I apply to PPA as an undergraduate student, am I making a firm commitment to attend the TCU MAc program? 

No, applying to the PPA as an undergraduate student does not obligate you to attend the TCU MAc program. However, your active participation in the PPA program enables you to receive early acceptance into the MAc, early notification about GA award eligibility, and waives the GMAT requirement.

Is an internship required for the Professional Program in Accounting?

No, an internship is not required to fulfill the obligations for the PPA.  However, the majority of students do complete an internship during the spring of their senior year. These paid, full-time positions provide interns a valuable learning experience and often lead to full-time offers after the student successfully completes the MAc program.  Course credit may be obtained for qualified internships. 

I am interested in accounting, but I haven’t declared a major in accounting yet.  Who should I talk to first? 

Students should meet with their NAAC advisor first and then contact PPA to get involved. Please email PPAccounting@tcu.edu.

I am a TCU student but not involved in the Professional Program in Accounting. How do I apply to the MAc?

TCU students who have not applied to PPA by September 15th of the fall semester of their senior year must follow the application guidelines utilized for non-TCU students. As such, you will be required to submit an application packet including your cover letter, resume, and personal statement, a GMAT score, and two letters of recommendation.

About the Master of Accounting Program (MAc)

I need to take some additional courses in order to be eligible to sit for the CPA exam.  Can I enroll in classes as a non-degree seeking student?

TCU does offer courses for non-degree seeking students at the undergraduate level.  Contact the undergraduate admissions office for more information. We do not offer graduate level accounting courses to students outside the Master of Accounting cohort.

Does the MAc program at TCU offer online courses?

At this time, the MAc program at TCU consists of traditional face-to-face instruction.  No online courses are currently offered.

What financial assistance is available for graduate programs?

Merit-based Graduate Assistantship (GA) appointments are the most common form of financial assistance. All students are automatically considered for a GA appointment during the application process and no further application is required. Please visit www.financialaid.tcu.edu to view additional financing options through the University.

How do I select a concentration in the MAc?

The MAc curriculum is comprised of MAc Core classes that are a requirement for every student. In addition, each student will choose an area of concentration to further hone their skills in preparation for their chosen career path. The student may choose to concentrate in Assurance Services, Taxation, or Financial Reporting and Valuation. To fulfill the course requirements for graduation, students will successfully complete their MAc Core classes in addition to the classes for their concentration. If you have questions about which concentration to choose, please contact the MAc Director when you are setting up your class schedule.

What is the difference between a MAc degree and an MBA?

The MAc degree provides the additional hours beyond a Bachelor’s degree that are required to take the CPA exam in Texas.  Upon completion of the MAc degree, students generally take the CPA exam and work in the accounting industry.  An MBA (Master of Business Administration) degree is attained by students looking to sharpen their skills and leadership abilities in their targeted business field. The MBA program is designed for students who have approximately 5+ years of work experience.

Can I work full time while pursuing a MAc degree?

The MAc program is an intensive 30-hour, full-time program that is completed in two consecutive semesters.  Fifteen hours of graduate classes per semester is a very full load, and therefore, MAc students will not be able to work full time during the program. 

Is there an opportunity to study abroad in the MAc program?

Yes, a study abroad opportunity is available for MAc students during the winter intersession between the fall and spring semesters.

How much does the program cost?

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I have already passed all four sections of the CPA exam. Will the Master of Accounting degree benefit me?

The MAc program at TCU is designed to build upon the knowledge base students have attained as a result of earning a Bachelor’s degree in accounting. All of the students in the MAc program plan to sit for the CPA exam after graduation. If you have already passed all four sections of the CPA exam, you have demonstrated mastery of the accounting subject matters addressed in graduate school, and therefore, we do not believe that our MAc program is a good fit for you. 

MAc Application Questions

I have an undergraduate degree in something other than accounting. Am I eligible to apply for the MAc program?

Students with undergraduate degrees in something other than accounting are welcome to apply for the MAc program once they have completed all the course pre-requisites as follows:
Intermediate Accounting I
Intermediate Accounting II
Cost Accounting
U.S. Taxation
Audit & Assurance
Accounting Information Systems

Additional upper-level business courses may be required for CPA Eligibility if your undergraduate degree is outside of any business discipline.

What is the minimum GPA and GMAT score to be eligible for the MAc program at TCU?

An upper-level accounting GPA of 3.0 is the minimum requirement for admission. A GMAT score of 550 or above is considered competitive for the MAc program.

What are the expected contents of the personal statement?

Your personal statement should articulate your reasons for applying to the program. Further, this is a great opportunity to tell us more about you as a person and a candidate.

Does the MAc program waive the GMAT?

Any applicant who received their undergraduate degree from a university other than TCU is required to submit a GMAT score as part of their application.  Further, any internal TCU candidate who did not actively participate in PPA as an undergraduate student must also submit a GMAT score as part of their application. 

Is there an application fee?

No, you will not be assessed an application fee.

I have started a Master of Accounting program at another University. Can I transfer to TCU?

We welcome transfer students from other universities. Students are limited to transferring 6 hours of graduate credit when entering the MAc program as a transfer student. All transfer credit must be approved by the Director of the Master of Accounting program.

International Student Applicants

I’m an international student who obtained my undergraduate degree in the U.S.  Do I still need to take the TOEFL? Does the IELTS exam serve as a substitute?

We require an acceptable TOEFL score from all students for whom English is not the official language of the country of their permanent residence. We do not waive this requirement, and we do not accept IELTS scores.

CPA Eligibility

If I want to major in accounting, do I need to become CPA eligible?

An undergraduate degree in accounting provides students with the foundational and critical thinking skills necessary to pursue an accounting career. However, A CPA license has become an industry expectation for upward mobility in the field of finance and accounting, is often a preferred requirement for CFOs, and is expected of individuals pursuing a career in public accounting. Since the majority of our undergraduate accounting students pursue a career in public accounting, we strongly encourage you to consider planning your academic career to become CPA eligible. If you would prefer to pursue a path outside of public accounting, we strongly recommend double-majoring in accounting and BIS or supply chain.

I’m interested in the TCU MAc program, but I want to sit for the CPA exam in a different state. Is there a way to ensure that I’m eligible in my chosen state of certification?

Generally speaking, Texas has stringent requirements for CPA eligibility. Many states extend reciprocity to individuals who hold a CPA license from Texas, so sitting for the exam in another state may not be necessary. However, students are encouraged to visit the State Board of Public Accountancy for their chosen state to ensure that all requirements for the CPA exam are fulfilled during their studies at TCU.