Why major in accounting? Accountants are smart, organized, detail-minded, objective professionals who are good communicators and possess high integrity. You can work with individuals, Fortune 500 companies, not-for-profit organizations, governments, startup companies, schools and more. Through TCU’s Professional Program in Accounting (PPA), you can get your BBA and Master of Accounting degrees in five years, putting you on the road to take the CPA Exam to be a Certified Public Accountant.

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What Sets Us Apart

5
Years in a Row Ranked Best in the Nation
#20
Undergraduate Accounting Program in the Nation
Public Accounting Report
#21
Master of Accounting Program in the Nation
Public Accounting Report
Top 5
CPA Exam Pass Rates in Texas
96%
Placement Rate
Master of Accounting

TCU Professional Program in Accounting (PPA)

The PPA provides a seamless path to professional success from the BBA to the Master of Accounting program. This three-year program emphasizes academics, professional development and career planning. Apply to the PPA between your sophomore and junior years. Admission is based on academic performance, a declared interest in pursuing an accounting career and sitting for the CPA Exam.

TCU Accounting Career Awareness Program

TCU ACAP is a free, one-week, on-campus summer program for high school students from underrepresented groups to learn more about degrees and careers in accounting and finance. We partner with the National Association of Black Accountants Inc. (NABA) to bring the Accounting Career Awareness Program to Fort Worth on the TCU campus to bridge the opportunity gap for minority high school students. Students stay in dorms and attend classes on careers in accounting and business, personal development and college preparation.

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Accredited by AACSB

TCU is one of only 189 elite accounting programs in the world accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the hallmark of excellence in business education.

Faculty

Learn from some of the smartest minds in accounting. Our professors bring real-world experiences into the classroom to engage you in meaningful dialogue and critical thinking. They consistently rank highly for mentorship, academic experience and teaching quality. They research and publish new insights to impact the field, and bring that insight into the classroom to give you an edge.

Meet our Faculty

 

  • Dan Barron, Partner, BKD CPAs & Advisors
  • Rick Baumeister, Managing Principal, Clifton, Larson, Allen
  • Paul Beachamp, Partner – Assurance, Deloitte
  • Mark Bracker, BNSF Railway
  • Anna Brewer, Partner, J. Taylor & Associates, LLC
  • Keith Bunch, Senior Vice President and Treasurer, The Headington Companies
  • Christy Cates, Tax & Consulting Partner, Whitley Penn
  • Brenda Cline, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Kimbell Art Foundation
  • Kelsy Cunningham, CFO – Inspirus, Sodexo, Benefits & Rewards
  • Amanda Hartman, Partner, Audit Services, Grant Thornton
  • Scott Hickson, Senior Tax Partner, Ernst & Young
  • Rayford High, Partner, KPMG
  • Brent Horak, Partner, BDO
  • Debbie Jackson, VP & Controller, US, Walmart
  • Brian King, Head of FRA Operations, U.S., Alcon
  • Field Lange, Senior Partner, Lange & Associates, PC
  • Melinda Lawrence, Chief Financial Officer, ID90 Travel
  • Todd Lisle, Managing Partner, BKD CPAs & Advisors
  • Michael Murphy, Regional Managing Partner, Insurance Services, Deloitte
  • Robert Loritz, Partner, Weaver
  • Martina Luna, Partner, PwC
  • Wes Poole, Ernst & Young
  • Anthony Placencio, Partner - Tax Services, RSM McGladrey
  • Suzanne Stevens, Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, Crescent Real Estate Equities
  • Colin Stevenson, Partner, Tax, PwC
  • Johnathan Wilke, Office Managing Partner, Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP

Each year, we celebrate the outstanding accolades and accomplishments of our alumni, students and faculty.

Outstanding Accounting Alumna Award

Amanda HartmanAmanda Hartman ’98 , Audit Partner, Grant Thornton
Amanda Hartman is well-recognized at the TCU Neeley School of Business, visiting regularly to recruit students, speak to classes and attend advisory board meetings. Hartman currently serves as an audit partner at Grant Thornton where she leads the market territory financial services industry group for all service lines in a four-state area. Previously, she served two years as the U.S. resident partner based in Dusseldorf, Germany, supporting broader Europe. In addition to her accounting role, Hartman is part of the steering committee, Women @ Grant Thornton, helping recruit and advance women professionals at the firm. Hartman is a member of the Leadership Dallas Class of 2016, the treasurer of Café Momentum, and has been involved with the Cancer Support Community North Texas, Texas Wall Street Women and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.

Student Awards

  • Madeline Bailey – Outstanding Scholar in Accounting and Senior Honors College Department Award
  • Matthew Ruff – Senior Accounting Scholar
  • Grace Collins – Junior Accounting Award
  • Leighton Weber – Weaver Excellence in Accounting Award
  • Petr Nguyen – Henry Key Award
  • Grace Cantwell – Geraldine F. Dominiak Memorial Inspiration and Leadership Award and MAc Recognition of Honor Committee Member
  • Emma Hofmeister – Texas Society of CPAs Accounting Excellence Award
  • Lori Davis and Ellie O'Brien – Texas Society of CPAs Accounting Education Foundation Scholarship Recipients
  • Emily Frederick – Federation of Schools of Accountancy
  • Katrina Clough – PCAOB Scholarship Recipient
  • Nicolette Salazar – R.J. Schumacher Accounting Scholarship
  • Harris Wilbanks – Financial Executives International, Fort Worth Chapter Scholarship
  • Gabe Lemon – Financial Executive International, Fort Worth Chapter Academic Award
  • Sam Brewer – Admire Scholarship
  • Sean Witecy – Petroleum Society Scholarship
  • Katrina Metcalf – Robin Elise Boyer Memorial Scholarship
  • Chloe Campos – Sally Hewell Brown Annual Scholarship
  • Katie Spradlin – Sanoa Hensley Accounting Scholarship
  • Julia Wallner – Outstanding MAc Classmate
  • TSBA Fifth-year Accounting Student Scholarship Program
    • Madeline Blake
    • Ashley Burgess
    • Emily Frederick
    • Alexis Lynd
    • Alejandro Romero
    • Danielle Gatewood
    • Jaslyn Wacker
    • Bailey Warren
    • Gary Williams
    • Craig Miller
    • Frannie Smith
    • Shaela Yeager
    • Maisen Heller
    • Matthew Stevenson

Faculty Awards

  • Shana Clor-Proell – Nominee for TCU Deans’ Award for Research and Creativity
  • Mark Wills – Maryrose Short Teaching Excellence Award
  • Elizabeth Plummer – MAc Class Most Outstanding Professor
  • Laurie Wood – Geraldine F. Dominiak Memorial Scholar’s Faculty Mentor
  • Karen Nelson – Named Poets & Quants Top 50 Undergraduate Business Professor
  • George Drymiotes – Bob Vigeland Excellence in Accounting Research Award
  • In-Mu Haw – Neeley School Research Award

We thank our generous donors for supporting the next generation of trailblazers through accounting-designated awards and scholarships.

  • Patrick H. and Sondra K. Admire
  • Debo Barnett Charitable Fund
  • Dan Barron
  • Richard Baumeister
  • Austin Billman
  • BKD, LLP
  • Mark Bracker
  • Anna Brewer
  • Keith Bunch
  • Julia Cagle
  • Christy Cates
  • Brenda Cline
  • Sheree Coleman
  • Kelsey Cunningham
  • Terry L. Debo
  • Deloitte Foundation
  • Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
  • Phuong Do
  • Ernst & Young Foundation
  • ExxonMobil Foundation
  • Margaret Frazier
  • Stuart Harrison
  • Scott Hickson
  • Rayford High
  • Brent Horak
  • Hund Family Fund
  • Daniel Hund
  • Thomas Hund
  • Katharine Kolepp
  • KPMG Foundation
  • Lange & Associates
  • Todd Lisle
  • Robert Loritz
  • Brian Matlock
  • Gary Meek
  • Scott Miracle
  • George M. Murphy
  • Robert Opitz
  • Frank Placencio
  • Donald Poole
  • Robert Reeves
  • Haven Rolander
  • Daniel G. Short
  • Christopher R. Suffron
  • Robert Weyand
  • Karen White
  • Tiffany Wong

This year, we welcomed several seasoned professionals from across the nation to share their experiences and insights with students.

Auditing

  • Paul Beauchamp – Deloitte (advisory board member)
  • Bill Leonard – PwC (retired, alumnus)
  • Suzanne Stevens – Crescent Real Estate LLC (alumna)
  • Tiffany Wong – Deloitte (alumna)

Risks and Controls

  • Brad Barrett – Grant Thornton
  • Kate Wardrop – Ernst & Young (alumna)

Assurance Services Seminar

  • Rayford High – KPMG (advisory board member and alumnus)
  • Paul Beauchamp – Deloitte (advisory board member)
  • Hunter Pallasch – Whelk Partners (alumnus)
  • Amanda Hartman – Grant Thornton (advisory board member and alumna)
  • Steve Villani – Grant Thornton

Advanced Audit and Risk Assessment

  • Professionals from the SEC
  • Dana Smith – PCAOB (alumna)
  • Ryan Lim – RSM
  • Chris Lin – RSM
  • Anthony Placencio – RSM

Valuation Seminar

  • Arielle Schmeck – JTaylor (alumna)

Moral Reasoning in Accounting

  • Stuart Youngblood – TCU Professor Emeritus
  • Henry Robinson – Kelly Hart and Hallman, Attorneys at Law

Ethics for Accounting Professionals

  • Demi Fritz – TCU (alumna)
  • Phil Smith – KPMG (retired), CenterPoint Energy
  • Bob Hirth – Protiviti, former COSO chair, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board
  • Elizabeth Frazier – GASB (alumna)
  • Courtney Black – Ernst & Young (alumna)
  • Chad Francis – Ernst & Young
  • Helen Sharkey – Consultant