Department of Accountancy & Taxation

The Bauer Professional Program in Accountancy (PPA)

Degree Plan

About the Program

The Professional Program in Accountancy (PPA) is an Accelerated Pathway Dual Degree program designed to enable exceptional students to obtain their BBA and MSACCY degrees in 5 years.

PPA students can obtain their MS in Accountancy (MSACCY) degree sooner than normal.

The Professional Program in Accountancy (PPA) is designed to prepare students for successful careers in public accounting, as well as in industry, government and other areas that require CPA credentials. In addition to receiving bachelors and masters degrees in accounting, graduates also will have satisfied the requirements to take the CPA examination as prescribed by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy. PPA students can obtain their MS in Accountancy (MSACCY) degree sooner than normal because they are allowed to apply up to two master’s level courses toward both the BBA and the MSACCY requirements.

The goals of the Professional Program in Accountancy are to provide graduates with…
  1. Oral communication skills
  2. Written communication skills
  3. Research skills
  4. Ethical awareness
  5. Global awareness
  6. Technological skills
  7. Analytical problem solving skills
  8. Financial risk assessment skills
Firm and Industry Partnerships

Throughout the fall and spring semester, representatives from local, regional, and national public accounting firms, as well as from industry and government host a one-semester-hour colloquium course for our students. Each week they address issues of current importance affecting the accounting profession, discuss financial accounting, auditing, tax, and other topics with the class. Many of these firms offer internships designed to provide students with an opportunity to experience what it means to be a member of the accounting profession, for which the student can receive course credit.