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Accelerated BBA to MSA

The AACSB-accredited Accelerated Bachelor's-to-Master's in Accounting program allows current Rawls College students to acquire both undergraduate and graduate accounting degrees in less than five years. The 150-credit hour program will provide highly motivated students with a competitive edge in the industry as they compete for professional accounting positions in business, government and the public sector.

 

Non-current Rawls College Students

Individuals who are not currently enrolled in the undergraduate accounting program at Rawls College should apply to our traditional MSA program.

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program highlights

 

 

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Competitive Internship Opportunities

Through an on-site recruiting process specifically designed for accounting students in their third year of the program, Meet the Firms, allows students to interview for competitive internship opportunities with top employers.

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CPA Success

Our program not only prepares you to sit for the CPA exam, but to also achieve scores above the national average.

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High Job Placement Rates

Nearly 100 percent of our graduates are employed full-time within six months of graduation. Many begin their careers with top accounting firms or competitive industry partners such as EY, Deloitte, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Grant Thornton, ConocoPhillips, Lockheed Martin and more.

Career-Defining Curriculum

A balanced blend of research and real-world applications, our comprehensive undergraduate and graduate curriculum will help you master principles in auditing, taxation, cost accounting, and financial accounting. Upon graduation, you will have the competitive knowledge and skills sought-after by top firms as they identify future leaders, partners and executives.

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customized learning experience

 

In addition to developing a common body of knowledge in accounting, students must choose one of two areas of concentration.

Audit

In the audit concentration, students take courses geared toward becoming a professional in the audit and assurance industry.

Core classes include:

  • Data Analytics for Accountants
  • Accounting Research and Communication
  • Introduction to Data Analytics
  • Auditing Theory and Practice
  • Analysis of Financial Accounting Information

Taxation

The taxation concentration prepares students for a career as a tax professional or tax consultant in a wide variety of organizations.

Core classes include:

  • Data and Analytics for Tax Accountants
  • International Taxation
  • Federal Income Tax Law for Partnerships
  • Estate and Gift Taxation
  • Income Tax Research and Planning

program format

 

Our 150-credit hour program allows students to graduate with a bachelor's and master's degree simultaneously, within five years. Rawls College undergraduate accounting students are encouraged to apply to the accelerated bachelor's-to-master's program as soon as they have completed 100 hours of undergraduate coursework, which typically occurs during their fourth year. Once admitted into the program, undergraduate students work with an advisor to add graduate coursework to their academic schedule.

faculty

 

Our accounting faculty members are dedicated teachers and highly regarded researchers who are advancing scholarship in the accounting discipline. Their areas of expertise include environmental accounting, oil and gas accounting, behavioral research in financial accounting and auditing, tax, accounting information systems and more.

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supporting your success

 
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Rawls Career Management Center

Whether you are looking to switch careers or advance on your current path, the Rawls Career Management Center (CMC) is dedicated to supporting your success. The staff in the CMC can help you explore professions and industries, learn strategic career advancement techniques, and connect you with top employers.

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Techsan Connection

The Techsan Connection is a free, online platform for Texas Tech alumni. Through the platform, alumni can apply to jobs, reconnect with fellow classmates, network with industry professionals and volunteer to mentor current students.

alumni success

 

We invite you to meet a few of our graduates who have followed their passions, built outstanding careers and serve as leading accounting professionals in today's business world.

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❝ I was drawn to the accounting program at Rawls College because it was a proven program. The job placement rate was high, and students who had completed the program left knowledgeable and prepared.❞

Dria Carter
Graduate, 2020

 

admissions

 

The admission process is the first step toward earning your degree. We will work closely with you to ensure your application process is personal, simple and successful.

Automatic Admission

Current, Rawls College undergraduate accounting students qualify for automatic admission into the accelerated bachelor's-to-master's program if they meet the following requirements:

  • Will have completed at least 100 hours of undergraduate coursework by the beginning of the semester in which you will begin the graduate program
  • Have a GPA of 3.25 or higher in four upper-division accounting course
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 at the time of your application

Students who have withdrawn from an accounting course or retaken an upper-division accounting course for grade replacement are not eligible for automatic admission.

Traditional Admission

If you do not meet the requirements for automatic admission, you will be required to complete a traditional application, requiring additional supplemental materals.

Application Deadlines

While the dates below are deadlines for admission, students are highly encouraged to submit their application as soon as they meet the admissions criteria and their most recent grades have posted.

domestic

Fall Entry: August 10
Spring Entry: December 16*

international

Fall Entry: January 15

*Applicants applying for spring entry must have already secured an internship to be completed during the spring or summer of their admission.
 

Begin Your Application

automatic admission application

You will be required to submit the following materials alongside your application:

Unofficial Transcripts

Applicants must submit unofficial transcripts from any degree-awarding college or university.

Short Answer Question

Is there anything else the admissions committee needs to know when considering your application?

 

When completing your application, be sure to select On-Campus when asked how you will take the majority of your classes, and select Accelerated Bachelor/Master for your program level. When asked which program you are applying to, select either Accounting - Audit (MSA) - Accelerated - Automatic or Accounting - Tax (MSA) - Accelerated – Automatic based on your desired concentration.

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traditional admission application

If you do not meet the requirements for automatic admission, you will be required to submit the following materials alongside your application:

Unofficial Transcripts

Applicants must submit unofficial transcripts from any degree-awarding college or university.

Resume

Applicants must submit a detailed current resume, indicating work experience—including start and end dates (month and year) for each position held. Provide accomplishments and skills acquired through jobs, campus involvement and volunteer service.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants are required to submit two formal letters of recommendation from individuals who know you in an academic capacity.

Personal Statement

Applicants must submit a minimum of one page, addressing one or more of the following:

  • Describe your short and long-term goals and how this degree will help you achieve them.
  • Describe a personal leadership experience or achievement.
  • Describe a problem-solving activity in which you were involved as a member of a team and how you contributed to a solution.
  • Describe a major challenge or past failure and how you overcame it.

Short Answer Question

Is there anything else the admissions committee needs to know when considering your application?

 

When completing your application, be sure to select On-Campus when asked how you will take the majority of your classes, and select Accelerated Bachelor/Master for your program level. When asked which program you are applying to, select either Accounting - Audit (MSA) - Accelerated – Traditional or Accounting - Tax (MSA) - Accelerated – Traditional based on your desired concentration.

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