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Rawls MSA Program

The MSA program is designed for highly motivated, academically successful students who desire advanced and/or specialized knowledge in Accounting. The primary program objectives are to develop conceptual and technical ability, oral and written communication skills, and research and analytical skills in an advanced area. The program takes from one to two years depending on the business and accounting credit hours the student completes before entering the program. The MSA programs are intended to prepare students for public practice, private industry, government service, and not-for-profit organizations. One of the main features of this program is an internship where students spend two-months working with a CPA firm, industry, or governmental unit. Employers use the internship to recruit our highly qualified students for full-time positions after graduation. Placements are nationwide, although most of our graduates are concentrated in the Dallas and Houston markets. The AACSB International separately accredits the accounting curriculum.

Within the MSA program the student may select one of two concentrations:

Auditing / Financial Reporting

The mission of the graduate programs in auditing/financial reporting is to prepare students to contribute as auditing and financial reporting professionals to the success of their organizations, to the enhancement of the accounting profession, and to the betterment of society. To this end, we provide students with technical and non-technical skills necessary to enter, adapt, and succeed in a dynamic business environment. We also encourage and model the practice of life-long learning.


The graduate tax program at Texas Tech University is focused on the study of the U.S. tax system and its effects on business behavior and decision-making. Our graduates are equipped with a broad understanding of the structure and underlying rationale of the U.S. federal income tax system, including the application of that system to international business operations. They are skilled at analyzing business problems, and finding and communicating solutions to those problems through professional research. Their oral and written communication skills are well honed and they are comfortable with the application of current technological tools. They are prepared to assume positions of responsibility in a variety of businesses, including public accounting, corporate accounting/finance/tax departments, and law firms.


The curriculum builds on the undergraduate component of the 150-hour program (other “foundation courses” in the case of the traditional MSA program) and provides students with a deep understanding of auditing theory and practice and the theory and practice of external financial reporting. The curriculum also provides students with deep understanding of business law and of accounting information and control systems. Finally, the curriculum provides opportunity for additional study in elective topics chosen by the student. Electives may be chosen from accounting, finance, management, marketing, information systems, or from a discipline outside of business. A student may earn three hours of elective credit via a graduate internship in private, public, or government accounting.