A. Gary Anderson
Graduate School of Management




Accounting focuses on the development, interpretation and communication of financial and operational information for effective decision-making. Because entities compete for economic resources, accounting is essential to managers for planning and controlling activities.

Accountants measure the results of economic activities and report or attest to such activity to investors, management, regulators and other stakeholders. Accounting courses and related programs at UCR School of Business are designed to prepare students for thriving careers in areas such as audit and assurance, management accounting, taxation, financial accounting and management consulting.

The curriculum in the undergraduate and graduate accounting programs provides many of the foundational requirements for professional certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA) or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

Accounting Pathways at UCR School of Business

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B.S. in Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting

Get a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting. Each concentration provides a wide selection of courses to choose from. Students must complete five courses from the accounting concentration. See the concentration in accounting degree plan.

Bachelors of Science Program

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Master in Professional Accountancy

This program builds a career in accounting through advanced education in audit and assurance, taxation, accounting information systems and ethics. Two tracks are offered: Track One is for applicants with a degree or major in accounting and can be completed in 9 months. Track Two is for applicants without an accounting background and can be completed in 15 months.

Master Program

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MBA with a Concentration in Accounting

Gain the unique skill sets that will set you apart as an expert in a particular business area by choosing one or two concentrations. The accounting concentration requires five courses. Students may choose from a wide range of electives from the concentration. Courses can be selected with the assistance of a faculty advisor to meet individual educational and career goals.

MBA Program

Resources for Students

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UCR Accounting Society

With regular guest speakers at their weekly meetings, the Accounting Society at UC Riverside provides opportunities to network with other students, alumni and professionals in the largest accounting firms.


Visit the UCR Accounting Society website

Visit the Instagram page of the UCR Accounting Society

  • Faculty in Accounting


Accounting Seminar Series & Conferences

  • Accounting Seminar Series 2023-2024
    Date/Location Presenter Paper
    Friday, October 6, 2023
    AND-121, 11:00 am to 12:15 pm
    Patricia Dechow | University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business A Rating System to Evaluate Non-GAAP Exclusion Quality
    Friday, December 1, 2023
    AND-121, 11:00 am to 12:15 pm
    Judson Caskey | UCLA Anderson School of Management Amendment thresholds and voting rules in debt contracts
    Friday, March 1, 2024
    In person, 11:00 am to 12:15 pm
    John Jiang | Michigan State University, Broad College of Business Occupational Licensing of Corporate Accountants and Financial Reporting Quality: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in China
    Friday, April 5, 2024
    In person, 11:00 am to 12:15 pm
    Ed deHaan | Stanford Graduate School of Business Local-Thinking Bias
    Friday, May 17, 2024
    In person, 11:00 am to 12:15 pm
    Boochun Jung | University of Hawai'i, Shidler College of Business TBA

    Most meetings will be held in person. If you are interested in attending, please contact Accounting seminar coordinator Richard Carrizosa.

  • Accounting Seminar Series 2022-2023
    Date/Location Presenter Paper
    Friday, October 21, 2022
    Virtual, 1:00 to 2:15 pm
    Daniel Saavedra | UCLA Anderson School of Management Do Firms Follow the SEC’s Confidential Treatment Protocols? Evidence from Credit Agreements
    Friday, October 28, 2022
    In person, 1:00 to 2:15 pm
    John Campbell | University of Georgia The Determinants and Informativeness of Banks’ Return on Tangible Common Equity Disclosures
    Friday, April 14, 2023
    In person, 1:00 to 2:15 pm
    Pervin Shroff | University of Minnesota Compensation Clawback Policies and Auditor Dismissals after Restatements 
    Friday, April 21, 2023
    In person, 1:00 to 2:15 pm
    Leslie Robinson | Dartmouth College U.S. Import Tariffs and Domestic Corporate Performance
    Friday, April 28, 2023
    In person, 1:00 to 2:15 pm
    Jinhwan Kim | Stanford University The Innovation Consequences of Judicial Efficiency
    Friday, May 12, 2023
    In person &
    Zoom, 1:00 - 2:15 pm
    Lucile Faurel | Arizona State University Determinants and Consequences of Investor Commentary on Earnings Conference Calls
    Friday, May 19, 2023
    Virtual, 1:00 to 2:15 pm
    Steve Lin | University of Memphis The Effect of IASB-FASB Convergence on the Nature of U.S. GAAP and IFRS

    Most meetings will be held in person. If you are interested in attending, please contact Accounting seminar coordinator Richard Carrizosa.

  • Accounting Seminar Series 2021-2022
    Date/Location Presenter Paper
    Friday, October 8, 2021
    Zoom, 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
    Regina Wittenberg-Moerman  (University of Southern California) Contracting in the Dark: The Rise of Public-Side Lenders in the Syndicated Loan Market
    Friday, October 22, 2021
    Zoom, 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
    Henry Friedman (University of California, Los Angeles) A theoretical framework for environmental and social impact reporting
    Friday, November 5, 2021
    Zoom, 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
    Jae Bum Kim (Lehigh University)

    Managerial Myopia and the Time Horizon of Executive Compensation: Evidence from Transient Institutional Ownership

    Friday, November 19, 2021
    Zoom, 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
    Ling Lisic (Virginia Tech) SEC Reviewer Trust and Regulatory Decisions
    Friday, December 3, 2021
    Zoom, 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM
    Teri Yohn (Emory University) Measuring portfolio gains from earnings announcement trading signals
    Friday, April 1, 2022
    Zoom, 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM (Zoom)
    Clive Lennox, University of Southern California Reputation damage following audit lawsuits: The effects of media coverage and auditor sabotage
    Friday, April 22, 2022
    Zoom, 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM (in person & Zoom)
    Cyrus Aghamolla, University of Minnesota Sequential Reporting Bias
    Friday, May 13, 2022
    Zoom, 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM (Zoom)
    Mark Lang, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill The Effect of Patent Disclosure Quality on Innovation
    Friday, May 27, 2022
    Zoom, 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM (in person)
    John L. Campbell, University of Georgia Auditor Affiliated Tax Employees: Hiring Tax Professionals from the External Audit Firm

    In 2022, some meetings will be held on Zoom, some in-person. If you are interested in attending, please contact Eric Allen at profiles.ucr.edu/app/home/profile/erica


  • Accounting Seminar Series 2018 - 2019
    Time/Location Presenter Paper
    Friday, April 26, 2019 Shane Heitzman, University of Southern California TBD
    Friday, April 19, 2019 Partha Mohanram, University of Toronto TBD
    Friday, April 12, 2019 Tzachi Zach, Ohio State University TBD
    Friday, February 1, 2019 Xiaoxia Peng, University of Utah "Management Forecasts of Volatility"
    Friday, January 25, 2019 Eric Allen, University of Southern California "On the Tax Efficiency of Startup Firms"
    Friday, November 30, 2018 Sarah Zechman, University of Colorado Boulder "Why can't I trade? Exchange discretion in calling halts"
    Friday, November 9, 2018 Mark DeFond, University of Southern California "Do Firms Successfully Shop for Compliant Auditors? Evidence from Opportunistic Changes in Accounting Estimates"