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

BS 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 study plan.

Bachelors of Science Program

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

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