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Master of Professional Accountancy

Master of Professional Accountancy

This program builds a career in accounting through advanced education in audit and assurance, taxation, accounting information systems and ethics. It prepares you with the knowledge to meet the State of California Board of Accountancy education standards required for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, as well as for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and/or Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) examinations.

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.

GMAT/GRE is Optional

As COVID-19 has caused disruption to the global standardized testing infrastructure, and in an effort to support our prospective students, the University of California, A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management will not require the GMAT or GRE exam for applicants for Fall 2022. 


A STEM-Certified Degree Program

The Master of Professional Accountancy is a STEM-Certified degree program (science, technology, engineering and math). International students in a STEM-designated program are granted extended stay to work in the U.S. and are eligible to apply for 36 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) in their field of study after graduation.

9 Months Track for Accounting Majors
15 Months Track for Non-Accounting Majors
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48 Units
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5 Required Courses
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7 Elective Courses
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Comprehensive Final Exam
Application Deadlines

Priority Round:
December 15

Round 2:
January 31

Round 3:
March 31

International Late Round:
June 1

Domestic Late Round:
August 1




Prathna Patel
I chose UCR Business because it provided me with a vast curriculum which includes fraud and forensics, and IT auditing, two new aspects of accounting for me. Learning from established professors in both public and private accounting, I was able to build myself professionally, hone my existing skills, and launch my accounting career.
Prathna Patel, MPAc ’20
Fund Accountant, Blue River