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A. Gary Anderson
Graduate School of Management

Finance student

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.

Effective Immediately: UCR GMAT/GRE and TOEFL/IELTS requirement waived 

As a response to the unique global impact caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus, and an effort to support our students, the University of California, Riverside Graduate School of Business will alter the admissions requirements for all applicants for Fall 2020. 

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  • 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
Winter 2021 Application Deadline
  • November 1, 2020
Fall 2021 Application Deadlines
  • Priority Round:
    December 15, 2020
  • Round 2:
    January 31, 2021
  • Round 3:
    March 31, 2021
  • International Late Round:
    June 1, 2021
  • Domestic Late Round:
    August 1, 2021

Richard Savich, Academic Director, Adjunct Professor of Accounting

“We designed this program to prepare prospective CPAs with the technical knowledge, judgment, evidential reasoning, ethical and interpersonal skills, and executive presence that are the key to a quality accounting and auditing education. These are the standards we develop in our 20/20 accounting education.”

Ted Mock, Distinguished Professor of Auditing & Assurance and 2011 Outstanding Accounting Educator (American Accounting Association)

“Under sponsorship by Ernst & Young, this curriculum in accounting and auditing meets the needs of 2020 and the following decades. The program is focused on developing the kind of professional who will have a vision – a “20/20 vision” – that meets the future demands of society.”