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Graduate School of Management

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Master of Professional Accountancy

Earn Your Master of Professional Accountancy Degree

Earning a Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA/MPAc) degree can enhance your skills as a professional accountant, boost your accounting career path, and prepare you to become a leader in professional accounting.

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The University of California, Riverside (UCR), Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) degree program is a smart choice to help you achieve your personal and professional goals.

UCR’s Master of Professional Accountancy program provides you with advanced professional accountancy education in auditing and assurance, taxation, cost and managerial accounting, accounting information systems, and ethics.

Our professional accountancy degree program will provide you with the knowledge to meet the State of California Board of Accountancy education standards required for the following exams:

  • Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Certified Management Accountant® (CMA)
  • Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA)
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor® (CISA)

Holding one or more of these professional certifications will provide a wide array of professional accountant job opportunities for you.


On the Right Track to Your MPAc Degree

Unlike other advanced accounting degrees, UCR’s MPAc degree is offered through two tracks.

Track One is for applicants with a degree or major in accounting and is typically completed in nine months. Two prerequisite courses or their equivalents are required:
1. Financial Accounting Principles and Practices and
2. Auditing and Assurance.

Track Two is for applicants without an accounting background and is often completed in 15 months. Students in Track Two are encouraged to complete an internship over the summer quarter.


“Our courses are geared toward preparing you for the CPA exam. Once you have gone through the MPAc program, you will be prepared to succeed as a CPA but also in managerial and consultancy positions.”

-Naman Desai, assistant professor of teaching in accounting


Explore the Master of Professional Accountancy Program at UCR


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Earn your degree in 9 months (Track 1) OR 15 months (Track 2)

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48 units (Track 1) | 56 units (Track 2)
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Complete 5 required professional accountancy courses
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Select 7 specialized elective courses
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Pass your comprehensive final exam

Career Options with Your MPAc Degree

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were nearly 1.5 million jobs for accountants and auditors in the United States in 2021. These positions are projected to grow at a rate of 4% annually, resulting in a significant amount of new jobs being added each year. Notably, the field of accounting is currently facing a shortage of certified accountants. The 2021 Trends Report from the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA) highlights a consistent decline in accounting degree graduates in the U.S. since 2015. This presents a promising opportunity for those pursuing an MPAc degree, as it positions you in high demand within the job market.


Top companies recently hiring UCR MPAc degree graduates

Our MPAc students are consistently hired by the Big Four and other major accounting firms:

  • KPMG
  • EY
  • Deloitte
  • PwC
  • BPM
  • Armanino LLP
  • SingerLewak LLP
  • Grant Thornton LLP
  • Eide Bailly LLP
  • Chen&Fan Accountancy Corporation
Professional accountant job titles UCR MPAc graduates have obtained:
  • Accounting manager
  • Budget analyst
  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
  • Cost accountant
  • CPA
  • Forensic accountant
  • Internal auditor
  • Managerial accountant
  • Risk analyst
  • Senior accountant
  • Tax manager
  • Treasury analyst

Benefits of UCR’s Master of Professional Accountancy Degree


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Slice of Life as an MPAc Student




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Application Deadlines

Priority Round:
December 15
Round 2:
January 31
Round 3:
March 31
International Final:
June 1
Final Round:
August 1
Rishika Jain, MPAc ’22
The MPAc curriculum is closely aligned with the CPA exam and gave me confidence to pass the exam and interview for jobs knowing I had the necessary knowledge and skills for the role. The whole experience at AGSM was enriching and helped me grow professionally and personally, preparing me for the corporate world. Thanks to the program content and the support from the Career Development Center, I was able to land my dream job at Deloitte upon graduation.
Rishika Jain ’22 MPAc
Audit Associate, Deloitte
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The MPAc program is ideal because it allows students to enter from a non-accounting background and quickly gain the necessary relevant technical skills in the field. A few of the key skills I learned during the program include: auditing, Excel, flow chart documentation, research abilities, and teamwork.
Jesse Sun ’21 MPAc
Tax Staff, EY
Jack Adams, MPAc ’22
The AGSM MPAc program helped me land an associate level position at a Big Four accounting firm, developed me into a high-performing professional in my field, and provided me with the opportunity to form relationships with other professionals. Thanks to the knowledge and experience that this program has to offer, I felt fully confident upon starting work at KPMG.
Jack Adams ’22 MPAc
Audit Associate, KPMG
Zhang Han
The MPAc professors are not only great professors and researchers, they come from the business world. Within the curriculum, they teach students practical skills including how to analyze financial data, design audit processes, and conduct tax planning from real-life business situations.
Zhang Han ’22 MPAc
Assurance Associate, BPM
Yuqun Zhou, MPAc
At UCR AGSM, I met so many amazing peers, faculty, and mentors. It was an affordable choice for a business school in the United States and yielded a significant return on the investment. After my program, I passed the CPA exam and landed a job as a Tax Associate at PwC!
Yuqun Zhou ’19
Tax Associate, PwC