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.
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.
Top companies recently hiring UCR MPAc degree graduates
Our MPAc students are consistently hired by the Big Four and other major accounting firms:
- BDO USA
- 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
- Forensic accountant
- Internal auditor
- Managerial accountant
- Risk analyst
- Senior accountant
- Tax manager
- Treasury analyst
Benefits of UCR’s Master of Professional Accountancy Degree
A STEM-Designated Degree Program
Our Master of Professional Accountancy degree program is a STEM-designated program, which allows international students to apply for 36 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) to work in the United States in their field of study after graduation. Similarly, Graduates of STEM-designated master's programs make more money on average than non-STEM-designated graduate programs.
Personalized Career Advising
The Career Development Center (CDC) at the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management (AGSM) is a comprehensive, career-focused resource center for all graduate business students.
As a Master of Professional Accountancy student, we will ensure you are equipped with the tools necessary to gain experience through an internship (optional), search for professional accountant jobs, and serve as a professional accountancy leader. You will be able to take advantage of services including career coaching, job search strategies, job leads, workshops, networking opportunities, career fairs, and more.
Accounting Student Opportunities
There are many ways for MPAc students to get involved and build their accounting professional network with campus groups and national organizations from day one:
Learn more about the graduate experience and explore other involvement opportunities at UCR.
100% of MPAc candidates pass the UCR comprehensive final exam, which mirrors the CPA examination, so you will be well prepared to pass the CPA exam!
Slice of Life as an MPAc Student