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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 is typically completed in 9 months. Track Two is for applicants without an accounting background and is often completed in 15 months. Domestic students may also choose to follow a flexible schedule that combines your studies with industry work experience.

A STEM-Designated Degree Program

The Master of Professional Accountancy is a STEM-designated 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.

Track One:
9 Months*
Track Two:
15 Months*
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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

*Students typically complete in this time frame; however, there is some flexibility. Students are recommended to consult with their academic advisor.


Application Deadlines

Priority Round:
December 15

Round 2:
January 31

Round 3:
March 31

International Late Round:
June 1

Domestic Late Round:
August 1

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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