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Master of Professional Accountancy Curriculum

Master of Professional Accountancy Curriculum

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Master of Professional Accountancy Curriculum

The one-year, 48 quarter-unit program is designed to prepare students with the technical knowledge, judgment, evidential reasoning, ethical skills, interpersonal skills and executive presence that are the key to a quality accounting and auditing education. Students in the program will study advanced topics in both accounting and taxation, but the major focus of the program is auditing and assurance services.

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.

Program Requirements

  • Track One Courses

    This track is for designed for undergraduate accounting students with a solid background in accounting content.

    Required Courses (20 units)

    • MGT 225: Professional Accounting and Auditing Research
    • MGT 229: Accounting Ethics and Professional Responsibilities
    • MGT 240B: Advanced Taxation
    • MGT 278A: Auditing and Assurance Services: Theory and Practice 
    • MGT 278B: Information Technology Auditing and Assurance


    Recommended Electives (28 units)

    • MGT 204: Cost & Management Accounting
    • MGT 226: Fraud & Forensics Accounting
    • MGT 240A: Taxation
    • MGT 241: Accounting Systems & Control
    • MGT 245: Financial Statement Analysis
    • MGT 277: Advanced Financial Accounting
    • MGT 278C: Internal Auditing


    Comprehensive Exam

    • Students must pass a comprehensive examination given at the end of all coursework to receive the degree. The exam covers all required courses and includes integrated questions that are not necessarily course specific.

     

  • Track Two Courses

    Students who have little to no background in accounting are required to take prerequisite courses to help reduce knowledge gaps and ensure success in the MPAc program and beyond in their accounting career.

    Prerequisite Courses (4-8 units depending on prior background)

    • MGT 400A: Financial Accounting Principles and Practices
    • MGT 400E: Auditing and Assurance


    Required Courses (20 units)

    • MGT 225: Professional Accounting and Auditing Research
    • MGT 229: Accounting Ethics and Professional Responsibilities
    • MGT 240B: Advanced Taxation
    • MGT 278A: Auditing and Assurance Services: Theory and Practice
    • MGT 278B: Information Technology Auditing and Assurance


    Recommended Electives (28 units)

    • MGT 204: Cost & Management Accounting
    • MGT 226: Fraud & Forensics Accounting
    • MGT 240A: Taxation
    • MGT 241: Accounting Systems & Control
    • MGT 245: Financial Statement Analysis
    • MGT 277: Advanced Financial Accounting
    • MGT 278C: Internal Auditing


    Comprehensive Exam

    • Students must pass a comprehensive examination given at the end of all coursework to receive the degree. The exam covers all required courses and includes integrated questions that are not necessarily course specific.