A. Gary Anderson
Graduate School of Management

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Master of Professional Accountancy Curriculum

Master of Professional Accountancy Curriculum

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University of California, Riverside’s (UCR’s) STEM-designated Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) program educates candidates with the technical knowledge, judgment, evidential reasoning, ethical skills, and executive presence that are the key to a successful accounting career.  

UCR’s MPAc program offers two track options for candidates at the time of admission. 

Track One: Candidates with a degree or major in accounting will take 48 units and typically complete the program in nine months. 

Track Two: Candidates without an accounting background will be placed on Track Two and required to complete two prerequisite courses for a total of 56 units. Track Two candidates typically extend their studies to the following year, completing the program in 15 months (fall, winter, spring, fall).

MPAc Program Requirements

Gain a Competitive Edge

An MPAc from UCR will equip you with the variety of skills businesses today are looking for. Boost your competitiveness as a job candidate and prepare for a successful business management career. 

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Critical Skills Gained

UCR MPAc candidates will gain a technical competence in one of the three following areas with a strong command of one:

  • Auditing and Assurance
  • Cost and Managerial Accounting
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Tax

Other relevant competencies gained from the program are:

  • Ability to use accounting software and tools
  • Professional integrity and ethical reasoning
  • Communication and presentation
  • Global perspectives and cultural competencies
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Rigorous Stem-Designated Program

Our Master of Professional Accountancy is a STEM-designated degree program.

With a STEM-designated graduate business degree, you are demonstrating to employers that you possess the combination of technical skills and business acumen necessary to add significant value to their organization.

For international students, a STEM designation enables a graduate student to work in the United States for up to three years of Optional Practical Training (OPT) upon graduation.

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Access to Coursera to Enhance Skills and Competitiveness

To set our MPAc students apart in a competitive tech market, we offer access to Coursera at significantly discounted rates.

This allows you to earn certifications and mini-credentials from Google, IBM, Meta, and more.

You will be able to enhance your knowledge and fill in skills gaps in areas such as quantitative analysis, data analytics software, project/product management.

Connect with an AGSM Ambassador today!

Our Graduate Student Ambassadors constitute a distinguished group of business student leaders who are eager to serve as guides for prospective students. Connect with an ambassador from your program today to learn more.