Graduate Division

Master of Professional Accountancy

Section 1

Overview

The MPAc degree prepares students for a successful accounting career by offering an intensive and comprehensive program focused on developing professional acumen, technical knowledge and critical thinking skills in a wide-range of functional areas. Graduates are eligible for licensure as a Certified Public Accountant, according to the most recent State of California Board of Accountancy education standards. The Merage School also partners with top-notch faculty and executives in the field to offer cutting-edge courses for today’s technologically driven global economy, including the opportunity to customize their degree through one of our 3-course tracks in Data Analytics or Taxation.

  • Full-time one-year program, or two-year option
  • Prepares you for careers in public, private, and not-for-profit accounting
  • Customized tracks in Taxation and Data Analytics
  • Meets CPA eligibility requirements for licensure
  • Open to non-accounting majors, pre-requisite courses can be satisfied through UCI summer Intensive
  • Opportunity to recruit for a paid internship with some of the top firms in the industry

What Sets Us Apart?

Throughout their Master’s experience, students will develop the aptitude and knowledge needed to achieve their long-term career goals and maximize their earning potential. Our MPAc career advisors offer one-on-one appointments, a wide-array of professional development workshops, as well as host a variety of networking and recruiting events with professionals and alumni. These individualized career preparation sessions help students focus their personal objectives, prepare for the interview and job recruitment process, and introduce them to various career pathways and opportunities.

Additionally, Irvine is strategically located in the heart of Orange County, the second largest county in the state. It’s also at the center of Southern California’s Tech Coast, with Irvine being the primary breeding ground for on-the-rise businesses and industries – mainly biotech, medical, fashion, real estate, finance and auto design. Innovative companies, including the Big Four, Mid-Tier, Regional, and Local Firms, are all just minutes away from the Merage School.

  • $10,000 scholarship for qualified California residents
  • More than 80 firms and companies recruit our graduates
  • Minimum 91% full-time employment rate within 6-months of graduation since 2014
  • Career management and advising; professional development workshops
  • Access to recruitment fairs, speaker events, campus interviewing and job postings
  • GMAT waived for qualified students
  • Classes and networking opportunities with current MBA students
  • Interaction with excellent researchers, faculty and professionals in all areas of accounting

Quick Facts

Program Type

Professional Master's Program

Normative Time to Degree

1 or 2 years

Capstone Type

Capstone Course with Comprehensive Exam

Accordion Section

Admissions Requirements

Applicants for admission must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Candidates are evaluated on their academic record and potential for success as demonstrated in the submitted application materials listed below. We recommend you verify all application information before submitting. Once you submit your application, you can no longer update it for the remainder of the application cycle.

Transcripts from all institutions attended (with English translation if needed)
    
Please upload unofficial copies of transcripts for each college and university attended with your online application. Transcripts scanned and uploaded to your application will be used to conduct the initial review. If you are admitted and have decided to attend UCI, you will be asked to submit official transcripts.

Send official transcripts to:

Graduate Division
120 Aldrich Hall
Irvine, CA 92697-3180
grad@uci.edu

Candidates may apply to the program if they hold the equivalent of a four-year US Bachelor's degree. Transcripts from non-US universities should include evidence of degree conferral (proof of graduation). International applicants should refer to the International Applicant page for more specific requirements.

Résumé     

Submit a copy of your résumé that includes your educational background, work experience, internships and volunteer activities.

Letters of Recommendation     

Two letters of recommendation are required for your application. References can be either academic and/or professional. Letters of recommendation are submitted through the online application system.

Essays     

Two essays are required. The specific essay prompts can be found on the application. Please answer the questions within the word limit.

Accounting Coursework Verification Form     

The Accounting Coursework Verification Form must be completed at the time of application. Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting must be completed or in progress at the time of application submission. If you have not yet completed these courses, but do plan to enroll in them, they must be completed prior to the start of the MPAc Summer Intensive in mid-June.

Our program also requires students take Intermediate Accounting I and II, Taxation and Audit before starting in the Fall, either through their undergraduate institution, a community college, university extension program or by enrolling in our MPAc summer intensive program. We ask that all students complete this form to communicate their plans for completing these courses, as well as to get a better sense of your academic record with regard to accounting specific coursework. Please complete the form to the best of your abilities.

Official TOEFL or IELTS - (International applicants – Scores valid for two years)     

Per UCI Graduate Division, the minimum score for admission for the Internet-based test is 80. TOEFL scores are valid for up to two years from your test date. Applicants may receive a waiver of the TOEFL if all of the requirements for the high school diploma, bachelor’s degree or an advanced degree were completed in a country where the primary and dominant language is English, and English was the language of instruction of the school. For a list of countries that qualify please click here. Exam results should be sent to UC Irvine institution code: 4859. For more information on the TOEFL, visit: toefl.org.

As an alternative to the TOEFL, you may also take the Academic Modules of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For the IELTS, the minimum required score for admission is 7, with a score of no less than 6 on any individual module.

UC Irvine Graduate Division only accepts scores submitted electronically by the IELTS test center. No paper Test Report Forms will be accepted. An institutional code is NOT required. Please contact the test center directly where you took the IELTS test and request that your test scores be sent electronically using the IELTS system. All IELTS test centers worldwide are able to send scores electronically to our institution.

GMAT or GRE     

The GMAT or GRE are not required but strongly recommended for applicants with a GPA under 3.3. While these tests are not required, the admissions team is looking for evidence of strong verbal and quantitative skills.

There is no advantage to taking one exam over the other. If you take an exam multiple times, we will take the highest total score earned. The Admissions Committee does not average exam scores. While there is no minimum GMAT or GRE score to apply, we do expect that applicants will have an overall competitive profile.

GRE scores are valid for up to five years from your test date. Exam results should be sent to UC Irvine institution code: 4859. For more information on the GRE, visit: ets.org/gre.

GMAT scores are valid for up to five years from your test date. Exam results should be sent to UC Irvine institution code: 0DP-7R-40. For more information on the GMAT, visit: mba.com.

Application Fee     

Application Fee: $150. The non-refundable application fee is payable by credit card when you apply online. We offer fee waivers for Military and Veterans.

Personal interview     

Interviews are required for admission and are conducted by a member of the Admissions Committee. The interview is a way for us to evaluate your interpersonal and communication skills, as well as an opportunity for you to ask questions and determine whether the Merage School is right for you.

How it works:

  1. Online Video Assessment: Select candidates will receive an email invitation from Kira Talent asking them to participate in a brief online video assessment. Candidates will have one week from receiving the email to complete and submit the video by invitation only.
  2. Personal Interview: Select candidates will be invited to interview either on-campus or via Skype by invitation only.
  3. Receive Decision: If all application materials were completed by the Apply By date, candidates will receive admissions decision according to the corresponding decision date listed above.

Financial Support

Fellowships

All applicants are automatically considered for merit-based fellowships and are informed of any award upon admission. Criteria for fellowships include academic record (GPA), GMAT/GRE score, and work and leadership experience.

Federal and Private Loans

US citizens and permanent residents may apply for federal need-based financial aid in the form of student loans to cover all educational expenses including tuition, fees, room, board, books, travel and miscellaneous expenses up to the cost of attendance. In order to be considered for federal financial aid as a graduate student, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and request that your information be sent to the University of California, Irvine, school code 001314. Once you have received your Financial Aid Award Notification, you need to go to the UCI financial aid website and choose “Log on to My Aid” to complete the process. Learn more >

There are a number of lenders who provide private loans. UCI has developed a system-wide private loan lender list that is based solely on factors related to the borrower’s best interest. To begin your search, enter "University of California, Irvine" in the School field and select "Graduate Business" from the drop down menu.

Teaching Assistantships

Teaching assistantships within the Merage School are reserved for our PHD students and second year Full-Time MBA students. Opportunities in assistantships for our first year Full-Time MBA students may exist in other departments on campus depending on your area of expertise.  Learn more >

International Students

There are several private loan options available for our international graduate students. International students interested in applying for a private loan must have a credit worthy co-signer who is a US citizen or permanent resident. UCI has developed a system-wide private loan lender list that is based solely on factors related to the borrower’s best interest. To begin your search, enter "University of California, Irvine" in the School field and select "International" from the drop down menu.

Military and Veterans

The Paul Merage School of Business appreciates the service of US military and veterans and is honored to be participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Tuition & Fees

MPAc cohort entering Fall 2019 - Full Time
  Fall 2019 Winter 2020 Spring 2020 Annual
Program Fee * 15,640.00 15,640.00 15,640.00 46,920.00
Student Services Fee 230.00 230.00 230.00 690.00
Student Health Insurance 1,459.18 1,459.18 1,459.18 4,377.54
Total Fees Paid $ 17,329.18 $ 17,329.18 $ 17,329.18 $ 51,987.54

MPAc cohort entering Fall 2019 - Part Time
  Fall 2019 Winter 2020 Spring 2020 Annual
Program Fee * 7,820.00 7,820.00 7,820.00 23,460.00
Student Services Fee 39.00 39.00 39.00 117.00
Student Health Insurance 1,459.18 1,459.18 1,459.18 4,377.54
Total Fees Paid $ 9,318.18 $ 9,318.18 $ 9,318.18 $ 27,954.54

MPAc cohort entering Fall 2018 - Part Time
  Fall 2019 Winter 2020 Spring 2020 Annual
Program Fee * 7,666.50 7,666.50 7,666.50 22,999.50
Student Services Fee 39.00 39.00 39.00 117.00
Student Health Insurance 1,459.18 1,459.18 1,459.18 4,377.54
Total Fees Paid $ 9,164.68 $ 9,164.68 $ 9,164.68 $ 27,494.04

 

Posted 12 June 2019:  http://reg.uci.edu/fees/2019-2020/mpac.html

The tuition, fees, and charges posted to your billing statement or account are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developments. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.

MPAc Summer Pre-session fees are $2,750 per course, up to four courses, for a maximum total of $11,000.00. Pre-session consists of prerequisite coursework in Accounting and Business to meet program requirements.

* For 2019-20, the fee includes annual campus-based fees of $794.06 and per quarter campus-based fees of $264.69 for fall and winter quarters and $264.68 for spring. Program fee does not include student services fee.

Core Faculty

Dennis Aigner, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Professor Emeritus of Paul Merage School of Business

Alpesh N. Amin, M.D. Northwestern University, Thomas and Mary Cesario Endowed Chair in Medicine and Professor of Medicine; Biomedical Engineering; Paul Merage School of Business; Program in Public Health (hospital medicine, quality/safety, new technologies in healthcare)

Christopher Bauman, Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago, Associate Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

David Blake, Ph.D. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Professor Emeritus of Paul Merage School of Business

Kevin Bradford, Ph.D. University of Florida, Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment of Paul Merage School of Business (personal setting, sales management, distribution of firearms, marketing practices of guns, gun culture)

Tonya Bradford, Ph.D. Northwestern University, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business (rituals, market exchange, gift-giving, communities)

Philip Bromiley, Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Nai-Fu Chen, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Professor Emeritus of Paul Merage School of Business

Vidyanand Choudhary, Ph.D. Purdue University, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Elizabeth Chuk, Ph.D. University of Washington, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business (financial reporting, consequences of accounting standards, defined benefit pensions, earnings management)

N. Edward Coulson, Ph.D. University of California, San Diego, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business; Economics

Imran Currim, Ph.D. Stanford University, UCI Chancellor's Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Sanjeev Dewan, Ph.D. University of Rochester, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Joseph DiMento, Ph.D. University of Michigan, Professor of School of Law; Criminology, Law and Society; Paul Merage School of Business; Urban Planning and Public Policy (planning, land use and environmental law, use of social science in policy making, legal control of corporate behavior)

Martha S. Feldman, Ph.D. Stanford University, Roger W. and Janice M. Johnson Chair in Civic Governance and Public Management and Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy; Paul Merage School of Business; Sociology (organization theory and behavior, stability and change in organizations, decision-making and information processing, public management, qualitative research methods)

Paul Feldstein, Ph.D. University of Chicago, Professor Emeritus of Paul Merage School of Business

Mary Gilly Graham, Ph.D. University of Houston, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

John Graham, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Professor Emeritus of Paul Merage School of Business

Luyi Gui, Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Vijay Gurbaxani, Ph.D. University of Rochester, Taco Bell Chair in Information Technology Management and Professor of Paul Merage School of Business; Informatics (economics of information systems management, impact of information technology on organization and market structure)

David Hirshleifer, Ph.D. University of Chicago, Paul Merage Chair in Business Growth and Professor of Paul Merage School of Business; Economics

Siew Hong Teoh Hirshleifer, Ph.D. University of Chicago, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Joanna Ho, Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Chong Huang, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Mireille Jacobson, Ph.D. Harvard University, Associate Professor of Paul Merage School of Business; Economics

Philippe Jorion, Ph.D. University of Chicago, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business; Economics

John Joseph, Ph.D. Northwestern University, Associate Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Lynn Robin Keller, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Sreya Kolay, Ph.D. University of Rochester, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Sharon Koppman, Ph.D. University of Arizona, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business; Sociology (work and occupations, sociology of culture, creative industries)

Kenneth Kraemer, Ph.D. University of Southern California, Professor Emeritus of Paul Merage School of Business

Loraine Lau, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Associate Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Ben Lourie, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Radhika Lunawat, Ph.D. University of Minnesota, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business; Economics

Newton Margulies, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Professor Emeritus of Paul Merage School of Business

Peter Navarro, Ph.D. Harvard University, Professor Emeritus of Paul Merage School of Business

David Neumark, Ph.D. Harvard University, UCI Chancellor's Professor of Economics; Paul Merage School of Business

Tingting Nian, Ph.D. New York University, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Gerardo Okhuysen, Ph.D. Stanford University, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Judith Olson, Ph.D. University of Michigan, Professor Emeritus of Informatics; Paul Merage School of Business; Urban Planning and Public Policy (interactive and collaborative technology, human-computer interaction, computer-supported cooperative work)

Jone Pearce, Ph.D. Yale University, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Cornelia Pechmann, Ph.D. Vanderbilt University, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Morton Pincus, Ph.D. Washington University, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Andrew Policano, Ph.D. Brown University, Professor Emeritus of Paul Merage School of Business; Economics

Judy Rosener, Ph.D. Claremont Graduate University, Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment Emerita of Paul Merage School of Business

Maritza Salazar, Ph.D. New York University, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business (team science, group dynamics and processes, team-based organizations, global teams, impact of culture on work behavior, international management, management of innovation and learning)

Claudia Schoonhoven, Ph.D. Stanford University, Professor Emerita of Paul Merage School of Business

Christopher Schwarz, Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Associate Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Carlton Scott, Ph.D. University of New South Wales, Professor Emeritus of Paul Merage School of Business

Devin Shanthikumar, Ph.D. Stanford University, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Terrence Shevlin, Ph.D. Stanford University, Paul Merage Chair in Business Growth and Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Kut So, Ph.D. Stanford University, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Eric Spangenberg, Ph.D. University of Washington, M.B.A. Portland State University, Dean of The Paul Merage School of Business and Professor of Paul Merage School of Business; Psychology and Social Behavior (sensory cues in the retail environment and the effects of self-prediction on behavior)

Zheng Sun, Ph.D. New York University, Associate Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Eli Talmor, Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Professor Emeritus of Paul Merage School of Business

John Turner, Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University, Associate Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Rajeev Tyagi, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, Walter B. Gerken Chair in Enterprise and Society and Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Kerry Vandell, Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Professor Emeritus of Paul Merage School of Business; School of Law; Urban Planning and Public Policy

Alladi Venkatesh, Ph.D. Syracuse University, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business; Informatics (social impacts of information technology, Internet and the New Economy, Smart Home technologies, children and multimedia)

Libby Weber, Ph.D. University of Southern California, Associate Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Patricia A. Wellmeyer, M.S. California State University, Fullerton, Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment of Paul Merage School of Business

Margarethe Wiersema, Ph.D. University of Michigan, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Mingdi Xin, Ph.D. New York University, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

David Yang, Ph.D. Harvard University, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Shuya Yin, Ph.D. University of British Columbia, Associate Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Maia Young, Ph.D. Stanford University, Assistant Professor of Paul Merage School of Business

Lu Zheng, Ph.D. Yale University, Professor of Paul Merage School of Business