Master of Professional Accountancy Admissions

The Master of Professional Accountancy program is a rigorous full-time one- or two-year program – one of only two UC-based MPAc programs in Southern California – that prepares you for an executive career in accounting.

  • 3.49

    Average GPA

  • 21-42

    Age Range

  • 74 Undergraduate

    Institutions Represented
  • 639 Average GMAT

    (Waiver for 3.2 GPA+)
  • 118

    Class Size

  • 44%

    International Students


The MPAc program will begin accepting applications for Fall 2020 on September 1.

Applications are submitted online and are processed on a rolling admissions basis, meaning they are evaluated as they are received. Below are target deadlines to assist you with planning. We encourage applicants to submit as early as possible.

August 15 (early round for students entering their undergraduate senior year or early applicants)

November 15
January 15

March 1 (Final deadline for international applicants; we highly recommend all application materials, including recommendations, be submitted by this date to ensure sufficient time for visa processing)

May 1 (Final deadline for applicants taking UCI summer intensive program courses)

June 1 (Final deadline; we highly recommend all application materials, including recommendations, be submitted by this date)

July 1 (Qualified applications received may be reviewed on a space-available basis)

Scholarships are available to qualified candidates, and are granted according to merit. All applicants are automatically considered for scholarships, and applying early generally maximizes the chances of receiving a scholarship.


Admission to graduate standing in The Paul Merage School of Business is accorded to those possessing an undergraduate degree with an acceptable level of scholarship from an institution of recognized standing.  Applicants for admission will be evaluated on their academic record and potential for leadership as demonstrated in submitted application materials including:

We recommend you verify all application information before submitting. Once you submit your application, it will be locked for editing or updating for the remainder of the application cycle.  Exceptions include updated test scores and recommendations.


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. You will be asked to submit official transcripts if you are admitted and have decided to attend UCI.

Send official transcripts to:

Graduate Division
120 Aldrich Hall
Irvine, CA 92697-3180


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.

Official GMAT or GRE Score

The GMAT or GRE are not required but strongly recommended for applicants with GPA’s under a 3.3. While these tests are not required, the admissions team is looking for evidence of strong verbal and quantitative skills. Note that GMAT and GRE scores are good for up to five years. 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 that you obtained on that exam. 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:

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:

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required for your application. References can be either academic and/or professional. Submissions of letters of recommendations are preferred using the online application system. However, letters received in the mail will be accepted if received in a signed and sealed envelope directly from the recommender.


Two essays are required. The specific essay prompts can be found on the application. Please answer the questions within the space limits indicated. If you would like to include a personal statement, upload in the third essay section.


Submit a copy of your résumé.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (International applicants)

The minimum score for admission is 80 for the Internet-based test. 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 hereExam results should be sent to UC Irvine institution code: 4859. For more information on the TOEFL, visit: 

As an alternative to the TOEFL, you may also take the Academic Modules of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Pearson Test of English (PTE). For the IELTS, the minimum required score for admission is 7, with a score of no less than 6 on any individual module. The PTE minimum required score for admission is 53. Scores are valid for two years.

Send official Test Report Form (TRF) to:

The Paul Merage School of Business
UC Irvine
Master of Professional Accountancy Program
4293 Pereira Drive
SB1 Suite 4500
Irvine, CA 92697-3125

Accounting Coursework Verification Form

The Accounting Coursework Verification Form must be completed at the time of application. Financial 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, online university extension program or by enrolling in our MPAc summer intensive program. We ask that all students complete this form to communicate your 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.

Personal Interview (by invitation only)

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

We encourage applicants from all backgrounds, especially those who demonstrate strong communication and conceptual thinking skills.

Course Requirements

Minimum coursework to apply: The following courses must be completed or in progress at the time of application submission:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting

We recommend these courses are taken at your 4-year university, university extension, or community college program. You are responsible for demonstrating how you will meet the above requirements as part of the application process.

Fall Applicants

The following courses will need to be completed before the program begins in fall:

  • Intermediate Accounting I
  • Intermediate Accounting II
  • Individual Taxation
  • Auditing

Additional coursework is not required for the application; however, enrolling in additional accounting courses is encouraged. Suggested electives include: Corporate and Partnership Taxation, Accounting Information Systems, Advanced Accounting, Cost Accounting, and International Accounting.

MPAc Summer Pre-Session 

Highly qualified applicants who do not meet the entrance requirement to begin the program in the Fall quarter will be offered an opportunity to enroll in an intensive summer pre-session. The pre-session will be required of those who possess an excellent undergraduate record of achievement, strong letters of recommendation, and a clear focus relative to a career in accounting; and, who need specific prerequisite coursework in accounting and business. Students must successfully complete all of the pre-session coursework to meet the course prerequisites of the MPAc program in order to enter the program in the Fall quarter. Pre-session coursework is done over the two designated Summer Sessions: two courses in Summer Session I and two courses in Summer Session II. 

Session I                

  • Intermediate Accounting Intensive I
  • Auditing Intensive

Session II              

  • Intermediate Accounting Intensive II and Special Topics
  • Fundamentals of Taxation Intensive


2019-2020 MPAc Program Expense Estimates*

* 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, both before students enroll and during a student's enrollment, by the Regents of the University of California or as authorized by the President of the University of California and the UC Irvine Chancellor. Accordingly, final approved levels and your final balance due may differ from the amounts shown.

† All registered graduate students at UC Irvine are automatically enrolled in UC GSHIP. This fee is included in total registration fees. If you are covered by another health insurance plan that complies with UC’s waiver criteria, then you may apply for the waiver.

‡ These estimates are for students living off campus and are the official student budget amounts used to calculate financial aid eligibility for US citizens and US permanent residents. Additional costs may include support of dependents and personal automobile expenses.

Summer Session Cost

Summer 2019 pre-session courses cost $2,750 per class and are NOT eligible for federal financial aid. Students may be required to take up to four classes and can apply for private loans to cover the summer costs. 

For detail information about housing please refer to the on-campus housing site and the off-campus housing site.