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Admissions Accepting applications for Fall 2020. Apply by June 1st to receive an application fee waiver. $10,000 CA Resident Scholarship and merit-based scholarships are available.

Due to the COVID-19 virus we have extended our deadlines. The upcoming application deadline for all students residing in the US meeting all 6 pre-requisite coursework requirements is June 1. The final deadline for domestic students is July 1 and will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis and space availability. Review our admissions requirements and deadlines below.

The UCI Paul Merage School of Business prepares students for a successful accounting career by offering an intensive and comprehensive one- or two-year Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) program, focused on developing an advanced level of technical mastery and professionalism. Graduates meet the new State of California Board of Accountancy education standards required for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examination.

MPAc Data 2019


MPAc Brochure
  • CPA CPA Eligibility: Meets Educational Requirements to be Licensed for the CPA
  • 2-Year Option Available for Domestic Students
  • Tech Coast Located in the Heart of Southern California

Admissions Information

The MPAc program is now accepting applications for Fall 2020.

Applications are completed online and can be accessed here. All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted by the application deadline listed in the Apply By section in order to receive a decision by the corresponding decision deadline. We highly encourage applicants to submit as early as possible. 

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. 


Apply By

Receive Decision By

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

September 16
November 15 January 24
January 15 (Recommended international student deadline) March 15

March 1* (Final deadline for international students;
recommended deadline for non-accounting majors)

April 15

May 1

June 15

June 1 (Final Deadline)

July 15

July 1 (Space Available Basis)

August 15

*International students must submit all application materials, including letters of recommendation, by this date to ensure sufficient time for visa processing.

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

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 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. Please note, if any transfer credit were completed internationally, a TOEFL/IELTS waiver cannot be provided. 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.



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.

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

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Over 85% of students receive some type of merit-based scholarships.

The Admissions Committee awards merit-based scholarships based on a holistic evaluation, taking into consideration your overall application including academic achievement, work experience and extracurricular activities. All completed applications are automatically considered for scholarship, no additional application is needed. If you are selected as a scholarship recipient you will be notified upon admission.

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.

Summer Session Cost

Summer 2020 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.