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.
- 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
Fall 2022 domestic student deadline extended to June 30th.
Applications are submitted online. The MPAc program has six rounds of application deadlines and it is your responsibility to ensure all parts of your application are completed by the stated deadline date. If you have any missing items by the deadline, your application will be considered in the next round. We encourage applicants to submit as early as possible.
|Early Round: August 1 (Early round for students entering their undergraduate senior year or early applicants)|
|Round 1: October 15|
|Round 2: November 15|
|Round 3: January 15 (Recommended international student deadline)|
|Round 4: March 1* (Final deadline for international applicants)|
|Round 5: May 1 (Fall 2022 International student deadline extended to May 1st)|
|Round 6: June 1 (Final deadline)|
After submitting a completed application, you will receive a decision upon the careful review of your application within two months. All applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships and applying early generally maximizes the chances of receiving a scholarship.*International students must submit all application materials, including letters of recommendation, by this date to ensure sufficient time for visa processing.
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:
- Official transcripts from all institutions attended to obtain undergraduate degree (with English translation if needed)
- GMAT or GRE: 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. GMAT and GRE scores are good for up to five years.
- Two Letters of Recommendation
- Two essays
- Official TOEFL or IELTS (International applicants – Scores valid for two years)
- $150 application fee
- A personal interview, by invitation only
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:
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.
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.
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)
Applicants are waived from the English Language Proficiency requirement if they have earned an undergraduate degree from a US institution or institution at which English was the sole language of instruction according to the World Higher Education Database (WHED). Please see WHED's instructions on how to search for your institution. If English is not the sole language of instruction listed or if no language is listed at all, the waiver does not apply and the applicant is required to take and pass an approved English proficiency test. We accept both the TOEFL and IELTS exams. The scores from either exam are valid for up to two years from your test date. The minimum score for TOEFL (Internet-based) is 80. For the IELTS, the minimum required score for admission is 7, with a score of no less than 6 on any individual module. Exam results should be sent to UC Irvine institution code: 4859. Review the English Proficiency requirement.
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: $150. The non-refundable application fee is payable by credit card when you apply online. We offer fee waivers for Military and Veterans.
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:
- 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.
- Personal Interview: Select candidates will be invited to interview either on-campus or via Skype by invitation only.
- 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.
The following courses will need to be completed before the program begins in fall:
- Intermediate Accounting I
- Intermediate Accounting II
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.
Applicants who do not meet the entrance requirement to begin the program in the Fall quarter will have the opportunity to enroll in an intensive summer pre-session to satisfy all of the coursework requirements. 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.Find out if the MPAc Summer Intensive Program is right for you
The MPAc program will allow me to have a competitive advantage in today’s innovation-driven society. The faculty members genuinely show care and interest in seeing every student succeed and land job offers at their dream companies. The location gives students chances to recruit for top, mid-tier, and regional firms, and to meet other professionals from all types of backgrounds.Jenny Xie