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Whether you are a recent graduate with a bachelor’s in accounting looking for the final step toward a CPA, or someone with no accounting background that wants to make a career change, the Merage School’s full-time 1-year or 2-year Master of Professional Accountancy program prepares all qualifying students for a successful career.

Our curriculum focuses on career and professional development alongside technical mastery to make sure you are connected to the Merage School network and ready for a position upon completion of the program. Our optional Summer Intensive program prepares you to begin the MPAc. 

  • $10,000 scholarship

    for CA residents
  • 94%

    full-time employment rate within 6-months of graduation

  • Waiver

    GMAT/GRE waiver for qualified applicants

  • No. 13

    Nationally ranked Master of Accounting program (among schools of similar size)

  • Customize

    Data Analytics Track and Tax Track available

  • One-year program

    Two-year option available

Life in Orange County

Located in the heart of Orange County, the nationally recognized University of California, Irvine is a vibrant research-based campus. As one of the founding schools at UCI, the Merage School offers access to venture capital, multiple fortune 500 companies and is halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles. Orange County, specifically Irvine, is a diverse and safe area filled with beaches, mountains, hiking trails and entertainment options making it a destination for professionals and vacationers alike.

Graduate Student Fair: CSU Sacramento

10.16.18 · 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
University Union - Ballroom

Graduate Student Fair: Georgia Tech

10.16.18 · 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Student Center Ballroom (3rd Floor)

Graduate Student Fair: University of San Diego

10.16.18 · 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
UC Forums A-C

Graduate Student Fair: University of Washington

10.16.18 · 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Husky Union Building

2018 Audit Committee Summit Program

10.17.18 · 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Pacific Club, Newport Beach
  • Fortitude and Family: Simone Mendez, MPAc ’18

    Simone Mendez, MPAc '18, landed a job at accounting firm EY before even completing her first quarter of the program — an accomplishment she knows will make her parents proud.

  • Merage’s Top-25 Master of Professional Accountancy Prepares Students for the Digital World

    The digital revolution has upended the accounting practice and employers are demanding students with skills in data analytics and manipulation. The UCI Paul Merage School of Business is meeting those demands by educating accounting students in the latest methods of data analysis. The school’s Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) program recently jumped to the top 25 in the nation — a leap that reflects the strengthening reputation of the 5-year-old program.

  • Kristin Nguyen: On the Fast Track

    In just four years at UCI, Kristin Nguyen has accomplished what takes most students at least five: earning a bachelor’s and a master’s, and landing a full time job as an auditor for EY. It wasn’t even what she planned when she first came to UCI. “I look back and I’m still shocked at how this career path unfolded for me,” she laughs. Starting as a biology major, with a hefty load of advanced placement and community college courses under her belt, she planned to become an optometrist. “Everyone in my family had gone into the medical field,” she explains.

  • Merage Alumnus Ryan Patel Discusses the Importance of Global Diversity at 2018 Alumni Day

    Having worked in various leadership roles at Pinkberry, Wet Seal Inc., Jamba Juice and other well-known companies, Ryan Patel is also a contributor on the CNN network.