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

  • 1-year

    full-time program

  • No. 13

    Master’s of Accounting Program (16 or fewer full-time faculty)

  • GMAT/GRE waiver
    for 3.2 GPA+

  • 2-year

    21-24 month program

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.

Merage MBA & Masters Career Night

10.11.18 · 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
UCI Student Center

2018 Audit Committee Summit Program

10.17.18 · 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Pacific Club, Newport Beach

Golf Tournament

4.8.19 · 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mission Viejo Country Club
  • 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.

  • Matt LaCascia, MPAc ’18 : People Behind the Numbers

    For Master of Professional Accountancy student Matt LaCascia, it’s not just the numbers that appeal to him, it’s the people.

  • Paul Araiza: Creating his own opportunities

    When Paul Araiza graduated in June 2018 with his Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) from the UCI Paul Merage School of Business, it culminated a decade-long educational journey spanning three schools, with multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan in between.