Launch Your Career in Professional Accountancy

The Rady School's Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) enhances future career opportunities by preparing students for a wide range of accounting career opportunities that span public accounting firms, corporate accounting departments, and not-for-profit and governmental organizations. The foundation of the MPAc experience at Rady includes outstanding faculty, integrative accounting knowledge, team projects, emphasis on communication and teamwork, case studies, professional seminars, guest speakers, simulations, and hands-on-experiences.

In the Rady School MPAc program you will:

  • Fulfill accounting education requirements for CPA licensure.
  • Acquire an advanced degree to become more attractive to potential employers.
  • Be part of the UC San Diego and Rady School networks.
  • Access personal career coaches via Rady’s Graduate Career Connections.
  • Work in a diverse team as you learn key business functions such as marketing, finance and operations.

If you are ready to apply to this program, you can do this here.


Prospective students should have a solid accounting foundation. Applicants must have successfully completed 24 quarter units (16-semester units) in accounting including:

  • Managerial Accounting
  • Financial Accounting
  • Intermediate Accounting I
  • Intermediate Accounting II
  • Auditing
  • Federal Taxation

Additional coursework in accounting is not required for admissions though it may strengthen a candidate’s application. Students with non-accounting undergraduate degrees and less than 24 quarter units (16-semester units) in accounting will be considered on an exceptional basis.


The Rady School's MPAc curriculum is composed of quantitative, analytical, legal and regulatory coursework. The program is 50 units and can be completed in as little as nine months.

1 Year Sample Programme:

Fall Quarter
  • Business Law
  • Ethics in Accounting and Business
  • Advanced Auditing and Forensic Accounting
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Professional Seminar
Winter Quarter
  • Professional Research and Communication for Accountants
  • Internal Control over Financial Reporting
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Professional Seminar
Spring Quarter
  • Capstone Course: Issues in Financial Reporting for Global Business: Mergers, Acquisitions and Complex Financial Structures
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective

Examples of Elective Options

Electives = 40 percent of curriculum
  • Systems, Processes and Technology for Accounting
  • Not-for-profit and Government Accounting
  • Corporate Valuation and Forecasting
  • Current Issues in the Practice and Regulation of Auditing
  • Global Taxation and Business Strategy
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Technology and Innovation Strategy
  • Collecting and Analyzing Financial Data

Capstone Course

Issues in Financial Reporting for Global Business: Mergers, Acquisitions and Complex Financial Structures

The MPAc capstone project is designed to give students hands-on experience navigating the complexities unique to international deals. Under the supervision of a faculty member, students work in small teams to complete a financial reporting and analysis project for a real-world client.

About the Course

Students apply knowledge and methods learned in the program to:

  • Build a hypothetical consolidation between two international companies
  • Conduct pro forma financial analyses of the merger
  • Evaluate the merits of the merger based on their analyses

If you are ready to apply to this program, you can do this here.

Program taught in:
  • English
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