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MPAc Admissions Information

We are thrilled you are considering the Rady School of Management for your Master of Professional Accountancy. The Rady Admissions team takes a holistic approach to reviewing all applicants and in recruiting a cohort that reflects academic excellence, innovation, diverse perspectives and hard work. We encourage you to explore the application process, meet our advisors, and to take the time to put together a high quality application that reflects you and your career aspirations. This is your opportunity to invest in yourself and make the impact you want to have on the world.

Candidates with all undergraduate degrees may apply. Those with significant prior study in Accounting will have priority. Candidates admitted with a minimal academic accounting background may be asked to complete courses prior to matriculation. The GMAT/GRE is not required for MPAc admissions.

Fall 2023 Application Deadlines


  • Deadline 1 -- October 15, 2022
  • Deadline 2 -- November 15, 2022
  • Deadline 3 -- January 15, 2023
  • Deadline 4 -- March 1, 2023
  • Deadline 5: Final International & Special Fellowship Consideration Deadline* -- April 15, 2023
  • Final Deadline -- June 1, 2023

*Applicants who apply by the Special Fellowship Consideration deadline have priority consideration for all donor supported and special fellowships (including all fellowships listed here).


Application Checklist 

A completed Master of Professional Accountancy application will include the following components:

Application Form

Please fill out the application form.


Provide unofficial academic transcripts by uploading a PDF (front and back sides of each page) directly into the online application. Official transcripts are not required until you are offered admission by UC San Diego.
For international applicants ONLY: All international transcripts require an official translation into English by a certified translator. International applicants must submit a certified copy of their diploma indicating the degree received.

Upon Provisional Admission to UC San Diego

Beginning with the Fall 2023 admissions cycle, all admitted, international applicants are required to complete and submit a WES Course-by-Course evaluation. Please go to to create your account. You will be prompted to input your academic history, and will then be provided with a list of documents required for the completion of your evaluation. Applicants with academic work in progress who expect to complete a degree program before the intended date of enrollment at UCSD must provide evidence of degree conferral and a final academic transcript as soon as they are available.

Please do not send official documents to the Graduate Admissions Office. As an international applicant, you must submit a WES Course-by-Course evaluation via WES once you have been admitted for your admission to UC San Diego to be finalized.

Resume or CV

Submit your up-to-date resume or CV.

Accounting Background

Prospective students should have a solid accounting foundation. Applicants must have successfully completed 24 quarter units (18 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 (18 semester units) in accounting will be considered on an exceptional basis.


All applicants are required to submit two recommendations. It is highly encouraged that recommendations be submitted online. It is most important that recommendations be completed by individuals who are in a position to analyze your ability and academic promise.

Statement of Purpose

Tell us why you think that you are a good candidate for the Master of Professional Accountancy program and how you expect the specific features of the program at Rady to benefit your future career. (500 words maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Score (for international applicants only)

  • TOEFL scores are to be sent from ETS to institutional code 4836. Minimum scores for TOEFL: 90, however, competitive applicants’ average scores are above 100.
  • IELTS scores are to be sent directly from the British Council or test-taking institution. The minimum IELTS score is 7. Select University of California, San Diego as the institution and have them released electronically to Rady/UC San Diego
  • PTE test takers must select the University of California, San Diego as a score recipient, then submit a copy of your scores directly to our Graduate Admissions office at: Rady School of Management, UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive #0553, La Jolla, CA 92093-0553. Include your registration ID number and exam date on your application. Official scores will be verified online. The minimum PTE score is 65.

Demonstrated proficiency in the English language is required for all international applicants whose native language is not English. Non-native English language speakers may be exempt from this requirement if they have earned or will be earning a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree with grades of B (3.0) or better from either:

  • A regionally accredited U.S. college or university where English is the sole language of instruction, or
  • A foreign college or university which provides instruction solely in English. You may verify whether your institution meets this requirement by looking up your institution in the IAU World Higher Education Database (WHED). If English is not the sole language of instruction listed, if no language is listed at all, or if the institution does not appear on the WHED website, you are required to submit English proficiency exam scores. No other documentation (e.g. letters, language certificates, school websites) may be used in place of WHED as a means to obtain an exemption from the English proficiency requirement. 

Application Fee

The application fee is $120 for Domestic Applicants,  $140 for International Applicants. The non-refundable fee is payable by credit card through the online application. You may also pay by check, following the instructions in the online application. If you choose to pay by check, please note that your application will not be processed until your check has been received.

More Information

The GMAT/GRE is not required for MPAc admissions. However, test scores may be submitted and considered as an optional addendum to the application. If you choose to submit test scores, the Master of Professional Accountancy program will accept either GMAT or GRE scores.

  • The code for the GMAT is 3NS-ZK-10
  • The code for the GRE is 4836