Master of Professional Accountancy Admissions

MPAc Admissions Information

  • Most applicants will need to submit an official GMAT or GRE score.   We encourage applicants to take the test at their earliest convenience.   A free GMAT Mini-Quiz is available for you to get a feel for the examination. 
  • Domestic applicants with a 3.2 or higher GPA may be waived from the GMAT or GRE.
  • Candidates with all undergraduate degrees may apply.  Those with significant prior study in Accounting will have priority.  Candidates admitted with minimal academic accounting background may be asked to complete courses prior to matriculation.


Fall 2021 Deadlines

Round 1: November 1, 2020
Round 2: January 15, 2021
Round 3 & Scholarship Deadline: April 1, 2021 (Final International Deadline)
Round 4: May 1, 2021 (Domestic Deadline)
Extended Deadline: June 1, 2021 (Extended Domestic Deadline)


Application Checklist

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

1. Application Form

Fill out the application form online.

2. Transcripts

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.

3. Resume or CV

Submit your up-to-date resume or CV.

4. 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
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.

5. Recommendations

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.

6. Statement of Purpose

Your Statement of Purpose should be no longer than 500 words, double-spaced, 12-point font. The Rady Mission Statement: The Rady School of Management develops ethical and entrepreneurial leaders who make a positive impact in the world through innovation, collaboration and knowledge. Please choose two of the following words from our mission statement: entrepreneurial, innovation, collaboration, knowledge. Discuss how the two words you have chosen have played a role in your academic and/or professional career.

7. GMAT or GRE Scores

*UPDATE: The Rady School of Management believes your motivation and your commitment matters. Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic and applicants' reduced ability to access and prepare for the GMAT or GRE, we will waive the GRE/GMAT requirement for the Master of Professional Accountancy program for Fall 2021. In order to waive the test requirement, your application must be completed (including submission of all required supporting documents) by the stated program deadline.*

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

The Rady Admissions Office encourages all applicants to prepare appropriately for these examinations.  Study can be done individually, in classroom environments, or online.  Though the Rady School does not endorse any particular test prep organization, the following are organizations that have been utilized successfully by previous applicants:

8. 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.

TOEFL/IELTS scores can be waived for applicants who have studied at least one full academic year in an undergraduate or graduate institution in a country where English is the dominant language. If you maintained a 3.0 GPA during one academic year in the university, then you are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS. Be sure to include all of your university transcripts in the application. 

9. Application Fee 

The application fee is $120 for US citizens or Permanent Residents; $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.

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