MPAc Curriculum

The Rady School of Management’s Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) program is a 50-unit STEM Designated degree program designed to take students on a professional journey where accounting is a living language that builds on an in-depth knowledge of economic transactions. Through an unrivaled and accessible network and faculty, and a commitment to innovation, students receive the best training available to engage critical reasoning in their accounting careers. An advantage that enables them to surpass not only their competition but also the highest expectations of top-tier accounting firms.

Sample Program (9 months)

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
  • Professional Seminar
  • Two additional electives

Spring Quarter

Choose electives that allow you to focus on:

  • Big Data
  • Tax, Audit and Analysis
  • Finance

Capstone Project

Gain Experience. Build Relationships.

The MPAc capstone is specially designed to give students hands-on experience at organizations ranging from technology giants to non-profits to the Big Four accounting firms. Students will work in teams of three to five on company identified projects. The capstone is an ideal venue for the firms to get to know the students and the students obtain real industry experience that aids them in their job search.

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

Elective Options

Electives = 40 percent of curriculum

Options include:

  • 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
  • Systems, Processes and Technology for Accounting
  • Not-for-profit and Government Accounting

CPA License 

In order to sit for the CPA exam in the state of California the following courses should be completed in addition to the courses offered in the Rady MPAc program.  These courses are offered through UC San Diego Extension or in other accredited colleges and universities.  

Intermediate Accounting I & II
Managerial Accounting
Federal Taxation
Financial Accounting

Meeting all of the pre-requisites for the CPA examination is the duty of the student though Rady advisers are able to assist you in finding appropriate information.