Planned Masters Programs at Rady

Master of Professional Accountacy (under development)

The Master of Professional Accountacy (MPAc) program will provide a starting point for students seeking a career in public accounting or corporate accounting.  The program will help students build strength in basic skills while educating them with an eye toward the Rady School’s areas of specialization such as innovation and technology.  In keeping with established campus procedures, the program will be subject to internal review by the Rady School of Management and will also be subject to accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB).

Finish in nine months

The nine-month MPAc program will consist of twelve courses (48 units), of which seven will be required and five will be electives.  The curriculum was designed to satisfy three main goals.  First, each course covers the broad fundamentals of accounting, but with emphasis on the accounting and business principles in technology-driven enterprises.  Second, Rady will provide coursework with a global perspective.  This outlook is important in the current economy, where even the smallest companies need to think and act globally.  For this reason, importance will be placed on both U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).  Third, core courses will focus on how the accounting function is integrated into other operational activities of an organization to demonstrate that one business function does not stand alone from its impact on others.

MBA electives to compliment your degree

Graduate-level electives may be chosen from accounting or select graduate-level course work from Rady’s MBA program. The course topics in the MPAc program were selected because of their relevance to general industry needs and their applicability to the general knowledge areas covered in the CPA exam and requirements for licensure.  In this way, the MPAc curriculum lays a solid educational foundation for each of the four areas of the Uniform Certified Public Accounting examination, Auditing and Attestation (AUD), Business Environment and Concepts (BEC), Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR), and Regulation (REG).

Leave ready for your new position

Upon graduation, UCSD MPAc students will be well-prepared to assume starting (and occasionally mid-level) positions in public accounting, private practice or with other for-profit or not-for-profit entities.  Surveys and inputs from industry professionals have indicated a strong demand for students who have an education in accounting.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow at a rate of thirteen percent over the next decade.  This job growth can be attributed to an increase in the number of businesses, changing financial laws and corporate governance regulations, and a greater emphasis on accountability, transparency and controls in financial reporting aimed at protecting an organization's stakeholders.  Further, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, accounting professionals draw competitive wages with the average salaries of $72,500.