University of California, Riverside

Anderson Graduate School of Management

How to Apply

Apply to the MPAc Program

Admission Criteria

The MPAc program is open to eligible students with an accounting background gained from undergraduate coursework, prior work experience, or a combination of both. We accept applicants with undergraduate degrees in business, accounting, economics and other related fields.

We consider each applicant's professional, academic and life experiences in addition to character and personality. Admission to the program is based upon several criteria, including the quality of previous academic work, GMAT or GRE performance, personal essays and letters of recommendation. Professional experience is considered advantageous, but is not required for admission. We encourage recent graduates, entry-level and mid-career professionals to apply. 

Prerequisites for Admission

Applicants must have completed the following UCR accounting courses or their equivalents at another institution:

  • BUS 020: Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • BUS 161: Forensic and Fraud Auditing
  • BUS 165A/B/C: Intermediate Financial Accounting (1 year)
  • One taxation course:
    • BUS 168A: Individual Taxation
    • BUS 168B: Federal Taxation for Corporations, Partnerships, Estates, and Trusts
  • One cost or managerial accounting course:
    • BUS 108: Financial Evaluation and Managerial Analysis

Additionally, all applicants must have completed another 5-6 business courses outside of accounting.

Required Documents

To apply to the MPAc program, you will need to complete an online application and submit the required documents listed below.  Please note that not all documents are necessary to begin and complete your online application. Refer to the Graduate Division website for specific application instructions.

If you need to contact our office about your application, please make sure to include your Full Name (as entered on your application) and Application ID on all correspondence.

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Statement of Personal History
  • Resume/CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • Official GMAT or GRE score report: GMAT institution code is 346-VD-62 and GRE institution code is 4839.
  • For International Students Only:
    • Official degree certificate
    • International applicant sponsorship form
    • Official TOEFL or IELTS score report: TOEFL institution code is 4839. IELTS official score reports can be mailed to the MPAc Program Office.

    All application materials (including transcripts) should be mailed to:

    Graduate Program in Accounting
    The A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management
    University of California, Riverside
    900 University Avenue
    Riverside, CA 92521  USA

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Application Deadlines

Fall 2015 Admission

Round 1: January 5, 2015

Round 2: March 1, 2015

Round 3: May 1, 2015

Final Deadlines:

  International: May 1, 2015
  Domestic: September 1, 2015

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

The A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management

Graduate Programs Office
102 Anderson Hall, South

Tel: (951) 827-6200
Fax: (951) 827-2055