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 accounting courses (UCR course numbers for reference) or their equivalents at another institution:

  • Financial Accounting and Reporting (BUS 020)
  • One year of Intermediate Financial Accounting (BUS 165A/B/C)
  • One auditing course:
    • Auditing (BUS 169A)
    • Quality Assurance in Auditing (BUS 169B)
  • One taxation course:
    • Individual Taxation (BUS 168A)
    • Federal Taxation for Corporations, Partnerships, Estates, and Trusts (BUS 168B)
  • One cost or managerial accounting course:
    • Financial Evaluation and Managerial Analysis (BUS 108)

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 & Personal History essay
  • Resume/CV
  • 1 letter 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 2019 Admission

Priority Round:
   December 15, 2018

Round 2:
   January 31, 2019

Round 3:
   March 1, 2019

Late Round:
   June 1, 2019 (International)
   August 1, 2019 (Domestic)


Program Costs

Approximately 80% of domestic students receive financial awards through scholarships, and financial aid. International students are also eligible for merit-based financial awards. Applicants are automatically assessed for awards as part of the admissions process.

Current fee and tuition schedule

Please note: All graduate students are required to have mandatory health insurance through the university and pay the associated GSHIP fee each quarter. This fee may be waived if you have existing qualified health coverage and apply for a waiver through Student Health Services.

More Information 

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