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MPAc Admissions FAQs
The most frequently asked questions about MPAc admissions

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About MPAc Admissions

How much is the application fee?

The application fee is U.S $125.00. If applying online, you may pay with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover or electronic check. If you are using the paper application, you must pay by check or money order made payable to UC Regents.

Apply to the MPAc program online

What factors are considered in admissions decisions?

The Admissions Committee evaluates your academic potential, professional promise and personal qualities. These factors are not listed in order of importance, and we look at each candidate individually. The Admissions Committee’s goal is to assemble a class of students who will bring diverse perspectives to the learning environment.

What is required for application to the MPAc program?

• Application, which can be found on our website
• Current résumé
• List of outside activities, awards and honors
• Personal statement of 250 words
• Official transcripts in sealed envelope (with English translation if needed)
• Two recommendations in sealed envelopes or submitted online
• Official GMAT or GRE test score taken within the past five years
• Official TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS (for international applicants)
• $125 application fee

I don’t have an undergraduate degree in accounting or business. Can I still apply to the UC Davis MPAc?

The requirements to qualify for the MPAc program are:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Successful completion of the following three courses, or their equivalents:
    • Introduction to Financial Accounting
    • Introduction to Managerial Accounting
    • Business Law
  • The prerequisite courses may be “in progress” at the time of applying, but must be completed before beginning the MPAc program in the fall. Prerequisites cannot be taken concurrently with the MPAc curriculum.

What are the admission requirements for international applicants?

Every international student for whom English is a second language must take the TOEFL,  IELTS or PTE exam, except those who have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree at a college or university in an English-speaking country or whose total education was conducted in English.

Minimum score requirements for the TOEFL are 600 on the paper test, 250 on the computer based test, or 100 on the internet-based test. The minimum score for the IELTS is 7.5. For the PTE, the minimum score is 68. Although candidates who do not meet the score requirement are welcome to submit an application for admission, it is rare that someone with a score below the minimum is offered admission to the program.

International candidates must have completed a 4-year undergraduate degree or the equivalent. We do require a degree equivalent to a 4-year US bachelor’s degree — 16 total years of education.  We see a large number of international applicants with 3-year undergraduate degrees and generally speaking, those applicants usually need to complete a 1-year post graduate diploma to meet the degree requirement. There are a number of organizations that perform academic credential evaluations. We recommend utilizing one of these services to determine the exact standing of your degrees. For example, you may want to visit World Education System at

What is the current student profile for the UC Davis MPAc program?

Class of 2014 Student Profile:
Median GMAT     650
Median GPA    3.5
Average Age    24
Age Range    21 – 38
Undergraduate Institutions Represented  29
Women      55%
Men     45%
International Students   40%
Undergraduate Majors
Business-Related    70%
(e.g., Accounting, Economics, Finance)
Social Sciences    30%
(e.g., Sociology, Art History, Criminology)

Is work experience required for admission to the MPAc program?

Work experience is not required for admission, but will certainly be considered as part of your overall applicant profile if you do have an employment history. The UC Davis MPAc program admits students with a range of experience as well as students who enroll directly from an undergraduate program without traditional work experience. Not having work experience will not put an applicant at a disadvantage for admission.

What prerequisite courses are required for admission to the UC Davis MPAc program?

There are three prerequisites required for the MPAc program:
• Introduction to Financial Accounting
• Introduction to Managerial Accounting
•  Business Law

Because there is no mandatory undergraduate major requirement for admission, it is essential that incoming students have these accounting fundamentals in place before beginning the MPAc program.  Prerequisites can be “in progress” at the time of applying for the MPAc program but must be successfully completed prior to enrolling in the fall. There are no exceptions to this requirement.

Prerequisite courses can be taken at any accredited institution. If classes are planned or in progress at the time of applying for admission, please indicate where courses are being taken and expected date of completion on your application. For more information about accredited institutions, see the US Department of Education Database of Postsecondary Instituitions and Programs.

Do I need to submit official copies of my transcripts and test scores along with my MPAc application?

You can submit unofficial copies with your application — transcripts and test scores can be electronically uploaded with your online application. In the event that you are offered admission, UC Davis will require official, sealed copies of transcripts from all institutions attended (including coursework taken after applying to the MPAc program) and official score reports sent from the testing service.

What is the institutional code for UC Davis so that I can have score reports submitted?

For GMAT: B1S-VF-54
For GRE: 7887
For TOEFL: 4834

What is the mailing address for MPAc Admissions?

UC Davis Graduate School of Management
Gallagher Hall
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
Attn: MPAc Admissions

Is it possible to apply for admission in the winter or spring? Can I attend part time?

Admission is only offered in the fall of each academic year on a full-time basis.

About the Master of Professional Accountancy Program

How long does it take to complete the UC Davis MPAc program?

The MPAc is a single academic year, lock-step program, meaning that students take all classes together as a cohort. There are no electives, experiential labs or internships. Students take four classes per quarter for fall, spring and winter, and graduate in June.

Are any of the classes for the MPAc program offered online?

None of the MPAc classes are offered online. The program is designed to be a traditional, classroom format, and all classes are held here at the Graduate School of Management on the UC Davis campus.

Will I qualify to sit for the CPA exam after graduating from the MPAc program?

The MPAc program at UC Davis fulfills the requirement enacted by Senate Bill 819 that goes into effect in January 2014 for an additional 30 hours in “Accounting Study” and “Ethics” (see Ready for 150? on the CalCPA website). Depending upon your undergraduate coursework, you may need to make up units in certain categories, e.g., a student whose undergraduate major was in the social sciences may not have acquired enough business units to sit for the CPA exam, even after completing the MPAc program and may need to make arrangements to make up those units in order to qualify for CPA licensure. 

To determine how your completed and projected coursework corresponds with the CPA requirements, please consult the California State Board of Accountancy.

About Financing the MPAc Degree

Does the Graduate School of Management offer scholarships or grants?

Both the University of California and the Graduate School of Management have financial aid available for students, including grant funding. GSM scholarships are merit-based and are offered at the same time as offers of admission. Every student is given scholarship consideration when applying; no additional application is required. You will be notified by Student Affairs if you have been selected for a GSM scholarship.

For more information about financial aid, please see: UC Davis Financial Aid for Graduate & Professional Students.

Are there other scholarships or grants available from other sources?

There are a range of scholarships offered from both public and private sources. You are ultimately responsible for securing funding for your MPAc degree, however there is an abundance of information about scholarships available for accounting students. Students should explore general scholarships as well as scholarships from affinity groups; consider what kind of package best fits both your needs and your unique qualities.

Some places to start:
CalCPA’s Scholarship Resource Guide
This Way to CPA Scholarship Search
U.S. News & World Report: The Scholarship Coach

Are international students eligible for financial aid from UC Davis?

Most types of financial aid are not available for students with the following Visa types: F-1 or F-2 Student, G Series, H Series, J-1 or J-2 Exchange Visitor. International students may be eligible for scholarships, alternative loans and short-term loans.

For more information, visit the UC Davis Financial Aid website.

About MPAc Career Development

What kind of career development opportunities does the Graduate School of Management offer?

The Career Development department at the GSM has a long history of successfully assisting MBA students with their career search. This experienced team is now a resource for MPAc students as they plan their entry into the accounting profession.

Services include:
• Meet the Firms networking events
• Individual counseling to sharpen job search strategies
• Career Development workshops
• Group meetings with Career Development staff
• Mock interviews
• Access to national and international job listings
• Participation in national conferences
• Site visits, guest speakers and information sessions with industry leaders

What is the placement rate for MPAc graduates?

As the MPAc program at UC Davis welcomed its charter class in the fall of 2012, we do not yet have data on placement rates for graduates, however in our first class, several of the students had received offers of employment before winter quarter drew to a close.

About International Students and Opportunities

What resources are available for international students?

Visit the UC Davis Services for International Students & Scholars Office (SISS) or call (530) 752-0864.

What are the chances of working in the U.S. after I receive my MPAc degree?

It is extremely challenging for international students to secure employment post-graduation due to the cost of sponsoring a working visa (H-1B visa). That said it is possible for highly-qualified international students to be offered positions in the US.

The most successful candidates:

  • Demonstrate a very strong fluency in English, both written and spoken
  • Are comfortable with and have a clear understanding of American culture and way of interacting in a professional setting
  • Take advantage of all resources offered by the GSM and UC Davis career services, and are flexible and open-minded with regard to their opportunities for employment

What percentage of MPAc students are international?

About 30% of MPAc students are international. For more information about the program’s demographics, please see our MPAc class profile above.

What is the TOEFL or IELTS requirement for applying to the MPAc program?

If your native language is not English, you must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score taken within two years of your projected enrollment date. If you completed a degree in an English-speaking country, the TOEFL or IELTS is not required.

The minimum score requirements for the TOEFL are 600 on the paper-based test, 250 on the computer-based test, or 100 on the Internet-based test. The institution code is 4834. For more information on TOEFL, please contact: Educational Testing Service (ETS) at (609) 771-7100.

The minimum band score requirement for the IELTS is 7.5. You must request that the testing center send your official scores directly to the UC Davis Graduate School of Management; no code is required. For more information on the IELTS, please contact IELTS International at (323) 255-2771.

About the City of Davis

What is the City of Davis like?

Ecologically aware and socially progressive, Davis has a small town friendliness and strong community participation. Davis is a true “college town” with students comprising nearly half of the city’s population of 64,400. There is a widespread appreciation for open space and community recreation as evidenced by the numerous greenbelts and landscaped parks, tennis courts, playgrounds and swimming pools, and Davis’s celebrated Farmers Market. Davis boasts over 50 miles of bicycle and jogging paths linking all parts of town and campus. Sacramento, the state capitol, is located 12 miles to the east and affords all the amenities expected in a major metropolitan area. Davis is a modest drive from San Francisco and world-famous destinations like Napa Valley and Lake Tahoe.

What is the housing situation in Davis?

There is a range of housing options close to campus, but apartment living is the most common option for graduate students. For more information on apartments in Davis, see Davis Wiki.

Graduate students may apply to live in apartments and cooperatives on campus. See the UC Davis Student Housing webpage for eligibility requirements and application information.

Students with families are eligible to live in campus apartments; first priority goes to students with children. For more information, refer back to the UC Davis Student Housing office.

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