My MPAc Experience: From Day One of Orientation, it’s been Go, Go, Go

Madeline Porter MPAc 18 My drive for constant learning is what attracted me to accounting and the UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s Master of Professional Accountancy program.

I found a profession that’s always changing, where every day brings new challenges.

My undergraduate degree from UC Davis is in English, and I took accounting courses to round out my education. When I tell people what I’m doing now, many say, “Well, that’s certainly different.”

And sure, studying where the iambic pentameter breaks in Hamlet is 180-degrees from calculating the depreciation of an asset. But majoring in English taught me how to communicate clearly, efficiently and confidently, which are key in the business world.

Before applying to the UC Davis MPAc program, I met with Associate Director Crissy Lyles to learn how the program would prepare me for a career as a CPA. Crissy is very helpful and welcoming. I applied after taking the GRE and eagerly waited.

While at an airport in Orange County, I got the call that I was going to grad school at UC Davis.

From day one of Orientation, it was go, go, go: prep for interviews, resume workshops and researching potential employers. The faculty, staff and fellow students are always there for you. It’s a very tight-knit community. 

Interviews started immediately, just as fast-paced and exhilarating as Orientation. Ultimately, I was fortunate to receive five offers from three of the Big Four accounting firms and two national firms, most at well above the program’s average starting salary of $57,000.

I wanted to feel welcome and have the most opportunity to learn and grow, so I accepted an offer from Ernst & Young’s Diversified Staff Group in San Jose, in the heart of the Silicon Valley.

Until I start at Ernst & Young later this year, I have two full quarters with my cohort to learn, grow and have fun before we venture off into the accounting world. Looking back on how much I’ve learned in just these last three months, I can’t wait to see what the rest of this academic year has in store.

If you are seeking an exciting learning experience and career track, I encourage you to consider if the 9-month Master of Professional Accountancy program is a good fit.

And the MPAc program will now waive the GMAT/GRE requirement for U.S. domestic applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or above.

Associate Director Crissy Lyles is happy to meet with you, answer your questions, host you for a class visit at Gallagher Hall, and introduce you to a current MPAc student ambassador. You’ll get an insider’s preview of what it would be like to be a part of the MPAc family. The next application deadline for MPAc fall admission is February 14.

I’m happy to answer any questions you might have, as are any of our wonderful MPAc ambassadors.

Come join us at the Graduate School of Management’s Quarterly Accounting Speaker Series event on Tuesday, January 23, at 7:00 p.m. in Gallagher Hall. Grab some pizza and meet Alexandra Torre, Campus Recruiting Senior Associate for Big Four firm PwC and Professor Robert Yetman, Faculty Director of the MPAc program. RSVP now >