General information

Orientation: Business Boot Camp for Incoming MPAc Students

Congratulations on your admittance to the UC Davis Master of Professional Accountancy Program (MPAc). We look forward to welcoming you to the Graduate School of Management (GSM) community.

2017 programming information for the Communication & Culture Boot Camp and Orientation: Business Boot Camp will be posted on CANVAS. Below are the dates for 2017 programming:

Communication & Culture Boot Camp 
August 21 – 25, 2017
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Orientation: Business Boot Camp
September 5 – 25, 2017
9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

The following information references the 2016 Communication & Culture Boot Camp and MPAc Orientation.

2016 Schedule

Communication & Culture Boot Camp

August 21 – 25, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Attendance is required for International students, highly recommended for permanent residents, and optional for domestic students.

The Communication & Culture Boot Camp covers graduate-level communication and presentation skills with a focus on enhancing cultural understanding of Western business methods and norms.

The boot camp will be held in Gallagher Hall on the UC Davis campus. You will hear from speakers, engage in intensive writing seminars, participate in fluency workshops, and access opportunities to begin researching companies and career options.

To get an idea of boot camp programming, please review the Communication and Culture Boot Camp 2016 programming and schedule below.

Communication and Culture Boot Camp 2016

MPAc Orientation 2016

September 5 – September 25, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Attendance is required for all students.

MPAc Orientation prepares you academically, professionally and socially to excel in the UC Davis MPAc program and beyond. We’ve created a comprehensive program that covers student life at the Graduate School of Management, prepares you for the fall recruiting cycle and includes networking opportunities to set the stage for your success at UC Davis.

We look forward to seeing you at the Graduate School of Management in August.

Sign-up for Orientation and the Communication & Culture Boot Camp via your Canvas account (registration required).

Detailed schedule subject to change.

To get an idea of boot camp programming, please review the Business Boot Camp 2016 programming and schedule below.

MPAc Orientation 2016


What to Expect

  1. You should wear lightweight, casual business attire on most orientation days, as the Davis weather in August/September averages in the high 90s F (35 C). Formal business attire is expected for some sessions; we will notify you prior to the session.
  2. Ensure that you have activated your UC Davis username and email prior to arriving at orientation.
  3. Bring your laptop and charger. For details regarding computing information, go here.
    1. Ensure you have administrative access to install printer drivers and printers;
    2. Ensure that your laptop has MS Windows 7 or higher (XP is not supported);
    3. If using a Mac, additional software may be necessary to run Windows-only applications.
  4. Expect to receive additional information about the Associated Students of Management (ASM), including information on student-run events and how you can become an ASM member.

Location and Parking

  1. The Communication & Culture Boot Camp will be held at Gallagher Hall (next door to the Alumni Center).   Orientation location coming soon. Please access the UC Davis interactive campus map to find the exact locations.
  2. Parking areas for Orientation 2016 and the Communication & Culture Boot Camp include Visitor Parking Lots 1 and 2 and the Gateway Parking Structure located adjacent to the Mondavi Center. Please review the Visitor Permit Parking Area map to find these parking areas.
  3. Parking permits are required and available for $9 from the automated kiosk located in the Gateway Parking Structure as well as the Visitor Parking (VP) Lot 1 just south of Gallagher Hall. There are also multiple bike parking (free) locations around the buildings.

Hotel Accommodations

The Hyatt Place UC Davis, is located just steps from Gallagher Hall. 

Room block rates $139 per night.

To reserve your room click here.

  1. Under “MAKE A RESERVATION” add your arrival and departure dates that fall within the following time frame 08/22/2016 -  9/20/2016;
  2. Click “Check Availability” and our group room block will appear;
  3. When you see “GSM Orientation” click on “Select”;
  4. Proceed with checkout.
  5. If you have questions, contact Kristyn Areson at (530) 297-3183 or email at

Forms To be Filled Out and Brought With You to Orientation

Aggie Card Request Form

If you have questions, please contact us via email or call MPAc Program Manager Crissy Lyles at (530) 752-9872.

Register for Fall Courses

Fall registration will open on August 9.