Academics and Curriculum

Elevate your accountancy knowledge at one of the top-performing MPAc programs in the country.

Powerful connections

Through a collaborative learning environment, you will build strong connections with globally ranked professors and motivated students who will know you by name and work with you to meet your educational and professional goals.

"To be a successful accountant, you have to be a dynamic person, a global thinker. Our program is redefining graduate accounting education, and I am enthusiastic about sharing my knowledge and experience with our students, motivating them to learn, understand and ultimately thrive."

— Will Snyder, MPAc Executive Director, UC Davis Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching Award (2018)


A breakdown of your MPAc program

Our STEM-designated MPAc program will equip you with accounting knowledge and skills that are applicable and relevant in virtually any industry, both in the public and private sector, giving unlimited potential and possibilities to your career.

Program prerequisites: 

  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Managerial Accounting
  • Business Law
  • Statistics

Program details:

MPAc is a lock-step program. Students must complete 48 units (16 units per quarter) with a minimum 3.0 GPA and pass a comprehensive exam to meet graduation requirements. Students are required to have access to a PC with Windows OS.


Fall Quarter

Winter Quarter

Spring Quarter

  • ACC 261 Communications for Professional Accountants
  • ACC 211 Tax Reporting & Analysis
  • ACC 251 Managerial Accounting & Controls
  • ACC 201 Financial Reporting (waivable*)
    • If waived, elective: MGT 469 Machine Learning with Python
  • ACC 271 Accounting Ethics
  • ACC 213 Intermediate Tax Reporting & Analysis
  • ACC 253 Accounting Information & Control Systems
  • ACC 203 Intermediate Financial Reporting (waivable*)
    • If waived, elective: ACC 215 Advanced Tax Reporting & Analysis
  • ACC 243 Auditing & Attestation Services
  • ACC 455 Audit Data Analytics
  • ACC 231 Analysis & Use of Accounting Reports
  • ACC 205 Advanced Financial Reporting

*Waivable with approval of MPAc Graduate Advisor. Students must have completed comparable course with minimum grade requirement.

Notice regarding professional licensure and certification:
The MPAc does meet all states and territories CPA licensure education requirements. Please note that admission into programs for professions that require licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the University of California and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time.