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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Prerequisite Courses 

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.

The requirements to qualify for the MPAc program are:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Successful completion of the following four courses, or their equivalents:
    • Introduction to Financial Accounting 
    • Introduction to Managerial Accounting
    • Business Law
    • Statistics

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. 

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 U.S. Department of Education Database of Postsecondary Institutions and Programs.

Work Experience

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.

GMAT/GRE Requirements

The GMAT requirement may be waived for US domestic applicants, and international applicants who completed their undergraduate degree (all four years) from a US institution, with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or above. All applicants with a GPA less than 3.2 will be required to submit GMAT or GRE scores.

Institutional Codes to send GMAT, GRE or TOEFL score reports

B1S-VF-54 7887 4834, Graduate Business Organization

Mailing Address for MPAc Admissions

Graduate School of Management - Admissions
Gallagher Hall, Suite 1101
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

Internship Opportunities

The MPAc program admits a select group of students in their junior year of college. These students enroll in the MPAc upon completing their undergraduate degrees.  Individuals admitted into the MPAc in their junior year and that are eligible to work in the United States can apply for a pre-MPAc internship in the summer before the program starts. Interviews for summer internships typically occur in the early fall of a student’s final year in their undergraduate program.

Qualification to Sit for the CPA Exam

The MPAc program at UC Davis fulfills the California Educational Requirements for CPA Licensure for the 24 semester units in "Accounting Subjects", the 20 semester units in “Accounting Study” and, the 10 semester units in  “Ethics Study” (see the California Board of Accountancy Tip Sheet). Depending upon your undergraduate coursework, you may need to take additional courses outside of the MPAc to fulfill the 24 semester units in "Business-Related Subjects". Students with undergraduate degrees in business, economics, mathematics, computer science, or related areas will most likely have met the "Business-Related Subjects" requirements, whereas a student whose undergraduate major was in the humanities may not have acquired enough "Business-Related Subjects" units 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.