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Rady School of Management – UC San Diego - Master of Professional Accountancy

UC San Diego Master of Professional Accountancy Structure

The UC San Diego Master of Professional Accountancy degree at Rady School of Management is a full-time program. Courses are expected to be completed over three consecutive quarters, which is nine months. The third quarter is a capstone course where students receive hands-on experience working in groups at organizations ranging from technology giants to non-profits to the Big Four accounting firms. The capstone is an ideal venue for the firms to get to know the students and the students to obtain real industry experience that aids them in their job search.


The UC San Diego Master of Professional Accountancy program is a 50-unit degree program. The curriculum consists of seven four-unit core courses, two one-unit professional seminars, and 20 units from a set of elective courses. The nine-month program is designed to address the issues of needs faced by innovation-driven, high-technology companies. Students will fulfill the CPA accounting education requirements for student (who majored in accounting in undergraduate programs and most students who minored in accounting), receive dual emphasis on U.S. GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) and IFRS (International Financial Reporting Principles), and work in diverse teams as you learn key business functions such as marketing, finance and operations.

Class Profile

Recent figures showed that 34 students are enrolled UC San Diego Master of Professional Accountancy class, with 41 percent identifying as male and 59 percent identifying as female. The average student age is 23.


The Rady School Career Management Center provides students with a network of support as they pursue their post-graduation career goals.

Rady Graduate Career Management Center actively works with Rady students to provide assistance during the application process for internships or full-time employment, and prepare them for career success through guidance and mentoring.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The most recent available tuition figures show that fees for UC San Diego Master of Professional Accountancy students is $1,260 per unit.

To be considered for financial assistance or non-subsidized loans, students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Rady provides limited merit-based fellowship support to exceptional individuals. All domestic and international admitted students are invited to apply for a Rady fellowship by requesting the Fellowship Application from the Graduate Admissions office after they receive their official offer of admission.


Prospective students should have a solid accounting foundation. Students with non-accounting undergraduate degrees and less than 24 quarter units (16 semester units) in accounting will be considered on an exceptional basis.

Master of Professional Accountancy application requirements:

a. Online application form
b. Transcripts
c. Resume or CV
d. Accounting Background
e. Recommendations
f. Statement of Purpose
g. GMAT or GRE Scores
h. TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Score (for international applicants only)
i. $120 Domestic Application Fee, $140 International Application Fee

The Rady School of Management is accepting admissions to the Master of Professional Accountancy fall 2020 cohort on a rolling basis.

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