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Master of Accounting

The Master of Accounting is a nine-month, 30-unit graduate degree for early-career accounting professionals or recent graduates who possess an undergraduate degree in accounting and wish to apply for licensure as a Certified Public Accountant under California's new accounting education rules. In addition to advanced courses in financial accounting, auditing, federal income tax, financial statement analysis, and accounting research techniques, the program includes seven units of ethics-related coursework, including a course on Ethics for the Professional Accountant. To enhance the management potential of its graduates, the program also requires courses in leadership, negotiation, and corporate social responsibility.

Applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree in accounting are also eligible for admission into the Master of Accounting. However, certain prerequisite courses will be required in addition to the Master of Accounting requirements. It may take up to two years to earn the Master's degree and meet the California education requirements for licensure as a Certified Public Accountant. 

Admission to the Master of Accounting Important Application Dates

On-time application date: MARCH 1

Please note: Admission decisions are usually made beginning in mid-March, however, you are encouraged to apply by January 15 to be considered for priority consideration. You will be notified in writing immediately when decisions regarding your application have been made.

Late applications will be accepted on a rolling basis generally through June 1 each year. Please contact the MBA Program Office to determine if spaces are still available after June 1.

Master of Accounting Application Portfolio 

Your completed application portfolio must be submitted before the Admissions Committee can render a final decision on your application. The required forms and documents include:

  • A completed online application for Master of Accounting admission
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools attended
  • Two letters of recommendation (recommended)
  • An official Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Score*. 
  • A current resume

International applicants should review the International MAcc applicants page for additional requirements.

You should submit a completed application and return all supplemental documents by the appropriate application dates. Applications received after the on-time decision date will be considered on a rolling, space-available basis.

*Please visit for more information on the GMAT and for more information on the GRE. The GMAT is the preferred test but a GRE score can be accepted if taken within the 5 year window required to be official.