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| Master of professional accountancy


Innovative Leaders for Global Impact

Growing Demand This is a historic moment for accounting education in California. New Board of Accountancy standards beginning in 2014 require those seeking a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license in the state to complete five years of postsecondary education at an accredited college or university. The UC Davis Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) has been designed to meet and exceed these standards. Our nine-month program includes advanced courses in auditing, tax and financial reporting, international accounting, ethics and communications. You’ll learn global accounting standards that apply to publicly traded firms, and U.S. standards that apply to many smaller corporations and businesses.

We invite you to learn more about the MPAc and how it can help you achieve your personal and professional goals.


As a UC Davis MPAc student, you’ll join a diverse community dedicated to the highest professional accounting standards— and to making a positive impact on the world.

The program is rigorous, and professors engage, challenge and encourage students to strive for excellence. I gained the knowledge and skills necessary for a successful career in accounting. b e n j am i n o k y e r e MPAc 13

Deloitte LLP | Sacramento, Calif. Audit Associate Previous Position

Fund Accountant | State Street Bank | Sacramento, Calif. Previous Degree

BS, Finance, Risk Management and Insurance California State University, Sacramento

On the cover: Professor Robert Yetman | Jessica Agee MPAc 13 Professor Hollis Skaife | Will Snyder, Executive Director, MPAc Program | Professor Shannon Anderson | Benjamin Okyere MPAc 13 | Elizabeth Ku MPAc 13

Accelerate Your Career HOt hiring sector |

The U.S. Bureau of

Labor Statistics predicts that the accounting field will see jobs increase by more than 15 percent by 2020. More than 2,000 new accounting graduates are hired by private companies each year in California alone.

our approach |

Our career development

team works closely with you to prepare for your

Accounting firms are thrilled that UC Davis is offering this degree. As a top-ranked business school, we are committed to the highest-quality student experience—and to your professional success.


professional advancement. We help you bridge your classroom experience with the global job

— Dean Steven C. Currall

market. Through a series of dynamic activities and workshops, you'll develop the tools and resources to accelerate your career.

Thrive |

Whether you choose a Big Four accounting firm, a local

CPA office, corporate accounting, government auditing, nonprofit work or another arena, we’ll help prepare you to launch a rewarding career. ■■




Engage with Us — Participate in one-on-one and group sessions with our seasoned career counselors to assess your goals and develop a customized career strategy. Maximize Opportunities — Make the most of on- and off-campus recruiter activities, company tours, career fairs and industry events.

Co r p o r at e Co n n e c t i o n s We have successfully partnered with major accounting firms and agencies to recruit MPAc graduates. ■■

Apercen Partners LLC


Armanino McKenna LLP

Tap Our Powerful Alumni Network — Benefit from the Graduate School of Management’s deeply loyal and supportive alumni, who take time to mentor and assist you.




Brown Fink Boyce & Astle LLP


Burr Pilger Mayer Inc.

Present Yourself — Learn valuable résumé, cover letter and interview strategies to effectively market yourself.


California Board of Equalization


California Department of Finance


California State Auditor


Campbell Taylor & Co.




Crowe Horwath LLP


Deloitte LLP


Ernst & Young LLP


Franchise Tax Board


Gallina LLP


Gilbert Associates Inc.


Grant Thornton LLP




Macias Gini & O’Connell LLP


McGladrey LLP


Moss Adams LLP


Novogradac & Co. LLP


PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP


Walmart eCommerce



Our program starts with a Meet the Firms event—a valuable opportunity to network with representatives from diverse companies and gain insight into the best match for your professional goals.

The UC Davis Edge We prepare students to become professional accountants in our challenging nine-month program. Our Master of Professional Accountancy program exceeds California’s new education requirements for CPAs. The comprehensive curriculum includes advanced coursework in accounting, financial reporting, tax reporting and analysis, and opportunities to examine and hone professional ethics and build your communication skills. You’ll graduate with a definitive edge in the competitive global accounting industry. Your UC Davis MPAc experience and University of California master’s degree will provide a solid foundation for a rewarding career.

Curriculum FALL Q UARTER ■■

Financial Reporting


Tax Reporting and Analysis



WI NTER Q uarter ■■

Auditing and the Accounting Profession


Accounting Ethics




Intermediate Financial Reporting Intermediate Tax Reporting and Analysis Managerial Accounting and Controls Communications for Professional Accountants

S prin g Q uarter ■■




Advanced Financial Reporting Advanced Tax Reporting and Analysis Analysis and Use of Accounting Reports Auditing and Attestation Services

I learned the technical skills from the greatest accountants in the field. And the program puts a huge emphasis on polishing us as professionals, training us to be effective communicators, presenters and business people. j e s s i c a a g e e MPAc 13

PricewaterhouseCoopers | Sacramento, Calif. Assurance Associate P REVIOUS P OSITION

Program Assistant UC Davis Extension, Corporate Education P REVIOUS D EGREE

BS, Agricultural & Resource (Managerial) Economics University of California, Davis

A Passion for Excellence You will learn from the same outstanding faculty who teach in our nationally ranked MBA program. Our professors are industry experts, actively engaged with the business world through innovative research. They blend their accomplished scholarship and industry know-how to bring accounting lessons to life. They bring energy, expertise and enthusiasm to turn complex concepts into actionable tools you will use throughout your career. In our small classes you’ll build strong connections with your professors. They will know you by name and work with you to meet your goals. Professor Shannon Anderson is an internationally recognized leader in managerial accounting, performancemeasurement and cost-control systems.

R o b e r t Y e t ma n

Professor of Management Faculty Director, Master of Professional Accountancy Program Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Certified Public Accountant | 1994–present 2012 Outstanding Accounting Educator | CalCPA Member, California Ethics Curriculum Committee Graduate School of Management Professor of the Year 2005–2007 and 2009–2010 C OURSES T A UG H T

Accounting Ethics Tax Reporting and Analysis

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Accountants are the ‘score keepers’ trusted to provide accurate, truthful information. I seek to instill a sense of larger social obligation, teaching my students not only the technical accounting rules, but also where those rules came from and why they matter.

Our Dynamic Community You will feel the energy and camaraderie the moment you arrive on campus. We offer an intimate, vibrant environment in which learning and relationships flourish. You will also benefit from the vast opportunities of one of the world’s top research universities. You will develop close and lasting bonds with our internationally renowned professors, and share a dual commitment with your fellow students to excel as individuals and to see one another succeed. From day one, you’ll start building your network— and honing your teamwork and collaboration skills.

C al i fo r n i a’s Fu t u r e Acco u n ta n ts 2013 UC Davis MPAc Class Profile

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Our program is redefining graduate accounting education. I am enthusiastic about sharing my knowledge and experience with our students, motivating them to learn, understand—and thrive. Will Snyder

Executive Director Master of Professional Accountancy Program MBA, University of Southern California | Los Angeles Certified Public Accountant | 1978–present Former partner at Deloitte LLP Almost 40 awards for outstanding teaching 2010 Outstanding Accounting Educator | CalCPA C OURSES T A UG H T

Auditing and the Accounting Profession Intermediate Tax Reporting and Analysis Advanced Tax Reporting and Analysis

Admissions The Graduate School of Management seeks candidates with the potential to become innovative leaders ready to make a global impact. The MPAc program admits students with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university who meet our entrance requirements. While an undergraduate

S u bm i t t i n g Yo u r A ppl i cat i o n

accounting degree is not required, applicants must have successfully completed the following courses or their equivalents before enrolling: Introduction to Financial Accounting, Introduction to Managerial Accounting and Business Law.

Program Cost |

With the demand for CPAs on the rise, MPAc graduates

are expected to earn a considerable return on their financial investment. Estimated fees for fall 2014 are $40,800 for the degree.

Please visit our website for application submission dates. Application materials include: ■■

Application form




Financial Aid |

UC Davis MPAc students have access to a variety of programs

to help defray expenses, including scholarships and student loans. Several private


organizations offer scholarships to accounting students, including CalCPA and the


American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. ■■

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List of outside activities, awards and honors Personal statement Transcripts (with English translation, if needed) 2 recommendations in sealed envelopes or submitted online GMAT or GRE score TOEFL/IELTS/PTE (international applicants) US$125 application fee

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UC Davis Graduate School of Management Dedicated to preparing innovative leaders for global impact, the Graduate School of Management is consistently ranked among the premier business schools in the United States and internationally. With prime locations in Northern California’s economic hubs, the School provides a bold, innovative approach to management education to about 95 full-time MBA students at the UC Davis campus, and 435 part-time MBA students in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area. We welcomed 40 to our 2013 Master of Professional Accountancy class.

mpac.admissions (530) 752-7658

UC Davis MPAc Program Gallagher Hall One Shields Avenue Davis, CA 95616-8609




IN U.S. for 18 consecutive years



worldwide for diversity of corporate recruiters

Innovation. Diversity. Principled leadership. Globalization.


Professor Robert Yetman Executive Director Will Snyder CalCPA Outstanding Educators of the Year 2012, 2010


Female faculty No. 1 among top 100 business schools








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Accredited by AACSB International The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

The University of California, in accordance with applicable federal and state law and university policy, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy,* disability, age, medical condition (cancer-related), ancestry, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran or special disabled veteran. The university also prohibits sexual harassment. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access, and treatment in university programs and activities. Inquiries regarding the university’s student-related nondiscrimination policies may be directed to (510) 987-9572. *“Pregnancy” includes pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth. The UC Davis Graduate School of Management continually reviews the MPAc program to provide the best educational experience. The School and the UC Regents reserve the right to change at any time any of its provisions, statements, policies, curricula, procedures, regulations or fees. This brochure has been prepared with the best data available as of October 2013. Managing Editor Timothy Akin | Project Manager Marianne Skoczek | Design Page Design Group | Printing Fruitridge Printing | Major Photography Scott Braley, Karin Higgins, T. J. Ushing ©2013 Regents of the University of California


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