UC Riverside


UC Riverside

Two California STEM Degrees

UC Riverside
The UCR School of Business is a nationally-ranked and internationally-recognized business school. It is the alma mater of over 16,000 alumni, and has provided students with an outstanding research-based professional education in the vast field of business for nearly 40 years.
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Located on nearly 1,200 scenic acres in Inland Southern California and distinguished by more than 60 years of high-impact research, UCR is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities. One of the most diverse, inclusive institutions within the prestigious 10 campus University of California system, UCR serves as an incubator of new knowledge, an engine of social mobility, and an economic powerhouse.

UCR’s three colleges offer a wide range of academic and research subjects: The Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering, with nine departments; The College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, with 20 departments; and the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, with 13 departments. We are home to four professional schools: School of Business, Graduate School of Education, School of Medicine, and School of Public Policy, as well as 23 interdisciplinary research centers.

Currently home to approximately 24,000 students and 1,100 institutional faculty, the campus is rapidly expanding. To support the addition of hundreds of new faculty and students, the first of two Multidisciplinary Research Buildings is already under construction. New campus student housing, dining, retail, and recreational facilities will be added in the next few years. Explore more of our new developments.

UCR is also within easy driving distance of dozens of major cultural and recreations sites, as well as desert, mountain, and coastal destinations. 

Master of Finance

A STEM-Certified Degree Program

Build a career in the world of finance as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP) or as a member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). This program is carefully designed to train client-facing professionals in understanding, translating and presenting complex financial instruments to their clients.

The UCR Master of Finance curriculum provides the essential financial acumen you need to impact and lead the financial management industry. It builds financial analysis skills that can be applied to national and international careers in corporate finance, investment banking and risk management.

Master of Professional Accountancy

This program builds a career in accounting through advanced education in audit and assurance, taxation, accounting information systems and ethics. It prepares you with the knowledge required to qualify as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and/or Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

Two tracks are offered: Track One is for applicants with a degree or major in accounting and can be completed in 9 months. Track Two is for applicants without an accounting background and can be completed in 15 months.

  • A STEM-Certified Degree Program

    The Master of Professional Accountancy is a STEM-Certified degree program (science, technology, engineering and math). International students in a STEM-designated program are granted extended stay to work in the U.S. and are eligible to apply for 36 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) in their field of study after graduation.

Master of Finance Class Profile


Master of Professional Accountancy Class Profile


Required Documents

  • Statement of purpose
  • Personal history essay
  • Resume/CV
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • Official GMAT or GRE scores
  • The Master of Finance program is open for admission to all students. The program is best suited for students with a sufficient quantitative background and foundation of knowledge to support successful completion of the program. The most complementary undergraduate majors include business, engineering, mathematics, statistics and physics, among others. Students with less quantitative backgrounds may also apply, but should expect to take electives or additional courses to develop their quantitative skills.
  • The MPAc program is open to eligible students with an accounting background gained from undergraduate coursework, prior work experience, or a combination of both. We accept applicants with undergraduate degrees in business, accounting, economics and other related fields.

    Prerequisites for Admission

    Applicants must have completed the following accounting courses (UCR course numbers for reference) or their equivalents at another institution:

  • Financial Accounting and Reporting (BUS 020)
  • One year of Intermediate Financial Accounting (BUS 165A/B/C)
  • One auditing course:
    • Auditing (BUS 169A)
    • Quality Assurance in Auditing (BUS 169B)
  • One taxation course:
    • Individual Taxation (BUS 168A)
    • Federal Taxation for Corporations, Partnerships, Estates, and Trusts (BUS 168B)
  • One cost or managerial accounting course:
    • Financial Evaluation and Managerial Analysis (BUS 108)
  • Additionally, all applicants must have completed 5-6 business courses outside of accounting.

Master of Finance Program

$1,268.00 (per unit) x 48 Units

Required. Please see Health Insurance Premium amount for Graduate Students above.

Master of Professional Accountancy Program

$1,158.00 (per unit) x 48 Units Required. Please see Health Insurance Premium amount for Graduate Students above.
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