The Rady School of Management at UC San Diego. Courtesy UCSD

The Rady School of Management announced Thursday that it will offer a new master of professional accountancy degree for students seeking to become Certified Public Accountants.

The new degree is intended to prepare graduates for a variety of accounting careers as well as meet requirements for candidates seeking a CPA license.

The school at UC San Diego noted that hiring by public accounting firms is at an all-time high, and the profession is expected to grow steadily over the next decade.

“The master of professional accountancy program is an exceptional opportunity for undergraduate students to extend their education one year and significantly accelerate their career advancement,” said Rady School Dean Robert S. Sullivan. “We have a robust accounting undergraduate constituency so it was a natural fit for us to offer this program.”

The Rady School’s undergraduate accounting minor provides foundation accounting courses and is one of the largest minors on campus with more than 200 students graduating each year.

The new 50-unit degree program is composed of quantitative, analytical, legal and regulatory coursework and can be completed in as little as nine months.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.