Graduate School

Masters in Accountancy

Many students continue their Accounting education through a Masters program. There are ​many different reasons you might consider getting a graduate degree in Accounting:

  • You don't have all of the credits you need for the CPA.

  • You didn't major in Accounting in your undergraduate program, and so you need more Accounting units.

  • You would just like more experience in Accounting before you go on the job market.

  • You were unable to obtain a job straight out of undergrad and would like to make yourself more competitive.

Generally, Masters programs in Accounting are one year, full-time programs. There are programs that you can do while working, but they ​typically take longer to complete. Most often, Masters programs have their own recruiting schedules, and they work very hard to get students positions upon completion.

Entrance requirements for Masters in Accountancy vary significantly from school to school. Some schools require the GRE and the GMAT, while others only require an applications. Also, some schools having rolling admissions, meaning you can apply any time of the year, while others have specific deadlines you will have to meet in order to be considered for the next year.

How to Get Started

This website can be helpful when looking for Accounting Masters programs.


Masters of Business Administration (MBA) Programs

Masters Programs

​Typically, students do not pursue a Masters in Business Administartion (MBA) program directly after undergraduate MBA programs can range in duration, but a typically full-time program will be 2 years. Most competitive MBA programs want students to have professional experience before they begin.

Reasons you might want to pursue an ​MBA:

  • To gain access to a large business network

  • To gain access to careers in upper management roles

  • To gain a potential salary increase

What You'll Need to Apply

  • Bachelors Degree or equivalent (can be from ANY major)
  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Work Experience (not required, but suggested)
  • Application Materials
  • Required Essays/Writing Samples
  • Resume
  • Interviews

Economics​ Masters & PhD Programs

Masters Programs

Typically, Masters programs in Economics span ​1-3 years and are aimed at placing students in government and private sector positions. Some students will also pursue Masters programs before pursuing their PhD, though it is not always necessary.

PhD Programs

PhD programs in Economics vary, but typically span anywhere from ​5-6 years. PhD programs generally focus on getting students academic positions with research universities, but many students also pursue careers in the private sector.

If the following are true for you, you may want to consider getting your PhD in Economics:

  • You love intellectual pursuits and being a student. The idea of making discoveries is incredibly exciting.

  • You enjoy math and are good at it.

  • The formal models in economics courses are the best part.

  • Studying 70-90 hours a week is fine ​for you.

How to Get Started

If you are thinking about getting a PhD in Economics, it is in your best interest to start preparing early in your undergraduate career: this means taking more math, gaining research experience, and making connections with your professors - more than from what you'll gain solely from the Economics undergraduate major.

Please see our Resumes, Cover Letters, and Suggested Plans of Study page to find the Economics PhD/Masters suggested plan of study.

Our esteemed professor of Economics and Graduate Chair, Dick Startz, has put together a collection of information about what it takes to get into a competitive Economics PhD program. We highly recommend reviewing this document if you are thinking about pursuing a graduate degree in Economics.

View "A Guide for UCSB Undergraduates Considering a PhD in Economics" here.

We also highly recommend reviewing the American Economics Association's website, which has comprehensive information about Economics degrees, fields, interests, and other important econ-related topics.
View the AEA website here.

Other important links from the American Economics Association:

AEA Suggested PhD Application Timeline

AEA List of All U.S. Graduate Degrees in Economics