My Sunday Personal Finance column focused on a new, first-ever UC master's degree in accounting that's starting up this fall at UC Davis and UC Riverside.
And it's perfectly timed since accounting graduates are among the most sought after by U.S. employers. According to a recent survey of 600 companies, the most hard-to-fill jobs include: software developers, sales representatives, registered nurses and - yes - financial analysts and accountants.
The new UC degrees fit with a recent California state law requiring an extra year of accounting studies - essentially a master's degree - to qualify for a CPA license, starting in 2014.
As noted in the column, CSU campuses have been offering master's degrees in accounting for years. At Sac State, the degree is taught entirely via the web.
Despite the UC competition, CSUS business school dean Sanjay Varshney said "We have no plans to change it." The online-only coursework, he said, is "very attractive to working people and people outside the region," including students who've enrolled from China.
Since 2005, CSUS graduates about 30 students a year with a Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) degree.