Albers School of Business and Economics
Degrees

Degree Requirements

  • from Seattle University's 2014-2015 Graduate Catalog

    Minimum credits required for degree: 46-88

    The MPAC degree requires 46 graduate credit hours (14 three-credit courses and 1 four-credit course) beyond the undergraduate degree and any of the basic business and accounting prerequisites.

    I. Preparatory Course Work

    Computer Skills and Business Calculus must be completed by the end of the first year in the program.  Business Communications must be completed by the end of the first quarter in the program.

    II. Fundamental Business Courses

    Twenty-seven credits, including:

    Course Number Course Title Credits
    ACCT 5030 Financial Accounting* 3
    ACCT 5040 Managerial Accounting/Information for Decision Making* 3
    MBA 5120 Business Ethics and Social Responsibility* 3
    ECON 5000 Introductory Business Statistics** 3
    ECON 5100 Statistical Applications and Quantitative Methods** 3
    ECON 5110 The Domestic and Global Economies** 3
    ECON 5105 Managerial Economics** 3
    FINC 5000 Managerial Finance** 3
    MBA 5130 Legal and Regulatory Environment** 3

    Students with previous comparable course work with a "B-" (2.70) or better have the option of waiving these classes based on self-assessment materials regarding their proficiency. Students without previous course work are required to take these classes.

    *Students without previous course work are required to take these classes at Seattle University or another institution with the MPAC Program Director’s approval.

    **Students without previous course work are required to take these classes at Seattle University or another institution, or achieve proficiency through an alternative method as approved by the MPAC Program Director.

    III. Fundamental Accounting Requirements

    Fifteen credits, including:

    Course Number Course Title Credits
    ACCT 5110 Intermediate Financial Accounting I 3
    ACCT 5120 Intermediate Financial Accounting II 3
    ACCT 5130 Managerial Cost Accounting 3
    ACCT 5140 Auditing I 3
    ACCT 5150 Federal Taxation I 3

    Students with previous comparable course work completed in the past 5 years with a "B-" (2.7) or better have the option of waiving these classes.

    IV. Management and Technical Core

    Nineteen credits, including:

    Course Number Course Title Credits
    MBA 5100 Leadership Skills and Team Development 4
    ACCT 5210 Financial Statement Analysis and Security Valuation 3
    ACCT 5230 Strategic Management Accounting 3
    ACCT 5380 General Systems and Process Thinking 3
    FINC 5100 Investments 3
    MGMT 5380 Negotiation Skills 3

    V. Other Required Accounting Courses 

    Twelve credits - choose four from the five following classes:

    Course Number Course Title Credits
    ACCT 5310 Internal Auditing 3
    ACCT 5330 Advanced Financial Accounting 3
    ACCT 5340 Auditing II 3
    ACCT 5350 Advanced Federal Income Tax II 3
    ACCT 5390 Not-For-Profit Accounting 3

    VI. General Electives 

    Course Number Course Title Credits
      Choose any 5 graduate business courses* 15

    * With the permission of the chair of the accounting program, students may earn up to 9 credits for an approved internship.

    With the permission of the chair of the accounting program, students with an undergraduate degree from Seattle University who have taken ACCT 4360/5350 and/or ACCT 4310/5330 may waive six credits for the MPAC program, and thus may have 40-88 credits. These courses will satisfy course requirements toward both the undergraduate degree in accounting and the masters in professional accounting.

  • Why Albers for MPAC?

    Photo: Sherry Ren 2014

    “I have spent the past two years studying Accounting at the Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University, and every day has been precious. The classes I took here and the faculty and staff I met all contributed to my personal and professional development. The Jesuit tradition and my work experience in the Center for Business Ethics helped me reflect on integrity and ethics; the diversity on campus brings me knowledge of different cultures; and the care of students fostered by the Albers School creates a pleasant atmosphere. Soon I will be working for Deloitte thanks to my time at Albers and to the people who acknowledge my ability and effort.”

    Yanbin "Sherry" Ren
    MPAC '14