Master of Professional Accounting


Top Accounting Program in the Northwest

Internal Auditor Center of Excellence


Who can apply to Seattle University's MPAC Program?

Anyone can apply to the Seattle University's Master's of Professional Accounting program regardless of academic experience. If you are transferring from another school or if you have no undergraduate accounting degree, you can still graduate with an MPAC degree.

MPAC For Non-Accounting Majors 

Why Continue with Accounting for Graduate School?

As the accounting profession continues to grow, a Bachelor's degree in accounting is no longer enough for those who wish to advance their career to management positions or to earn a spot in a prestigious accounting firm. Top accounting firms are expecting more out of their candidates and Seattle University's MPAC program is the best way to differentiate yourself from the competition.

At Seattle University, the Masters of Professional Accounting program (MPAC) is designed to prepare students for leadership roles in professional accounting as well as to give students the tools to customize their education. The MPAC program is constructed with the following learning outcomes:

  • Recommend a course of action to a prospective client by using a framework or model to analyze financial statements and other relevant data.
  • Evaluate the accounting implications of an economic event by applying the principles, standards, and practices of financial accounting.
  • Advise stakeholders of how strategic business risks relate to internal controls, financial reporting, tax, and/or audit using authoritative literature, fieldwork, surveys, archival, or other research data.
  • Synthesize accounting information within the context of other business functions to inform the business decision-making process.
  • Construct arguments for and against alternative accounting decisions by weighing the ethical, stakeholder, and stewardship implications of each.

To view the current MPAC student demographics and average entrance scores, visit the Graduate Class Profile page.

Why Seattle University for Your Master's Program?

Seattle University's MPAC Program features a CPA-centric curriculum that will prepare students for the CPA exam. MPAC courses in topics such as Advanced Accounting, Federal Income Tax II and Non-for-Profit accounting covers topics on the CPA exam that would not be normally covered in an Undergraduate education.

In addition to being CPA-centric, the MPAC program provides students with a combination of academic, professional and extra-curricular resources that can help individuals grow as a person as well as a professional. Click on the buttons below the diagram to learn more about Seattle University's student resources.

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What is Unique About Seattle University's MPAC Program?

Seattle University's MPAC program features certification courses that allows students to tailor their education to the career path of their choosing. Some of the certificates that we recommend are Internal Audit and Business Analytics.

Internal Audit

Internal Auditors work with management to review systems and operations. These audits are aimed at indentifying how well risks are managed including whether the right processes are in place and whether agreed procedures are being adhered to. Audits can also identify areas where efficiencies or innovations might be made. Internal auditors work in all sectors (public, private and non-for-profit) and may work as an employee of the organization or as a third party.

Internal Audit At Seattle University

Seattle University has recently been awarded the "center of excellence" designation by the Institute of Internal Auditors for our continous excellence in Internal Audit education. Our MPAC program allows students to become certified in Internal Audit while simultaneously being able to take one of the tests required for the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) Exam.

Learn More About Internal Audit

Business Analytics

In a fast changing and highly technical environment, today's business leaders and professionals face an exciting opportunity and a serious threat. The opportunity is that effective use of vast amounts of data collected with high frequency will lead to more timely and effective decisions about products and markets. The threat is that businesses that don't adapt will quickly become irrelevant. 

Seattle University's business analytics program combines deep analytical content with an emphasis on the ability to communicate with business leaders and the understanding of business problems.

Learn More About Business Analytics

MPAC Application Process

Full-time Accounting Master's Degree students who have already completed the prerequisite requirements can complete the program in 1 year. The tuition for the MPAC program is normally $32,000 for the year.

New students are accepted into the Master's in Accounting program each quarter. The deadlines for MPAC are slightly different than for the other Albers graduate programs. Deadlines for domestic students are:

  • Fall quarter: June 15
  • Winter quarter: November 20
  • Spring quarter: February 20
  • Summer quarter: April 1

International student application deadlines (for all programs) are:

  • Fall quarter: April 1
  • Winter quarter: September 1
  • Spring quarter: December 1
  • Summer quarter: January 1

For more information about the application process, go to the Admissions page. For Tuition information, go to the Tuition and Fees page.

Joint Degrees 

Seattle University offers a joint degree program for students in the Master of Professional Accounting program. This allows you to complete two degrees in less time than it would take to complete each one separately. The Master's in Accounting may be taken in conjunction with:

  • Professional MBA
  • Master of Science in Business Analytics
  • Master of Science in Finance
  • Juris Doctorate 

For more information about joint degrees, go to the Joint Degrees page. 

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