No matter what state the economy is in, there will always be strong demand for accountants and auditors. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 6% growth for accounting employment from 2018 to 2028, making the profession a promising one to pursue. Globalization and complex tax and regulatory environments are just two factors spurring this growth.
With the Albers Masters in Professional Accounting Program (MPAC), you will receive a one-of-a-kind education that not only prepares you for the CPA exam but also goes above and beyond to prepare you for the variety of careers that you can pursue with our MPAC degree. With the support of a highly qualified and dedicated faculty who are committed to your success, our unique courses prepare you to be a better accounting professional.
The Master of Professional Accounting program (MPAC) at Albers offers an in-depth education in accounting that will give you the foundation for a successful career. Achieve your goals through one of two tracks.
For the recently graduated college student with a degree in accounting looking to excel and take on leadership responsibilities in professional accounting.
For those with an undergraduate degree and some or no educational background in accounting looking to develop competencies to sit for the CPA exam and pursue a corporate accounting career.
Track One starts once a year in the fall. Students can finish Track One in 4 quarters if they take 4 classes per quarter. You can finish in 5 quarters if you take 3 classes per quarter. Track One has internship options which may be completed the summer before the program begins. Please contact graduate admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need a summer start due to an internship.
Track Two starts once a year in the fall and can be either full- or part-time. There are several prerequisite classes for Track Two that need to be completed before fall start. Internship opportunities are also included as part of Track Two.
The Albers MPAC program is tied for #25 in the nation, #4 on the West Coast, and #1 in the Northwest by U.S. News & World Report 2021.
With an MPAC from Albers, you will receive the quality education and connections you need to have a successful career. Our MPAC is designed keeping the CPA and CIA examinations in mind. We incorporate specific courses in IT Audit, Advanced Accounting, Audit Analytics, Corporate Governance, Law for Accountants, and Business Risk Advisory that will help you become a well-rounded professional possessing strong accounting, communication, and leadership skills. Our MPAC degree also allows you the option for an internship and an IT audit practicum to put your skills into practice! Taking advantage of our alumni network and deep connections with the professional community in combination with our curriculum and internships will empower you to build the foundation for a successful and long-term career. See the makeup of our current class of students, the learning objectives for the program, and where our MPAC students have gone to work after graduation on the class profile page.
I like the small class interaction between students and teachers. The Masters of Professional Accounting program has a good reputation and the people I have met are really nice and helpful.
One of the unique certifications one can obtain through the Albers MPAC program is a Risk Advisory and Assurance Certificate through our Risk Advisory and Assurance program. This program has been designated a Center of Excellence by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)- one of eight such Centers in the world. Graduate students can obtain their certificate in Risk Advisory and Assurance and simultaneously take one of the tests required for the Certified Internal Audit exam. This gives you a head-start in your professional career.
The Albers MPAC program not only teaches students the skills to launch a successful accounting career, but also offers opportunities to enhance classroom learning with co-curricular activities. These activities include:
MPAC students can connect to internship opportunities through the Albers Placement Center, which allows you to earn up to 9 credits towards your MPAC degree. Our students have had internships with the Big 4 accounting firms and also many of the mid-sized and smaller CPA firms. We also have had students placed at many of the Seattle-based companies like Starbucks, Nordstrom, Amazon, Weyerhaeuser, and PACCAR.
Every summer, Albers conducts a European Study Tour that goes to countries like Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. The focus of the study tour is corporate governance. Students have an opportunity to meet with professionals from the Big 4, top European firms, and also EU officials. Students can earn 3 credits by participating in the Study Tour.
Students enrolled in our IT Audit and Risk Assurance courses get a unique opportunity to conduct a simulated audit engagement with a client at Seattle University. This will include planning, implementing, and presenting the results to the client as part of the engagement process.
Beta Alpha Psi provides the opportunity to receive professional development and networking opportunities and connect with other students in the degree. Our Seattle University’s BAP Chapter has received accolades as an outstanding chapter for many years.
MPAC students can be paired with professionals in the industry to receive support and meet regularly to discuss career paths, internships, and personal development for their future occupation.
The Albers MPAC Program takes an active role in the placement of accounting students into their chosen profession by general exposure to the profession through student accounting organizations—Beta Alpha Psi, the Internal Audit Club, Ascend, the accounting internship program, the Accounting Mentor Program, and formal career counseling and job placement services provided by the Albers Placement Center.
Seattle University offers a dual 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 dual degrees, go to the Dual Degrees page.