Degree Requirements

45 credits to completion

The MPAC degree requires 45 graduate credit hours beyond the undergraduate degree and any of the program prerequisites.

Degree Requirements: Track One

This track is designed for students who have completed their undergraduate degree in Accounting from an accredited university. Unique courses are tailored for growth as an accounting or business risk advisory professional. Building off of your undergraduate education, the MPAC program provides specific courses relevant for the CPA (Certified Public Accountant), CIA (Certified Internal Auditor), and ACCA (Association of Certified Charter Accountant) exams. These courses include IT Audit, Advanced Accounting, Corporate Governance, Not-For Profit Accounting, Valuation for Financial Reporting, Law for Accountants, Business Risk Advisory, Audit Analytics, and Fraud and Forensic Accounting. Students will also have an opportunity to conduct an IT audit and a risk audit practicum as well as a tax practicum that involves service learning. Students have an option to elect for a 9-hour internship.

I.Preparatory work

Can be satisfied with a 25% or higher on the GMAT verbal and writing sections or waived with GMAT Waiver. Must be completed within the first quarter in the program.

II. Prerequisites: to be completed before the start of the program

  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting with a GPA of 3.0 or higher

III. Required Courses

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
  Leadership Orientation Retreat 0
ACCT 5050 Corporate Financial Management 3
ACCT 5240 Fraud Examination & Forensic Accounting 3
ACCT 5300 Financial Statement Analysis & Security Valuation 3
ACCT 5330 Advanced Accounting** 3
ACCT 5350 Advanced Federal Income Tax ll** 3
ACCT 5355 Service Practicum* 3
ACCT 5370 Valuation for Financial Reporting 3
ACCT 5385 Corporate Governance & Professional Ethics 3
ACCT 5390 Not-for-Profit Accounting* 3
ACCT 5395 Law for Accountants & Finance Professionals 3
RSKA 5310 Risk Advisory and Assurance I 3
RSKA 5320 Risk Advisory and Assurance II* 3
RSKA 5340 Business Risk Data Analytics 3
RSKA 5360 IT Risk Advisory and Assurance 3

IV. Electives

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
ACCT XXXX Approved Accounting Elective* 3

With the permission of the Chair of the Accounting Department students with comparable coursework (grade of B-/2.70 or better required) may substitute an alternate ACCT, RSKA, MSBA-, or MSF-designated course for any course from the above list. Please note: MSBA & MSF courses may carry pre-requisites and will be charged at the per-hour credit rate required by the MSBA and MSF programs.

*With the permission of the Chair of the Accounting Department a student can substitute up to 9 hours of internship credits for courses marked with an asterisk (*).

**With the permission of the Chair of the Accounting Department students who are completing an undergraduate business administration degree with a major in accounting from Seattle University may take ACCT 5330 and/or ACCT 5350 and may waive up to six credits for the MPAC program, and thus complete the MPAC with an additional 39 credits. These courses will satisfy requirements toward both the bachelor’s degree, and the Master of Professional Accounting.

Degree Requirements: Track Two

This track is designed for those who have earned an undergraduate degree in a field other than accounting, including any business major, liberal arts, and/or humanities major. Our primary focus is to prepare individuals to become competent accounting professionals and to develop your skills, so you can hit the ground running in an accounting profession. Our curriculum walks you through the course work needed for a deep conceptual understanding of the extensive material required for the CPA or CIA exam.  You also have the opportunity for courses like IT Audit, Advanced Accounting, Corporate Governance, Not-For Profit Accounting, Law for Accountants, Business Risk Advisory, and Audit analytics.  Students who elect to take the IT Audit course will also have an opportunity to conduct an IT audit practicum.  We also offer a tax practicum that involves service learning and the option to elect for a 6-hour internship.

I. Preparatory Work

Can be satisfied with a 25% or higher on the GMAT verbal and writing sections or waived with GMAT Waiver. Must be completed within the first quarter in the program.

II. Prerequisites*: to be completed before the start of the program

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Basic Statistics
  • Basic Finance
  • Micro or Macro Economics
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Managerial Accounting
  • Excel Certificate, Spreadsheet course or equivalent**

*Recommendations for sources to fulfill prerequisite requirements can be found in the Prerequisite Guide for All Albers Grad Classes.

**Can be satisfied with a 25% or higher on the GMAT verbal and writing sections or waived with GMAT Waiver. Must be completed within the first quarter in the program.

II. Required Courses**

CourseCourse TitleCredits
  Leadership Orientation Retreat 0
ACCT 5050 Corporate Financial Management 3
ACCT 5110 Intermediate Financial Accounting l 3
ACCT 5120 Intermediate Financial Accounting II 3
ACCT 5125 Intermediate Financial Accounting III 3
ACCT 5130 Managerial Cost Accounting 3
ACCT 5140 Auditing l 3
ACCT 5150 Federal Income Tax l 3
ACCT 5300 Financial Statement Analysis & Security Valuation 3
ACCT 5330 Advanced Accounting 3
ACCT 5350 Advanced Federal Income Tax ll 3
ACCT 5355 Service Practicum* 3
ACCT 5385 Corporate Governance & Professional Ethics 3
ACCT 5390 Not-for-Profit Accounting* 3
ACCT 5395 Law for Accountants & Finance Professionals 3
RSKA 5360 IT Risk Advisory and Assurance 3

*With permission of the Chair of the Accounting Department, a student can substitute up to 6 hours of internship credits for courses marked with an asterisk (*).