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, auditing 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 as well as for your professional growth. These courses include IT Audit, Audit Analytics, Data Analytics and Visualization, Predictive Analytics, Fraud Analytics, Emerging Tech in Audit, Advanced Accounting, Corporate Governance, Law for Accountants, and Business Risk Advisory. Students will also have an opportunity to conduct an IT audit as well as a tax practicum that involves service learning. Students have an option to elect for a 12-hour internship.

In addition, SU has created an MPAC Early Start program for SU undergraduate Accounting students going into the MPAC. In this Early Start Program, SU accounting undergrads can take 9 credits of accounting classes (ACCT 4310, ACCT 4310, and ACCT 3365) that will count towards both their undergraduate accounting degree and their MPAC degree. ACCT 5330 and/or ACCT 5350 and/or ACCT 5355 may be waived for up to nine credits for the MPAC program, and thus complete the MPAC with an additional 36 credits.

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

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

II. 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 Financial 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 and Governmental 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

III. Electives

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
ACCT XXXX Approved Accounting Elective*** 3

*The Leadership Orientation requires the payment of a minimal lab fee.

**With the permission of the Director of the MPAC program 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/or ACCT 5355 and may waive up to nine credits for the MPAC program, and thus complete the MPAC with an additional 36 credits. These courses will satisfy requirements toward both the bachelor’s degree, and the Master of Professional Accounting.

***Some required courses will not be offered during the 2020-21 academic year. Approved Special Topics courses should be substituted for those courses:

Courses being replaced by internship will be decided by program director and program advisor.

Students with comparable coursework (grade of B-/2.70 or better required) may substitute an alternate ACCT/RSKA, MSF, or MSBA-designated course for any course from the above list (exception: Advanced Accounting and Tax II, unless explicit permission is granted by the MPAC Program Director. Please note: MSBA & MSF courses may carry pre-requisites and will be charged at the per-hour credit rate required by the MSF and MSBA programs.

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 12-hour internship. With the permission of the program director and the program advisor, students may enroll in Track \One courses provided they have successfully completed the required pre-requisites.

I. 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 MPAC Prerequisite Guide.

II. Required Courses

Course NumberCourse 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 Financial 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 and Governmental Accounting* 3
ACCT 5395 Law for Accounting & Finance Professionals* 3
RSKA 5360 IT Risk Advisory and Assurance* 3

The Leadership Orientation requires the payment of a minimal lab fee.

*With the permission of the Program Director of the MPAC program, students may earn up to 12 credits for an approved internship.  Courses being replaced by internship will be decided by program director and program advisor.  Students are advised to consider the requirements of the certification exams before they make their decision.

Students with comparable coursework (grade of B-/2.70 or better required) may substitute an alternate ACCT/RSKA, MSF, or MSBA-designated course for any course from the above list (exception: Advanced Accounting and Tax II, unless explicit permission is granted by the MPAC Program Director). Please note: MSBA & MSF courses may carry pre-requisites and will be charged at the per-hour credit rate required by the MSF and MSBA programs.