Degree Requirements

46 credits to completion

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 program prerequisites.

I. Preparatory Coursework

The professional writing requirement must be completed within the first quarter in the program.

II. Prerequisites

  • Basic Statistics
  • Basic Finance
  • Micro or Macro Economics
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Managerial Accounting
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting 1
  • Cost Accounting
  • Excel Certificate, Spreadsheet course or equivalent.

Download the MPAC Prerequisite Guide document for options for completing the prerequisites.

NOTE: 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. Required Core

(16 credits)

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
ACCT 5120 Intermediate Financial Accounting II 3
ACCT 5140 Auditing I* 3
ACCT 5300/FINC 5300 Financial Statement Analysis & Security Valuation 3
FINC 5050 Corporate Financial Management 3
MGMT 5100 Leadership Skills and Team Development 4

Note: Students with previous comparable course work with a B- (2.70) or better will need to substitute any relevant classes with other classes from the Accounting Electives course list.

*ACCT 4350 may satisfy ACCT 5140 with department permission

IV. Accounting Electives Courses

(12 credits)

Choose any 4 from below. Students are encouraged to consider the internal audit certificate.

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
ACCT 5150 Federal Taxation I 3
ACCT 5230 Strategic Management Accounting 3
ACCT 5240 Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting 3
ACCT 5310 Internal Audit I 3
ACCT 5320 Internal Audit II 3
ACCT 5325 Communications for Accountants 3
ACCT 5330 Advanced Financial Accounting 3
ACCT 5340 Auditing II 3
ACCT 5350 Advanced Federal Income Tax II 3
ACCT 5360 IT Audit 3
ACCT 5365 Topics in Valuation Analysis 3
ACCT 5370 Valuation for Financial Reporting 3
ACCT 5375 Fair Value for Financial Instruments 3
ACCT 5385 Corporate Governance and Professional Ethics 3
ACCT 5390 Not-For-Profit Accounting 3
ACCT 5910 Special Topics (Communication for Auditors) 3

Note: With the permission of the Chair of the Accounting Department students, who are completing an undergraduate accounting degree from Seattle University, may take ACCT 5330 and/or ACCT 5350 and may waive six credits for the MPAC program, and thus need 40 credits. These courses will satisfy course requirements toward both the undergraduate degree in accounting and the Master of Professional Accounting.

V. Ethics Component

(3 credits)

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
BETH 5120 Business Ethics & Social Responsibility 3

VI. Data Analytics Component

(3 credits)

Choose one of the following courses:

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
ECON 5100 Statistical Applications and Quantitative Methods 3
FINC 5130 Financial Modeling 3
IS 5305 Data Management in Business 3
IS 5310 Data Mining for Business Intelligence 3
IS 5315 Big Data Analytics 3

VII. Business Electives

(12 credits)

Course TitleCredits
Choose any 4 graduate business courses.* Students are encouraged to use these electives to complete a certificate or a dual degree. 12

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

MPAC Graduate Certificates

Internal Audit