Degree Requirements from Seattle University's 2023-2024 Graduate Catalog.

The MPAC degree 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.

The 54-credit STEM-designated MPAC program starts once a year in the fall and can be either full- or part-time. There are several prerequisite classes for the MPAC that need to be completed before fall start. Internship opportunities of up to 12 credits are also included as part of the program.

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. We also offer courses on analytics, visualization, emerging technology in auditing, and IT Audit, along with more traditional courses like Advanced Accounting, Corporate Governance, Not-For Profit Accounting, Law for Accountants, and Business Risk Advisory.

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.

I. Prerequisites

To be completed before the start of the program:

Recommendations for sources to fulfill prerequisite requirements can be found in the MPAC Prerequisite Guide.

II. Required Courses

All students are required to undertake a zero credit Leadership Orientation* in the fall quarter. Students who join in the winter quarter may either participate in the fall quarter before they start their program or in the fall quarter at the end of their program.

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
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 in consultation with the program director and program advisor. Students are advised to consider the requirements of the certification exams before they make their decision.

With the permission of the program director and the program advisor, students may substitute an MPAC course with a Master of Science in Accounting and Analytics (MSAA) course provided they have successfully completed the required pre-requisites.

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.

III. Electives

All students are required to take three (3) elective courses from the list below. Each course is worth three (3) credit hours.

  • RSKA 5340 (Business Risk Data Analytics)
  • ACCT 5100 (Predictive Analytics for Accountants)
  • ACCT 5145 (Emerging Technologies in Auditing)
  • ACCT 5345 (Data Analytics and Visualization for Accountants)
  • ACCT 5240 (Fraud Analytics)

Students may also take MSF or IS courses with prior permission.