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.
To be completed before the start of the program:
Recommendations for sources to fulfill prerequisite requirements can be found in the MPAC Prerequisite Guide.
|Course Number||Course Title||Credits|
|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.
All students are required to take three (3) elective courses from the list below. Each course is worth three (3) credit hours.
Students may also take MSF or IS courses with prior permission.