MPAC For Non-Accounting Majors

Can I be in the MPAC Program with no Undergraduate Accounting Degree?

Students who have earned degrees in unrelated majors such as history and philosophy have an available path to earning a Master's Degree in Professional Accounting. Students with no degree in accounting can complete all the prerequisite classes in online courses while also utilizing Seattle University's resources to help students learn the basics quickly.

If you haven't taken business classes that are prerequisites for the MPAC program experiences, you can take the prerequisites online during the summer to complete the courses necessary to start in the fall. For a list of the prerequisite class you need to take, click here.

Students who want to join the MPAC program are encouraged to apply for the fall quarter. There will be introductory accounting classes (ACCT 5000) offered in the summer to make sure that students can take their accounting classes in an ideal progression.

What is Accounting?

Accounting is the study of how businesses track their assets and income over time. But it is more than just preparing financial statements and recording business transactions. Accounting is the language of business. Accountants provide the financial information critical to the successful management of business and government enterprises and to the proper functioning of financial markets.

Accountants perform a wide variety of activities, including mergers and acquisitions analysis, tax strategy, quality management, the tracking of financial performance, and much more. This background gives them a deep understanding of how business works and makes them prime candidates for many executive positions within a company, including CFO.

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Why should I pursue an MPAC?

While the other business disciplines are great choices, a Masters in Accounting is one of the best way to start a career in the business world. An MPAC degree can help you get your Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Certification which will open many doors for your career in the future. An accounting degree is flexible in that graduates are able to switch to other business disciplines from accounting while those who choose to specialize in other programs may not have the same career flexibility.

To view the current MPAC student demographics and average entrance scores, visit the  page.

Why Seattle University for Your Master's Program?

Seattle University's MPAC Program features a CPA-centric curriculum that will prepare students for the CPA exam. MPAC courses in topics such as Advanced Accounting, Federal Income Tax II and Non-for-Profit accounting covers topics on the CPA exam that would not be normally covered in an Undergraduate education.

In addition to being CPA-centric, the MPAC program has been designated as a Center of Excellence by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). This designation is bestowed upon schools who have met the stringent requirements of the IIA to be considered one of the best schools for developing as an Internal Audit professional. 

The MPAC program provides students with a combination of academic, professional and extra-curricular resources that can help individuals grow as a person as well as a professional. Click on the buttons below the diagram to learn more about Seattle University's student resources.

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Master's in Accounting Program Duration

Full-time Accounting Master's Degree students who have already completed the prerequisite requirements can complete the program in 1 or 2 years. 

MPAC Application Process

Full-time Accounting Master's Degree students who have already completed the prerequisite requirements can complete the program in 1 or 2 years.  

Students with no experience in accounting are strongly encouraged to apply for the fall quarter.

New students are accepted into the Master's in Accounting program each quarter. The deadlines for MPAC are slightly different than for the other Albers graduate programs. Deadlines for domestic students are:

  • Fall quarter: June 15
  • Winter quarter: November 20
  • Spring quarter: February 20
  • Summer quarter: April 1

International student application deadlines (for all programs) are:

  • Fall quarter: April 1
  • Winter quarter: September 1
  • Spring quarter: December 1
  • Summer quarter: January 1

For more information about the application process, go to the  page. For Tuition information, go to the  page.

Joint Degrees 

Seattle University offers a joint degree program for students in the Master of Professional Accounting program. This allows you to complete two degrees in less time than it would take to complete each one separately. The Master's in Accounting may be taken in conjunction with:

  • Professional MBA
  • Master of Science in Business Analytics
  • Master of Science in Finance
  • Juris Doctorate 

For more information about joint degrees, go to the joint degree page.