Earn a Master's in Accounting Without a GMAT/GRE

At the Albers School of Business and Economics, we are interested in the development of the whole person. While the GMAT/GRE helps us assess whether applicants have the quantitative, verbal, and analytical skills required to succeed at Albers, we recognize that some may be able to demonstrate their potential without a GMAT/GRE.  We consider all professional and educational experiences that will contribute to developing cohorts of students that will collaboratively pursue our high quality, rigorous Master of Professional Accounting (MPAC) program.

Because of our holistic approach to education, Seattle University has created a path through which GMAT/GRE waivers may be granted to qualified applicants. 

Waiving the GMAT/GRE* for MPAC

Upon evaluation, you MAY receive a GMAT/GRE waiver if you meet at least one of the criteria below: 

Track One Students:

  • Have a bachelor's degree in accounting with a 3.0 GPA from ANY AACSB accredited school, including Seattle University, with a B or better in an Intermediate Financial Accounting course

Track Two Students:

  • Hold a full CPA designation (also accepted: CMA, ACCA, CA, CIA, CFE, CFP, ChFC)
  • Have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and meet at least one of the following criteria:
  1. GPA of 3.0 or higher and at least 5 years or more of relevant industry work experience
  2. GPA of 3.25 or higher and at least 3 years or more of relevant industry work experience

For more information about GMAT/GRE waivers or to request a waiver, please send copies of your unofficial transcripts and a current resume to  All GMAT/GRE waivers will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Albers reserves the right to deny a GMAT/GRE waiver.

Please note: An approved waiver does not guarantee admission to the Seattle University Master of Professional Accounting program.

If you still need to take the GMAT, we encourage you to look into our GMAT Preparation Class, which is designed to help you prepare to take the GMAT or improve your GMAT score through preparatory courses offered at a discounted rate. Contact us for more information.

*The Seattle University MPAC program may also accept GMAT/GRE scores older than 5 years on a case by case-by-case basis, depending on work experience, as long as you can provide the Office of Admissions with an official GMAT/GRE score report.