Program Requirements

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From Seattle University's 2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog.

In order to earn the bachelor of arts in business administration degree with a major in accounting, students must complete a minimum of 180 quarter credits with a cumulative and major/program grade point average of 2.25, including the following:

I. University Core Curriculum Requirements

55 credits, including:

Module I
Course Number Course Title Credits
UCOR 1100 Academic Writing Seminar 5
UCOR 1200 Quantitative Reasoning (satisfied in major)  
UCOR 1300 Creative Expression and Interpretation 5
UCOR 1400 Inquiry Seminar in the Humanities 5
UCOR 1600 Inquiry Seminar in the Social Sciences 5
UCOR 1800 Inquiry Seminar in the Natural Sciences 5
Module II
Course Number Course Title Credits
UCOR 2100 Theological Explorations 5
UCOR 2500 Philosophy of the Human Person 5
UCOR 2910 Ethical Reasoning Business 5
Module III
Course Number Course Title Credits
UCOR 3100 Religion in a Global Context 5
UCOR 3400 Humanities and Global Challenges 5
UCOR 3800 Natural Sciences and Global Challenges 5

II. Albers Business Foundation Requirements

82 credits, including:

Course Number Course Title Credits
BUAD 1000 Albers Essentials of Business Integration
(must be taken first quarter)
ACCT 2300 Principles of Accounting I 5
ACCT 2310   Principles of Accounting II 5
BCOM 2800 Business Communication 5
ECON 2100 Business Statistics 5
ECON 2110 Principles of Economics—Micro 5
ECON 2130 Principles of Economics—Macro 5
ECON 3100 Quantitative Methods and Applications 5
IS 3150 Introduction to Information Systems 5
FINC 3400 Business Finance 5
MKTG 3500 Introduction to Marketing 5
OPER 3600 Manufacturing and Service Operations 5
BLAW 3700 Business and International Law 5
MGMT 3000 Principles of Management 5
MGMT 4890 Strategic Management 5
Choose one of the following two courses: 5
GBUS 3200 Global Environment of Business  
ECON 3130 Global and Domestic Macroeconomics  
Calculus, choose one of the following two courses: 5
MATH 1130 Elements of Calculus for Business  
MATH 1334 Calculus I  

EXCEL Requirement

All business students entering SU summer 2012 or later are required to pass the EXCEL Level I Certification Exam as a requirement for graduation.

For details, see the Excel Certification page.

III. Major Requirements

35 credits, including:

Course Number Course Title Credits
ACCT 3010 Accounting: Information Systems, Tools, and Concepts 5
ACCT 3110 Intermediate Financial Accounting I 5
ACCT 3120 Intermediate Financial Accounting II 5
ACCT 3125 Intermediate Financial Accounting III 5
ACCT 3300 Cost Accounting 5
ACCT 3360 Federal Income Tax I 5
ACCT 4350 Auditing I 5

IV. Additional Requirements

Course Title Credits
General Electives to total 180 credit hours 8

With permission of the chair of the accounting program, students with an undergraduate accounting degree from Seattle University may avail of the "MPAC Early Start Program". Students who have taken ACCT 4360/5350, ACCT 4310/5330 and ACCT 3365/ACCT 5355 may waive three elective credits for each course in their MPAC program.  If students take all the three courses they may waive nine elective credits of their MPAC program. These electives will satisfy course requirements toward both the undergraduate degree in accounting and the master of professional accounting (MPAC). In addition, students who have been admitted to the MPAC program can avail of up to 12 internship credits towards their MPAC program by undertaking a summer internship after completing their undergraduate degree.

Please note:

  1. BCOM 2800 must be taken prior to or simultaneously with ACCT 3010.
  2. Accounting majors must normally complete 55 credits of business courses at Seattle University; 45 of these credits must be at the upper-division level and only 10 credits may be transferred toward the concentration area and no more than 15 toward their business foundation courses.
  3. Internships or independent studies will not satisfy major requirements.

* Major requirements must earn a C- grade or better.