Oct 17, 2021
Niranjan Chipalkatti, PhD, MPAC Program Director
The master of professional accounting program is designed to prepare graduates for leadership responsibilities in professional accounting. The program is constructed with the following objectives:
- To transmit, in-depth knowledge and broaden the understanding of the fundamental disciplines, techniques and ethical dimensions involved in providing professional accounting services in the public, private, and governmental sectors of accounting. Depth of knowledge is developed in the cost, financial, tax, information systems, and auditing disciplines. Breadth of understanding is enhanced through the study of financial statement analysis, management control systems, and additional graduate business course work.
- To develop leadership and management skills essential for taking direction of the accounting function across a broad range of enterprises.
- To develop student awareness of the needs of communities beyond the boundaries of their profession.
- To sharpen essential professional skills including critical thinking, effective written and oral communication, working effectively in teams, and a proficiency in the use of the computer for information search, retrieval, problem solving, and communication.
Students seeking admission to graduate programs should contact the Albers School of Business and Economics at (206) 296-5700 or Seattle University Graduate Admissions at (206) 220-8010 for admission materials. Documents required for admission to the master of professional accounting program includes the following:
- Completed Application for Graduate Admission and non-refundable $55 application fee (waived for Seattle University alumni)
- Official transcripts of all post-secondary education institutions attended in the last 90 quarter/60 semester credits of the bachelor's degree, including any transfer credits earned during this time, and any post-baccalaureate course work
- Official scores from the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Records Examination (GRE). Applicants who are graduates of the Albers School of Business and Economics, and/or Seattle University may be eligible to waive the GMAT or GRE requirement. Contact the program office for more details.
- If English is not the applicant's native language, official English proficiency scores meeting the University entrance requirements are necessary. See policy 2008-01 in Admissions Policies for details.
The MPAC degree requires 46 graduate credit hours (14 three-credit courses and 1 four-credit course) beyond the undergraduate degree and any of the basic business and accounting prerequisites.
I. Preparatory Work
The calculus requirement must be completed by the end of the first year in the program. The professional writing requirement must be completed within the first quarter.
II. Fundamental Business Courses
27 credits, including:
Students with previous comparable course work with a B- (2.70) or better have the option of waiving these classes.
*Students without previous course work are required to take these classes at Seattle University or another institution with the MPAC Program Director's approval.
**Students without previous course work are required to take these classes at Seattle University or another institution, or achieve proficiency through an alternative method as approved by the MPAC Program Director.
III. Fundamental Accounting Requirements
15 credits, including:
Students with previous comparable course work completed in the past five years with a B- (2.70) or better have the option of waiving these classes.
IV. Management and Technical Core
13 credits, including:
V. Other Required Accounting Courses
18 credits. Complete six from the courses listed below:
VI. General Electives
- Graduate business courses (15)*
* With the permission of the chair of the accounting program, students may earn up to 9 credits for an approved internship.
With the permission of the chair of the accounting program, students with an undergraduate degree from Seattle University, who have taken ACCT 5350 and/or ACCT 5330 may waive six credits for the MPAC program, and thus may have 40-88 credits. These courses will satisfy course requirements toward both the undergraduate degree in accounting and the master of professional accounting.
Minimum credits required for degree: (46 to 88)
Graduate students must have a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA in order to earn a master’s degree.