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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Professional Accounting

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 extend technical competencies in financial reporting and analysis, management accounting including planning, analysis and control, tax compliance and planning, and in assurance services including internal controls and accounting information systems
  • To provide flexibility to obtain a certificate in Internal Audit, and/or Business Valuation and/or Data Analytics among others
  • To develop leadership and cross-functional management skills
  • To sharpen essential professional competencies including critical thinking skills, effective written and oral communication skills, ability to work effectively in teams, and data analytics skills
  • To develop student awareness of the needs of communities beyond the boundaries of their profession

Admission Requirements

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).
  • 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.

Degree Requirements:

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

Professional Writing

The professional writing requirement must be completed within the first quarter.

II. Prerequisites

  • Basic Statistics
  • Basic Finance
  • Micro or Macro Economics
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Managerial Accounting
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting I
  • Cost Accounting
  • Excel Certificate, Spreadsheet course or equivalent


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 or achieve proficiency through an alternative method with the MPAC Program Director’s approval.


Students with previous comparable course work with a B- (2.70) or better will need to substitute any relevant classes with other classes from the Accounting Electives course list.

*ACCT 4350 may satisfy ACCT 5140 with department permission


With the permission of the Chair of the Accounting Department students who are completing an undergraduate business administration degree with a major in accounting from Seattle University may take ACCT 5330  and/or ACCT 5350  and may waive six credits for the MPAC program, and thus complete the MPAC with an additional 40 credits. These courses will satisfy requirements toward both the bachelor’s degree, and the Master of Professional Accounting.

VII. Business Electives

Choose any 4 business courses* for 12 credits. Students are encouraged to use these electives to complete certificates or apply towards a dual degree.


* With the permission of the chair of the accounting program, students may earn up to 9 credits for an approved internship.

Minimum credits required for degree: (46)*

Graduate students must have a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA in order to earn a master’s degree.

*A student with no business background may have to complete up to 67 credits to earn an MPAC degree. Students who have earned an undergraduate business administration degree with an accounting major at SU, see note under Additional ACCT courses above.