Sep 25, 2021  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

Master of Science in Accounting and Analytics

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Niranjan Chipalkatti, PhD, MSAA Program Director 

The Master of Science in Accounting and Analytics (MSAA) program is designed to prepare graduates for leadership responsibilities in professional accounting. The program is constructed with the following objectives: 

  • To build technical competencies in financial reporting and analysis, analytics and emerging technologies in audit, tax compliance and planning, and in risk assurance and advisory services. The curriculum has been mapped with the requirements of the CPA certification as well as the CIA and the ACCA.  The analytics and emerging technologies courses have been designed with the advice of professionals in the field.  

  • 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 (Note: fee waived through fall 2022)  

  • 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). Students with an undergraduate degree in accounting and a 3.00 cumulative GPA with a "B" grade in Intermediate Financial Accounting I (or equivalent) from an AACSB-accredited university may be eligible for a GMAT waiver. Note: the GMAT and GRE are optional through fall 2022.

  • Current résumé 

  • 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 MSAA degree is a cohort program that requires 45 graduate credit hours beyond the undergraduate degree and any of the basic business and accounting prerequisites. The degree has been designed for students who have an undergraduate degree in accounting. The program requires 45 credits, including fourteen 3-credit courses and a 3-credit service practicum.  

I. Preparatory Work

Professional Writing 

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

II. Prerequisites

A bachelor's degree in accounting 

III. Required Courses

All students are required to undertake a zero credit Leadership Orientationfall quarter. Students who begin the program winter quarter may participate in the Leadership Orientation the fall quarter before they start the program, or the fall quarter at the end of their program.  

45 credits, including:


  1. The Leadership Orientation requires the payment of a minimal lab fee. 
  2. With the permission of the Program Director of the MPAC program, students may earn up to 12 credits for an approved internship. Courses being replaced by the internship will be decided in consultation with the program director and program advisor. Students are advised to consider the requirements of the certification exams before they make their decision.  
  3. With the permission of the Program Director of the MPAC program 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/or ACCT 5355  and may waive up to nine credits for the MPAC program, and thus complete the MPAC with an additional 36 credits. These courses will satisfy requirements toward both the bachelor's degree, and the Master of Professional Accounting. 
  4. Students with comparable coursework (grade of B-/2.70 or better required) may substitute an alternate ACCT/RSKA, MSF, or MSBA-designated course for any course from the above list (exception: Advanced Accounting and Tax II, unless explicit permission is granted by the MPAC Program Director). Please note: MSBA and MSF courses may carry pre-requisites and will be charged at the per-hour credit rate required by the MSBA and MSF programs.   

Minimum credits required for degree: (45)

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