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Albers School of Business and Economics

Master of Professional Accounting

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#1 Accounting Program in the Northwest

A Holistic Approach to Accounting

The Master of Professional Accounting program (MPAC) is designed to prepare graduates for leadership responsibilities in professional accounting. The Master's in Accounting program is constructed with the following learning 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.

Accounting Master's Degree Job Opportunities

The Albers MPAC Program takes an active role in the placement of accounting students into their chosen profession by general exposure to the profession through student accounting organizations - the Accounting Society and Beta Alpha Psi, the accounting internship program, and formal career counseling and job placement services.

To view the current MPAC student demographics and average entrance scores, visit the Graduate Class Profile page.

Master's in Accounting Program Duration

Part-time Master's of Accounting students taking two courses per quarter can complete the program in 2 to 4 years.

Full-time Accounting Master's Degree students taking 4 courses per quarter can complete the program in 1 to 2 years.

Students who have had an equivalent course with a grade of "B" (3.0) or better, may be eligible to waive up to eight fundamental business classes, and six fundamental accounting classes if completed within the past five years with a "B-" (2.7) or better.

MPAC Application Process

New students are accepted into the Master's in Accounting program each quarter. The deadlines for MPAC are slightly different than for the other Albers graduate programs. Deadlines for domestic students are:

  • Fall quarter: June 15
  • Winter quarter: November 20
  • Spring quarter: February 20
  • Summer quarter: April 1

International student application deadlines (for all programs) are:

  • Fall quarter: April 1
  • Winter quarter: September 1
  • Spring quarter: December 1
  • Summer quarter: January 1

For more information about the application process, go to the Admissions page. For Tuition information, go to the Tuition and Fees page.

Dual Degrees 

Seattle University offers a dual degree program for students in the Master of Professional Accounting program. This allows you to complete two degrees in less time than it would take to complete each one separately. The Master's in Accounting may be taken in conjunction with:

  • Professional MBA
  • Master of Science in Business Analytics
  • Master of Science in Finance
  • Juris Doctorate 

For more information about dual degrees, go to the Joint Degrees page.

 

 

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Ranked #14 Nationally

The Albers MPAC program is ranked #14 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report 2018. This places it #1 in the Northwest among graduate accounting programs.

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