At the Albers Masters in Professional Accounting Program (MPAC), receive a one-of-a-kind education that not only prepares you for the CPA exam but also goes above and beyond to prepare you for the variety of careers that you can pursue with our MPAC degree. With the support of a highly qualified and dedicated faculty who are committed to your success, our unique courses prepare you to be a better accounting professional.
Our MPAC curriculum is designed for the working professional and recently graduated college student looking to excel and take on leadership responsibilities in professional accounting. Full-time MPAC students who have already finished the prerequisite courses and have an undergraduate degree in accounting can finish the program in one year.
From our Internal Audit Center of Excellence status with its deep connections with the risk assurance profession to our many networking opportunities for all Albers students, an MPAC from Seattle University empowers you to build the foundation for a successful and long-term career.
With an MPAC from Albers, you will receive the quality education and connections you need to go on and have a successful career. Our MPAC is designed keeping the CPA exam curriculum in mind. We also have incorporated specific courses in IT audit, analytics, valuation for financial reporting, fraud and forensics examination, corporate governance, leadership, and communication that will help you become a well-rounded professional with a successful career in accounting. Our MPAC degree also allows you to tap into our alumni network and our deep connections with the professional community, including risk assurance professionals.
The Albers MPAC program is ranked #15 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report 2019. This places it #1 in Seattle among graduate accounting programs.
I like the small class interaction between students and teachers. The Masters of Professional Accounting program has a good reputation and the people I have met are really nice and helpful.
One of the many unique certifications in the Albers’ MPAC, our Internal Audit program has been designated a Center of Excellence by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). There are currently only eight Centers of Excellence in the world. Students can be certified in Internal Audit and simultaneously start their career path by taking one of the tests required for the Certified Internal Audit exam.
The Albers MPAC program not only teaches students the skills to launch a successful accounting career, but also offers opportunities to enhance classroom learning with co-curricular activities. These activities include:
MPAC students can connect to internship opportunities through the Albers Placement Center, which allows you to earn up to 9 credits towards your MPAC degree. Our students have had internships with the Big 4 accounting firms and also many of the mid-sized and smaller CPA firms. We also have had students placed at many of the Seattle-based companies like Starbucks, Nordstrom, Amazon, Weyerhaeuser, and PACCAR.
Every summer, Albers conducts a European Study Tour that goes to countries like Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. The focus of the study tour is corporate governance. Students have an opportunity to meet with professionals from the Big 4, top European firms, and also EU officials. Students can earn 3 credits by participating in the Study Tour.
Students enrolled in our IT Audit and Internal Audit courses get a unique opportunity to conduct a simulated audit engagement with a client at Seattle University. This will include planning, implementing, and presenting the results to the client as part of the engagement process.
Beta Alpha Psi provides the opportunity to receive professional development and networking opportunities and connect with other students in the degree. Our Seattle University’s BAP Chapter has received accolades as an outstanding chapter for many years.
MPAC students can be paired with professionals in the industry to receive support and meet regularly to discuss career paths, internships, and personal development for their future occupation.
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—Beta Alpha Psi, the Internal Audit Club, Ascend, the accounting internship program, the Accounting Mentor Program, and formal career counseling and job placement services provided by the Albers Placement Center.
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 Dual Degrees page.