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Advance Your Career in Accounting

The Master of Professional Accounting at City University of Seattle will prepare you to pursue a career in accounting and offer the master’s-level experience you need to be competitive in the job market. The curriculum of this program serves as excellent preparation for necessary exams, including the CPA, CMA, and CGMA.

In this program, you are able to study at your own pace by taking one, two, or three courses per quarter, and on your own schedule with online courses. We offer smaller class sizes, so faculty members (who are also practicing professionals) can get to know you and offer guidance and mentoring throughout the program.

CityU’s Master in Accounting program is unique because it will equip you with a wide breadth and depth of knowledge. In addition to developing core accounting skills, you’ll have the opportunity to choose two specialization areas from topics, including management accounting, finance, international business, CPA review, and information security audit. By concentrating on multiple disciplines, you’ll be better prepared to adjust to changes in the industry.

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the MPA program, you’ll learn to:

  • Apply relevant accounting, audit, law, and tax principles when preparing, analyzing, and presenting information
  • Appraise information and results to identify problems, solutions, and opportunities
  • Communicate clearly, concisely, and persuasively while listening and synthesizing input
  • Critique business information with a global and diverse perspective
  • Evaluate the ethical implications of business decisions
  • Research relevant accounting, tax, and business information to guide business decisions

Total Required Credits (45-65 Credits)

For full course descriptions please visit the 2019-2020 Course Catalog. 

Prerequisite Courses Required (20 Credits)

AC 215 Fundamentals of Accounting (5)

AC 301 Intermediate Accounting I (5)

AC 302 Intermediate Accounting II (5)

AC 303 Intermediate Accounting III (5)

Program Core (21 Credits)

AC 550 Auditing Theory and Practice (3)

AC 553 Advanced Accounting Strategy I (3)

AC 555 Advanced Accounting Strategy II (3)

AC 557 Corporate Taxation (3)

AC 559 Business Law for Accountants (3)

AC 563 Capstone - Ethics and Leadership in the Practice of Accounting (3)

MBA 540 Strategic Financial Management (3)

Depth Block (24 Credits)

Each student takes two blocks.

Public Accounting (12 Credits)

AC 530 CPA Review - Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) (3)

AC 531 CPA Review - Regulation (REG) (3)

AC 532* CPA Review - Auditing and Attestation (AUD) (3)

AC 533 CPA Review - Business Environment and Concepts (BEC) (3)

*AC 532: Prerequ: AC 550

Information Security Audit (12 Credits)

AC 540 Auditing Techniques (3)

ISEC 500 Information Security Overview (3)

ISEC 605 Information Security Auditing (3)

ITMGMT 570 Maintaining the Technology Infrastructure (3)

Finance (12 Credits)

FIN 551 Equity Markets, Derivatives, Alternative Investments and Debt Instrument Mangement (3)

FIN 553 Capital Formation, Portfolio Management and Corporate Management (3)

FIN 555 Banking, Fixed Income and Movement of Capital (3)

FIN 557 Ethics, Quantitative Methods and Economics of Finance (3)

Management Accounting (12 Credits)

AC 501 Applied Management Accounting Concepts I (3)

AC 502 Applied Management Accounting Concepts II (3)

AC 540 Auditing Techniques (3)

MBA 535 Managerial Accounting (3)

Graduate Electives** (12 Credits)

**Program Director approval required.

Businesses in every industry require professionals with a solid understanding of financial and accounting principles. This master’s program opens the door for a career change or career advancement into a leadership role.

The master’s in professional accounting program will prepare you to seek a variety of management and leadership roles, such as:

  • Auditor
  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
  • Corporate controller
  • Financial analyst
  • Forensic accountant
  • Information and technology accountant
  • Managerial accountant

Networking Opportunities

At CityU, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your professional network by connecting with faculty working in your field, students from around the globe, and alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies. Plus, you’ll be part of a supportive community that’s dedicated to helping you reach your career goals.

Tuition Cost

Learn more about tuition and fees for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.

Financial Aid Opportunities

At CityU, we’re committed to helping students achieve their academic goals no matter their economic situations. Our financial aid counselors are here to find the resources you need to pay for your education, including grants, loans, work study, and scholarships.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at CityU, or contact our Financial Aid Team at 800.426.5596, 206.239.4540, or finaid@cityu.edu.

Military Tuition Benefits

As a Yellow Ribbon school, CityU is proud to serve those who have served in the military. We offer military tuition discounts for active-duty servicemembers and their spouses and accept military benefits such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Tuition Assistance.

Learn more about military tuition benefits, VA benefits, and military partnership programs designed to help you reach your military and career goals.


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Founded in 1973, City University of Seattle offers over 60 on-site and online programs designed for busy working adults like you. When you enroll at CityU, you’ll have the support of a community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are dedicated to helping you finish your degree and reach your goals.


CityU is recognized as a Top 10 educator of adults nationwide.1 In fact, students complete their degrees at twice the national rate.2


Develop marketable, real-world skills in courses taught by faculty who are practitioners working in your field.


Expand your expertise and your global perspectives in on-site and online courses with students from around the world.


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