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Full-time students can complete the program in three quarters.

Students who are NOT Graduates of Eastern's Bachelor of Arts in Business (BAB) in Professional Accounting
Within a few weeks after applicants are notified of their admission to MPAcc by the Graduate Studies Office, a course-by-course review of prior accounting courses taken by admitted MPAcc students who are not graduates of Eastern's BAB in Professional Accounting alumni will be conducted by the College of Business and Public Administration. Students will be contacted concerning which course syllabi need to be submitted for this review to be started. The results of the review will be a customized program of study that will be discussed in a student meeting with the College of Business and Public Administration's Director of Graduate Programs so students can be cleared to register for their first MPAcc quarter. All MPAcc students must complete a minimum of 36 (quarter-system) credits of approved MPAcc coursework.

Students who ARE Graduates of Eastern's BAB in Professional Accounting
To best assure that Eastern BAB Professional Accounting graduates admitted to MPAcc limit the overlap between their undergraduate-level and graduate-level Eastern courses, a customized program of study will be developed for this subset of MPAcc students that substitutes out the graduate-level courses they have already taken at an undergraduate level with advanced MPAcc electives. MPAcc students will not be cleared for initial MPAcc registration until they have been provided a customized program of study that will be discussed in a student meeting with the College of Business an Public Administration's Director of Graduate Programs. All MPAcc students must complete a minimum of 36 (quarter-system) credits of approved MPAcc coursework.

Computers and Research
The MPAcc curriculum has been infused with the application of computer technology in managerial decision making. Also, MPAcc students should expect that courses require research on course topics beyond what is found in assigned course texts. Eastern offers computer labs and computer access to nationwide data banks. MPAcc students also have access to the John F. Kennedy Library on the Cheney campus, SAC Academic Library on the Spokane campus, and online library resources.

Reserved Classes
Graduate business (MPAcc and MBA) courses are reserved exclusively for MPAcc, MBA, and other graduate students who have met all course prerequisites or have permission from the College of Business and Public Administration's Director of Graduate Programs. 

Visiting Graduate Students
​Visiting graduate students may enroll in MPAcc courses on a space-availability basis, provided that they meet the prerequisites and have provided the College of Business and Public Administration's Director of Graduate Programs with official documentation from their home institution that they are graduate students in good standing and that these courses will be accepted by their home institution in transfer as part of their degree program. This documentation should be in a letter signed by a home institution official and addressed to the College of Business and Public Administration's Director of Graduate Programs. To be cleared to register and have courses recorded on an EWU transcript, visiting students must submit a Graduate Non-degree Seeking Application to the Graduate Studies Office at least 10 business days before the start of the term of intended enrollment.

MPAcc students without a bachelor's degree in accounting may need to take some or all of the following courses prior to taking MPAcc prerequisite courses.

Prerequisite Courses

Six Required Prerequisite Courses:

Students with a BAB in Accounting from EWU will have already completed these courses as part of their undergraduate degree.

Core Courses

Core courses are traditionally offered once a week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 6:00 to 9:40 p.m. (5:30 start in summer).

Six required MPAcc Core Courses:

  • ACCT 522 Advanced Business Law
  • ACCT 551 Advanced Auditing
  • ACCT 552 Contemporary Accounting Theory
  • ACCT 553 Advanced Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 555 Advanced Tax
  • ACCT 558 Accounting for governmental & non-for-profit entities

In addition to the above required courses, all students must choose three courses from the elective options.

Elective Courses

Elective courses will be offered on a variety of topics, including but not limited to Forensic Accounting, Health Care Accounting, Health Care Business Law, Tax Research, Tax Planning, Accounting for Natural Resources and Sustainability, Professional Financial Accounting Research, Professional Consulting in an Accounting Firm, Business Analytics in Accounting Practice, Accounting History, Accountants as Academicians. Please refer to EagleNet for current quarterly offerings. Students who have academic credit or professional knowledge may petition to substitute accounting electives or non-accounting electives.

  • ACCT 554 International Accounting
  • ACCT 557 Cost Accounting
  • ACCT 539 Special Topics
  • ACCT 598 Graduate Seminar
  • ACCT 599 Independent Study
  • ACCT 695 Management Internship

Internships are often an effective way to access the top jobs in the best accounting firms. Up to four credits of an approved internship may be used for elective credit. To secure an accounting internship, contact Professor Susan Megaard at 509.828.1257 or smegaard@ewu.edu. Membership in Beta Alpha Psi, the accounting honors society, is also advantageous. 

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