Master of Accounting


The Milgard School of Business Master of Accounting (MAcc) program is an innovative one-year professional accounting program featuring courses in international accounting, social reporting and forensic accounting.

Courses emphasize the skills and tools accountants need to be able to inform and assist decision makers. Key areas of accounting and business knowledge covered in our coursework include advanced topics in accounting, international accounting, planning, control and performance evaluation, financial statement analysis, financial accounting theory, taxation of businesses, and business law and ethics.

The 45-quarter credit program consists of 10 four-credit courses, a one-credit speaker series course, and a four-credit internship or independent study experience. Students apply program knowledge to a specific area of accounting during the internship/independent study, providing valuable experience within a supportive academic environment. Our program provides the necessary fifth-year of higher education required for the State of Washington CPA exam.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the UW Graduate School Admission Requirements to be eligible for admission to the UW Tacoma's MAcc Program.

Graduate School Minimum Admission Requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. or its equivalent from a foreign institution.

  • Have earned at least a 3.0 grade-point-average (on a 4 point scale) for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits.

  • Be proficient in English: Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. The ways in which proficiency can be demonstrated are outlined in Memo 8: Graduate School English Language Proficiency Requirements.

The UW Tacoma's MAcc Program selects prospective students on the basis of their academic achievements, their ability to communicate effectively, and their record of personal accomplishments. Admission is based on a number of criteria including:

  • Satisfactory completion of prerequisite accounting and business classes before you start the MAcc program.
  • Scores from the GMAT exam.
  • International students:  English test score, 92 minimum iBT or 7 IELTS; English test scores are not required if you receive a bachelor's degree from a U.S. university.
  • Well-written admission essay.
  • Internship (include on your resume even if you haven't started work yet), and/or any work experience.
  • Volunteer and student activities.

In selecting the entering class, the Milgard School also strives to create an environment that fosters a rich and satisfying learning experience and is representative of society as a whole. We believe that a diverse student body helps create such an environment.

Accounting and Business Course Prerequisites

The Master of Accounting (MAcc) Program is designed primarily for applicants who have an undergraduate business degree with an accounting option or major. Generally, students with such a degree would not need to complete any course prerequisites prior to applying for the program. Students without a degree concentration in accounting may apply for this program; however, all prerequisite classes must be completed before the start of the MAcc Program. The following prerequisites or their equivalents must be taken at a college or university, either at the undergraduate 300, 400 or graduate level:

  • Intermediate Accounting I, II, III (or equivalent series)
  • Cost Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Individual Income Tax
  • Business Finance

See our course descriptions here in the UW Tacoma course catalog.

When and How to Apply

Program Cost

This is a fee-based program and it is possible for students to qualify for some federal and state grants, loans, or the work study program, as well as Master of Accounting scholarships. Students in all fee-based programs and fee-based degrees are ineligible for the tuition exemption program, institutional tuition waivers and the Undergraduate/Graduate University Grant programs, including the Husky Promise program.  For information on federal or state aid, contact the UW Office of Student Financial Aid

Cost of program for 2016-17:

  • Course Fee
    • $440/credit for Washington Residents. ($19,800 for the entire program)
    • $550/credit for Non-Washington State Residents ($24,750 for the entire program)
  • Technology Fee
    • $40/quarter

To learn more, contact Sally Schwartz at (253) 692-4733 or email[1].