Master of Accounting

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The Milgard School of Business Master of Accounting (MAcc) program offers an innovative professional accounting program featuring courses in international accounting, social reporting and forensic accounting. Both a nine-month and two-year track are offered.

MAcc Information Session:

October 24, 2017

KEY 102 (Carwein Auditorium), UW TACOMA
6pm -7:30pm

Join MAcc faculty and staff to learn more about this exciting program!

Already have a business and accounting background? (Nine-month track)

Fast track your career with a master's degree in accounting

The fifth year of college you spend qualifying for the CPA exam will set you apart from the competition. The Milgard School's MAcc program at UW Tacoma provides a transformational expierence for those aspiring to a succesful career in accounting. Bolster your skills with practical and research-based knowledge that comes from a world-class university.

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.

  • Earn your degree in nine months
  • Evening classes for working professionals
  • Internships with companies and accounting firms
  • Small class sizes taught by world-class UW faculty
  • Membership in the prestigious Milgard Alumni network

Schedule

SCHEDULE
9 mo. (3-qtr.) program / 45 credits / evening classes

AUTUMN WINTER SPRING
Financial Statement Analysis Taxation of Business Entities Business Regulation & Communication
Tax Research & Communications Planning Control & Performance Evaluations Forensic Accounting
Advanced Auditing Internship or Independent Study Advanced International Accounting
Advanced Topics in Financial Accounting Governmental & Non-Profit Accounting  

Graduate school minimum admission requirements

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

  • 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; English test scores are not required if you receive a bachelor's, master's or doctoral 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) nine-month 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 should consider the two-year MAcc track.

Students that are unable to pursue the two-year track 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

Want a checklist? Fill out the course-mapping worksheet to ensure prerequisites are fulfilled

See our course descriptions here in the UW Tacoma course catalog. http://www.washington.edu/students/crscatt/

When and How to Apply

New to accounting? (Two-year track)

A full-time Master of Accounting program designed for non-accounting degree holders

This track is open to recent graduates and professionals seeking to solidify their accounting skills to succeed in professional careers. It also provides students with necessary credit hours to qualify for the CPA exam in Washington State.

Who should apply?

Those who have a bachelor's degree and want to earn a master's degree in accounting to meet requirements for CPA examination. As a full-time program, it is ideal for international and military students.

Format

  • Courses are taught on the UW Tacoma campus in the evening to accommodate schedules of working professionals
  • The student cohort admits for autumn quarter and classes meet autumn through spring
  • Program can be completed in two academic years (18 months)

Results

  • Become eligible for the CPA exam by earning all upper-division credits
  • Make an exciting career change. Be recruited by employers for internships and full-time careers through Milgard's career and professional development network
  • Join the prestigious Milgard Alumni Network
  • World-class faculty, small class sizes, urban campus in the heart of vibrant downtown Tacoma

Prerequisites/admission requirements

  • Earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • A minimum of 8 quarter credit hours with at least one course each in financial and managerial accounting. Must have earned a B (GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale) or better in each of these courses. Equivalent UWT courses would be TACCT 210, 220 and 230
  • GMAT score in the range of 500 and above, or be approved for a GMAT waiver
  • International students must satisfy the UW Graduate School’s English Language Proficiency Requirement. Submit an official TOEFL Internet-based score of 92 or above in order to be exempt from Academic English Program (AEP) requirements. The TOEFL institution code for UW Tacoma is 4854

When and How to Apply

Admission Requirements

Graduate school minimum admission requirements

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

  • 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 TOEFL iBT; English test scores are not required if you receive a bachelor's, master's or doctoral 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 (for nine-month track students only)

Want a checklist? Fill out the course-mapping worksheet to ensure prerequisites are fulfilled

The Master of Accounting (MAcc) nine-month 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. http://www.washington.edu/students/crscatt/

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

Nine-month track (autumn, winter, and spring quarter)

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

Two-year track (autumn, winter, and spring quarter for each year)

Cost of program for 2018-20:

  • Course Fee
    • $440/credit for Washington Residents. ($35,200 for the entire program)
    • $550/credit for Non-Washington State Residents ($44,000 for the entire program)
  • Technology Fee
    • $40/quarter

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.

Our program provides the necessary fifth-year of higher education required for the State of Washington CPA exam.


When and How to Apply

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