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MAcc class of 2019

UW Tacoma campus in summer

Nine-month track


The MAcc nine-month track consists of 11 classes (45 credits) offered over the three-quarter academic year. All instruction is offered in the evenings after 4:30 pm.

Sample quarterly schedule

Autumn Quarter

  • TACCT 500 Advanced Topics in Financial Accounting (4 credits). Investigates advanced accounting issues related to business combinations, foreign currency transactions, financial derivatives, segment and interim reporting, intercompany transactions, SEC regulation and reporting requirements, and revenue recognition. Emphasizes the ability to identify and apply related accounting principles, assess their impact on the financial statements, and identify areas of potential misstatements.
  • TACCT 502 Financial Statement Analysis (4 credits). Examines the analytical tools and research techniques necessary to understand and interpret financial statements for the purposes of making economic decisions from a user's perspective.
  • TACCT 536 Tax Research and Communication (4 credits). Examines issues in conducting tax research. Investigates aspects of the research process, including how to find, read, and evaluate primary and secondary sources of tax law. Emphasizes development of advanced communication skills relating to the expression of research findings in taxation.
  • TACCT 540 Advanced Auditing (4 credits). Examines key issues regarding generally accepted auditing standards, the role of the auditor, professional conduct and ethics, reporting responsibilities, risk assessment, internal control, evidential matter, management fraud, forensic accounting, and auditing of social reports.

Winter Quarter 

  • TACCT 511 Planning, Control and Performance Evaluation (4 credits). Investigates the use of cost accounting information and techniques to support decision-makers as they develop, implement, evaluate and modify organizational strategy. Examines and evaluates quantitative models and behavioral aspects regarding the use of cost information in decision making.
  • TACCT 535 Taxation of Business Entities (4 credits). Investigates the effects of income taxes on business strategy. Examines the interaction of income tax considerations with non-tax considerations in business decision-making.
  • TACCT 550 Governmental and Not-For-Profit Accounting (4 credits). Explores accounting issues for state and local governments, public and private colleges and universities, hospital and health care providers, and other not-for-profit organizations. Examines characteristics that distinguish governmental and not-for-profit entities from for-profit entities. Investigates fund structure and financial reporting issues for various kinds of not-for-profit institutions.
  • TACCT 601/600 Internship or Independent Study (5 credits). Provides students with practical knowledge and experience in an accounting environment. Permits students to develop their own strategic plan under faculty guidance. Permits students to perform field work utilizing the skills developed in the classroom. Culminates with a research paper expanding on previously developed accounting knowledge. 

Spring Quarter

  • TACCT 510 Business Regulation and Communication (4 credits). Investigates key issues in the current regulatory business environment. Examines statutory and common law precedent of issues. Explores optimization of results to those key issues evaluated. Emphasizes the development of advanced communication skills pertaining to research regarding regulatory issues.
  • TACCT 525: Forensic Accounting (4 credits). Explores the nature, detection and prevention of fraudulent financial reporting. Investigates types of fraud, how fraud is committed, and ways to prevent fraud in corporations.
  • TACCT 590: Special Topics: Analytics for Accounting (4 credits) 

Internship overview

You will pursue internship placement with the chance to immerse yourself in an accounting environment. You will obtain practical knowledge and experience while employing the skills developed in the classroom.  Internships can often lead to full-time employment for students as firms and businesses may consider the internship an extended interview for post-graduate employment.

Students often intern in paid positions during the busy accounting season winter quarter of the program.  However, the MAcc program provides flexibility for students to take advantage of professional internship opportunities that arise during any academic quarter, including summer if desirable. The Milgard School of Business is committed to building and maintaining positive and mutually beneficial relationships with the dynamic South Sound business community. MAcc students benefit from the partnerships that the Milgard School has developed with local CEO’s, senior executives and leaders when seeking internship placement.

Process for obtaining internship placement

You will find much-needed support and structure in finding internship placement from the Milgard Success Center. You can participate in a series of networking events, workshops and even an etiquette dinner geared to connect you with employers and help you successfully create and then navigate your future career path. The Milgard Success Center offers individualized assistance in preparing for interviews, resume writing workshops, and on-campus interviews with accounting firms along with several recruiting events that will help you learn more about the accounting industry and career opportunities.

 


Professors conducting research in office, 2019

Students in summer Excel workshop, 2019

18-month track


The MAcc 18-month track consists of 18 classes and an internship/independent study (80 credits) offered over two academic years (no class in summer).

Sample quarterly schedule

YEAR ONE


Autumn Quarter

  • TACCT 503 Intermediate Accounting I (5 credits). Concepts and principles of financial accounting. Analysis of controversies and problems related to the measurement of enterprise income and asset and liability valuation.
  • TACCT 506 Cost Accounting (5 credits). Focuses on the development and use of cost data for external reporting and internal planning. Students examine cost accounting theory and procedures involving cost determination, analysis, and control through the application of such skills as allocations, budgeting, job order and process costing, and quantification of various business processes.

Winter Quarter 

  • TACCT 504 Intermediate Accounting II (5 credits). Continuation of 503. Concepts and principles of financial accounting. Analysis of controversies and problems related to the measurement of enterprise income and asset and liability valuation.
  • TACCT 507 Auditing Standards and Principles (5 credits). Intensive introduction to the attest function in society today. Analyzes the environment, the process, and the report of the public auditor. Examines potential extensions of the attest function.
  • TACCT 530 Accounting Information Systems (5 credits). Introduces accounting information systems in organizations.  Examines key accounting elements tied to underlying business processes and examines issues of maintaining the integrity of accounting information systems. Integrates the accounting function with information technology and introduces the basic structure of database systems.

Spring Quarter

  • TACCT 505 Intermediate Accounting III (5 credits). Continuation of 504. Concepts and principles of financial accounting. Analysis of controversies and problems related to the measurement of enterprise income and asset and liability valuation.
  • TACCT 508 Individual Income Taxation (5 credits). Covers US Federal income taxation for individuals, including compliance requirements and the role of taxation in personal decisions. Topics include: wage, business and investment income; personal and personal business deductions; and property transactions.

 

YEAR TWO


Autumn Quarter

  • TACCT 502 Financial Statement Analysis (4 credits). Enhances the understanding of accounting principles and techniques used to prepare financial statements, and methods an analyst might employ to increase the relevance of financial information. Demonstrates the use of financial statement data in the valuation of firms.
  • TACCT 536 Tax Research and Communications (4 credits). Examines issues in conducting tax research. Investigates aspects of the research process, including how to find, read, and evaluate primary and secondary sources of tax law. Emphasizes development of advanced communication skills relating to the expression of research findings in taxation.
  • TACCT 540 Advanced Auditing (4 credits). Examines key issues regarding generally accepted auditing standards, the role of the auditor, professional conduct and ethics, reporting responsibilities, risk assessment, internal control, evidential matter, management fraud, forensic accounting, and auditing of social reports.
  • TACCT 500 Advanced Topics in Financial Accounting (4 credits). Investigates advanced accounting issues related to business combinations, foreign currency transactions, financial derivatives, segment and interim reporting, intercompany transactions, SEC regulation and reporting requirements, and revenue recognition. Emphasizes the ability to examine related accounting principles, assess their impact on financial statements, and identify areas of potential misstatements.

Winter Quarter 

  • TACCT 511 Planning, Control, and Performance Evaluation (4 credits). Investigates the use of cost accounting information and techniques to support decision-makers as they develop, implement, evaluate, and modify organizational strategy. Examines and evaluates quantitative models and behavioral aspects regarding the use of cost information in decision making.
  • TACCT 535 Taxation of Business Entities (4 credits). Investigates the effects of income taxes on business strategy. Examine the interaction of income tax considerations with non-tax considerations in business decision-making.
  • TACCT 550 Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting (4 credits). Investigates accounting issues for state and local governments, public and private colleges and universities, hospital and health care providers, and other not-for-profit organizations. Examines characteristics that distinguish governmental and not-for-profit entities from for-profit entities. Investigates fund structure and financial reporting issues for various kinds of not-for-profit institutions.
  • TACCT 601/600 Internship or Independent Study (5 credits). Provides students with practical knowledge and experience in an accounting environment.

Spring Quarter

  • TACCT 510 Business Regulation, Research, and Communication (4 credits). Investigates key issues in the current regulatory business environment. Examines statutory and common law precedent of issues. Examines optimization of results to those key issues evaluated. Emphasizes the development of advanced communication skills pertaining to research regarding regulator issues.
  • TACCT 525 Forensic Accounting (4 credits). Explores the nature, detection and prevention of fraudulent financial reporting. Investigates types of fraud, how fraud is committed, and ways to prevent fraud in corporations.
  • TACCT 590: Special Topics: Analytics for Accounting (4 credits) 

Where do our MAcc students work?

 (Employers listed in alphabetical order)    

  • Alpha Precision Machining, Inc.
  • Airfresh Seafoods of Alaska
  • BB Tax and Accounting Group
  • Blanton Turner
  • Boeing
  • Brink & Sadler
  • C.P. McAuliff CPA, P.S
  • Catholic Community Services
  • City of Issaquah
  • City of Tacoma
  • Columbia Bank
  • DaVita Healthcare Partners, Inc.
  • Defense Contract Audit Agency
  • Deloitte
  • Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Dwyer Pemberton & Coulson, P.C
  • Dynacraft
  • Favors Rettig CPAs, P.S.
  • Frankel Loughran Starr & Vallone LLP
  • Frost & Company, CPA
  • Goodwill
  • Group Health
  • Hartung Glass Industries
  • Hawthorne & Co CPAs
  • Heritage Bank
  • iSoftStone
  • Jeff Baker and Associates, PS
  • Jennifer Unrau, CPA & Associates
  • Kitsap Bank
  • KPMG
  • McKinsey and Company
  • Moss Adams
  • Mueller and Partin Certified Public Accountants
  • NexTitle
  • Northwest Tax Specialist
  • NR Smith
  • Paccar Incorporated
  • Panagiotu Pension Advisors
  • Peterson Sullivan LLP
  • Pierce County
  • Price Waterhouse Coopers
  • RSM (formerly McGladrey)
  • Starbucks
  • Tacoma Public Schools
  • Talluss Architectural Products
  • The TEARS Foundation
  • Traner Smith & Co.
  • TrueBlue Inc.
  • Vine Dahlen
  • Washington State Auditor's Office
  • Washington State Department of Social and Health Services 
  • Washington State Department of Enterprise Services
  • Waste Connections
  • Watchguard Technologies
  • Weyerhaeuser
  • Yareton Investment Company