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UW Tacoma MAcc graduates at the master's hooding ceremony

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About admissions

Who should apply?

Current Milgard School of Business students, business alumni, or prospective students interested in obtaining a master's degree while earning credits to qualify for the CPA exam. All students entering the MAcc program must have a bachelor's degree and have completed program prerequisite coursework required to enter either the nine-month or 18-month MAcc Track.

When can I start the MAcc program and what are the required documents?

Nine-month MAcc track

  • Admission to the program is available for either an autumn or spring quarter start. Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed and accepted based on space availability. GMAT or GRE scores are required, unless the applicant qualifies for a waiver. To apply, complete the online application to the University of Washington Graduate School that includes the Milgard School of Business MAcc program application forms and pay application fees.

18-month MAcc track (designed for a non-accounting major)

  • Admission to the the program is available for autumn quarter only.

Can I apply if I have a GPA below a 3.0? 

Yes. If your cumulative GPA is below 3.0, we still encourage you to apply. Applicant pools vary, and you may still be competitive. The review committee will evaluate each piece of your application, and your strengths in other areas (i.e. high GMAT score, essays) can help compensate for a lower GPA. There are no conditional admission options.

Can I apply for the program while I'm completing the last quarter/semester of my undergraduate degree?

Yes, you can apply for the program as you near degree completion to meet application priority dates for the quarter you wish to begin the MAcc. Applicants will be admitted on a conditional basis which is to say that all degree courses need to be completed before classes begin.

What are the GMAT requirements?

Applicants who don't qualify for a waiver must take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). We advise applicants to take the examination early. There is no minimum score, however, the average score for the applicant pool is estimated at 600. Submit your complete application even though you may have a later test date. GMAT scores are valid for five years. When you take the test, inform the Educational Testing Service (ETS) that it must forward your scores to the University of Washington Tacoma, Milgard School MAcc program.

Do you ever waive the GMAT requirement?

The GMAT requirement may be waived for applicants who meet the following criteria:  

FAST TRACK WAIVER OPTION

The GMAT requirement is automatically waived for students who meet any of the following requirements:

  • Candidates who possess certain active professional licenses, such as the U.S. CPA, CMA and CFA (or passed all the required sections of those examinations).
  • Candidates who have already earned a graduate degree from an AACSB accredited institution.
  • Candidates who obtained a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Washington system with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 overall, and at least 3.0 in the undergraduate intermediate accounting series (Intermediate Accounting I, II & III or its equivalent) coursework.
  • Candidates who obtained a Certificate in Accounting from the University of Washington system and earned a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 overall.

CASE BY CASE WAIVER OPTION

The Milgard MAcc Admissions Committee will review GMAT waiver requests that do not qualify for the Fast Track Waiver Option, but meets one or more of the following conditions:

  • Candidates with a four-year bachelor’s degree in Accounting (BA/B.S.) or Business Administration with a major in Accounting (BABA) from an AACSB accredited institution who have demonstrated strong academic performance both in terms of overall cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 as well as a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the Intermediate Accounting series (Intermediate Accounting I, II & III or its equivalent).
  • Candidates who possess an active professional license in accounting (e.g., Chartered Accountants (CA) recognized by the Institutes of Chartered Accountants in  Canada, U.K., Australia and New Zealand or Cost Accountants recognized by the Institutes  of Costs and Management  Accountants in the aforementioned jurisdictions) or in a closely related field.
  • Candidates who can document at least ten years of post-baccalaureate professional experience in position(s) requiring supervisory decision-making and leadership.  

These cases will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Waivers are competitive and reviewed holistically. All decisions made by the committee are final.

Waiver request should include the following documents:

  1. Copies of unofficial transcripts,
  2. Proof of professional license and/or work experience,  if applicable,
  3. Written GMAT waiver request that highlights examples of strong academic performance, and
  4. Current Resume or CV that includes educational background. Note any academic awards/achievements, leadership experiences, and relevant work experiences to date (examples: Internship(s), volunteer work, or professional work experiences).

Waiver requests should be submitted electronically to uwtmacc@uw.edu. The advisor will review and make sure your materials are complete and will forward it to the Admission Committee for review.

*NOTE: GMAT waivers are valid for up to one year after the date of approval.

Is there a fee to apply?

Yes. The University of Washington Graduate School charges a $85 application fee. The fee is paid online using MasterCard or Visa credit or debit cards.

About our academics

When do classes meet?

Classes meet in the evenings typically from 4:40 pm to 8:00 pm. to accommodate the schedules of working professionals. Check the current UW Time Schedule each quarter for updated course schedules and meeting times.

How long will the MAcc take to complete?

The MAcc offers two program tracks. The nine-month MAcc track is a convenient, three-quarter long program designed for those with a background in accounting. The 18-month MAcc track is designed to cover critical accounting foundation courses during the first academic year, and the MAcc core classes during the second year. Both track options are full-time graduate programs. 

Can I attend the MAcc part-time?

Yes, the program offers flexible course loads. However, classes are scheduled to meet during certain quarters-one time per year. Therefore a student would complete their graduate degree over a longer period of time.

How long do I have to complete my master's degree?

The UW Graduate School allows students a maximum of six years to complete a master's degree.

I've earned a bachelor's degree but didn't major in accounting. How can UW Tacoma help me transition to study accounting and prepare to apply to the MAcc program? 

To transition to accounting from another field of study, consider enrolling in the 18-month MAcc Track, which is open to a variety of backgrounds and majors! If you're only missing one or two MAcc program prerequisite classes, the Milgard School of Business Non-Matriculated Accounting Program will allow you access to indivual business and accounting courses on a space available basis.

Looking for an Accounting Certificate Instead? Explore the Certificate in Accounting offered at the UW Seattle campus through UW Professional and Continuing Education. For more suggestions, contact us at uwtmacc@uw.edu.

Is a degree from UW Tacoma a University of Washington degree?

Yes. The University of Washington is a three-campus university with campuses in Tacoma, Bothell and Seattle. At the Milgard School of Business, you will receive a MAcc degree from the University of Washington completed at the University of Washington Tacoma.

Is there financial assistance available?

Yes. Financial Aid assistance (loans) may be available for students enrolled in fee-based programs. Students seeking scholarships must apply for admission by the priority application deadline for either the spring or autumn quarter and complete the MAcc scholarship application.

Real World Experience

How will the MAcc help connect me with future employers and leaders in the field of accounting?

The internship allows students to obtain practical knowledge and experience in an accounting environment while employing the skills developed in the classroom. Coming to the Milgard School means joining a vibrant, thriving community of fellow students, faculty, staff, alumni and area business leaders. From networking mixers to conferences, guest speakers, and school-wide events, there is always something happening so students can network and build their skills.

What is a career in accounting like?

Firms are looking for professionals who can fill roles that complement their teams, support expansion, and show leadership potential. Graduates of the Milgard MAcc program are prepared to meet this challenge with accounting and business knowledge, professional communication skills, and the ability to navigate ethical issues with integrity. Accounting graduates can choose from many diverse career opportunities. Some jobs held by Accounting graduates include the following:

  • Audit Partner
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Consultant
  • Comptroller
  • Computer Systems Consultant
  • Consultant
  • Controller
  • Cost Accountant
  • Division Controller
  • EDP Auditor
  • Fraud Examiner
  • Internal Auditor
  • Information Systems Controller
  • Systems Consultant
  • System Security Manager
  • Tax Adviser
  • Tax Partner

Some advantages to a career in accounting include...

Earning potential

Often entry-level accountants earn within $50,000 to $60,000 per year and there is ample room for salary growth with experience and education such as earning a master’s degree in accounting or an MBA. Many accountants go on to become managers in about six years and increase their earning potential to an average of $100,000 per year.

Experience and exposure

The experience you can gain from working in the field of accounting is exceptional.  With an accounting career, you learn how businesses work and operate in an ever-evolving field. Many people who begin their working life with accounting careers go on to work in other areas of business as well.

Self-employment opportunities and job flexibility

Graduates can boost their opportunities and salary potential by attaining professional certification as a CPA (certified public accountant).

Job security and diversity

Accounting careers are versatile. Businesses, government, nonprofits, health care, manufacturing, agribusiness, and other organizations will always need to prepare and verify financial statements, so they will need to hire accountants. With so many options of agencies to work for and potential career paths, accounting can form a solid foundation for your career.


To learn more, contact us at uwtmacc@uw.edu.