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UW Tacoma MAcc graduates at the master's hooding ceremony

Snoqualmie Library, UW Tacoma campus in spring

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?

  • 9-month program admission is available for either an autumn or spring quarter start.
  • 18-month program admission is available for autumn quarter only. 
  • 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. 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.

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. 

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.

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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, Visa or debit card. Applicants can also use WebCheck to pay the application fee.

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 individual business and accounting courses on a space available basis.

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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 for those who qualify. 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 Milgard 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. Contact the Milgard Success Center for resources related to job and internship opportunities.

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. Many accountants go on to become managers in about six years and increase their earning potential to an average of $100,000 per year. Graduates can boost their opportunities and salary potential by attaining professional certification as a CPA (certified public accountant).

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

The field of accounting is filled with many opportunities to be self-employed, either as a sole-proprietor often time working out a home office, starting a small firm of your own, or becoming a partner in an established small firm. These firms service the many small business owners in their communities. They develop deep within the community and often become community leaders.
For the accountant who desires to work part-time or have a flexible work schedule there are many opportunities for you. Some firms need an extra hand at tax time and look for a committed individual who doesn't desire year round employment, but will return year after year.  Other firms want to hire someone for a project or two on a temporary or contract basis. These opportunities are great for accountants who need flexibility in their schedule. They can choose when and for whom they work.

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.

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