Master of Science in Accounting (MS Acct)

The UW Bothell School of Business is proud to announce the launch of its Master of Science in Accounting (MS Acct) starting Fall 2014 at the Eastside Leadership Center in Bellevue, WA., pending final approvals.

The MS Acct program is a professional graduate accounting program that will prepare students for a seamless transition to the complex world of professional accounting at an advanced level. The program requires students to earn 45 graduate credits and is designed to be flexible to accommodate student needs. If pursued full-time, the entire program can be completed in one academic year by students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Students from other disciplines or students who take fewer than 15 credits each quarter will need up to two years to complete the program. Since July 1, 2000, candidates in Washington must have completed five years of full time higher education (150 semester hours or  225 quarter hours) prior to taking the CPA exam.  Though some students attempt to complete this requirement by taking additional credit hours, typically, completing an undergraduate accounting program alone does not meet the five-year requirement. At the end of this program, all students would have earned the necessary academic credits to sit for the CPA exam.

Students will learn a body of knowledge that is of immediate relevance to practicing accountants along with a working understanding of the foundations of modern finance and economics. Specifically, we expect our MS Acct students to acquire a graduate level knowledge base in these topics and areas:

  • Advanced accounting topics including consolidations and foreign currency issues
  • Governmental and nonprofit accounting models
  • Fundamental principles of Accounting Theory
  • Advanced issues in managerial accounting
  • Business law and ethical frameworks for decision making
  • Critical perspectives on advanced financial reporting
  • Analysis of financial statements for valuing a firm
  • Modeling consequences of accounting rules and regulations
  • Advanced auditing and forensic techniques
  • Tax planning and research methodologies

The program provides the foundational knowledge necessary for future CFOs and leaders of accounting firms. Drawing from contemporary research, students will be made aware of the current intellectual debates surrounding accounting rules. Graduates will have strong analytical, communication and research skills.

The UW Bothell School of Business is accredited by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The Master of Science in Accounting program will meet this body’s rigorous accreditation guidelines. The program has been developed in consultation with the Dean's advisory board that includes representatives from all major accounting firms in the region.


Now accepting pre-application materials. Deadline for the first round of applications: April 7, 2104. Click HERE for details.

Sign up for the waitlist.

Admission requirements

E-mail the MS Acct Program Office

Accounting Faculty

    Rajib Doogar

    Lorna Hardin

    Valerie Li

  Deborah Medlar

    P.K. Sen

    Ron Tilden