MS Accounting Prerequisites:

  • Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from a recognized four-year U.S. University or equivalent institution or complete the prerequisites as noted below.
  • Applicants must expect to have completed (by the time they start the Master’s program), upper level (300 and 400 level) undergraduate Accounting courses in the following areas:
    • Intermediate Accounting*
    • Cost Accounting
    • Federal Income Taxation
    • Auditing
    • Accounting Information Systems

*NOTE: The Intermediate Accounting I, II and III series may be offered in 2 semester classes or 3 quarter classes depending on the structure of your college or university.

Applicants may complete prerequisites in the following ways:

  • Enroll in the 9-10 month Certificate in Accounting at UW Bothell, or enroll in either the 9-10 month or 9 week summer Certificate In Accounting at UW Seattle
  • Applications for the UW Bothell Certificate in Accounting are accepted until the program reaches capacity, and classes begin each September. The program completes in 3 quarters. Students will receive course registration information upon acceptance into the certificate program. If you have questions about the application process, please email
  • Enroll in any other certificate in accounting program that meets either state CPA or Uniform CPA educational requirements.
  • Take prerequisite courses at local community colleges.

If you have remaining questions regarding prerequisite coursework requirements, please send an email to