Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet UW Graduate School admission requirements to be eligible for admission to the MS Accounting Program.

UW Graduate School Minimum Admission Requirements


  • Required: a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. or its four-year equivalent from an accredited foreign institution.
  • Also acceptable: hold a Master’s degree, a doctoral degree (Ph.D., D.Phil.), or a professional degree (M.D., J.D., D.V.M., etc.) from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. or its equivalent from an accredited foreign institution.

  • Have earned at least a 3.0 grade-point-average (on a 4 point scale) from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. or its equivalent from a foreign institution for the last 90 quarter credits  --- OR ---- 60 semester credits from a baccalaureate degree.  For a Master’s, doctoral, or professional degree, the total cumulative average may be used.  If you earned additional credits from an accredited institution after your degree, you may include these credits in calculating your GPA.
  • Be proficient in English: Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. The ways in which proficiency can be demonstrated are outlined in Memo 8: Graduate School English Language Proficiency Requirements.

General UW Bothell MS Accounting Program Admission Requirements:

  • Applicants must have completed, or expect to have completed by the time they start in the Master’s program, an undergraduate degree program in Accounting or in Business (with MSA prerequisites) at a recognized four-year U.S. university or equivalent institution.

  • Students that do not have an undergraduate degree in Accounting or Business but complete the necessary prerequisite coursework are also eligible to apply.


  • 2021 Applicants As a special consideration during the current health crisis, the GMAT or GRE requirement has been temporarily suspended. No GMAT or GRE score is currently required for fall quarter, 2021 MSA applications at UW Bothell. If you already have test scores, you may apply with them if desired. Questions? Contact

  • 2022 Applicants:  You may apply any time for 2022, and if a GMAT or GRE test score is required for your 2022 application, you will be notified.  Future GMAT or GRE requirements will be announced in Autumn, 2021.  In addition to completing any necessary prerequisite coursework, admission decisions will be based on multiple criteria such as the candidate’s overall and accounting GPAs, recommendations, and personal interviews.


Required Application Materials

  • Current Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • References
  • Transcripts
  • GMAT score

*GMAT wavier available for qualified applicants
*TOEFL scores may be required for non-English native speaking candidates