Admission Requirements

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

Graduate School Minimum Admission Requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. or its equivalent from a foreign institution.

  • Have earned at least a 3.0 grade-point-average (on a 4 point scale) for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits.

  • 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 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 eligible to apply.

  • In addition to having completed the necessary prerequisite coursework, admission decisions will be based on multiple criteria such as the candidate’s overall and accounting GPAs, personal interviews and, unless specifically waived by the admissions committee*, performance on the GMAT exam. If you have questions about the GMAT exam, please contact the program office or visit the official website of the GMAT.

*GMAT Waiver Details

To be eligible to apply for a GMAT or GRE waiver, applicants must meet the minimum Graduate School and MS Accounting admission requirements. Waivers are not guaranteed and must be approved by our MS Accounting admissions committee. Applicants must indicate a request for a waiver in the appropriate section of the online application.

The minimum requirements for a GMAT/GRE waiver consideration are one or more of the following:

  • An undergraduate Accounting GPA of 3.4 or higher.
  • A graduate degree with 3.0 GPA (AND 3.4 GPA in Accounting or cumulative).
  • A professional license (i.e., CPA).
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or higher AND a GPA of 3.4 or higher in all undergraduate accounting coursework.

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