Master of Science in Accounting

The MS in Accounting program distinguishes itself with a blend of schedule flexibility, academic rigor, practical relevance, and a connection to the contemporary business environment. The integration of mentorship and a diverse curriculum ensures our graduates are technically proficient and well-prepared for the demands of a rapidly evolving accounting landscape.

Program Highlights

  • Flexible Schedule Options. Finish your degree in one year with a full-time schedule or in less than two years part-time.
  • Holistic Learning Environment. Experience a dynamic and collaborative environment that leverages real-world scenarios, modern technologies, and interactive teaching methods.
  • Small Class Sizes. Develop a strong network in an inclusive learning community and benefit from direct access to your professors.
  • Engaging Mentorship Opportunities. Connect with industry professionals to support your academic and career journey.
  • Comprehensive Curriculum. Immerse yourself in a well-rounded curriculum covering financial reporting, taxation, audit, and technology-driven accounting.
  • Faculty Excellence. Learn from distinguished faculty who bring a wealth of industry experience and academic expertise to the classroom.

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Benefits of this Program

This program offers you more than just a degree. It empowers you to develop critical thinking, data analysis and research skills, and build specialized areas of knowledge, including the analysis of Big Data.

At the University of Washington Bothell, gain access to a robust network of alumni, industry connections, and a supportive community that enhances your professional growth. Additionally, benefit from the resources of the wider University of Washington system, including extensive libraries and a prestigious reputation that strengthens your credentials.

I was getting to the point where I was posting positions with basic requirements beyond my own in terms of education and background. I had no CPA, no master’s degree. I realized even though I had 20 years of experience that maybe I should expand my tool set.

Howard Snow, Class of 2016

What to Expect in this Program

Prepare for a transformative journey that combines academic excellence, practical experience, and a supportive community. Engage with expert faculty, connect with industry leaders through mentorship, and graduate with a comprehensive skill set that sets you apart in the competitive accounting landscape.

Gain advanced accounting knowledge along with an understanding of modern finance and economics. Advanced topics include accounting theory, cost management and strategy, managerial accounting, financial accounting and research methodologies, analysis of financial statements for valuing a firm, auditing and forensic techniques, modeling consequences of accounting rules and regulations, and financial reporting.

Outcomes of this Program

Upon completion, you will emerge as a highly skilled and well-rounded accounting professional, ready to tackle complex challenges in various sectors. Our graduates are sought after for their analytical prowess, ethical grounding, and strategic thinking, positioning them for leadership roles in accounting firms, corporations, and governmental organizations.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Apply discipline-specific technical and conceptual knowledge to address both routine and complex accounting transactions and topics.
  • Apply critical thinking, problem solving, and analysis of the risk environment and economic reasoning skills to support business decisions in a data driven environment.
  • Produce clearly written documents and oral presentations conveying accounting information in both technical and non-technical terms.
  • Demonstrate awareness of evolving ethical and social obligations including the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as professional regulations and standards, and apply them to make informed decisions.

The program prepares graduates for roles as:

  • Internal auditor
  • Managerial accountant
  • Tax examiner
  • Budget analyst
  • Government auditor
  • Certified Public Accountants (CPA) (additional study required)

Who Should Apply

Our program caters to individuals seeking advanced accounting education, whether recent graduates or seasoned professionals looking to enhance their skills.

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the MS in Accounting program is competitive yet accessible. We welcome applicants with diverse backgrounds who demonstrate academic excellence, professional experience, and a commitment to ethical practices.

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