MS Accounting Prerequisites:

  • Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized four-year U.S. University or equivalent institution.  If your degree was NOT an accounting degree, 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. Classes begin each September, and the program completes in 3 quarters. If  the above link does not answer your questions, please email
  • Enroll in in either the 9-10 month or 9-week summer Certificate In Accounting at UW Seattle.  The UW Seattle Certificate meets in the daytime. Applying requires completion of a Bachelor’s degree and academic credits earned in an introductory financial accounting course AND an introductory managerial accounting course. Click above link for details.
  • 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.

Please note that in addition to the upper level accounting courses above, the CPA exam has additional requirements. Anyone planning to work in a different state should always check with that state’s CPA exam requirements.