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Foster School of Business – University of Washington - Master of Professional Accounting

University of Washington Master of Professional Accounting Program Structure

The Foster School’s Master of Professional Accounting is a specialized 9-month, 3-quarter program running from late September through mid-June. MPAcc students complete all 8 courses as a cohort throughout autumn, and spring quarters and earn a total of 48 credits throughout the program. The winter quarter is designed for students to go to work at an internship, generally at a regional or large accounting firm.


The curriculum is reviewed yearly with the MPAcc Advisory Board, made up of professionals currently practicing at Seattle’s large and small public accounting firms. Class topics include Accounting Regulation, Advanced Cases in Assurance Services, Advanced Financial Analysis, Data Analytics, Advanced Cases in Accounting, Advisory, Business, Law and Ethics, Professional Accounting Communication, and Codification Research. Emphasis is placed on using business intelligence solutions such as data visualization, data analytics, and robotic process automation throughout all classes.

Class Profile

The 2024 class consists of 44 students, 57% female and 30% from outside the US. Most students come directly out of undergraduate studies at colleges across the country and are pursuing the masters as a fifth year.

Career Statistics

100% of MPAcc students that actively engage in the recruiting process are employed within three months of graduation. The MPAcc advisory board consists of a wide range of experts in accounting, assurance advisory and analytics. Members of the board work at Deloitte, KPMG, SmartSheet, PwC, Salesforce, Starbucks, Ernst & Young, & Moss Adams.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The cost of annual tuition for 2023/2024 is $23,700 for residents and $29,187 for non-residents.

The average scholarship award is approximately $5,000. Both merit and need-based scholarships are awarded though those with financial need according to FAFSA are given priority.

U.S. students can also apply for Stafford loans by demonstrating need according to FAFSA.


Admission to the Foster School of Business Master of Professional Accounting is for Autumn quarter only. We offer admission to those who we believe have the highest potential for achievement in the accounting profession. We select prospective students based on their academic achievements, their ability to communicate effectively, and their record of personal accomplishments. Prospective students must additionally have well-developed language and reasoning skills.

The online application includes:

– 3 references
– one video essay
– resume
– transcripts from all colleges attended
– TOEFL score of 92 for non-domestic students that attended college outside of United States & that did not primarily teach in English.
– $85 application fee

Work or internship experience in an accounting-related position is preferred but not required for admission. Once the application has been received, the candidate may receive an in person or online interview.

Application Deadlines

Applications must be submitted through the UW’s online portal by the following dates:

  • International applicants – January 15

Domestic (U.S. citizens, permanent residents) – February 15


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