Top School for a Degree in Accounting - Seattle, WA

Seattle has a few schools with programs in accounting. Find the best program for you by reading about schools' rankings, program offerings and tuition information.

School and Ranking Information

There are a few institutions with accounting degrees in Seattle. The following schools, including one public and two private nonprofit institutions, are considered the top three based on degree levels, amount of degrees awarded and rankings:

  • Winner: University of Washington in Seattle secured the top spot due to its total of five national rankings from U.S. News & World Report between 2013 and 2014, high graduation rate and voluminous amount of accounting degrees given.
  • Runner Up #1: Seattle University, located in Seattle, came in second place due to its three levels of accounting degrees offered and top 20 ranking for accounting programs from U.S. News & World Report in 2013.
  • Runner Up #2: Seattle Pacific University in Seattle is the second runner up for its small class sizes and high ranking for schools in the West by U.S. News & World Report in 2014.

School Comparison Chart

Categories University of Washington - Seattle Seattle University Seattle Pacific University
Rankings #11 in undergraduate accounting programs (2013),
#22 in undergraduate business programs (2013),
#18 in graduate accounting programs (2013),
#23 in graduate business schools (2013),
#52 in national universities (2014)*
#19 in graduate accounting programs (2013),
#119 in undergraduate business programs (2013),
#6 in West regional universities (2014)*
#266 in undergraduate business programs (2013),
#14 in West regional universities (2014)*
Location Seattle, WA Seattle, WA Seattle, WA
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $12,383 (undergraduate, in-state),
$29,938 (undergraduate, out-of-state);
$14,358 (graduate, in-state),
$26,768 (graduate, out-of-state)**
$34,800 (undergraduate);
$19,338 (graduate)**
$32,067 (undergraduate)**
Accounting Degree Levels Awarded Bachelor's and master's degrees Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees Bachelor's degree
Accounting Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012 319** 88** 28**
Most Popular Accounting Degree Level in 2011-2012 Bachelor's in Accounting (217 awarded)** Bachelor's in Accounting (53 awarded)** N/A
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2006 Entering Class 81%** 78%** 72%**
Noteworthy Business school graduates have been hired by employers like Ernst & Young, Phillip Morris USA and Merrill Lynch Students can earn a joint Master of Professional Accounting/Master of Science in Finance Graduates qualify for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exams

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator

Winner: University of Washington - Seattle

  • BusinessWeek ranked Foster Business School #21 among public institutions in 2013
  • Approximately 350 employers, such as and Microsoft, recruit on campus
  • Foster Business School has upwards of 20 student organizations, including Beta Alpha Psi

The Michael G. Foster School of Business at University of Washington administers a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (BABA) program with accounting as an area of study. Students who successfully complete this option can sit for the CMA exam, and it provides a foundation to continue with the Master of Public Accounting (MPAcc) program and qualify for the CPA exam.

Accounting students within the BABA program take such courses as cost accounting and financial management decisions. Potential electives include income taxation, business taxation and not-for-profit organization accounting. MPAcc students choose from a taxation track or an audit and assurance track. Both are full-time and take one year to complete.

Runner Up #1: Seattle University

  • BusinessWeek and The Princeton Review nationally rank Albers School of Business and Economics
  • 91% of business graduates in 2006 had a job offer within 3 months, according to the school

An accounting major can be pursued within the Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration at Seattle University's Albers School of Business and Economics. Students learn about economic principles, business statistics, business finance and cost accounting, among other topics. Students with a bachelor's degree in a non-business area can earn an undergraduate certificate in business, while students with a bachelor's degree in business can earn a post-baccalaureate certificate in accounting.

Individuals earning a joint Master of Professional Accounting (MPAC) and Master of Science in Finance (MSF) degree can choose from full- and part-time options. MPAC students complete voluntary activities outside of the classroom and have access to student accounting organizations, such as Beta Alpha Psi and the Accounting Society. The master's degree program also includes an accounting internship program in addition to career counseling and job-placement services.

Runner-Up #2: Seattle Pacific University

  • The School of Business and Economics features small classes and mentoring
  • Accounting majors are automatically members of the Associate Undergraduate Students of Business & Economics group

Accounting majors at SPU might work towards careers as treasurers, accountants, financial analysts, tax specialists and chief financial officers. Students who intend on becoming CPAs might want to enroll in the school's MBA program once they've earned their undergraduate degree. The accounting program features internships with local businesses and industries. Beta Alpha Psi has a chapter at SPU.

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