Graduate Degrees in Accounting in Washington

May 15, 2019

Students interested in preparing for their CPA exam or pursuing careers in accounting research can earn a graduate degree in accounting from several institutions in Washington. Learn about the programs and what makes them unique.

Students in the state of Washington can pursue master's or doctoral degree programs in the field of accounting from schools in several different cities. Compare and contrast a handful of these schools and their programs below.

Washington Schools with Graduate Degrees in Accounting

Washington State University

Washington State University in Pullman offers a Master of Accounting (MAcc) and Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting. The master's program totals 32 credits, prepares students for their Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, and requires a final exam. The PhD program takes at least 4 years to complete and requires a dissertation. Along with their required courses, PhD students also take 18 credits of supporting coursework in areas outside of accounting that relate to their research.

Gonzaga University

Gonzaga University in Spokane has an MAcc program that totals 31 credits. Not only do students in the program get to prepare for their CPA exam, but as an elective course, they can gain hands-on learning experience through the Justice for Fraud Victims Project in the school's Forensic Accounting Lab. This project allows students to work with law enforcement in teams to investigate financial fraud cases. Other required coursework for the MAcc program includes topics in analytics, ethics, financial statements, and financial accounting.

University of Washington

The University of Washington in Seattle provides a Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcc) and a PhD with a specialization in accounting. The MPAcc program requires 8 courses and a winter internship experience for hands-on learning. The PhD program requires students to complete written exams, a research paper, and a dissertation. Students in the PhD program must choose a major area of specialization, as well as 2 or more minor areas of specialization, including a minor specialization in research methods.

Seattle University

Seattle University in Seattle has a Master of Professional Accounting (MPAC) program, accounting certificate program, and several joint accounting degree programs, such as a Juris Doctor (JD)/MPAC or MPAC/Master of Science in Finance. The traditional, on-campus MPAC program totals 45 credits and can be completed in 2 years. The program offers 2 tracks, one for recent graduates that is full-time and the second track for working professionals that is part-time. Both tracks include internship experiences and the opportunity for students to pursue an optional risk advisory and assurance certificate.

Western Washington University

Western Washington University in Bellingham offers a traditional MPAcc program and a 3+2 integrated option for current undergraduates or 4+1 traditional MPAcc for students with an undergraduate accounting degree. These are full-time programs that offer daytime coursework on-campus. Students in the 3+2 or 4+1 options must complete a comprehensive exam as a part of the capstone course and can complete the program in 1 year. Students in the MPAcc program can pursue internship opportunities and/or compete for MPAcc-specific scholarships.

Common Entrance Requirements

Applicants to graduate programs in accounting in the state of Washington must have at least a bachelor's degree and typically some prior coursework in accounting. Some programs may require a minimum GPA, and most programs require students to take the GMAT, but some programs may accept the GRE in its place. Some doctoral programs may give preference to applicants that hold a master's degree, have professional work experience, or have similar research interests to faculty members. Students will typically need to submit their transcripts, letters of recommendation, resume or CV, and/or a personal statement or essay responses with their application.

Universities in Washington offer master's and doctoral degree programs in accounting that usually include hands-on training and/or research opportunities in the field. Most of these programs at the master's level prepare students for their CPA exam and can be completed in 1 to 2 years.

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