There has never been a greater need for leadership and integrity in the accounting profession. The Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcc) Program at the University of Washington's Michael G. Foster School of Business responds by preparing accounting professionals with quality education, strong ethics, innovative thinking, and excellent oral and written communication skills.
Although the three-quarter-long, full-time professional master's degree program provides accounting students with the additional credits required to sit for the CPA Exam in the State of Washington, its primary purpose is to prepare students for success in their accounting careers in public accounting, internal auditing, or industry. The program was designed with extensive input from partners of several of the large public accounting firms and emphasizes the skills needed to succeed in business, including risk management, effective communications, personal selling skills, problem-solving, and teamwork.
The program is designed primarily for applicants with an undergraduate degree in accounting. The program includes significant interaction with the business community through guest speakers, joint projects with practicing auditors and business organizations, team competitions, receptions, and internship opportunities. During winter quarter, in lieu of taking selected in-house courses, students have the opportunity to interview for a winter internship with a public accounting firm or one of its clients; if they are accepted by the public accounting firm, their work experience for this supervised internship will be awarded academic credits.
Auditing and Assurance Curriculum
The A&A program consists of 10-12 classes and is offered over the three-quarter academic year.
- Acctg 521 Cases and Issues in Information Quality and Assurance Services
- Acctg 523 Advanced Financial Analysis
- Acctg 527 Communications in Professional Accounting
- Acctg 579 Special Topics: Business Law & Ethics
- Acctg 575 Internship
- Acctg 576 Independent Research Project Proposal
If no internship, complete Acctg 576 and four approved elective classes.
- Acctg 420 Database Management Systems for Accountants
- Acctg 524 Individual Taxation
- Acctg 525 Business and International Taxation
- Acctg 562 Accounting for Business Combinations in a Global Market
- Acctg 564 Governmental Accounting
- Acctg 566 Issues in International Accounting
- Acctg 577 Independent Research Project
- Acctg 579A Communications II
- Acctg 579B Advanced Accounting Issues & Related Tax Implications
Students with a BA in Accounting seeking careers as auditors in professional accounting.