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The Master of Accounting program is designed to provide the breadth and depth in accounting required for you to excel as a professional accountant. The curriculum focuses on preparing you to become a purposeful, innovative, and versatile leader in the global marketplace.

Learning goals

You’ll focus on achieving four learning goals as you earn your master’s degree.

Goal 1:

Acquisition of the additional technical knowledge required to pass professional examinations such as the CPA exam with a minimum of additional directed study and/or otherwise advance your career.

Goal 3:

Ability to prepare business communications appropriate for the audience being addressed. Business communication can involve business letters, memoranda, reports, and oral presentations.

Goal 2:

Completion of professional accounting research related to national and international business decisions. The research can involve the application of generally accepted accounting principles to financial reporting issues; the application of tax law to tax planning and compliance issues; and the application of generally accepted auditing standards to auditing issues.

Goal 4:

Understanding of the ethical issues related to the profession.

Master of Accounting Curriculum

32 credits

Required coursework

6 credits

Accounting 537 (Acctg 537): Professional Research

Methodology used by accounting professionals to research applied problems in taxation, accounting, and auditing; communicate results.

Business Law 511 (BLaw 511): Business Law II

Law of partnerships, corporations, securities regulations, negotiable instruments, secured transactions, property, insurance and bankruptcy; government regulation of businesses and professions.

Accounting and taxation electives

12 credits (choose 4 courses)

Accounting 530 (Acctg 530): Accounting Theory

Recent developments with respect to the determination of income and the valuation of assets. 

Accounting 532 (Acctg 532): Contemporary Accounting Cases and Problems

Accounting theory applied to external financial reporting practices.  

Accounting 535 (Acctg 535): Advanced Taxation

Federal income tax impact on corporations, S corporations, partnerships, estates, trusts and their beneficial owners.

Accounting 538 (Acctg 538): Seminar in Cost/Managerial Accounting

Cost concepts, cost and managerial accounting systems; current issues and research in cost and managerial accounting.

Accounting 539 (Acctg 539): Seminar in Public Accounting and Auditing

Public accounting and auditing to present; current issues including statistical sampling and computers.

Accounting 543 (Acctg 543): Special Topics in Accounting

Critical topics in accounting including new developments. 

Four general electives

12 Credits

Choose 4 approved elective accounting courses or other fields in consultation with, and approval of, your program advisor

Final examination

2 Credits

Accounting 702 (Acctg 702): Final Exam

Independent research in special problems, directed study, and/or examination credit for students in a non-thesis master’s degree program. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor/committee chair before enrolling for 702 credit. S, U grading.


Susan Gill
Chair, Department of Accounting


Washington State University