Auditing & Assurance - MPAcc
Although the full-time Master of Professional Accounting 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 not merely to prepare students to meet the educational requirements needed to become a Certified Public Accountant in Washington; rather, and more importantly, it is designed to give students a competitive edge when they enter their careers in professional accounting.
The program is designed primarily for applicants with an undergraduate degree in accounting (see Admissions). 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 students have the opportunity to intern with a public accounting firm or one of its clients; their work experience for this supervised internship will be awarded academic credits. The curriculum and the individual course offerings are updated regularly to ensure that the material stays current, relevant, and challenging.
The University of Washington Michael G. Foster School of Business's Accounting Faculty has been rated 5th of 1,300 US schools in research productivity. Several of the faculty involved with the MPAcc – A&A Program have had substantial professional accounting and business experience along with excellent teaching credentials, permitting them to share their “real-life” experiences and bring real world perspective into the classroom.