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Master of Accounting

Faculty working with Students: 5
Students: 26
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 26.92%
Priority deadline:
  • Spring Not accepting applications
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:
  • 7.5 IELTS Minimum score
  • 90 MELAB Minimum score
  • 62 Pearson Minimum score
  • 580 TOEFL Minimum score
  • 92 TOEFLI Minimum score
  • GMAT (GPA x 200 + GMAT= 1150 where the minimum GPA is 3.0. Successful candidates exceed 560)

Degree Description:

The Master of Accounting Pullman program has an audit and assurance focus. The degree prepares students for careers as professional accountants in financial institutions, government, industry, nonprofit organizations, and public practice. The Master of Accounting degree is a 32-credit hour program that exposes students to technical accounting topics and emphasizes professional accounting research and writing skills. For more information, visit

Admission Requirements:

Enrollment in the WSU Master of Accounting (MAcc) courses requires demonstration of competence in the MAcc Foundation coursework. As such, applicants must have completed the appropriate foundation coursework from an AACSB accredited or approved business program prior to enrollment. Applicants must have an average grade of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale)in the following courses (WSU equivalents in parenthesis):

Financial Accounting (Acctg 230)
Managerial Accounting (Acctg 231)
Business Law (BLaw 210)
Micro-Economics (Econs 101)
Macro-Economics (Econs 102)
Mathematics for Business and Economics (Math 201)
Calculus for Business and Economics (Math 202)
Principles of Finance (Fin 325)
Statistics (MgtOp 215)
Operations Management (MgtOp 340)
Principles of Marketing (Mktg 360)
Intermediate Accounting I (Acctg 330)
Intermediate Accounting II (Acctg 331)
Introduction to Taxation (Acctg 335)
Cost Accounting (Acctg 338),
Accounting Systems and Auditing (Acctg 433),
Auditing (Acctg 439)

Student Learning Outcomes:

All graduates will be able to:

  1. Acquire additional technical knowledge to allow graduates to pass professional examinations such as the CPA examination with a minimum of additional directed study and/or  otherwise advance in professional careers.
  2. Perform professional accounting research related to national and international business decisions. Professional research can involve the application of generally accepted accounting  principles to financial reporting issues; the application of tax law to tax planning, compliance issues; and the application of generally accepted auditing standards to auditing issues.
  3. Prepare business communications appropriate for the audience being addressed. Business communications can involve acceptable business letters, memoranda, reports and oral  presentations.
  4. Provide an awareness of ethical issues related to the profession.

Student Opportunities:

  1. Greater breadth and depth in accounting than is possible in baccalaureate or general business degree programs.
  2. Additional preparation for the CPA examination.
  3. Additional credit hours targeted to meet the 150 credit hours necessary for CPA examination eligibility.
  4. Small class sizes.

Career Opportunities:

Entry level positions in financial institutions, government, industry, nonprofit organizations, and public accounting firms.

Faculty Members:

Gill, Susan, Ph.D.

Gramlich, Jeffrey, Ph.D.

Toolson, Richard B, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Wong-On-Wing, Bernard, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Investor decision-making, controls in organizations, accounting implications of cultural differences.

Contact Information:

Marlene Ibsen
Pullman, WA 99164-14729