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Admissions – Master of Science in Taxation

All applications must be submitted through the UW online application (see the “Apply Now” button). No application materials are to be submitted by postal mail or email.

Admission to the Foster School of Business Master of Science in Taxation is for fall quarter only. We offer admission to those who we believe have the highest potential for achievement in the accounting profession. We select prospective students on the basis of their academic achievements, their ability to communicate effectively, and their record of personal accomplishments. Prospective students must additionally have well-developed language and reasoning skills.

Application Deadlines

Applications must be submitted through the University of Washington online application by the following dates.

  • Domestic (U.S. citizens, permanent residents) – February 15
  • International applicants – January 15

Our admissions committee will review applications throughout the application period, and decisions will be communicated in late March or April. Late applications received after the published deadlines will be processed only on a space available basis.

Selection Criteria, Application Process, Fees, and Financial Aid

Ready to apply? Learn more about the selection criteria and application process.

Admission is based on a number of criteria including:

  • Past academic performance. We review each prospective student’s undergraduate academic bachelor degree work, taking note of the difficulty of the curriculum and the scholastic quality of the school attended. We also consider the applicant’s post baccalaureate academic experience. Your bachelor degree must be completed by the September of the year in which you wish to start the MPAcc Program. Grades are considered at the time of application. When you report your last two years of grades on your application, this is a university requirement and does not have to be exact. New grades will only be considered for satisfying class and degree requirements but will not be added to the application GPA. Grades from more than one school must be submitted as separate transcripts. We do not review transfer credits that have been reported on a different school’s transcript.
  • Satisfactory completion of prerequisite accounting major classes before the September in which you wish to start the program. We must see grades from at least three intermediate level accounting courses in order to make an admissions decision.
  • English Proficiency. International students: International students, immigrants, and permanent residents must submit English test scores of at least 100 iBT. English test scores are not required if you receive a bachelor degree from a U.S. university or attended a university where all of the classes were taught in English.
  • Ability to communicate clearly, succinctly, and persuasively. The required essays demonstrate each applicant’s level of writing competence, as well as his or her ability to think through issues.
  • Internship and/or work experience (include on your resume even if you haven’t started work yet). Work experience is not required for admission.
  • Managerial potential. We assess each prospective student’s level of managerial responsibility by examining his or her accomplishments in school, community activities and work experience.

In selecting the entering class, the school also strives to create an environment that fosters a rich and satisfying learning experience and is representative of society as a whole. We believe that a diverse student body helps create such an environment.

All application materials must be submitted through the UW online application. The only items in the applicant’s packet that will be sent to the school from a separate source are the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score and if required, the TOEFL score. To apply, use the “Apply Now” button at the bottom of this page.

Application form

Fill out the online form completely.

Please complete both essay questions below. Double space your responses and do not use small type.

  1. Assume that you have an opportunity to meet with the MPAcc admissions committee. The committee has asked you to describe yourself, elaborating on the reasons why you should be admitted to the program. This is your chance to tell them about the things that are important to you, to give them information or insight that will convince them to admit you. Specifically, address your career goals in professional accounting and the relevance of the MPAcc degree. (Limit to 700 words)
    • A. Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma—anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. (Limit to 700 words)


      B. Who do you most admire and why? (Limit to 700 words)

The resume you include should be similar to what you use for job applications, including schools attended, work experience, internships (both past and future assignments), community and volunteer work, and skills. If you have an internship for the coming summer, be sure to include it on your resume even though you have not yet worked. [/su_spoiler]

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Include one transcript from each post-secondary school (after high school) you have attended. These transcripts must be uploaded into your online application. We do not need transcripts if you only attended a school for three or less classes or if you attended a study abroad program, if the credits are on your degree school transcript. We ask that overseas school transcripts be in English, because we do not use evaluation services. If you attended the University of Washington, you must still upload your UW transcript. If you transferred credits to the UW, you also need to submit a copy from each of those schools. Official transcripts will not be needed until after an admissions decision has been made and/or after your bachelor degree has been earned.

The GMAT is no longer required though in the following cases it is recommended. We would recommend taking the GMAT for applicants whose bachelor degree is from another country, especially if it is a non-English speaking country. We also recommend the GMAT if the applicant's grades are low (below 3.2). We advise applicants to take the examination early. You should submit your complete application even though you may have a later test date. If you have a test score, please submit a photocopy of the test score you receive at the test center. There is a five-year limit on GMAT scores. When you take the test, inform the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) that it must forward your scores to the University of Washington. The Foster School's code number is 459-75-41. We will hold your scores on file for one year. When you sign up for the exam, you will not see the MST Taxation program listed. We are currently working with GMAC to correct this. Meanwhile you should choose the MPAcc degree and our MST admissions committee will be able to see your scores.

List three people who are able to provide detailed information about your academic performance, employment responsibilities and accomplishments, activities, personality or character. We will only contact your references if we need additional information. We do not use an online form for references to submit their comments.

The demands of the MPAcc Program require that all students have a thorough understanding of the English language. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is mandatory for all permanent residents, immigrants and international applicants. The TOEFL is not required for international students who graduate with a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited English-speaking institution where all classes are taught in English. If you will graduate from a U.S. school, you do not need to submit English scores.

The TOEFL score is evaluated along with the verbal portion of the GMAT to determine how well a candidate is prepared to actively participate in classes conducted in English. We require a minimum iBT of 100. TOEFL scores are valid for two years, and the scores must be sent directly to the University of Washington from the testing center. If there are multiple scores, we will accept the best TOEFL score. Our school code is 4854. For more information, or to request that your scores be sent to us, please contact TOEFL/TSE Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, or call 609-951-1100.

The application fee is $85 and subject to change without notice. Applicants pay the fee by MasterCard or Visa through the online application system.

Since the UW is a state institution, program fees are usually announced in July for the three-quarter program coming year.

2020-2021 program fees for the year:

  • Washington State Residents: $24,999
  • Non-Washington State Residents: $27,381

The MST program is a fee-based program. Our students are not eligible for Washington State-funded programs such as the tuition exemption program, institutional tuition waivers or the Undergraduate/Graduate University Grant programs, including the Husky Promise program. GET funds may be used but will only cover up to the undergraduate tuition amounts.

Students in need of financial assistance may receive aid from the University of Washington, the MST’s designated scholarship finds, or both. Aid is available in the form of non-state sponsored aid such as loans, fellowships and scholarships. Very limited funding is available for international students. Financial aid candidates must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, which can be obtained through the FAFSA website. To be considered eligible for financial aid, prospective students must file the online FAFSA form before January 15 for the coming fall and must be permanent residents, U.S. citizens, or hold a qualified status listed on the FAFSA website. Students who have just graduated with a bachelor degree may now file independent of their parents.

International students who receive admission to the program must submit proof of approximately $52,000 in financial resources for the year in order to receive visa paperwork.

The MST office will send out MST scholarship applications once admissions decisions have been made. Financial aid will be primarily based on the need for assistance from information on the FAFSA application. The Foster School notifies entering students of financial awards in late May; the University of Washington sends notice of awards during the summer. Applicants who have not submitted all necessary financial aid documents or who file their applications after the January 15 deadline may not receive notification of an award before the MST program’s enrollment service fee is due on June 1.

Accommodations for Disabilities

The University of Washington is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodations in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office, 448 Schmitz Hall, at least ten days in advance of the event at 206-543-8924 (voice), 206-543-8925 (TTY), 206-616-8379 (fax) or [email protected] (email).

Equal Opportunity

The University of Washington reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity in education without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled Vietnam era veteran in accordance with University policy and applicable federal and state statutes and regulations.