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Prerequisites – Master of Science in Taxation

The Master of Taxation is designed primarily for applicants who have an undergraduate business degree with an accounting option or major. Generally, students with such a degree do not need to complete any course prerequisites prior to applying for the program. Applicants with non-UW degrees will be screened to determine whether the prerequisite courses have been taken.

Students without a degree in business, or with a degree in business but without an accounting option, may apply for this program; however, all prerequisite classes must be completed before the MST program begins in September. Students without an undergraduate degree in business need to complete all the courses or their equivalents listed below. Economics majors may not need the business credits if their economics credits are acceptable to the CPA board. Students with an undergraduate business degree (but not an option in accounting) need to complete those courses listed below under Accounting Option. Descriptions of the courses may be obtained by reference to the University of Washington website for undergraduate programs for the following prerequisites. These classes, or their equivalents, must be taken at a college or university, either at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Accounting Option

Course Title Course Name
Accounting 301, 302, 303 Intermediate Accounting I, II, III (Offered as two classes in semester systems
Accounting 311 Cost Accounting
Accounting 320 Accounting Information Systems
Accounting 321 Tax Effects of Business Decisions
Accounting 411 Auditing


Other Prerequisite Business Courses

Course Title Course Name
Business Econ 300 Managerial Economics
Finance 350 Business Finance
Management 300 Human Resource Management
IS 300 International Environment of Business
I Bus 300 International Environment of Business
Mktg 301 Marketing Concepts
OpMgt 301 Principles of Operations Management

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Accounting Certificate

Students who have a business degree but need the accounting major classes might consider completing the accounting prerequisite classes through the summer Accounting 505 Certificate Program which is offered through the University of Washington Professional and Continuing Education. Accounting 505 satisfies the prerequisite accounting class requirement in order to apply to the UW MST program. This certificate program is also offered during the regular academic year in the evenings and on weekends as Accounting 506, 507 and 508. There is a separate application fee and program fees for the Accounting Certificate Program. MST Applicants committed to taking the Accounting Certificate Program prior to the next start date are welcome to apply by the February 15th deadline but final acceptance will be dependent on successful completion of the certificate.

For more information: Visit the Summer Accounting Program website or contact UW Professional & Continuing Education at 206-685-8936.