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Student Experience

Foster’s Master of Science in Taxation prepares accounting professionals with quality education, strong ethics, innovative thinking, and excellent oral and written communication skills. Our focus is readying students for high-level careers in taxation, where economic decision making depends on an in-depth knowledge of the tax code and its ramifications.

Our MST is the oldest tax-specific accounting master’s program in the Pacific Northwest. Students take classes full time from late September through early June. These classes prepare students for the opportunities, challenges, and experiences of work in the accounting profession. They also satisfy the additional credits required to sit for the CPA exam in the State of Washington.

Program Highlights

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Program overview

  • Accelerated 9-month master’s degree (September to June)
  • 15 classes over 3 quarters
  • Full-time program on UW Seattle Campus
  • Class size: 40 to 45 students
  • Program Fees: $24,180 Washington state resident; $26,580 non-resident
  • Earn required credits to sit for the CPA Exam

UW Academic Calendar

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Hands-on Learning

The MST curriculum helps you develop the analytic mindset and technical adaptability that leading firms value. Informed by an advisory board of tax professionals, the curriculum evolves to address the industry’s latest challenges. You’ll have an opportunity to build confidence as a consultant and analyst through a series of real-world learning experiences.

MST Curriculum


If you plan to work in Seattle after graduation, you will develop a network of colleagues and company connections to foster your success. If you want to broaden your horizons, Foster’s location provides networking opportunities with the largest accounting firms on the West Coast and around the world.

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Career Coaching

A full-time career coach provides recruiting connections. In 2019, 100% of students received job offers, with 75% choosing a Big 4 international accounting firm (Deloitte, EY, KPMG, PwC) and 25% selecting regional firms.

Career Services

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Hear from MST Alumni

I started my career at PwC in New York after college and there were three people in my department that got their masters at UW – it was amazing to have a little community so far from home.
Mollie SnorskyMST 2013

I would recommend MST to others because it is an acclaimed program that is also directed and taught by tax professionals who are often graduates of the program.
Grace HodgeMST 2019

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