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Department of Accounting

At its most fundamental, accounting is the development and communication of the financial and operational information necessary for management decisions in both the private and public sectors. Accounting seeks to measure the results of an organization’s economic activities and convey this information to management, investors, creditors, regulatory agencies, consumers, and employees. Under this broad definition, the field includes such distinct areas as auditing, management accounting, financial accounting, international accounting, tax accounting, and public-sector accounting. See our mission statement.

Foster Accounting CPA pass rate best in Washington state

The National Association of the State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) in its latest report indicates that Foster Accounting has the highest CPA pass rate in the State of Washington. Our graduate students who take the CPA exam for the first time within one year have an average pass rate of 77%. We encourage you to visit Foster to experience the inclusive and collaborative environment that produces such outstanding results.

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Foster accounting grad receives top honor for CPA Exam performance

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) has granted its 2019 Elijah Watt Sells Award to Michelle Bauer (BA 2018), a recent graduate of the University of Washington Foster School of Business. The annual award honors outstanding performance on…

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April 15, 2019

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U.S. News & World Report recognized Foster’s academic departments among the elite programs in the U.S. From more than 360 graduate schools surveyed Entrepreneurship #24 and Accounting #35 See more rankings.