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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 undergrads win regional Deloitte audit challenge, advance to nationals

A team of undergraduate accounting students from the UW Foster School of Business has won the 2018 Deloitte Audit Innovation Campus Challenge, western region. The Foster team—Mallory Breen, Kimberly Bronstein, Ali Campbell, Joey Catton, Kelsey Evenson and Kenny Kasperbauer—bested seven…

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November 20, 2018

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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 400 graduate schools surveyed, Foster ranked #18 in Entrepreneurship and #21 in Accounting. See more rankings.