Find an Accounting Program in Washington


CNBC rated Washington as having the 6th best economy in the country as of 2016. While Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue has by far the most job openings for accountants according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, other cities such as Tacoma and Spokane also offer a significant number of opportunities. As of March 2017, Washington's unemployment rate is slightly higher than the national average, however, workers in the state do not pay personal state income tax.

Major employers in Washington include aerospace giant Boeing and tech leader Microsoft; the headquarters of retailers Amazon, Nordstrom and Costco also make this state their home. On the industrial side, Weyerhaeuser is a leader in agriculture, Tree Top dominates the state's apple business.

Accountants in Washington earn an average income of $72,020 a year according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) May 2016 report. The Washington State Employment Security Department reports that, as of 2016 2011, the accounting profession is adding jobs at a rate of 1.9 percent a year, predicting that more than 3,600 new accounting jobs a year will be added between 2014 and 2024. The BLS reports that the average wage for an entry-level accountant in Seattle is $56,888, while lead accountants can make $96,429.

To take the certified public accountant (CPA) exam in Washington, you need to have a bachelor's degree with 150 semester hours: a minimum of 24 hours must be in business subjects and 24 must be in accounting. You also must work for a full year at a qualifying CPA firm, clocking at least 2,000 hours, and take a Board-approved ethics and regulations class before obtaining your license.

Local associations and networking groups can enable you to network and fulfill continuing education requirements. The Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants (http://www.wscpa.org/content/home.aspx) has a statewide presence for CPAs. Similarly, the Institute for Management Accountant's Pacific Northwest Council (http://www.ima-pnc.org/) offers numerous opportunities for certified management accountants (CMAs).

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53 Schools Offering Accounting Degree Programs:


Argosy University (Seattle, WA)
Levels Offered:
Certificate
Programs Offered:
Advanced Professional Graduate Business Certificate in Accounting
DBA - Accounting
(some programs offered online)
Bates Technical College (Tacoma, WA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Technology in Accounting
Associate of Technology in Accounting - Bookkeeping
Competency Certificate in Accounting
Competency Certificate in Accounting - Bookkeeping
Bellevue College (Bellevue, WA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Accomplishment Certificate in Accounting Information Systems
Achievement Certificate in Accounting Assistant
Associate of Arts in Paraprofessional Accounting
Bellingham Technical College (Bellingham, WA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Certificate in Accounting Assistant
Big Bend Community College (Moses Lake, WA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Accomplishment Certificate in Accounting Principles Proficiency
Accomplishment Certificate in Computerized Accounting Applications
Achievement Certificate in Accounting Technician Professional
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting Technician Professional
Central Washington University (Ellensburg, WA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Master of Science in Professional Accountancy
Centralia College (Centralia, WA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science Accounting Transfer
Associate of Technical Arts in Accounting
City University of Seattle (Bellevue, WA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Graduate Certificate in Accounting
Master of Business Administration - Accounting
Undergraduate Certificate in Accounting
(some programs offered online)
Clark College (Vancouver, WA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Proficiency Certificate in Accounting Clerk
Clover Park Technical College (Lakewood, WA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Associate of Applied Technology in Accounting
Certificate in Accounting - Bookkeeping Clerk
Columbia Basin College (Pasco, WA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Professional Technical Certificate in Accounting
Short Term Certificate in Practical Accounting
DeVry University (Federal Way, WA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Management - Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Technical Management - Accounting
Graduate Certificate in Accounting
Master of Accounting and Financial Management
Master of Business Administration - Accounting
(some programs offered online)
Eastern Washington University (Cheney, WA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration - Accounting
Edmonds Community College (Lynnwood, WA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Associate of Technical Arts in Accounting
Certificate in Accounting for Small Business
Certificate in Business Information Technology - Accounting
Completion Certificate in Accounting
Completion Certificate in Energy Management - Energy Accounting Specialist
Everest College (Renton, WA / Vancouver, WA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science Degree in Accounting
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Diploma - Bookkeeping
Everett Community College (Everett, WA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Technical Arts in Accounting
Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Doctoral Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Juris of Doctor/Master of Accountancy - Dual Degree Program in Juris Doctor/Accountancy
Master of Accountancy
Master of Business Administration - Accounting
Grays Harbor College (Aberdeen, WA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Completion Certificate in Accounting/Bookkeeping
Green River Community College (Auburn, WA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Arts in Accounting
Proficiency Certificate in Accounting
Proficiency Certificate in Accounting Clerk
Heritage University (Toppenish, WA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Certificate in Accounting Technician
Highline Community College (Des Moines, WA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Certificate in Accounting
Lake Washington Technical College (Kirkland, WA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Completion Certificate in Accounting Assistant
Completion Certificate in IBEST Accounting Assistant
Proficiency Certificate in Accounting Paraprofessional
Proficiency Certificate in Practical Accounting
Lower Columbia College (Longview, WA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting (Transfer)
Bachelor of Accounting
North Seattle Community College (Seattle, WA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Achievement Certificate in Accounting
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Associate of Business in Accounting
Certificate in Accountancy
Certificate in Computerized Accounting Technology
Northwest University (Kirkland, WA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Finance And Accounting
Olympic College (Bremerton, WA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Technical Arts in Accounting Technology
Proficiency Certificate in Accounting Clerk
Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, WA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Peninsula College (Port Angeles, WA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Pierce College (Lakewood, WA / Puyallup, WA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Accounting
Associate of Business - Accounting
Certificate in Accounting - Practical Accounting
Certificate in Practical Accounting
Renton Technical College (Renton, WA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting Paraprofessional
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting Specialist
Completion Certificate in Accounting Clerk
Completion Certificate in Accounting Paraprofessional
Completion Certificate in Practical Accounting for Small Business
Saint Martin's University (Lacey, WA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Accounting
Major in Business Administration - Accounting
Master of Business Administration - Accounting
Seattle Community College-South Campus (Seattle, WA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Arts in Accounting
Associate of Science in Accounting
Seattle Pacific University (Seattle, WA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Accounting
Seattle University (Seattle, WA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Doctoral Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration - Accounting
Graduate Certificate in Accounting
Juris Doctor/Master of Professional Accounting - Dual Degree Program in Juris Doctor/Professional Accounting
Master of Business Administration - Accounting
Master of Professional Accounting
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting
Seattle Vocational Institute (Seattle, WA)
Levels Offered:
Certificate
Programs Offered:
Completion Certificate in Computer-Based Accounting
Shoreline Community College (Shoreline, WA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Arts And Science in Accounting
Completion Certificate in Accounting
Proficiency Certificate in Accounting
(some programs offered online)
Skagit Valley College (Mount Vernon, WA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Technical Arts in Accounting Paraprofessional
Certificate in Small Business Accounting
South Puget Sound Community College (Olympia, WA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Completion Certificate in Accounting Clerk
Spokane Community College (Spokane, WA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Associate of Arts in Accounting Pre-Major - Accounting (Pre-Major)
Certificate in Accounting
Certificate in Accounting Clerk
Spokane Falls Community College (Spokane, WA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Arts in Accounting
Major in Accounting (Pre-Major)
Tacoma Community College (Tacoma, WA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Certificate in Accounting Office Associate
Certificate in Computerized Accounting
University of Phoenix (Spokane Valley, WA / Tukwila, WA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
AA - Accounting
BS - Accounting
BS - Business/Accounting
MBA - Accounting
MS - Accountancy
(some programs offered online)
University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Doctoral Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration - Accounting
Certificate in Accounting
Certificate in Accounting Intensive
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration - Accounting
Master of Professional Accounting
Master of Professional Accounting - Accounting & Assurance
Master of Professional Accounting - Taxation
Master of Professional Accounting/Master of Business Administration - Dual Degree Program in Professional Accounting/Business Administration
University of Washington-Bothell (Bothell, WA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Business - Accounting
University of Washington-Tacoma (Tacoma, WA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration - Accounting
Walla Walla Community College (Walla Walla, WA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Arts and Science in Accounting Technology
Certificate in Accounting Technology
Walla Walla University (College Place, WA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Washington State University (Pullman, WA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Doctoral Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Accounting
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration - Accounting
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration - Accounting
Master of Accounting
(some programs offered online)
Wenatchee Valley College (Wenatchee, WA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Technical Science in Accounting Technician
Completion Certificate in Accounting Technician
Western Washington University (Bellingham, WA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Accounting
Bachelor of Arts in Economics/Accounting
Master of Professional Accounting
Whatcom Community College (Bellingham, WA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Certificate in Accounting
Whitworth University (Spokane, WA)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Accounting
Yakima Valley Community College (Yakima, WA)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Certificate in Accounting

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