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Master of Professional Accountancy

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the deadline for applying to the MPA Program?

While the Office of Graduate Studies and Research has a Priority Application date of February 1, the MPA Program has a rolling admissions process by quarter. See the Application Procedures link for deadlines per quarter.

2. When can I start the program?

Any quarter

3. When are courses offered?

Courses are offered in the evenings during fall, winter, and spring quarters. No MPA courses are offered during the summer. Each course is offered on either a Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday schedule. The electives occur simultaneously with their undergraduate counterpart and are therefore sporadic.

4. Where are the courses offered?

Courses are broadcast via live interactive television education among the Ellensburg, Des Moines, and Lynnwood campuses.

5. Do I need to complete the program in one year?

If you have completed your bachelor's degree in accounting, you can complete your MPA program in one year or two years. The one year program consists of taking three courses per quarter for three quarters. For the two year plan, it is probably best to take two courses per quarter the first year, so that you have time during the second year to prepare for professional certification examinations such as the CPA exam.

6. What major factors are considered for admission?

Grade point average and GMAT scores are the primary factors used to make admissions decisions.

7. Do I need to take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)?

You must take the GMAT ( to be considered for admission, although this requirement may be waived if you earned an undergraduate degree in accounting from a university in the State of Washington, with a GPA of 3.25 or higher in your upper division accounting courses. When you register for the GMAT, make certain that you select the Central Washington University Master of Professional Accountancy Program as one of the recipients of your scores. Official scores must be sent directly from GMAT to Central Washington University.

8. Do I need to have a minimum score on the GMAT?

Yes. You must have a GMAT score of 500 for admission into the program.

9. Do I need to have a minimum GPA?

Yes. You must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher for full admission into the MPA Program. If your GPA is less than a 3.0, you may be accepted on a probationary basis. You would then have one quarter in which to earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher in MPA courses, in order to earn full admission.

10. Do I need to submit a TOEFL score?

If English is your second language and you did not receive a bachelor's degree from an accredited United Stated college, you will need to submit either a TOEFL or an IELTS score.

11. What is the minimal TOEFL score acceptable for admission?

The minimum acceptable TOEFL scores are 213 computer based and 79 internet based. The minimum acceptable IELTS score is 6.5

12. Where do I get an application for the MPA Program?

Applications for Graduate Admission are located at

13. Do I need recommendations for admission into the MPA Program?

You will need to have three individuals complete a Recommendation for Graduate Studies form. These forms are located at

14. Are assistantships available?

A limited number of assistantships are available. The Assistantship Application Form is located at and must be filed by the February 1 deadline of the Office of Graduate Studies and Research.