Elizabeth Bell, Director of College of Business Graduate Program
(423) 425-4210 or email at Elizabeth-Bell@utc.edu
The Master of Accountancy (MAcc) is primarily for students who wish to have a program of advanced study in accounting. It is designed to provide students with a greater breadth and depth in accounting education than is possible in the baccalaureate or Master of Business Administration programs. Completion of a Master of Accountancy degree will help students prepare for the Uniform CPA examination which requires 150 semester hours in Tennessee with a minimum of 24 semester hours each in accounting and business courses.
Mission of the Department of Accounting - Graduate Level
The mission of the Department of Accounting at the graduate level is to:
- Advance the mission of the College of Business
- Provide a program of advanced study in accounting (through the Master of Accountancy) to students holding a bachelor’s degree in any major
- Provide an opportunity for graduate-level students to advance professionally in their careers and in the accounting profession
The Department of Accounting is committed to providing high-quality educational programs supported by ongoing faculty research and active participation in community and professional organizations.
A student who holds a bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a regionally accredited college or university may be considered for admission to the Accountancy program. Applications are accepted by the UTC Graduate School at any time; however, in order to ensure adequate time for consideration, the completed online application, Graduate Management Admission (GMAT) test score or alternatively a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test score, and any other supporting credentials should be received by the Graduate School no later than two months prior to the beginning of the term for which admission is desired.
Accounting 4+1 Path
Accounting 4 + 1 allows for the completion of a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Accounting within 5 years. The purpose of this program is to allow the student to meet the 150- hour requirement for CPA certification and to provide an efficient way for students to obtain a graduate level professional education. Under this program, undergraduate accounting majors at UTC may:
- In consultation with an academic advisor, take up to nine credits of graduate coursework while completing their undergraduate degree.
- As part of the application process for the graduate degree, waive the GMAT/GRE requirement for admission.
Eligible students for this path to admission are undergraduate accounting majors at UTC that have:
- Completed all of their freshman and sophomore courses.
- Completed ACC 3010- Intermediate Accounting I and at least two other upper level (3000 or 4000 level) accounting courses with a grade of B or better in each of these courses
- Maintained a GPA of 3.2 or higher overall and a GPA of 3.2 or higher in upper-level undergrduate accounting courses.
- Submitted a letter of interest, two faculty recommendations (at least one of which from a UTC accounting faculty member), and a resume’
- Submitted an online application for admission to the MAcc Program.
- Student would apply to the MAcc 4+1 in their junior year but actually start in their senior year.
To remain in good standing in the Accounting 4+1, students must:
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 in all undergraduate courses, a GPA of 3.2 in all upper-level undergraduate accounting courses and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all graduate courses.
- Meet the Graduate School’s requirements for remaining in good standing in the MAcc program
Progress will be evaluated by the graduate advisor at the end of each semester in the senor year. Students that fail to meet the maintenance criteria will be disqualified from the Accounting 4+1. However, such students may apply to enter the MAcc through the normal admissions procedures, including the submission of GMAT/GRE scores.
To be considered for admission into the MAcc program, a student must meet ALL of the following requirements:
Have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution (any major is acceptable). An official transcript is required from each previously attended college. An application and non-refundable application fee. Domestic applicant fee is $30 and international applicants $35; fees should be submitted to the Graduate School.
Be granted admission to the Graduate School at UTC based on one of the following:
- 2.70 minimum GPA for all undergraduate work taken for the baccalaureate degree or
- 3.00 GPA for the last two years of undergraduate academic coursework or
- 3.00 GPA for 30 or more semester hours undergraduate credit after earning the first bachelor’s degree or
- 2.70 GPA for the last two years of undergraduate academic coursework and a 3.00 GPA on fewer than 24 hours graduate coursework or
- 3.00 GPA for 24 or more graduate hours or
- An earned master’s degree or higher‐level degree with at least a 3.00 GPA.
All GPAs are based on a 4.0 point scale; the last two years of undergraduate coursework are equivalent to approximately 60-70 semester hours or 90-100 quarter hours. (Updated GPA requirements approved by Graduate Council spring 2011)
Have an official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score of 450 or above or alternatively an official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a minimum 146 on the verbal section and a minimum 144 on the quantitative section. The GMAT is offered at Pearson Professional Center. For more information on taking the GMAT refer to www.mba.com. The GRE is offered at the Prometric Testing Center. For more information on taking the GRE, refer to www.ets.org/gre.
A minimum GPA 3.2 for all undergraduate work in accounting courses.
Admission to the MAcc Program requires the completion of at least 12 of the 14 prerequisite courses listed under “Program Requirements.” Applicants must have earned at least a grade of C in the prerequisite courses (or an equivalent course from another AACSB accredited school.) A grade of at least a B is required if the course was taken at a non-AACSB business school. (Note: All 14 prerequisite courses must be finished before completing more than six hours of MAcc coursework).
*Note: Beginning August 2011, GRE instituted the GRE Revised General Test, with a different scoring scale than the GRE General Test, which it replaced. Under the previous scale, a score of 1,000 or above with a minimum of 400 on the verbal section and a minimum of 500 on the quantitative section is required.