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2010-2011 Graduate Catalog 
2010-2011 Graduate Catalog Archived Catalog

Accountancy, M.Acc.

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Professor Michael Owens, Assistant Dean of the College of Business
(423) 425-4210 or email at

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 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 one month prior to the beginning of the term for which admission is desired.

Application Procedures

To be accepted into the MAcc program, a student must complete all of the following:

  1. 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, $30 for domestic, $35 for international applicants, should also be submitted to the Graduate School.
  2. Be granted admission to UTC’s Graduate School based on a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.7 or a GPA of 3.0 in the senior year.
  3. Have an official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score of 450 or above or alternatively an official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of 1,000 or above with a minimum 400 on the verbal section and a minimum 500 on the quantitative section. The GMAT is offered at Pearson Professional Center. For more information on taking the GMAT refer to The GRE is offered at the Prometric Testing Center. For more information on taking the GRE, refer to
  4. Meet the minimum acceptable admissions index (AI) of 950 if using the GMAT, or 1,500 if using the GRE. The admissions index is calculated as follows: 200 x (undergraduate GPA) + GMAT Score or GRE Score = AI.

Program Requirements

The MAcc Program requires that a student complete a minimum of 30 semester hours credit in graduate course work. Students admitted to the program who lack academic experience in certain areas will be assigned up to 21 hours of additional course work in accounting background courses and 12 hours of general business core courses. Only previous course work is considered in the waiving of background courses. Once the background requirements are completed, the MAcc curriculum must be completed.

Accounting Background courses (offered only at undergraduate level)

  • ACC 3000 Intermediate Accounting I: 3 hours
  • ACC 3010 Intermediate Accounting II: 3 hours
  • ACC 3020 Intermediate Accounting III: 3 hours
  • ACC 3050 Managerial Cost Accounting: 3 hours
  • ACC 3070 Federal Tax Accounting: 3 hours
  • ACC 4050 Auditing: 3 hours
  • ACC 4080 Accounting Information Systems: 3 hours

Total: 21 hours

Total: 12 hours

Additional Information and Notes

Some or all of the background courses in which academic training has previously been completed may be waived. The requirements to waive a background class are:

  1. A grade of “C” or better from an AACSB accredited business school, or
  2. A grade of “B” or better from a non-AACSB accredited business school.

*All required background courses must be completed before more than six hours of MAcc core or elective courses are completed.

Total: 18 hours

Elective Courses: 12 hours

All MAcc students complete 12 semester hours of elective classes, of which three semester hours must be in accounting. The offering of electives is determined by student demand. Electives must be chosen in consultation with and approved by the MAcc adviser.

Total: 30 hours

Additional Information and Notes

Graduate level ACC, ETR, FIN, MGT, MKT, and BUS courses for which a student has earned an A or B at UTC or any other institution cannot be repeated for credit.

Transfer Credit

Six graduate credit hours of courses completed at other universities for graduate credit may be considered to satisfy MAcc degree program requirements at UTC. A transferred course generally must form a logical part of the MAcc program to be approved.

Those who request transfer credit must be prepared to provide the university catalog in effect at the time at which the courses were completed as well as any other supporting information to the Director of Graduate Programs in the College of Business and to the Dean of the Graduate School. For additional requirements see “Transfer Credit” under “Graduate Program Regulations” in the UTC Graduate Catalog.


Students who earn 3 or more grades of C or below in graduate level courses will be dismissed from the MAcc program.

Admission to Candidacy

To be eligible for admission to candidacy, a student must have completed a minimum of nine hours of core and/or elective courses. Students are required to earn a minimum 3.0 GPA on all courses approved on the candidacy form and a 3.0 institutional cumulative GPA to be eligible for degree conferral.

An application for candidacy may be obtained on-line at Students should refer to the Admission to Candidacy section under “Graduate Program Regulations” in the UTC Graduate Catalog for additional information regarding admission to candidacy. The application for candidacy must be approved by the Director of Graduate Programs in the College of Business and the Dean of the Graduate School prior to completion of more than 18 core and/or elective hours.

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