The Department of Accounting offers the Master of Science in Accounting and Information Systems with accounting as the primary field. The MS program is a very flexible evening program. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to take a balance of accounting and information systems courses; however, there is significant flexibility in the requirements to allow a student's program to be specialized to the extent desired for particular career goals. Six credit hours can be taken in areas outside of accounting. These may be in other business disciplines or in nonbusiness areas such as Aerospace or Psychology. This flexibility should allow M.S. students to better match the courses taken with their varied interests and backgrounds.
The mission of the Master’s of Science Degree in Accounting is to provide a flexible and focused program that prepares students for professional jobs in accounting and other related fields. The program is designed to offer students opportunities to obtain knowledge in non-accounting areas to support their career development. Fulfilling this mission requires that faculty enhance and broaden their skills through academic and professional research, service to the profession, and educational development.
The Department of Accounting offers the Master of Science in Accounting and Information Systems with accounting as the primary field and courses for the Master of Business Administration degree. A minor in Accounting is offered for students seeking a master’s degree other than the M.B.A. The Accounting Graduate Coordinator serves as advisor for students choosing Accounting as their primary field.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to take a balance of accounting and information systems courses; however, there is significant flexibility in the requirements to allow a student’s program to be specialized to the extent desired for particular career goals.
The prerequisites for a student seeking an M.S. degree in the department are the same as those required for the M.B.A. degree, plus instruction in international business. A recent graduate of an AACSB accredited program would normally possess an adequate background in these prerequisites. A student electing accounting as a primary field must complete an additional 18 hours of prerequisites including Financial Accounting and Reporting I and II, ACTG 3110 and 3120; Cost Accounting, ACTG 3310; Accounting Systems, ACTG 4510; Federal Taxes I, ACTG 4530; External Auditing I or Internal Auditing, 4620 or 4640.
To be admitted to the M.S. program, a student must meet one of the following:
GPA x 200 + GMAT = 950 or Upper Division GPA x 200 + GMAT = 1,000
International students must comply with the following provision: For undergraduate degrees from foreign institutions where a grade point average cannot be clearly established but where that work is thought to be equivalent to domestic grades of B or higher, admission eligibility may be determined by the GMAT score. A score of at least 450 is required for unconditional admission under such circumstances. Preparatory work taken in institutions with grading systems paralleling that of most United States institutions must conform to a B average.
The Master’s of Science in Accounting and Information Systems with an Accounting concentration fulfills the requirements to sit for the CPA exam in Tennessee.
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