Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about MTSU’s Accounting Programs:

Questions Regarding the Accounting Profession:

When does MTSU’s 120-hour program become effective?

MTSU and the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) are currently implementing two major changes that will directly affect students majoring in accounting. First, the general education requirements have been revised, and these changes will become effective in the fall semester of 2004. Second, the number of hours required to complete a BBA degree is being reduced from 132 to 120. As of December 2003, the new, proposed 120-hour programs were still being reviewed by the TBR and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. For the latest information on the status of the new, proposed 120-hour programs, click here or contact your academic advisor.

 Can current students elect the 120-hour program once it becomes effective?

The new 120-hour programs will become effective in the fall semester of 2004. Students enrolled at MTSU prior to fall 2004 may choose to meet the 132-hour requirements or elect to meet the 120-hour requirements. You may wish to meet with your advisor when making this decision. For more information, click here.

 How can I determine the name of my advisor?

Students majoring in accounting are assigned an accounting faculty member as an advisor. You can determine the name of your advisor by checking your Pipeline account or by contacting Violet Rigsby at (615) 898-2558.

 If I have additional questions about MTSU’s accounting programs, how can I get more information?

For additional information about undergraduate programs, contact Violet Rigsby at (615) 898-2558. For information about graduate accounting programs, contact Dr. Terry Ward at (615) 898-2341.

 Is it important to become professionally certified?

Becoming professionally certified often has many benefits, including better advancement opportunities, greater compensation, better career mobility, and enhanced reputation or stature within the profession.

 What types of professional certifications exist?

Many different professional certifications exist. Some of the most popular certifications include CPA (Certified Public Accountant), CMA (Certified Management Accountant), CFM (Certified in Financial Management), CIA (Certified Internal Auditor), CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner), and CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor). For more information about these certifications, click on the following links:

 What are the requirements to become a CPA?

The requirements for becoming a CPA vary by state and students should check with the State Board of Accountancy in the state they intend to become certified to determine the applicable requirements. For the Tennessee State Board of Accountancy, click here. The NASBA (The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy) web site includes contact information for most other State Boards of Accountancy (click on “links” once the NASBA web page loads).

 Am I required to obtain a Master’s degree to become a CPA in Tennessee?

No. Like many other states, Tennessee requires 150 semester hours from an accredited college or university. This need not include a Master’s degree. However, with careful planning, it is often possible and desirable for students to obtain their masters degree while accumulating the required 150 semester hours of coursework to sit for the CPA exam.

 Where do I apply to take the CPA exam?

Information and an application to take the CPA examination may be obtained by calling 1-800-CPA-EXAM/1-800-272-3926 or by logging onto

 Where can I get materials to help prepare me for the CPA exam?

Many different companies sell and distribute CPA examination review materials, including:

MTSU does not endorse a particular CPA review product, and students should make their own evaluations of the materials before purchasing.

The Department of Accounting began partnering with Becker CPA Review in the Spring of 2007.

Becker CPA Review is offered on the MTSU campus as a not-for-credit course. MTSU Accounting faculty serve as Becker instructors for this review course. Currently enrolled MTSU students receive a discount on the Becker CPA Review tuition.

The Department of Accounting does have an agreement with Gleim Publications that allows students to order their CPA Review materials at a discount by using a special student link at: or by calling them at (800) 874-5346. In addition, Gleim’s CPA review software is available in the College of Business Computer Lab.