Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting

Master of Accountancy Program

Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)

Major in Accounting

The BBA Degree with a major in Accounting is intended to provide students with a well-rounded business education, and students take a mixture of courses in the liberal arts and business. The information presented below summarizes the most important degree requirements. While believed to be accurate, this page does not necessarily include all the requirements that must be met. For a comprehensive list of all degree requirements, students should refer to the MTSU Undergraduate Catalog.

In addition to meeting the Jennings A. Jones College of Business requirements, an Accounting major consists of 24 semester hours of accounting and requires a minimum 2.00 GPA. At least 50 percent of the required major hours must be taken in residence at MTSU. Majors must earn a C (2.00) or better in all accounting courses (includes ACTG 2110, 2125, and required courses listed below).

Required Courses (for course descriptions, click here)

ACTG 3110, 3120 Intermediate Accounting I and II
ACTG 3310 Cost Accounting
ACTG 4510 Accounting Systems
ACTG 4550 Introduction to Federal Income Tax
ACTG 4620 External Auditing I OR ACTG 4640 Internal Auditing
ACTG 4650 Financial Accounting Standards
ACTG electives* 3 hours

*All upper-division accounting courses can be used for ACTG electives except ACTG 3000, 3020, and 4420.

The Department of Accounting has prepared two Academic Maps for the Accounting major with a minor in Business Administration. One map assumes that you attend classes only in the Fall and Spring semesters, and it is designed for you to complete your course of study in 4 years. The other map assumes that you attend classes in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters, and it also assumes that you will complete your degree in 4 years. Following the map that best fits the semesters you plan to attend will help ensure that all course prerequisites are met. To view the maps, click here.

Students who were enrolled at MTSU prior to Fall 2007 can graduate by satisfying alternative requirements. For more information on these alternative requirements, click here.

Upper Division Forms
If you enrolled between:
        2007-2009, click here.
        2009-2011, click here
        2011-2012, click here.
        2014-2015, click here.

Undergraduate Intent to Graduate Form, click here.

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Graduate Degree Requirements

Master of Accountancy (MAcc)

The Department of Accounting offers a Master of Accountancy.  The mission of the Master of Accountancy is to provide a flexible, yet focused, program that prepares students for professional jobs in accounting and other related fields.  Classes are offered primarily in the evening, and the curriculum is designed to allow students to choose courses that meet individual 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 MAcc students to better match the courses taken with their varied interests and backgrounds.

Requirements for the Master of Accountancy

General Master of Accountancy Degree Plan

Master of Accountancy Tax Specialization Degree Plan

Required Courses (6 Hours) (for course descriptions, click here)

ACTG  6650   Advanced Accounting Theory
ACTG  6670   Advanced Financial Accounting and Reporting Problems

Electives (24 hours)

Six hours in ACTG or INFS at the 5000 or 6000 level
Nine hours in ACTG at the 6000 level
Six hours or approved electives at the 6000 level
Three hours in international/global at the 6000 level

Specialization in Tax Accounting 

Students electing to specialize in tax accounting must complete four of the following courses among their electives:     ACTG 6510, 6530, 6540, 6550, and 6560.

Additional Requirements

 The capstone course must be passed with a grade of B- or higher in a maximum of two attempts. The degree must be completed within six years from the time of admission to the program. No foreign language or thesis is required.

NOTE: Students who have credit for the undergraduate equivalent of the 5000-level course are not permitted to enroll in the 5000-level course for credit.

Prerequisites and admission to the program

A recent graduate of an AACSB-accredited program would normally possess an adequate background for admissions. The business prerequisites for a student seeking the MAcc degree are Legal Environment of Business, BLAW 3400; Principles of Economics, ECON 2410 or ECON 2420; Quantitative Methods Survey, QM 6000; Principles of Management Information Systems, INFS 3100; and Business Finance, FIN 3010. A recent graduate of an AACSB-accredited program would normally possess an adequate background in these prerequisites including Intermediate Accounting I and II (ACTG 3110 and 3120); Cost Accounting ( ACTG 3310); Introduction to Federal Income Tax (ACTG 4550); and External Auditing I or Internal Auditing (ACTG 4620 or ACTG 4640). 

To be considered for the MAcc program, a student must meet one of the following:

a.         Student has an undergraduate accounting degree field from an Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accredited College of Business with  an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.00.

b.         Student has either a composite score of 950 (with a minimum GMAT of 400) calculated as GPA x 200 + GMAT ≥ 950, or Upper Division GPA x 200 + GMAT ≥ 1,000.

c.         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.

Graduate Assistantship Information (click here)

Additional information:

For additional information about the MAcc program in accounting, please contact:

Dr. John Wermert
MAcc Program Advisor
Department of Accounting
MTSU P.O. Box 50
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
(615) 898-2357


Violet Rigsby
Executive Aide
Department of Accounting
MTSU P.O. Box 50
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
(615) 898-2558

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