Should I get an MBA or MAcc degree?
While both degrees can be very good degrees to obtain, we recommend a MAcc degree
if you are planning a professional accounting career. When employers are seeking
to fill accounting positions, they will be much more likely to choose someone with
an accounting background (i.e. MAcc degree). Furthermore, a MAcc degree will do a
better job of preparing you for the CPA Exam.
How much does the MAcc program cost?
MTSU's MAcc is one of the most affordable Master of Accountancy programs, if not
the most affordable, in the state of Tennessee. If you compare the cost of MTSU to
other schools, I believe you will discover that MTSU's program is a tremendous value.
A chart showing the cost of tuition and fees can be found at: http://www.mtsu.edu/tuition/ For rates that apply to the MAcc program, please select the “Graduate Fee Chart.”
Is the program full- or part-time?
Students can attend either full- or part-time. Students who attend full-time can
typically complete the program in one year. Some working adults choose to only take
one or two classes per semester. In such circumstances it will take 2-3 years to
complete the program.
Can I complete the MTSU MAcc program on-line?
No, the MAcc program is a campus-based program.
When do MAcc classes usually meet?
Both day and evening classes are offered. Non-traditional students who need to take
classes in the evening can complete the MTSU MAcc program entirely as an evening program.
In addition, the Department of Accounting offers some classes during the day, if there
is sufficient demand. This allows traditional students to take some, but not necessarily
all, of their classes during the day. Day classes may meet twice per week for one
hour and 25 minutes per day, or they may meet for a three-hour block on one day.
Evening classes usually meet from 6-9pm, one night per week.
Are internships available, and are they required?
MAcc students are not required to complete an internship, however, they are strongly
encouraged to do so. Many CPA firms recruit almost exclusively through the internship
process (i.e. they hire interns and subsequently hire their full-time employees from
their pool of interns). Many employers come to 'Meet the Firms' in September to recruit
Can I get financial aid for the MAcc program?
Many students in the MAcc program receive financial aid. However, the Director of
the Program is not involved in the financial aid process. For more information about
financial aid, please see the MTSU Financial Aid Office at: MTSU Financial Aid
Are there scholarships available for MAcc students?
The Department of Accounting does offer some scholarships to MAcc students. These
are typically awarded early in the spring semester each year. Please see the Department
of Accounting website for more information. In addition, students are encouraged
to apply for scholarships awarded by the Tennessee Society of CPAs (TSCPA). MTSU
students have been very successful in obtaining these scholarships. The deadline
for the scholarships is usually in May or June, although students should see the TSCPA
website for more information.
What accounting student groups are available at MTSU?
The Department of Accounting sponsors several groups for accounting students. These
groups, along with the faculty advisor, are listed below. Please contact the faculty
advisor for information on how to join the organization.
Accounting Connections (Advisor: Professor Elizabeth Abernathy – Elizabeth.Abernathy@mtsu.edu).
Audit and Managerial Accounting Club (Advisors: Dr. Audrey Scarlata – Audrey.Scarlata@mtsu.edu and Dr. Sarah Garven – Sarah.Garven@mtsu.edu).
Beta Alpha Psi (Advisor: Dr. Kim Honaker – Kim.Honaker@mtsu.edu)
National Association of Black Accountants (Advisor: Dr. Jeannie Harrington – Jeannie.Harrington@mtsu.edu).
More information about these groups is available at: Accounting Student Groups
Where can I get more information about taking the GMAT exam?
For more information, please see the website of the Graduate Management Admission
Council at: http://www.mba.com/us
Will I have a faculty member as an advisor? How do I determine who my advisor is?
Your advisor will be one of the faculty members who teaches in the MAcc program.
We try to match students with faculty members based upon the student’s area of interest.
For examples, someone completing the tax specialization should have a tax professor
as their advisor. Once you are admitted, you can determine who your advisor is
by checking your Pipeline account or by contacting Dr. Wermert.
What is a degree plan and when must it be completed?
Each MAcc student must complete a degree plan that shows all courses they intend
to take to complete their MAcc degree. Degree plans should be completed during the
first semester of enrollment in the MAcc program. All degree plans must be approved
by the Director of the MAcc program as well as the Dean of the College of Graduate
Studies. Your advisor will be happy to work with you to create your degree plan.
How do I file my “Intent to Graduate” form?
Your Intent to Graduate Form is filed on-line. You can access the link at (see last
item in first section): Intent to Graduate Form for Master Candidates
When do I need to file my Intent to Graduate Form?
Intent to Graduate forms must be filed no later than the second week of the semester
in which you plan to graduate. Be sure you have filed your Degree Plan (and any necessary
Degree Plan revision forms) before filing your Intent to Graduate Form.
If I have additional questions about the MAcc program who should I contact?
Please contact the MAcc program director, Dr. John Wermert. You can send questions
to him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call him at 615-898-2357.