General Program Information
Graduate School Contact:
Tony Pittarese Ph.D., Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, College of Business and Technology
213 Sam Wilson Hall
(423) 439-6984 Fax: (423) 439-5274
Gary D. Burkette, Ph.D., Chair
20 Sam Wilson Hall
Michelle S. Freeman, Ed.D., Graduate Coordinator
118 Sam Wilson Hall
Faculty: Gary Berg; Lana Becker; Gary D. Burkette; Joel Faidley; Michelle S. Freeman; Richard A. Manahan; Anthony Masino; Martha Pointer; Kent Schneider; Mark Steadman.
The Master of Accountancy degree (M.Acc.) is designed for individuals who desire advanced study of accountancy and seek professional careers in public accounting, industry, and government. The M.Acc. program is fully accredited by AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
The M.Acc., together with the B.B.A. degree, meet the educational requirements for Certified Public Accountants in Tennessee and all other states. Furthermore, the M.Acc. is a major step toward obtaining the credentials necessary for a teaching career in accountancy. The M.Acc. program covers financial and managerial accounting, auditing, taxation, and regulation, as well as providing exposure to topics representative of the larger business environment.
A student applying to the M.Acc. program must be eligible for admission to the university as a graduate student and must meet the admission criteria for the program. The student must submit transcripts of all academic work previously completed and scores on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). Admission criteria include the applicant’s undergraduate grade point average and satisfactory scores on the GMAT. Students who graduate from ETSU’s B.B.A. with a major in Accountancy and an overall grade point averages of 3.50 or higher, are not required to submit GMAT scores. The applicant is presumed to have computer literacy and an understanding of mathematics. Questions relating to admission requirements must be addressed to the department or program coordinator.
Students admitted to other graduate programs in the university may enroll in selected graduate accountancy courses if appropriate course prerequisites have been completed. Non-degree students, visiting students, and applicants awaiting admission to the M.Acc. program may not register for graduate accountancy or businesses courses without prior approval of the department or program coordinator.
The length of the M.Acc. program will depend upon a student’s prior academic work and the number of courses to be taken per semester. The well-prepared full-time student who is not working can complete the program in three semesters. However, the department strongly advises students to spread the program over four semesters so they can study for the CPA exam throughout the program and possibly work an internship. Part-time students can complete the program through evening classes at the ETSU main campus.
* For those students with recent formal academic preparation in accountancy or business administration, one or more foundation courses may be waived by the Director of Graduate Studies in Business.
** All electives must be at the graduate level and must be approved by the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in Business and Technology prior to registration. The nine credits of electives will be selected to meet students’ special interests and needs. Students who have not completed more than six credits of undergraduate statistics will be required to take ECON 5010 . Foundation courses may not be taken for elective graduate credit.