Starting in Fall 2018, the Master of Accountancy program will provide students with a deeper and broader accounting education that prepares them for advanced career opportunities and preparation to earn the CPA license.

This program is scheduled to start in Fall 2018. Graduates of the Master of Accountancy program have multiple career options including, but not limited to, forensic accounting, public accounting, auditing and compliance accounting, government accounting, and tax and payroll accounting. Many graduates of a graduate degree in accounting seek attainment of the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) license.


In the state of Tennessee, the requirements for application to complete the Certified Public Accounting license were changed in March 2016. The requirement of 150 academic credit hours was removed. Candidates must now have a baccalaureate or higher degree with a major in accounting, or a baccalaureate or higher degree with a major other than accounting which includes at least 30 semester credit hours in accounting (at least 24 credit hours in upper level coursework) and at least 24 semester credit hours in general business.

In addition to this change, The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) will be introducing a new set of exams in April 2017. The new exam will continue to include fundamental accounting knowledge, but stress the recognition of issues, identifying errors, challenging assumptions, and application of professional judgment. The new exam will also emphasize testing of higher order skills through increased task-based simulations.

The Tusculum College Master of Accountancy program curriculum was developed based on these new requirements. The program is an excellent option for non-accounting business undergraduates who need the required 30 hours in accounting. The program is also an excellent option for students who earned an accounting minor but need additional upper level accounting hours, or students who completed an undergraduate accounting program but have been out of the classroom for many years and need an up-to-date modern accounting curriculum. The curriculum will also stress higher order skills that will now be on the CPA exams.

Pending SACS-COC Approval, the Master of Accountancy will begin in Fall 2018.