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Frequently Asked Questions

General | Master of Accountancy | Ph. D.



General Frequently Asked Questions

I am a business student who is interested in information management. What are the options for undergraduate students?

Information management is not a major in the College of Business, but it is offered as a collateral or concentration with several College of Business majors. Learn More about the Information Management Collateral and Concentration



Master of Accountancy Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I apply to the MAcc program? (Return to MAcc Program site)

UT's MAcc program is nationally recognized for its excellence. Each year, approximately 90 percent of our MAcc students have accepted job offers before they graduate from the program. Furthermore, the coursework ensures that MAcc students meet all the CPA educational requirements for most states.

How long does it take to complete the MAcc program?

The 10-month MAcc program spans fall and spring semesters and the first session of summer school.

What is involved in applying for the MAcc program?

Candidates for the MAcc program must complete the application at the following website:

This application serves the dual purpose of applying to the Graduate School and to the Department of Accounting and Information Management.  The application must be accompanied by a $60 application fee ($30 for students reapplying) paid by a debit or credit card.  Non-UT students must also include transcripts.  (Transcripts are automatically handled for UT students.)  In addition, all applicants must submit an essay, a resume, and two letters of recommendation.  The admissions committee also may schedule an on-campus interview for non-UT students.

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline is March 1 (February 1 for international students), although applications from qualified non-international students will be accepted after this date if space is available.

What should my GMAT score and undergraduate GPA be?

The GMAT is waived for UT students. Students from other schools must submit a GMAT score. Please keep in mind that the admissions committee also takes into account an accounting specific GPA for accounting courses.

Admissions are not based solely on GPA and GMAT scores. The admissions committee considers all components of the application package.

What is the normal course load?

MAcc students complete four courses in the fall, four courses in the spring, and two courses during the first session of summer school for a total of 30 credit hours. Classes end by June 30.

What courses do students take in the MAcc program?

Please see the Academic Information page for all MAcc course information.

What are the prerequisite requirements for the MAcc program?

Please see the Prerequisites page for all MAcc prerequisite information.

Must I have an undergraduate degree in accounting to get into the MAcc program?

Please see the Prerequisites page for all MAcc prerequisite information.

Can I take MAcc courses without being admitted to the program?

Generally, students must be admitted and enrolled in the MAcc program to take MAcc classes. However, some MAcc courses are available to University of Tennessee students who are enrolled in other UT graduate programs, such as the MBA.

What is the cost of the program?

Approximate tuition and fees:

In-state students:
Tuition-$14,000; MAcc fee-$4,500; University fees-$2,000; CPA Prep. fee $3,000 (unless paid by prospective employer)

Out-of-state students:
Tuition-$40,000; MAcc fee-$4,500; University fees-$2,000; CPA Prep. fee $3,000 (unless paid by prospective employer)

What kind of financial support is available for MAcc students?

Departmental Scholarships

The Department of Accounting and Information Management awards scholarships on the basis of academic achievement and professional promise.

Teaching or Research Assistantships

Assistantships provide a full-tuition waiver plus a stipend, paid over the course of the program, in return for teaching or research service. The assistantship, however, does not waive either the MAcc program fee or university fees. Students awarded assistantships serve as teaching or research assistants to a faculty member or as assistants on special departmental academic projects.

All applicants are considered for assistantships.

The Tennessee Society of CPAs (TSCPA)

The TSCPA also provides MAcc scholarships to students who are residents of Tennessee and plan to enter the MAcc program.  Information about the TSCPA scholarship is available from the department in the Spring Semester before the program begins.


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Ph.D. Program Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to complete the program?

The program is designed to be completed in four years; however, some students elect to extend the program one more year to take additional classes and work on their research agenda. The Ph.D. program director has the discretion to grant high-performing students an additional year of funding for the fifth year to further their research before entering the job market.

What is involved in applying to the program?

Students should visit and follow the link “Apply to Graduate School.” Students will be prompted to enter all necessary information and will be given the option to specify that they are applying to the accounting doctoral program. Students are required to provide four letters of reference and submit a $60.00 application fee by credit/debit card or eCheck.

When is the application deadline?

The department gives priority to applications received before December 31; however, applications are accepted throughout the spring semester.

What should my GMAT score and GPA be?

The average GMAT of our current doctoral students is approximately 690, while the average undergraduate and graduate GPA of entering students is 3.6 and 3.8, respectively. The admissions committee will review all components of a student’s application when making admission decisions.

What is the normal course load?

Students take a total of nine hours each semester during their coursework period.

What courses do students take in the doctoral program?

Students must take the following courses during their program:

Students also are encouraged to take additional statistics courses as their course load permits.

What is the cost of the program?

Students accepted into the program are granted a full tuition waiver. However, the tuition waiver does not cover some university fees, which amount to approximately $800 per semester.

What are the admission requirements for the program?

Students must hold a bachelor’s degree, although a master’s degree is desirable. Students with an undergraduate business degree generally meet the program’s prerequisites. The program also requires a minimum of two years of meaningful work experience in the accounting profession.

What financial support is provided to doctoral students?

Every student admitted to the program receives an annual stipend of approximately $24,000. This stipend is in addition to the tuition waiver. For this stipend, students either are assigned to work 20 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters as a research assistant or are assigned to teach two sections of a class per semester. Students typically teach during one or two semesters while in the program. Consistent with the program’s emphasis on developing the student’s research skills, we strive to have candidates spend most of their time in the program working as a research assistant.

Are there any other scholarships available to doctoral students?

Students may also apply for additional UT Haslam College of Business scholarships, including the Haslam Scholars award or the Chancellor's Award, which are both $10,000 for each year the student is in the program.

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