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Prerequisites & Information


Students may begin graduate course work for the MAcc only in the fall semester. The application deadline is March 1 (February 1 for international students), and applications received after that date will be considered as space allows. The program is designed both for students who have completed an accredited baccalaureate degree program with a major in accounting and other areas. Students with an accounting degree from an accredited baccalaureate degree program normally meet the prerequisites for the program. Students with outstanding undergraduate records in areas other than accounting may qualify for the MAcc program by completing prerequisite course work in accounting, information management, and business. The extent of such prerequisite course work will depend on the student’s academic background. This option also may be available to current UT students in non-accounting majors having outstanding academic records. The availability of the “prerequisite option” for non-accounting majors is highly limited and selective, and approval to participate will be at the discretion of the MAcc Admissions Committee and the Undergraduate Programs Office. Such approval will be based on the student’s resume information, academic record, and potential for success in the accounting profession. All prerequisites must be completed prior to the start of graduate course work in the MAcc program. University of Tennessee-Knoxville (UTK) undergraduate students in the accounting major applying to the MAcc program will have the GMAT score submission requirement waived.  This GMAT waiver also will apply to students in the prerequisite option who take, at UTK, all of the accounting prerequisites above the principles level prescribed by the MAcc Program Director.   MAcc applicants not in either of these categories generally will be required to submit a GMAT score to be considered for admission to the MAcc program. Applicants whose native language is not English must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

The admission decision is based on all factors that make up the total application, with consideration given to factors such as:

    1. The applicant’s academic record.

    2. Scores on the GMAT (unless waived), and TOEFL or IELTS for those whose native language is not English.

    3. Internships and/or work experience and other activities that demonstrate potential for leadership.

    4. Recommendations from professors and/or work supervisors.

Students will be expected to have a laptop computer for use in the program. Additional details concerning the hardware and software configurations required are posted on the departmental website.

The following list comprises the basic UT prerequisite courses. Students with accounting degrees from other schools must have taken equivalent coursework. Students in the prerequisite option must take the listed courses unless modified by the MAcc Admissions Committee and the Undergraduate Programs office. Also, additional courses may be required depending on the student academic background.

  • Accounting 301 - Introductory Financial Reporting
  • Accounting 311 - Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Accounting 321 - Cost Management
  • Accounting 411 - Financial, Compliance, and Operational Auditing
  • Accounting 414 - Advanced Financial Reporting
  • Accounting 431 - Federal Income Taxation
  • Finance 301 - Financial Management
  • Information Management 341 - Business Process Analysis

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