The department offers 21 hours of upper-division undergraduate accounting courses online. Courses in these programs may be used to satisfy requirements for the undergraduate degree in accounting and/or to accumulate the academic credit to sit for the Uniform CPA examination. See our list of Frequently Asked Questions for answers to many of the questions you may have.
The Department's online courses are of high quality. The College of Business is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the nation's highest level of accreditation. The Accounting Department has separate accreditation from the AACSB. No accounting program in the State of Tennessee has a higher level of accreditation.
Demand for accountants is strong, as is evidenced by the fact that National Association of Colleges and Employers surveys has rated accounting as one of the most in-demand degree nationwide for the past four years. If you aspire to become a professional accountant, you should declare accounting as a 2nd degree when you apply to TTU for admission. The accounting department provides all the accounting courses required online. TTU requires that a student desiring to earn a 2nd undergraduate degree from TTU must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours in residence, including all the academic requirements for the underlying degree and the major (see the TTU Catalog). Non-accounting courses that may be required for a 2nd undergraduate degree from TTU may not be available online. Such courses may be taken on campus at TTU or may be available via the State of Tennessee's Regents Online Campus Collaborative. Such courses may count towards the residency requirement if they are taken through TTU.
To sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant's (CPA) Examination in Tennessee, you must complete 30-hours of accounting courses (24 of these must be at the junior, senior, or graduate level), and 24-hours of coursework in other business areas. In addition, you must be within 200 days of having a total of 150 semester hours of college credit. Interested individuals should consult the TTU Schedule of classes at http://math.tntech.edu/ttusched.cgi to confirm which classes will be available each term. In the schedule of classes, courses marked as section no. 500 or M10 are online courses. A full description of each of these courses is available via the TTU online catalog.
Individuals with a Business Degree will generally already have two accounting principles courses (or six hours of accounting credit). Coupled with eight of the online courses offered by the department, the Tennessee State Board requirement of 30 hours of accounting (to sit for the CPA exam) can be satisfied.
Note that in addition to our core undergraduate accounting courses, the Accounting Department also offers four online accounting course in TTU's online MBA program. An MBA with an accounting concentration is an excellent way to earn hours required to sity for the CPA examination while earning an advanced degree at the same time.