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. In addition, demand for accountants is strong. US News recently rated Accounting as the #3 Best Business Jobs, the #5 Best STEM Jobs, and #24 in the 100 Best Jobs list. As a profession, Accounting boasts a median salary of $65,940 and a 96.8% employment rate.
Currently, the department offers several undergraduate courses online. These can be taken by current Tennessee Tech students, or students from other schools who have a need to take a course online (see the Undergraduate Online Courses tab below).
In addition, if you already have an undergraduate degree in another business major and you are looking for a way to earn a second degree with a major in accounting, we may be able to assist you. Contact the Department Chair to discuss this great opportunity to earn your second degree online from Tennessee Tech. When applying to Tennessee Tech, you should declare accounting as a second degree. The Accounting Department provides all the required Accounting courses online.
Second Degree in Accounting
If a student has already earned a baccalaureate degree, and wishes to earn a 2nd degree with a major in Accounting, the Department is able to provide all the need accounting coursework in an online format. Requirements for a 2nd degree can be found in the Tennessee Tech Undergraduate Catalog. Non-accounting courses that may be required for a second undergraduate degree from Tennessee Tech may not be available online.
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 Tennessee Tech Schedule of Classes 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 Tennessee Tech online catalog.
Undergraduate Online Courses
The department offers 21 hours of upper-division undergraduate accounting courses online. While Tennessee Tech does not offer a separate degree in accounting, the online accounting courses offered by the department may be used to satisfy the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major 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.
Online Undergraduate Courses typically offered include:
ACCT 3170 – Financial Accounting and Reporting I
ACCT 3180 – Financial Accounting and Reporting II
ACCT 3190 – Financial Accounting and Reporting III
ACCT 3210 – Cost Accounting
ACCT 3330 – Federal Taxation
ACCT 3620 - Auditing
ACCT 4230 – Advanced Cost Accounting
ACCT 4300 – Financial Statement Analysis
ACCT 4600 – Fraud Auditing and Forensic Accounting
Graduate Accounting Courses
At the graduate level, Tennessee Tech students have access to a variety of accounting course options. Master of Accounting students have access to a full range of accounting options at the graduate level. In addition to the courses reserved just for MAcc students, those students can also choose graduate accounting electives from the list below. Note that graduate credit will not be granted for taking a 5000-level course for which the student has already completed the undergraduate equivalent. In addition to ACCT 6010 (Accounting for Management Decisions), MBA students have access to the 5000-level accounting courses below. In addition, as space provides, MBA students will be allowed to register for core courses in the MAcc curriculum.
Current courses available at the 5000-level for all Tennessee Tech graduate students are:
ACCT 5230 – Advanced Cost Accounting
ACCT 5300 – Financial Statement Analysis
ACCT 5600 – Fraud Auditing and Forensic Accounting
ACCT 5700 – International Experience in Accounting (by instructor permission only)
For more information, go to the Master of Accountancy.
Individuals with a prior Business Degree will generally already have two accounting principles courses (or six hours of accounting credit). Coupled with eight of the courses offered by the department, the Tennessee State Board of Accountancy requirement of 30 hours of accounting (to sit for the CPA exam) can be satisfied.