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Program Overview

Program Overview

Pass the CPA exam the first time!

At nearly 80%, our first time CPA exam pass rate soars above the national average.

There’s never been a better time to pursue your accounting career. Demand for accountants far outweighs the candidates. We will prepare you to pass every part of the CPA exam on the first try. Our uniquely-designed curriculum will equip you for working in the professional world. We know graduate business education is costly, so a Lipscomb MAcc comes with several special opportunities. 

Get hands-on experience with a full-time internship at the height of tax season. Score more than 600 on the GMAT, and you could receive a significant scholarship. And you can earn up to $1,000 in scholarship money for each part of the CPA exam passed prior to your final semester. After graduation, you'll join your peers — who all got the work they were looking for.

Simply want to become eligible for CPA licensure in less than a year? Our Graduate Certificate of Accountancy for Professionals (GCAP) is for professionals like you. If you're in need of 12 accounting hours or less, you'll be eligible for your licensure after receiving this certificate. Choose an academic course for a corresponding part of the CPA exam and you'll be on your way:

Advanced Auditing & Forensics (AUD)
Managerial Accounting & Finance (BEC)
Taxation of Business Entities (REG)
Advanced Financial Reporting (FAR)

Accounting Boot Camp

Do you need the prerequisites for a Master of Accountancy program? Or are you interested in pivoting from your current career to the field of accounting? Lipscomb’s Accounting Boot Camp can get you where you want to go!

Accounting Boot Camp is a rigorous, accelerated program which will prepare you with the basic accounting skills necessary to begin a Master of Accountancy program or to begin your career in the world of corporate accounting. Boot Camp is fast paced!  Beginning in May and meeting two nights per week and half days on Saturdays, you’ll quickly get the knowledge you need to move forward in your career.

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Gainful Employment

The Graduate Certificate in Accountancy is a Gainful Employment program regulated by the U.S. Department of Education. The U.S. Department of Education requires additional information be provided to you about this certificate program. For more information view the Gainful Employment Disclosure.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements


Applicants for the MAcc program are required to complete the GMAT with a recommended score of 500 or higher. In addition, an undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher is preferred. An internship or other relevant employment in the field is strongly encouraged. A GMAT waiver option is available for applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher. Applicants who are granted the GMAT waiver, in turn, waive consideration for the MAcc scholarships based upon GMAT scores. (Try our Sample GMAT.)

MAcc candidates can satisfy the undergraduate prerequisite requirements in one of two ways.

First method: complete 18 hours in accounting

Students must complete the following courses:

  • Financial Accounting (Principles of Accounting 1)
  • Managerial Accounting (Principles of Accounting 2)
  • Intermediate Accounting 1 and 2
  • Federal Income Taxation (Individual Tax)
  • Principles of Auditing

Second method: Students can complete Lipscomb's 9 or 12 hour undergraduate Accounting Bootcamp course (MACC 501V) to satisfy all undergraduate prerequisites.

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Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • References
  • GMAT
  • Official Transcripts
  • Interview

All students, particularly those without an undergraduate degree in business, should remember that many states, including Tennessee, require students to have earned a specified number of hours in business to sit for the CPA exam. Additional hours in business or accounting courses may be recommended to comply with such requirements.

Applicants who completed their undergraduate degree from an institution outside the United States must submit a course by course evaluation of their transcript from World Education Services (WES).  Information about this process may be obtained on the WES website at

International students should be proficient in written and oral English.  A TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo score, credit earned in English language courses, letters from employers or instructors, or a personal interview may be presented to demonstrate proficiency.  

There is no GMAT waiver option for applicants who completed their undergraduate degree outside the US.  

Priority scholarship application deadline for Fall 2021 is January 31.



Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

Tuition for the Master of Accountancy program is $1,250 per semester hour or $37,500 for 30 hours.

Tuition for the Graduate Certificate of Professional Accountancy is $1,250 per semester hour or $15,000 for 12 hours.


Types of Aid


Job placement rate


Both our deeply connected faculty and our experiential learning opportunities offer myriad ways for you to form relationships with leaders in the industry. These connections will serve and support you throughout your career.


A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.

Flexible Schedule

Our courses are offered at a variety of convenient locations around Nashville or online, at times designed to work with your busy schedule. Our hybrid class model allows you the best of going to school as a working professional.

Our Faculty

  • Mark Jobe

    Mark Jobe

    Associate Professor

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  • Brian Masterson

    Brian Masterson

    Assistant Professor

    Brian Masterson is the Director of the Master of Accountancy ("MAcc") program and the Chair of the undergraduate Accounting, Finance and Economics Department. He teaches graduate tax courses in the...

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  • Perry Moore

    Perry Moore

    Director, Graduate Business Programs

    Perry Moore is the Charles E. Frasier Professor of Accountancy and Director of Academic Operations. He is a CPA, a Certified Internal Auditor, a Chartered Global Management Accountant and is...

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    Marcy Binkley

    Instructor in Accounting

    Marcy Binkley, CPA is an Instructor of Accounting at Lipscomb University. As an Instructor of Accounting, Marcy teaches principles courses including Financial and Managerial Accounting at the undergraduate level. She...

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  • Alisa Peters

    Alisa Peters

    Assistant Professor of Accounting

    Alisa Peters is an Assistant Professor in the Accounting, Finance and Economics Department in the College of Business. Prior to joining the Lipscomb faculty, Peters practiced in the areas of commercial...

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  • Jeff Jewell

    Jeff Jewell


    Jeff Jewell, professor of finance, teaches courses in corporate finance, investing, and portfolio management. He has earned a B.A. from Harding University, an MBA from the University of Alabama, and...

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  • Tim Creel

    Tim Creel

    Assistant Professor of Accounting

    Dr. Tim Creel is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at Lipscomb University. He is a CPA, Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). Creel earned a BBA in Accounting...

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Career Paths

Accountants and Auditors

Accountants and auditors prepare and examine financial records. They ensure that financial records are accurate and that taxes are paid properly and on time. Accountants and auditors assess financial operations and work to help ensure that organizations run efficiently.


Lawyers advise and represent individuals, businesses, and government agencies on legal issues and disputes.