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Program Overview

Program Overview

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 guaranteed, 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 during 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 young 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)

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 or 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-hour undergraduate Accounting Boot Camp course (AC 4789) to satisfy all undergraduate prerequisites.

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.

Application Requirements

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


Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

Tuition for this program is $1,220 per credit hour or $36,600 for 30 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 Chair of the Accounting, Finance and Economics Department in the College of Business and is a tax attorney in the Nashville office of Butler Snow LLP....

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  • Perry Moore

    Perry Moore

    Director, Graduate Business Programs

    Perry Moore is professor of accounting and director of graduate business. He is a CPA, a Certified Internal Auditor, a Chartered Global Management Accountant and is certified in Risk Management...

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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.

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks produce financial records for organizations. They record financial transactions, update statements, and check financial records for accuracy.


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