Pass the CPA exam the first time and build your career as a financial professional in high demand!
There has never been a better time to pursue an accounting career, with demand for accounting professionals exceeding candidates. Our first-time exam pass rate soars above the national average, and the program offers two paths to accounting licensure. You can pursue the Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) or the Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
This uniquely-designed MAcc program curriculum equips you to work in the professional world and pass the licensure exam. We know graduate business education is costly, so a Lipscomb Master of Accounting comes with several special opportunities even more worthwhile.
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. 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. Complete an academic course for a corresponding part of the CPA or CMA exam and you'll be on your way
Drive business performance as a CMA-certified financial manager.
Our CMA path will help propel your career in the world of corporate accounting. The curriculum will prepare you for the CMA exam while building expertise in the practice areas most critical to accountants and financial professionals working in businesses and organizations. You'll sit for both parts of the CMA exam while you are enrolled in the program.
The CMA licensure track of the Graduate Certificate is open to applicants of all undergraduate majors with the completion of our 3 hour mini BootCamp.
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 that 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 on weeknights and half days on Saturdays, you’ll quickly get the knowledge you need to move forward in your career.
Master of Accountancy Program Outcomes
The Master of Accountancy degree program is designed to provide all knowledge and skills necessary to sit and pass both the CPA or CMA exam. Coursework ensures students gain the ability to practice accounting from the beginning of their career. Whatever pathway they choose, students are instilled with the qualifications and confidence to become an expert in the field.
Why Earn Your Master of Accountancy Degree at Lipscomb University?
CPAs and CMAs are in high-demand, but individuals need an advantage in experience to stand out among other candidates in the field. Our MAcc program provides multiple opportunities for students to gain experiences and skills that set them apart.
Students have access to mentorship through our Executives and Partner in-Residence program, which cannot be overstated in importance for networking and learning directly from real-world professionals. They are even guaranteed a busy season internship at the height of tax season for hands-on training and receive a global perspective through an International Taxation course.
Lipscomb continues to maintain its reputation for educating well-qualified accountants, and access to a vast network of successful and engaged alums in a variety of industries in Nashville. Everything we do is for the good of our students' futures.
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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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 www.wes.org.
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 is January 31.
Master of Accountancy Courses
Students pursuing a Master of Accountancy will embrace a rigorous curriculum designed to achieve a first-time pass for the CPA exam. Click below to view the courses required for this degree:
Master of Accountancy Concentrations Courses
Professional Accountancy Graduate Certificate
For those who do not want to complete the entire master's degree, the 12-hour certificate program provides the additional hours needed to sit for the CPA exam. Certificate students can shift to the MAcc or MBA program, but must notify the graduate business office of their intent to change programs and submit the appropriate paperwork. A minimum 3.00 GPA is required to shift programs, with the same admission requirements as the MAcc program.
Students take the following courses, which align with each section of the CPA exam to complete the Graduate Certificate:
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.
- $50 application fee and $195 graduation fee
- Program Fee