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Program Overview

Program Overview

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.

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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.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Prerequisites

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 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

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 & 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

Types of Aid

100%

Job placement rate

CPA Exam

First time pass rate significantly above the national average.

Networking

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.

Nashville

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.

Alumni and Student Stories

Aneela Rajaram

Aneela Rajaram - Graduate Certificate of Accountancy ('17)

“I learned from a colleague that if one is seeking a business degree in Nashville, Lipscomb was the place to go because of their reputation in the business community. I found the registration process at Lipscomb to be unusual; I was amazed by the level of personalization. I had an appointment, a dedicated counselor and someone to accompany me to each of the offices I needed to get ready for my first day of classes. During my time at Lipscomb, the shared service [I worked for] was restructured, and I was serving as manager of internal control. When I completed my studies at Lipscomb, I was promoted to senior manager of that group. Today, my current role is assistant director of the governance group.”

Deanie Pedigo Chaudoin

Deanie Pedigo Chaudoin - MAcc ('21)

“As I have begun my career, I have seen a direct correlation of assignments given in my MAcc program to tasks given in my job. During my graduate studies, I learned how to ask thoughtful questions, how to be disciplined in my goals, and how to network with other professionals. My graduate education pushed me to pass my CPA before starting my first job. If I wouldn’t have done the MAcc program, I know I would have started my job with parts still to take, starting my career on a bad foot. During my time in the MAcc program, I gained relationships with my professors that I cherish. They became mentors, advocates, cheerleaders, and counselors. They continue to cheer me on in my career and push me in a growth mindset.”

Nathan Morgan

Nathan Morgan - MAcc ('20)

“The program prepared me to be more outspoken in the work environment. I work in audit, and I am coordinating and speaking with clients and other team members at many moments of every work day. The programs at Lipscomb helped me to not only be less timid in these interactions, but also make me more confident to lead discussions with clients and team members. Before my first Meet the Firms event, Suzanne Sager took time to sit down with me and review my resume and make sure that it was ready for employers’ eyes. The care that she took to help me make sure that my resume was ready to go is something that I still remember as an important part of my college experience.”

Buck Sheesley

Buck Sheesley - Current MAcc student

“While I'm still working my way through the program, a Master's of Accountancy will be an accomplishment I didn't know if I would realize. Being a parent and having a full time job, the prospect of attempting a master's degree and balancing personal and work life seemed overwhelming. I had to overcome the fear of failure and am continuing to eliminate doubt I had in myself as I work through the program. The support I received on the front end made the process much less intimidating. The program is also helping me professionally. As an accountant in the real estate industry, the classes build upon the knowledge and experience I already have to further understanding of financial reporting, auditing, Information Technology as well as other areas accounting touches. The program is offering me the opportunity to advance my career with my current company instead of changing jobs to continue growing.”

Nolan Ray

Nolan Ray - MAcc ('20)

“I would encourage current and prospective students to engage with their classmates and professors, rather than just being there to get a degree. I created relationships at Lipscomb that lasted well beyond my year there. The sense of community at Lipscomb is unique and something that I am thankful that I was able to be a part of. Every professor I had at Lipscomb was, and still is, willing to help me should I need anything. I just want to reiterate how thankful I am to the professors for being so willing to help me succeed in all aspects of my life, not just in accounting. They were all so genuine in that they just wanted what was best for me. I never felt like just another student. Thank you for everything!”

Small Class Size

approximately 25 per cohort

Our Faculty

  • Mark Jobe headshot

    Mark Jobe

    Associate Professor

    Mark Jobe is a native Mississippian. He was born in Elvis Presley's home town, reared in the rolling hills of northeast Mississippi, and educated at Ole Miss. Shortly after graduation,...

    Meet Mark Jobe
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    Perry Moore

    Professor and Director, Graduate Business Programs

    Dr. Perry Moore is the Charles E. Frasier Professor of Accountancy and Director of Accreditation at Lipscomb University's Pfeffer Graduate School of Business. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a...

    Meet Perry Moore
  • Marcy Binkley headshot

    Marcy Binkley

    Assistant Professor

    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...

    Meet Marcy Binkley
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    Jeff Jewell

    Accounting Department Chair

    Jeff was born in Bloomington, Indiana, but grew up in Searcy, Arkansas, where both of his parents were professors at Harding University. Jeff earned his BA in history from Harding,...

    Meet Jeff Jewell
  • Tim Creel headshot

    Tim Creel

    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Tim Creel is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at Lipscomb University. He is a CPA, Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified in Corporate Strategy and Analysis (CSCA), and a Certified...

    Meet Tim Creel

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

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

Financial Managers

Advise and direct businesses as Financial Managers through data analysis in order to maximize profit and financial health of an organization.