Become an Accountant

Accounting is the “language of business,” because of its strong emphasis on financial reporting, international business, financial analysis and management decision-making. Organizations are looking for leaders who can analyze and interpret information to provide key solutions, unique ideas and positive outcomes. In other words, firms want smart, well-rounded business communicators who possess the skills needed to generate success.

You might be surprised where this degree can take you. Your first step in a career in accounting is to obtain an undergraduate degree. Learn more.

Once you earn your accounting degree, you might choose, like many others, to sit for the CPA exam and become an accountant. We're here to help you accomplish that, too. To qualify to sit for the CPA Exam in Tennessee, you must:

  • have a college degree from an accredited four-year college or university
  • have 150 credit hours, of which 30 must be in accounting, and 24 in business

So, if you're next step is to become a CPA, you have several options to reach your career goals.

If you have an accounting undergraduate degree...and want to be a CPA, earn your master's in accounting, a 30-hour program offered evenings, which will qualify you for more professional career opportunities, better upward mobility and higher compensation. Learn more.

If you have an undergraduate degree, but not in accounting or business...take our Accounting Boot Camp program, a nine-hour upper level Integrated Accounting Seminar course, designed to fast-track you through the prerequisites in preparation for the MAcc and to sit for the CPA Exam. Learn more.

If you didn't graduate with an undergraduate degree, but have hours in accounting...advance your career with an undergraduate Certificate in Accountancy. Accounting courses are offered evenings through our Adult Degree Program, and depending on your current accounting hours, may provide you with the necessary hours to sit for the CPA Exam. Learn more.

If you are planning your undergraduate coursework...consider our Joint MAcc degree, a BBA/MAcc degree for undergraduate accounting majors seeking to gain the hours needed to sit for the CPA Exam. Most students complete this degree in four-and-a-half years, earning both an undergraduate and master's degree. Email us at to learn more.