University of Tennessee

Master of Accountancy

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Haslam’s Master of Accountancy has held a national reputation for decades, preparing students for professional careers in public accounting including the ability to navigate a wide range of business environments.

The program prepares students for top-tier careers in assurance, taxes, financial transactions and advisory services in 10 months of study.

Haslam’s MAcc has a 100% placement rate and the top CPA pass rate among Tennessee public institutions. Students who attend the program network with leaders in the field through the Neel Corporate Governance Speaker Series and go on to work at one of the Big Four accounting firms. Enrolling in Haslam’s MAcc is a 10-month commitment starting each fall that launches a stellar accounting career.

Duration: 10 months

Location: Knoxville, Tennessee

Start Date: Fall semester

Placement Statistics

  • Approximately 100 graduates per year
  • 100% Job Placement
  • 78% at national public firms
  • ¾ of class find jobs in the region
  • More than half go to Big Four firms


  • Audit and Controls
  • Information Management
  • Taxation

Taught by some of the country’s top researchers in the field.

Neel Corporate Governance Speaker Series

The Neel Corporate Governance Center Speaker Series brings national experts to campus for lectures and networking. Past speakers include leaders of public accounting firms, audit committee members, Chief Financial Officers, PCAOB board members, SEC commissioners and institutional investors.

Typical Class Profile

  • Confirmed: 81
  • Male: 56%
  • Female: 44%
  • Avg. GPA: 3.55

Admissions contact:

Ashley Sams


CPA Pass Rate for Tennessee Publics (NASBA 2020)


among U.S. public universities

2019 Public Accounting Report Top Master’s Accounting Programs


CPA Pass Rate nationwide for large candidate universities (NASBA 2020)

Career Development

The Haslam MAcc program has a high placement rate.

The Warren Slagle Accounting Day is a tradition spanning more than 40 years. The event brings together hundreds of alumni, students and friends of the Haslam accounting and information management programs to network.

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MAcc students are invited to attend the Neel Corporate Governance Speaker Series each semester. The Speaker Series introduces experts in topics that students will face in an evolving profession. Past speakers include leaders of public accounting firms, audit committee members, Chief Financial Officers, PCAOB board members, SEC commissioners, and institutional investors.

All Haslam MAcc students complete an internship as part of their degree, and many participate in several internships before enrolling in the program.

MAcc Alumni are represented at organizations including:

Burkhart & Company
Crowe Horwath
Dixon Hughes
Ernst & Young
Georgia Pacific
Other Industry
Other Public Accounting
Pershing Yoakley
Pugh & Co.
Tenn. State Audit



Coulter & Justus, PC

Crowe LLP



Eastman Chemical


Georgia Pacific

Grant Thornton




Kraft CPAs


Pershing Yoakley Associates (PYA)


Pugh CPAs

Rodefer Moss & Co. PLLC


Strategic Security Solutions (S3)

State of Tennessee Office of the Comptroller

Tarwater & Co.

Whitlock & Co.


Applications for the Masters of Accountancy program are submitted through the University of Tennessee’s Graduate School. However, Haslam has application requirements specific to the MAcc.

Key Dates
January 15: Priority Deadline to be considered for graduate assistantships, fellowships and scholarships
February 1: Deadline for International Students
March 1: Deadline for Domestic Students

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The admission decision is based on all factors that make up the total application, with consideration given to factors such as:

1. Academic record

2. Scores on the GMAT (unless waived), and TOEFL/IELTS for non-native English speakers 

3. Internships and/or work experience 

4. Letter of Recommendation

Students with an accounting degree from an accredited baccalaureate degree program normally meet prerequisite requirements.

With prior approval from the MAcc director, students with strong undergraduate records in other academic areas/majors may qualify for admission by completing specified prerequisite course work in accounting, information management and business. Any prerequisites must be completed prior to starting the MAcc program.

Depending on background and desired concentration, required prerequisite courses may be in the following areas (or their equivalent): financial accounting, auditing, taxation, information systems and analytics. Please reach out to the MAcc director for details.

Prerequisite courses (or equivalent) include:
Accounting 203 Introduction to Financial Accounting
Accounting 204 Cost Management
Accounting 311 Financial Reporting and Analysis
Accounting 411 Introduction to Auditing
Accounting 414 Advanced Financial Reporting
Accounting 431 Federal Income Taxation
Information Management 341 Business Process Analysis

Additional courses may be required depending on the student’s academic background.

Haslam undergraduate accounting majors are exempt from the GMAT requirement. This waiver also applies to students who take the prescribed accounting prerequisites above the principle level at Haslam. Please use school code 1843 to submit your official scores.

For applicants whose native language is not English, the MAcc requires submission of a TOEFL or IELTS score. Please visit the University of Tennessee’s Graduate School Admission Requirements website for more information.


Core Curriculum

ACCT 504 Analytics and Disruptive Technologies I
ACCT 507 Financial Reporting


Audit & Controls

ACCT 518 Professional Standards
ACCT 535 Entity Taxation


Information Management

ACCT 518 Professional Standards
INMT 540 IT Governance



ACCT 530 Tax Research
ACCT 531 Tax Strategy, Entity Taxation

Core Curriculum

ACCT 508 Business Combinations
ACCT 593  Ind. Research in Acct


Audits & Controls and Information Management

INMT 543 Cybersecurity
INMT 544 Corporate Applications



ACCT 532 Corporate Tax, Reorgs
ACCT 533 Tax of Partnerships, S Corps

Audit & Controls

ACCT 509 Analytics and Disruptive Technologies II
ACCT 522 Valuation


Information Management

ACCT 509 Analytics and Disruptive Technologies II
INMT 548 IT Operations



ACCT 522 Valuation
ACCT 539  Multi-Jurisdiction Tax Planning/Policy

Tuition & Financial Aid

U.S. News & World Report recently ranked the University of Tennessee among the top 10 best buys in higher education. Forbes also ranked Knoxville as having the second lowest cost of living of all U.S. cities. An up-to-date schedule of tuition and fees for in- and out-of-state students can be found at OneStop.

Tuition and fees listed on the graduate school’s website do not include room, board, books and supplies or other living expenses. Estimates for other costs include:

  • MAcc Program Fee: $6,000 total (payable $2,400 in fall/spring, $1,200 summer)
  • Becker CPA Exam Prep Fee: $3,400
  • School Supplies: $600 total
  • Computer: $1,500-2,000 total
  • Recommended parking pass: $182 per year
  • Rent: $400-$900 per month
  • Health Insurance: $1,884 total

Students are expected to have a laptop computer for use in the program. Additional details concerning the hardware and software configurations required are posted on the departmental website.

The Department of Accounting and Information Management awards scholarships on the basis of academic achievement and professional promise. Additional assistantships and fellowships offered through the university have varying eligibility requirements. No additional paperwork is required for these assistantships, fellowships or departmental scholarships, simply check the appropriate boxes on your admissions application.

Students also should apply for scholarships provided by the Tennessee Society of CPAs.

Learn about federal student loans and other need-based financial aid for graduate students at the OneStop. Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by February 1.


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Upcoming Events

The graduate program staff maintains an active schedule of recruiting events and seeks to meet with prospective students in order to discuss next steps, provide initial feedback on candidacies, and help with the application process.

For more information contact us.

Ashley Sams
Assistant Director of Admissions, Graduate Business Programs
(865) 974-8696