Degree Requirements for College of Business and Public Affairs

The College of Business and Public Affairs offers two master's level non-thesis programs of graduate study: the Master of Accountancy (M.Ac.) and the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.). Both programs are open to any holder of a baccalaureate degree from a four-year college or university, regardless of the undergraduate field of study, and provide the theoretical and conceptual foundations for those who may later pursue a doctoral degree.

The M.Ac. program is designed to prepare students for professional accounting careers in public practice, industry, and government. In addition, this program will satisfy the 150-hour requirement to sit for the CPA examination in the State of Tennessee and will facilitate successful performance on the CMA, CIA, and other professional accounting examinations.

The M.B.A. is designed to prepare individuals for responsible managerial positions by providing background in the major functional areas of business operations. Curriculum emphasis is placed on the development of managerial generalists. The M.B.A. is a widely recognized professional degree targeted toward those who occupy or aspire to mid-level and senior-level positions.

Both programs are geared for the part-time student, and consequently most classes are offered at night. While sufficient courses are available each term for a student to be enrolled full-time, the timing, sequence, and amount of offerings are dictated by the needs of those progressing through the program as part-time students.

Currently, there are more than 20 graduate faculty members in the College of Business and Public Affairs. Students must satisfy the university general requirements and the following requirements specific to the degree.

Master of Accountancy (4050) -- 30 Hours Required

Six of the following courses (18 semester hours) should be selected with the advice and consent of the student’s advisor:

Elective Courses—Three (nine hours) non-accounting courses should be selected with the advice and consent of the student’s advisor.

Management 790 Strategic Management and Business Policy (3) must be taken during last semester.

In addition to the above requirements, a M.Ac. graduate is required to have earned credit at either the graduate or undergraduate upper-division level in at least the following:

Master of Business Administration (4060) -- 30 Hours Required

The student must take each of the following required courses:

Elective Courses—The student may choose any 700-level course offered by the College of Business and Public Affairs unless specifically excluded in the course description. (9 hours)

Course offerings and course descriptions can be found in the "Course Descriptions" section of the catalog. Courses are offered in accounting, business administration, business law, economics, finance, information systems, management, and marketing.