Resources and Support for Students, Faculty and Staff
Click here to learn more
Close
students discussing in a classroom
Graduate & Professional | In-Person

Master of Accountancy

The need for accountants is growing in every sector! Set yourself up for success in any industry working with clients in a variety of industries.

In This Section

Request Information

Loading...

Ready to Apply?

Start Your Application

Contact Us

Jack C. Massey College of Business

Carrie Finnegan
Graduate Recruiting & Admissions Counselor
615.460.6171
Email Carrie

Why Master of Accounting? 

The Master of Accountancy program prepares students to sit for the CPA exam and pursue careers in public or private accounting. The majority of MAcc courses are taken in the accounting department and elective classes are selected from the Massey School’s MBA course offerings. The program can be completed on a full or part-time basis, in as little as one or as many as three years.

Massey offers flexible scheduling to accommodate students’ professional and personal commitments, with most accounting courses offered yearly and some each semester. In addition, MAcc students with accounting degrees can begin the program in the fall, spring or summer semesters. Students with degrees outside accounting can begin in the summer semester with Summer Accounting Institute.

An additional characteristic that distinguishes the Massey Graduate School of Business is the personal attention given to each student’s learning needs and professional goals. Enrollments are managed to ensure small class sizes (an average of 25 students in core classes and 14 in electives) so that students have significant opportunities to interact with each professor and their peers. All faculty are deeply committed to ensuring that the learning environment is effective for each individual.

What You'll Learn 

  • Federal taxation as it applies to corporate formation, capital structure, operations, distributions, liquidations and reorganizations
  • In-depth study of financial accounting
  • IRS procedures that helps a student conduct a successful tax practice
  • Basic concepts involved with both international taxation, and state and local taxation
  • External reporting for governmental and not-for-profit organizations
  • Data mining and predictive analytics to solve business problems

Career Possibilities

  • Financial Controller
  • Senior Accountant
  • Senior Financial Analyst
  • Senior Auditor
  • Tax Accountant
  • Corporate Controller

Vin Phan

"I really benefited from the quality of the professors, especially because they all had industry experience in addition to academic pedigrees. They really get to know students and genuinely want them to succeed."

Vin Phan | MAcc '07 | Partner and National Practice Leader at BDO

Program Details

Curriculum

The MAcc program fulfills the State of Tennessee education mandates that require 150 hours of postsecondary coursework for candidates to qualify for the CPA examination.

The MAcc program requires 30 total hours of coursework.

See All Program Requirements

Courses You'll Take

Required Professional Core

ACC 6110: Professional Core - Tax

A study of federal taxation as it applies to corporate formation, capital structure, operations, distributions, liquidations and reorganizations.

ACC 6120: Professional Core - Audit

ACC 6130: Professional Core - Financial

This course is designed to be an in-depth study of financial accounting and will build on the skills already acquired in the undergraduate accounting curriculum.

Accounting Electives

Tax Compliance and Planning

ACC 6230: Taxation of Pass-Through Entities

A study of Federal taxation as it applies to pass-through entities and their owners. This course will cover the tax consequences of pass-through entity formation, operation, distributions to owners and liquidations.

ACC 6240: Tax Practice and Procedure

Presents knowledge of IRS procedures that helps a student conduct a successful tax practice. The course will use a considerable amount of tax research to help students learn these skills as well as oral and written communications of tax findings.

ACC 6270: Multijurisdictional Tax

This course covers the basic concepts involved with both international taxation, and state and local taxation. Within state and local taxation are the major three taxes in the US - property, sales/use and income taxation. Within the international arena, the course covers how the US taxes international transactions and taxpayers that have activities in multiple countries. Also within this arena is how other countries deal with these same issues.

ACC 6280: Government and Nonprofit Accounting

The focus of the course is on external reporting for governmental and not-for-profit organizations. Other issues, to include the Single Audit Act and taxation of tax-exempt organizations is also part of the coverage. This course builds on the concepts learned in Intermediate Accounting.

Information Systems & Controls

ACC 6310: Data Analytics for Accountants

This course provides accounting students with the knowledge needed to work with different types of data to efficiently solve business problems with appropriately controlled data analysis using spreadsheets, databases, business intelligence and visualization tools. This course is built from the premise that technology and data have changed the role of the accountant. This course is intended to provide students with an understanding of data analytic thinking and terminology as well as hands-on experience with data analytics tools and techniques.

BSA 6050: Database Modeling, Design and Analysis

This course provides students with skills that facilitate the effective use of database management systems. Key components of this course include relational data modeling along with database design, development and implementation. Students will query and analyze data using SQL to create useful insights and generate recommendations for action.

BSA 6820: Predictive Analytics

This course provides students a practical, hands-on learning environment focusing on data mining and predictive analytics to solve business problems. Students will prepare data, create and validate predictive models, and deploy those models to predict future events and uncover hidden patterns of behavior. Students will examine how data analysis technologies can be used to improve decision-making by studying the fundamental principles and techniques of data mining to develop data-analytic thinking.

Business Reporting & Analysis

ACC 6410: Financial Statement Analysis

Financial Statement Analysis (FSA) has the primary objective of preparing students, with reasonable study and analysis, to better understand a company through its publicly-available financial statements and related financial information. Particular emphasis is placed on students learning to assess and evaluate important aspects of a company, such as liquidity, asset management, profitability and capital structure.

ACC 6280: Government and Nonprofit Accounting

The focus of the course is on external reporting for governmental and not-for-profit organizations. Other issues, to include the Single Audit Act and taxation of tax-exempt organizations is also part of the coverage. This course builds on the concepts learned in Intermediate Accounting.

ACC 6310: Data Analytics for Accounting

This course provides accounting students with the knowledge needed to work with different types of data to efficiently solve business problems with appropriately controlled data analysis using spreadsheets, databases, business intelligence and visualization tools. This course is built from the premise that technology and data have changed the role of the accountant. This course is intended to provide students with an understanding of data analytic thinking and terminology as well as hands-on experience with data analytics tools and techniques.

Required Professionalism & Certifications: (3 hours)

ACC 6200: Leadership in the Accounting Profession

This course focuses on changes within the accounting profession and the leadership of individuals who are driving such changes. The course will assist students in understanding how to develop into a leader in their chosen profession. Industry leaders are used throughout the course to expose students to real leaders that can address common ethical dilemmas encountered by accountants.

ACC 6900: Accounting Internship

Students are given the opportunity to earn credit through an intensive internship with an area accounting firm or private business. Interns are engaged in specific accounting-type projects within the organization. A final paper is produced for review by the accounting faculty. An assigned professor must oversee the student's internship. Prior approval of the directing professor and coordinator of the accounting program is required.

ACC 6800: CPA Review

This course allows students to receive credit for completing portions of the Becker CPA Review program.

ACC 6990: Independent Study

The independent study course allows a student to work with an individual faculty member to explore in-depth a topic of particular interest to the student. An instructor must agree to direct and supervise the work and the Associate Dean must approve the plan.

Required Electives: (9 hours)

Electives may be chosen from Accounting courses or MBA courses for which the student meets the prerequisite requirements. For example, a student planning to start her career in internal audit with a healthcare company might select the Healthcare Technology and Analytics class from the Healthcare MBA program.

Summer Accounting Institute students must take the Accounting Information Systems class as one elective and may use other electives to take core business classes from the MBA courses.

ACC 6330: Accounting Information Systems

This course provides accounting students with knowledge needed for understanding business processes, controls and enterprise systems. By understanding how operational and financial information is created from business processes and the relevant risks and controls, students will have a framework for identifying and analyzing decision alternatives and performance. This course is required for Summer Accounting Institute students and should be taken in their first fall semester.

Massey's Master of Accountancy prerequisites includes 18 hours of undergraduate accounting coursework. The Summer Accounting Institute is designed and taught by Massey faculty members and completes all prerequisite coursework required for the MAcc program. 

SAI courses include the following subjects:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Cost Accounting
  • Tax Accounting
  • Audit Accounting
  • Excel Workshop
  • Career Planning

SAI courses are completed over 12 weeks in the summer and students attend classes on two weeknights and Saturdays during the program. Students who complete the Summer Accounting Institute earn 10 hours toward their CPA exam eligibility and hit the ground running, fully prepared for success in Massey’s MAcc program.

Learn more about the Summer Accounting Institute

 

The following items are required to complete the application:*

  1. Submit an application and a $58.00 fee through BusinessCAS
  2. Belmont does not charge an application fee.
  3. Upload a one-page essay on personal and professional goals
  4. Upload a current resume
  5. Send official university transcripts from schools you attended to BusinessCAS, NOT Belmont.
  6. Provide the names and email addresses of two recommenders. Recommendations are submitted through online links provided. We do not accept recommendations from family members, pastors, or friends because they may lack objectivity. 
  7. Optional - GMAT (or GRE) official score report (Encouraged, but not required)
  8. Interview - In-person OR via Zoom.

International Applicants that attended college outside the United States May also need to provide an official transcript evaluation and English Proficiency test score to BusinessCAS.  Belmont now accepts MANY English test options.  A full list of options for transcript evaluation companies and English testing options (as well as exceptions) can be found on the Belmont International Student Applicant page. If you are in F-1 status and have immigration questions, please contact Shauna Walsh in Belmont’s International Student and Scholar Services for more information at 615-460-6243 or shauna.walsh@belmont.edu.


Application Deadlines

Massey Graduate School of Business Application Deadlines for 2023

All prospective students should apply as soon as possible to complete their applications by the deadlines listed below. Your application must be completed and you must be accepted into the program to be considered for scholarships and graduate assistantships.

SPRING:   Completed Application Deadline - December 1, 2022 

SUMMER:  Completed Application Deadline - April 15, 2023 

FALL:  Completed Application Deadline - August 1, 2023 

For all Scholarship & GA Opportunities: You must be ADMITTED before March 1, 2023.

For All Scholarships: There is no separate scholarship application.

For Merit Scholarships: Submit a GMAT Score for best chances.

For Need-Based Scholarships: Submit the corresponding FAFSA Application for your academic year at the time you apply. Please note, that graduate students do NOT use their parent's income for FAFSA, so it benefits you to submit this, even if you have no intentions of using student loans. Learn more on the Graduate Tuition & Aid website.

For Diversity Scholarships: No additional information is needed beyond completing the demographic information on your application for admission.

You’ll learn far beyond the classroom at Belmont. Here are just a few of the opportunities in store for you:

  • Engage in monthly professional development events
  • Attend lectures featuring top business professionals
  • Travel to Budapest, Buenos Aires, Dubai, Prague or another international destination as part of our Global Practicum
  • Complete a professional field experience
  • Get customized career guidance from the Jack C. Massey College of Business Career Development Center

Belmont University’s MBA programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the premier agency for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in business administration and accounting.

Fewer than 5 percent of business schools worldwide achieve AACSB accreditation, and Belmont is the only private college or university in Tennessee that is accredited by AACSB International for BBA, MBA and accounting programs.

Request Information

Contact Us

Jack C. Massey College of Business

Carrie Finnegan
Graduate Recruiting & Admissions Counselor
615.460.6171
Email Carrie