Tennessee Tech business graduates looking to further their education and get help with the Certified Public Accountant exam can now do that at their alma mater.
A Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program, the first and only program of its kind in the state, was approved by the Tech Board of Trustees and launched this past fall.
Taylor Thompson, who recently earned an accounting degree at Tech, is one of the first students who signed up for the MAcc.
“When I found out the program was happening, I was happy to know I could continue the professional relationship with my professors. They have become mentors to me, and I couldn’t ask for a better faculty,” Thompson said. “With the curriculum, it increases the chances of passing the CPA exam as well.”
“The creation and delivery of the MAcc is in line with our strategic priorities to create new programs of study that serve the needs of business, increase student and faculty engagement with the professional community, and provide graduates with a wide variety of relevant skills and abilities,” said Thomas Payne, Dean of the College of Business.
“We believe that this program is a game-changer for our program,” said Richard Rand, chairman of the accounting department. “Adding a master’s degree to our already successful and highly respected undergraduate accounting program leverages our capabilities and allows us to offer a full range of professional education and preparation to our students.”
Rand also believes the program gives Tech students access to a broader job market and raises the visibility of the program.
Tech’s Master of Accountancy is a 30-hour program with a one-year or two-year track. It was designed to allow students to simultaneously earn a master’s degree and sit for the CPA exam. It includes online coursework with on-campus residency experiences while providing CPA exam preparation and professional interaction.