Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about MTSU’s Accounting Programs:

Questions Regarding the Accounting Profession:


 How can I determine the name of my advisor?

Students majoring in accounting are assigned an accounting faculty member as an advisor. You can determine the name of your advisor by checking your Pipeline account or by contacting Violet Rigsby at (615) 898-2558.

 If I have additional questions about MTSU’s accounting programs, how can I get more information?

For additional information about undergraduate programs, contact Violet Rigsby at (615) 898-2558. For information about graduate accounting programs, contact Dr. John Wermert at (615) 898-2357.

 Is it important to become professionally certified?

Becoming professionally certified often has many benefits, including better advancement opportunities, greater compensation, better career mobility, and enhanced reputation or stature within the profession.

 What types of professional certifications exist?

Many different professional certifications exist. Some of the most popular certifications include CPA (Certified Public Accountant), CMA (Certified Management Accountant), CIA (Certified Internal Auditor), CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner), and CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor). For more information about these certifications, click on the following links:

 What are the requirements to become a CPA?

The requirements for becoming a CPA vary by state and students should check with the State Board of Accountancy in the state they intend to become certified to determine the applicable requirements. For the Tennessee State Board of Accountancy, click here. The NASBA (The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy) web site includes contact information for most other State Boards of Accountancy (click on “links” once the NASBA web page loads).

 Am I required to obtain a Master’s degree to become a CPA in Tennessee?

No. Like many other states, Tennessee requires 150 semester hours from an accredited college or university. This need not include a Master’s degree. However, with careful planning, it is often possible and desirable for students to obtain their masters degree while accumulating the required 150 semester hours of coursework to sit for the CPA exam.

 Where do I apply to take the CPA exam?

Information and an application to take the CPA examination may be obtained by calling 1-800-CPA-EXAM/1-800-272-3926 or by logging onto

 Where can I get materials to help prepare me for the CPA exam?

Many different companies sell and distribute CPA examination review materials, including:

MTSU does not endorse a particular CPA review product, and students should make their own evaluations of the materials before purchasing.

Becker CPA Exam offers a $400 discount for all current MTSU students and recent alumni. Please visit to register and chose MTSU as your institution name to receive the discount. Please contact your local Becker Account Manager for questions - Amy Johnson,, 615-482-2659.

The Department of Accounting does have an agreement with Gleim Publications that allows students to order their CPA Review materials at a discount by using a special student link at: or by calling them at (800) 874-5346. In addition, Gleim’s CPA review software is available in the College of Business Computer Lab.