• NASBA is among the professional organizations represented at career events
  • Numerous professional organizations give students a head start on their careers
  • At MTSU, tutors in the accounting lab are ready to help
  • Many undergraduates go on to earn a Master of Accountancy (MAcc) degree
  • Beta Alpha Psi members regularly hear guest speakers from industry
  • Meet the Firms annual networking
    event for accounting majors
  • Tutors help students with course work
    in the
    accounting lab
  • Graduate students give presentations
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    CPE Day attendees

Accounting, B.B.A.

Business fuels the engine of global commerce, and accounting is commonly called the “language of business.” To be a successful communicator in any field, one must speak the language of that discipline. Thousands of years ago, the language of accounting was simpler but nonetheless applicable in a primitive society that recorded the growth of crops and herds. Modern accounting methods may be more sophisticated, but mastery of the language common to all business disciplines remains imperative. At MTSU, students have the flexibility to tailor their accounting studies to help meet personal goals.

A link between campus and career

A link between campus and career

Jim Biagini, an MTSU accounting graduate, has 22 years of experience in accounting and auditing. He is a director with Deloitte Tennessee Audit Practice and continues to lead the firm's recruiting efforts on the MTSU campus. When Jim was a student, he was president of Beta Alpha Psi. With his background and knowledge, he provides that critical link between a student's current career preparation and his or her future success.

A program recognized internationally

A program recognized internationally

The Jennings A. Jones College of Business holds the coveted accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. That designation is synonymous with quality and excellence. In addition, the college's Department of Accounting recently received reaffirmation of its accreditation from the AACSB. This is an additional departmental reaccreditation, making it one of only 178 university accounting programs worldwide with that distinction and signifying top-drawer faculty who put teaching first.

MTSU offers a high-quality accounting program that is well respected in the business community. Many different employers visit the MTSU campus each year to recruit accounting majors, and our graduates are employed in a variety of settings. Examples include

  • Accounting information systems
  • Auditing firms
  • Banking/investment firms
  • Consulting agencies
  • Criminal investigation
  • Education
  • Entertainment industry
  • Industry
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Public accounting firms
  • Sports operations
  • Tax preparation businesses
  • Technology development

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • AmSurg
  • Carr Riggs & Ingram
  • Comptroller's Office, State of Tennessee
  • Crosslin & Associates
  • Crowe Horwath
  • Defense Contract Audit Agency
  • Deloitte
  • Dempsey Vantrease & Follis
  • Ernst & Young
  • Faulkner Mackie & Cochran
  • HCA Internal Audit
  • Jobe Hastings
  • KPMG
  • Kraft CPAs
  • LBMC, PC
  • Maggart & Associates
  • NHC
  • Pricewaterhouse Coopers
  • Puryear Hamilton Hausman & Wood
  • Winnett and Associates

For additional information about career opportunities in accounting, visit:

The Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A) degree with a major in Accounting is designed to provide the student with a well-rounded education in both business and liberal arts. The accounting degree also can help those students who wish to pursue the following professional certifications: Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, and Certified Information Systems Auditor.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

Undergraduate minors are offered in Accounting, Accounting/Information Systems, and Business Law.

Graduate students can pursue the Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.) degree in Accounting.

There is a graduate minor in Accounting.

Accounting

ACTG 2110 - Principles of Accounting I
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: A college-level math course; ENGL 1010; sophomore standing. Financial accounting for proprietorships and partnerships with emphasis on the accounting cycle for service and merchandising organizations. Additional topics include accounting for receivables; inventories; property, plant, and equipment; and current liabilities. (Not open to students with credit in ACTG 3000.)

ACTG 2120 - Principles of Accounting II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ACTG 2110. A continuation of financial accounting concepts with emphasis on debt and equity structures, the statement of cash flows, and ratio analysis. Managerial accounting topics include job, standard- and activity-based costing, cost/volume/profit (CVP) analysis, and budgeting. (Not open to students with credit in ACTG 2125 or ACTG 3000.) [Same as TBR Community Colleges ACCT 1020.]

ACTG 2125 - Principles of Accounting II for Accounting Majors
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ACTG 2110 with a minimum grade of C. Reporting for corporations with emphasis on issues relating to debt and equity, the Statement of Cash Flows, reporting for manufacturing companies, and other issues related to the profession of accounting. (Not open to students with credit in ACTG 2120.)

ACTG 3000 - Survey of Accounting for General Business
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: A college-level math course; ENGL 1010; sophomore standing. Accounting cycle given minor emphasis; financial statement analysis and managerial uses of accounting given major emphasis. May be used for general business minors or M.B.A. candidates who have had no previous accounting courses. (Not open to Accounting majors and students with credit in ACTG 2110 and ACTG 2120.)

ACTG 3020 - Managerial Accounting
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ACTG 2120 or ACTG 3000; junior standing; admission into the College of Business. Analysis of costs of products and services, recognition of quantitative techniques relating to management objectives, overview of master budgeting, and planning and control techniques. Designed for nonaccounting majors. (Not open to students with credit in ACTG 3310 or Accounting majors.)

ACTG 3110 - Intermediate Accounting I
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ACTG 2110 with minimum grade of C;  ACTG 2125 or ACTG 3000 with minimum grade of C; MATH 1630; GPA of at least 2.00; junior standing; admission into the College of Business; passing grade on departmental admission exam. Introduction to professional accounting standards and financial statement preparation. Review of the accounting cycle. Extensive coverage of time value of money concepts and accounting for and reporting of current assets; current liabilities; and property, plant, and equipment.

ACTG 3120 - Intermediate Accounting II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ACTG 3110 with minimum grade of C and admission into the College of Business. Continuation of Intermediate Accounting I with professional accounting standards and financial statement preparation. Extensive coverage of accounting for and reporting of investments, long-term liabilities, owners' equity and related issues, revenue recognition, accounting changes and errors, and cash flows.

ACTG 3310 - Cost Accounting
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:ACTG 2120 or ACTG 2125 with minimum grade of C; MATH 1630 or MATH 1910; INFS 2200 or CSCI 1150; junior standing; admission into the College of Business. Determine costs of products or services, apply quantitative concepts relating to management objectives, prepare master budgets, and perform various techniques for planning and controlling in a business environment.

ACTG 4310 - Advanced Cost Accounting
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ACTG 3310 with minimum grade of C; BIA 2610 or MATH 1530; admission into the College of Business. In-depth analysis of costs; quantitative concepts relating to management objectives, control, and planning. Cost analysis and management accounting practices and problems using a variety of problem sets, statistical techniques, case studies, computer applications, and other materials.

ACTG 4420 - Accounting Internship
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Senior standing or consent of advisor; a plan of activities with the associated firm prior to registration; admission into the College of Business. Active employment with an accounting firm, governmental agency, or business firm for accounting field work; credit given for experience and research upon completion of acceptable work and formal report. (Not counted as part of 24-hour Accounting major requirements.) Pass/Fail.

ACTG 4510 - Accounting Systems
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ACTG 2120 or  ACTG 2125 or ACTG 3000 with minimum grade of C; INFS 2200 or CSCI 1150; junior standing; admission into the College of Business. An introduction to accounting information systems in a variety of technological environments. Emphasis on business process modeling, accounting cycle controls, and database design and implementation.

ACTG 4530 - Individual Income Tax
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ACTG 2120 or ACTG 3000 with minimum grade of C; junior standing; admission into the College of Business. Addressed to a determination of taxable income for individuals; federal income tax returns and research methods.

ACTG 4550 - Introduction to Federal Income Tax
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ACTG 3110 with minimum grade of C or consent of instructor and admission into the College of Business. Federal income tax concepts applicable to business entities (C corporations, S corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, and sole proprietorships) and individuals. Emphasizes the role taxes play in business and investment decisions.

ACTG 4610 - Governmental Accounting and Reporting
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ACTG 3120 with minimum grade of C and admission into the College of Business. State and local government accounting principles and procedures; classifications of accounts for budgetary and financial reporting; accounting for revenues and expenditures or expenses; reporting for funds and the governmental entity; and auditing the governmental entity.

ACTG 4620 - External Auditing I
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ACTG 3120 and ACTG 4510 with minimum grade of C. Applications of theory and principles of external auditing. Includes audit planning, risk assessment, evaluations of internal controls and evidence, substantive audit procedures applied to business processes, and preparation of audit reports. (Recommended for CPA exam candidates.)

ACTG 4640 - Internal Auditing
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ACTG 3120 and ACTG 4510 with a minimum grade of C; BIA 3620; and admission to the College of Business. Application of internal auditing concepts. Includes gathering and analyzing company data, assessing risk, applying professional and ethical standards, performing statistical sampling, and preparing internal audit reports. (Recommended for CIA exam candidates.)

ACTG 4650 - Financial Accounting Standards
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ACTG 3120 with minimum grade of C and admission to the College of Business. Analysis of propositions, axioms, theorems, controversial accounting concepts, and authoritative statements and research on accounting principles.

ACTG 4680 - Forensic Accountancy and Fraud Auditing
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ACTG 4620 or ACTG 4640 with minimum grade of C or approval of department chair and admission into the College of Business. The practice of forensic accounting, i.e., nontraditional investigative aspects of accountancy (e.g., litigation support, business interruptions, etc.); emphasis on fraud prevention and the detection of fraudulent intent to obtain improper individual or group gains.

ACTG 4840 - Study Abroad
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ACTG 3110 and ACTG 3310 with a C or better; junior standing; admission into the Jones College of Business. A short-term international business education experience designed to expose the student to the economic, political, cultural, and social environments of a foreign country(ies). Emphasis on the international state/status of the subject matter pertinent to the accounting discipline.

ACTG 4980 - Independent Study in Accounting
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Senior standing; 3.00 overall GPA; consent of department chair; and admission into the College of Business. Accounting research or project in contemporary problem areas under direct faculty supervision. Aggregate credits allowable toward a degree may not exceed 3 hours under 4980 courses.

Contact and Student Information

Violet Rigsby
violet.rigsby@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2558
Fax | 615-898-5839

Lower Division Students, 0-60 hours

Amber Bollinger
Amber.Bollinger@mtsu.edu
615-898-2327 | BAS N245

Kayli Jacobs
Kayli.Jacobs@mtsu.edu
615-494-8995 | BAS N243

Joshua Sampson
Joshua.Sampson@mtsu.edu
615-898-5294 | BAS N241

Danielle Swartz-Koufman
Danielle.Swartz-Koufman@mtsu.edu
615-904-8563 | BAS N246

Emily Yttri
Emily.Yttri@mtsu.edu
615-494-8632 | BAS N232

Upper Division Students, 61+ hours

Paula Calahan
Paula.Calahan@mtsu.edu
615-898-2328 | BAS N246

Amie Donahue
Amie.Donahue@mtsu.edu
615-494-7644 | BAS N240

Gretchen Leming
Gretchen.Leming@mtsu.edu
615-898-5463 | BAS N230B

Department of Accounting
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1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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