Accounting Degrees in Tennessee

Belmont University

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1900 Belmont Blvd
(615) 460-6000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Business with a concentration in Accounting, Masters of Accountancy

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Bethel University

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325 Cherry Ave
(731) 352-4000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting, Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Carson-Newman College

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1646 S Russell Ave
(865) 471-2000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Chattanooga State Community College

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4501 Amnicola Hwy
(423) 697-4400

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science in Accounting Technology

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Christian Brothers University

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650 East Parkway South
(901) 321-3000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Cumberland University

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1 Cumberland Square
(615) 444-2562

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP)

Daymar Institute-Clarksville

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1860 Wilma Rudolph Blvd.
(931) 552-7600

Institution Type:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bookkeeping Certificate, Associate degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)

Daymar Institute-Murfreesboro

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415 Golden Bear Court
(615) 217-9347

Institution Type:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bookkeeping Certificate, Associate degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)

Daymar Institute-Nashville

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340 Plus Park Blvd
(615) 361-7555

Institution Type:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bookkeeping Certificate, Associate degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)

DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management-Tennessee

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6401 Poplar Avenue
(901) 537-2560

Institution Type:

4-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting, Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Accounting & Financial Management, Graduate Certificate in Accounting, Graduate Certificate in CPA Preparation

Accrediting Agency:

The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

East Tennessee State University

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807 University Pky
(423) 439-1000

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Accountancy, Master of Accountancy

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Freed-Hardeman University

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158 E Main St
(800) 348-3481

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, Master of Business Administration with a concentration in accounting, Dual B.B.A./M.B.A. in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

ITT Technical Institute-Cordova

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7260 Goodlett Farms Parkway
(901) 381-0200

Institution Type:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Online Degree Programs: Associate of Applied Science in Business Accounting Technology, Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Business Accounting Technology, Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, Licensed by the Mississippi Commission on Proprietary School and College Registration

ITT Technical Institute-Nashville

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2845 Elm Hill Pike
(615) 889-8700

Institution Type:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Online Degree Programs: Associate of Applied Science in Business Accounting Technology, Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Business Accounting Technology, Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools

King College

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1350 King College Rd
(423) 968-1187

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, Bachelor of Arts in Business with an Accounting specialization

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs

Lee University

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1120 N Ocoee St
(423) 614-8000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs

Lincoln Memorial University

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6965 Cumberland Gap Pky
(423) 869-7089

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Lipscomb University

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One University Park Drive
(615) 966-1000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Certificate in Accountancy, Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, Master of Accountancy (MAcc), Dual BBA/MAcc

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Martin Methodist College

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433 West Madison Street
(931) 363-9800

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Middle Tennessee State University

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1301 East Main Street
(615) 898-2300

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Accounting, Master of Accountancy

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Miller-Motte Technical College-Clarksville

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1820 Business Park Dr
(931) 553-0071

Institution Type:

2-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Applied Science in Accounting degree

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)

Milligan College

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1 Blowers Blvd.
(423) 461-8700

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting, Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with an Applied Finance and Accounting major

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Nashville State Community College

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120 White Bridge Rd
(615) 353-3333

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Accounting Technology Technical Certificate, Associate of Applied Science in Computer Accounting, Associate of Science in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

National College of Business and Technology-Nashville

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1638 Bell Road
(615) 333-3344

Institution Type:

2-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Accounting Diploma, Accounting Office Assistant Diploma, Associate degree in Business Administration Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools

Northeast State Community College

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2425 Hwy 75
(423) 323-3191

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting (Tennessee Transfer Pathway), Accounting Technology Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs

Pellissippi State Community College

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10915 Hardin Valley Road
(865) 694-6400 x6526

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Computer Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Rhodes College

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2000 North Parkway
(901) 843-3000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

South College

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3904 Lonas Road
(865) 251-1800

Institution Type:

4-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Science in Accounting, Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Southern Adventist University

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4881 Taylor Cir
(423) 236-2000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting, Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education

Southwest Tennessee Community College

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737 Union Avenue
(901) 333-5000

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Accountancy Technical Certificate, Associate of Applied Science Degree in Accountancy, Associate of Applied Science Degree in Accountancy with a Computer Concentration, Associate degree in Accountancy (Tennessee Transfer Pathway)

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Strayer University-Tennessee

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2620 Thousand Oaks Blvd Ste 1100
(901) 369-0835

Institution Type:

4-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate in Arts in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Master of Science in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Tennessee State University

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3500 John A. Merritt Blvd
(615) 963-5111

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting, Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Tennessee Technological University

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1 William L. Jones Drive
(931) 372-3223

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting, Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Tennessee Temple University

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1815 Union Ave
(423) 493-4100

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools

Tennessee Wesleyan College

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204 East College Street
(423) 745-7504

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

The University of Tennessee

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527 Andy Holt Tower
(865) 974-1000

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting, Master of Accountancy

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

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615 McCallie Ave
(423) 425-4111

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting, Master of Accountancy

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

The University of Tennessee-Martin

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University Street
(731) 881-7000

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Business with a major in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Trevecca Nazarene University

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333 Murfreesboro Rd
(615) 248-1200

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting, Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Professional Accountancy

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Union University

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1050 Union University Dr
(731) 668-1818

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

University of Memphis

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Southern Avenue
(901) 678-2000

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Accounting, Master of Science in Accounting, Ph.D. concentration in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

University of Phoenix-Chattanooga Campus

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1208 Pointe Centre Dr
(423) 499-2500

Institution Type:

4-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Arts with a concentration in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Accounting, Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting, Master of Science in Accountancy

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission, Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

University of Phoenix-Memphis Campus

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65 Germantown Court
(901) 751-1086

Institution Type:

4-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Arts with a concentration in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Accounting, Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting, Master of Science in Accountancy

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission, Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

University of Phoenix-Nashville Campus

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616 Marriott Dr
(615) 872-0188

Institution Type:

4-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Arts with a concentration in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Accounting, Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting, Master of Science in Accountancy

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission, Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

Vanderbilt University

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2101 West End Avenue
(615) 322-7311

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Master of Accountancy

Accrediting Agency:

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Educational Requirements

Candidates for CPA licensure in the state of Tennessee must hold at least a baccalaureate degree or graduate degree with 150 credit hours. Candidates can sit for the CPA exam if they are within 200 days of completing the education requirement.

Salary

In May 2011, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that 17,010 accountants and auditors were employed in Tennessee. Their average annual salary for accountants and auditors was $60,290 in 2011.

CPA Licensing in Tennessee

Tennessee CPAs are licensed by the Tennessee State Board of Accountancy. To become licensed, a person must first take the CPA exam after meeting the following requirements:

  • Hold at least a baccalaureate degree from a board-approved accredited institution.
  • Completed 150 credit hours with at least 30 semester hours in accounting, including at least 24 semester hours completed at the upper-division level, and at least 24 semester hours in general business, including at least 12 semester hours completed at the upper-division level.

Requirements to be issued a certificate (license):

  • Pass the CPA exam.
  • Complete the AICPA’s professional ethics course with a passing grade of 90 or above.
  • One year of experience in accounting acceptable by the board.
  • Licensees who wish to sign reports on financial statements on behalf of a firm must provide two years of experience in compilations, reviews, and audits.

Continuing Education Requirements

Tennessee CPA licenses are renewed biennially. CPAs must complete 80 hours of continued professional education (CPE) every two years with a minimum of 20 hours in each year. Of those, 40 hours must be in technical subjects. The Tennessee State Board of Accountancy has additional information on required CPE credit hours. The ethics requirement is either four hours of ethics, including at least one hour of state-specific laws and rules, or two hours of state-specific ethics.

Accounting Jobs in Tennessee

The Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants offers a searchable database of jobs for CPAs. Some of the major corporations headquartered in Tennessee include FedEx, AutoZone, Regal Entertainment Group, Nissan, and Caterpillar Financial. Accountants throughout Tennessee are employed by large corporations, as well as by hospitals, insurance companies, engineering firms, architectural firms, and other private companies. The federal government’s Tennessee Valley Authority employs accountants as construction cost estimators, project managers, and cost accountants.