Tennessee Accounting Degree Options


CNBC reported in 2016 that Tennessee is in the middle of the pack in terms of economic growth, ranking 21st among other states. The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development reported that the field of accounting ranks 3rd on its list of fastest growing occupations with more than 500 openings a year through 2024.  The Department expects that 1,460 positions a year on average will become available during this time frame.

Tennessee's major industries include health care, automotive manufacturing, education, entertainment, agriculture, advanced manufacturing, and adventure tourism. Nine Fortune 500 companies have their headquarters in the state. The FedEx headquarters resides in the state as do leading health care companies Hospital Corporation of America and Vanguard Health. On the industrial side, International Paper and Eastman Chemicals are major employers. Tennessee has attracted automotive manufacturing in a big way, and plants for Nissan, Volkswagen and General Motors can be found within its borders. Though not Fortune 500 companies, well-known brands like Jack Daniels, Gibson Guitars, Ruby Tuesday and Cracker Barrel are headquartered in Tennessee.

Nashville is the financial center of the state. National banks have outposts here as do regional banks such as First Horizon and First Tennessee Bank. In addition to two of the national 'Big Four' certified public accounting (CPA) firms Deloitte and Ernst & Young, homegrown firms offer opportunities for accountants: Kraft CPAs operates in Nashville, Columbia and Lebanon; Lattimore, Black, Morgan & Cain has offices in Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics pegs the average accountant's income in Tennessee at $66,330 as of May. Recruiter Robert Half conducted a salary study in the state in early 2017 and found that earning power varies tremendously depending on your experience and your specialty.  A tax accountant in a small company in Nashville with one to three year’s experience can start from $58,039 to $75,300.  In contrast, a forensic accountant with any amount of experience starts in the range of $77,636 to $121,605.  

Earning your CPA license in Tennessee requires that you first earn a bachelor's degree that includes 30 semester hours of advanced accounting classes and 24 hours of business classes. You will then have to pass the Uniform CPA Examination and an ethics exam. To be licensed, you will also need to obtain have a year of accounting experience with a state-approved company or CPA firm.

Networking is important in advancing your accounting career and several associations in the state offer opportunities to meet people and get to know companies. The Tennessee Society for CPAs (http://www.tscpa.com) holds events across the state. For certified management accountants (CMAs), the Institute of Management Accountants has a number of active city chapters, including the Lincoln Trail Regional Council (http://evansville.imanet.org/about-us/lincoln-trail-regional-council), the GulfSouth Council (http://www.imanet.org/groups_and_networking/councils_chapters/USChapters.aspx) and the Carolinas Council (http://carolinascouncil.imanet.org/). Both organizations also offer the continuing education classes necessary to keep your license current.

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74 Schools Offering Accounting Degree Programs:


Argosy University (Nashville, TN)
Levels Offered:

Programs Offered:
DBA - Accounting
(some programs offered online)
Austin Peay State University (Clarksville, TN)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business Administration in General Business - Accounting
Belmont University (Nashville, TN)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Bethel University (McKenzie, TN)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Business Administration - Accounting
Carson-Newman College (Jefferson City, TN)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Accounting
Chattanooga State Community College (Chattanooga, TN)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting Technology
Christian Brothers University (Memphis, TN)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Cleveland State Community College (Cleveland, TN)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Business and Management - Accounting
Columbia State Community College (Columbia, TN)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Baccalaureate in Accounting
Cumberland University (Lebanon, TN)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Accounting
DeVry University (Memphis, TN)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Management - Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Technical Management - Accounting
Master of Accounting and Financial Management
Master of Business Administration - Accounting
(some programs offered online)
Dyersburg State Community College (Dyersburg, TN)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting - Accounting Technology
East Tennessee State University (Johnson City, TN)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting
Master of Accountancy
Fisk University (Nashville, TN)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Freed-Hardeman University (Henderson, TN)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting/Master of Business Administration in Accounting - Dual in Accounting
Master of Business Administration - Accounting
ITT Technical Institute (Cordova, TN / Nashville, TN)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Accounting Technology
Jackson State Community College (Jackson, TN)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science in Accounting
King College (Bristol, TN)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Accounting
Major in Accounting and Finance
Lee University (Cleveland, TN)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
LeMoyne-Owen College (Memphis, TN)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Lincoln Memorial University (Harrogate, TN)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Lipscomb University (Nashville, TN)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting
Master of Accountancy
Master of Business Administration - Accounting
Martin Methodist College (Pulaski, TN)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting
Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro, TN)
Levels Offered:
Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Master of Business Administration - Accounting
Master of Science in Accounting And Information Systems - Accounting and Information Systems
(some programs offered online)
Miller-Motte Technical College (Clarksville, TN)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Milligan College (Milligan College, TN)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Accounting
Bachelor of Arts in Applied Finance And Accounting
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration - Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Applied Finance And Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Motlow State Community College (Tullahoma, TN)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Business Technology - Accounting
Associate of Science in Accounting
Nashville State Community College (Nashville, TN)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Computer Accounting
Certificate in Accounting Technology
(some programs offered online)
National College (Nashville, TN)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Business Administration - Accounting
Diploma in Accounting
Diploma in Accounting Office Assistant
Major in Accounting - Information Systems
Major in Business Administration - Accounting
Northeast State Community College (Blountville, TN)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Business Management - Accounting
Certificate in Accounting Technology
Pellissippi State Community College (Knoxville, TN)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration - Computer Accounting
Certificate in Accounting Proficiency
Certificate in Accounting Proficiency - Computer Accounting
Rhodes College (Memphis, TN)
Levels Offered:
Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Masters in Accounting
Masters of Science in Accounting
Roane State Community College (Harriman, TN)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Business Management Technology - Accounting
South College (Knoxville, TN)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science in Accounting
Southern Adventist University (Collegedale, TN)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science in Accounting
Bachelor of Business Administration in Financial Management - Accounting
Master of Business Administration - Accounting
(some programs offered online)
Southwest Tennessee Community College (Memphis, TN)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accountancy
Associate of Applied Science in Accountancy - Computer
Technical Certificate in Accountancy
Tennessee State University (Nashville, TN)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Master of Business Administration - Accounting
Tennessee Tech University (Cookeville, TN)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Tennessee Technology Center at Athens (Athens, TN)
Levels Offered:
Certificate
Programs Offered:
Certificate in Business Systems Technology - Accounting Assistant
Tennessee Technology Center at Covington (Covington, TN)
Levels Offered:
Certificate
Programs Offered:
Diploma in Business Systems Technology - Accounting Assistant
Tennessee Technology Center at Crossville (Crossville, TN)
Levels Offered:
Certificate
Programs Offered:
Diploma in Accounting Assistant
Tennessee Technology Center at Crump (Crump, TN)
Levels Offered:
Certificate
Programs Offered:
Diploma in Accounting Assistant
Tennessee Technology Center at Dickson (Dickson, TN)
Levels Offered:
Certificate
Programs Offered:
Diploma in Accounting Assistant
Tennessee Technology Center at Elizabethton (Elizabethton, TN)
Levels Offered:
Certificate
Programs Offered:
Diploma in Accounting Assistant
(some programs offered online)
Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman (Harriman, TN)
Levels Offered:
Certificate
Programs Offered:
Diploma in Accounting Assistant
(some programs offered online)
Tennessee Technology Center at Hartsville (Hartsville, TN)
Levels Offered:
Certificate
Programs Offered:
Diploma in Accounting Assistant
(some programs offered online)
Tennessee Technology Center at Hohenwald (Hohenwald, TN)
Levels Offered:
Certificate
Programs Offered:
Certificate in Accounting Clerk
Tennessee Technology Center at Jacksboro (Jacksboro, TN)
Levels Offered:
Certificate
Programs Offered:
Diploma in Accounting Assistant
(some programs offered online)
Tennessee Technology Center at Jackson (Jackson, TN)
Levels Offered:
Certificate
Programs Offered:
Diploma in Accounting Assistant
(some programs offered online)
Tennessee Technology Center at Knoxville (Knoxville, TN)
Levels Offered:
Certificate
Programs Offered:
Diploma in Accounting Assistant
(some programs offered online)
Tennessee Technology Center at Livingston (Livingston, TN)
Levels Offered:
Certificate
Programs Offered:
Diploma in Accounting Assistant
(some programs offered online)
Tennessee Technology Center at McKenzie (McKenzie, TN)
Levels Offered:
Certificate
Programs Offered:
Diploma in Accounting Assistant
(some programs offered online)
Tennessee Technology Center at McMinnville (McMinnville, TN)
Levels Offered:
Certificate
Programs Offered:
Diploma in Accounting Assistant
(some programs offered online)
Tennessee Technology Center at Memphis (Memphis, TN)
Levels Offered:
Certificate
Programs Offered:
Diploma in Business Systems Technology - Accounting Clerk
Tennessee Technology Center at Morristown (Morristown, TN)
Levels Offered:
Certificate
Programs Offered:
Certificate in Accounting
Diploma in Accounting Assistant
(some programs offered online)
Tennessee Technology Center at Murfreesboro (Murfreesboro, TN)
Levels Offered:
Certificate
Programs Offered:
Diploma in Accounting Assistant
(some programs offered online)
Tennessee Technology Center at Oneida-Huntsville (Huntsville, TN)
Levels Offered:
Certificate
Programs Offered:
Diploma in Accounting Assistant
(some programs offered online)
Tennessee Technology Center at Pulaski (Pulaski, TN)
Levels Offered:
Certificate
Programs Offered:
Diploma in Accounting Assistant
(some programs offered online)
Tennessee Technology Center at Ripley (Ripley, TN)
Levels Offered:
Certificate
Programs Offered:
Certificate in Accounting Clerk
Diploma in Accounting Assistant
(some programs offered online)
Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville (Shelbyville, TN)
Levels Offered:
Certificate
Programs Offered:
Diploma in Accounting Assistant
(some programs offered online)
Tennessee Technology Center at Whiteville (Whiteville, TN)
Levels Offered:
Certificate
Programs Offered:
Diploma in Accounting Assistant
(some programs offered online)
Tennessee Temple University (Chattanooga, TN)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
(some programs offered online)
Tennessee Wesleyan College (Athens, TN)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Administration - Professional Accountancy
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Professional Accountancy
The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga (Chattanooga, TN)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
Master of Accountancy
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville (Knoxville, TN)
Levels Offered:
Doctoral Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Doctor of Philosophy in Accounting - Auditing Accounting
Doctor of Philosophy in Accounting - Financial Accounting
Doctor of Philosophy in Accounting - Managerial Accounting
Doctor of Philosophy in Accounting - Systems Accounting
Doctor of Philosophy in Accounting - Tax Accounting
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration - Accounting
Master of Accounting
Trevecca Nazarene University (Nashville, TN)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Bachelor of Business Administration - Professional Accountancy
Tusculum College (Greeneville, TN)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Major in Business Administration - Management Accounting
Union University (Jackson, TN)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting
University of Memphis (Memphis, TN)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Doctoral Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting
Doctor of Philosophy in Accounting
Master of Science in Accounting
University of Phoenix (Chattanooga, TN / Cordova, TN / Franklin, TN / Nashville, TN)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
AA - Accounting
BS - Accounting
BS - Business/Accounting
MBA - Accounting
MS - Accountancy
(some programs offered online)
Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)
Levels Offered:
Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Programs Offered:
Master of Accountancy
Master of Business Administration - Accounting
Virginia College (Chattanooga, TN)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
AS - Acct Specialist
(some programs offered online)
Volunteer State Community College (Gallatin, TN)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
Walters State Community College (Morristown, TN)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science in Management - Accounting

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