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Why Master of Accountancy?


Why Master of Accountancy?

You don’t have to have a Master’s Degree to be an accountant. However, if you are interested in:

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and/or Certified Management Accountant (CMA) certification
  • Increasing your salary potential
  • Growing your professional network

The Master of Accountancy degree from CBU is for YOU.

Accounting Certification

The Master of Accountancy program courses are designed to provide valuable knowledge required to pass exams such as the ones required for Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and/or Certified Management Accountant certification. Such certification is not only recommended but also, it is often required for advanced accounting jobs.

If you intend to sit for the CPA exam, our program allows you to design your entire course of study with an exam preparation emphasis. You have the opportunity to take a CPA Review course to prepare you for the CPA exam prior to graduation.

Accounting Salaries

An advanced accounting degree has a significant impact on your earning potential. Despite the fact that average salaries of accounting graduates straight out of college vary by region, graduates with experience, graduate degrees and certification(s) make much more:

Median Accounting Salaries:
Bachelor’s Degree  $63,000
Master’s Degree  $83,310

The top 25% of Employees:
Bachelor’s Degree $95,000
Master’s Degree $130,150

Small companies $69,000
Large companies $183,250

The CBU Network

With more than 1,000 accounting alums working for more than 375 different companies in 39 states (500 alums in Tennessee alone), CBU has an excellent reputation for providing outstanding practitioners in the field. Pursuing your MAcc degree at CBU will automatically grant you access to contacts and peers in distinguished companies such as:

  • Autozone
  • Dixon Hughes
  • Ernst & Young
  • FedEx
  • Hilton Hotels
  • Memphis Consulting Group
  • Methodist Hospitals
  • Morgan Keegan
  • Watkins Uiberall

If you aren't sure if this program is right for you, please do not hesitate to contact Program Director Dr. Jennifer Weske at or (901) 321-3365.