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2021 Best Value Accounting Master's Degree Schools in Tennessee

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

14 Colleges
$19,372 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$56,517 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Accounting Master's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, accounting students earned 1,322 degrees and certificates from a Tennessee school, making the subject the 2nd in the state.

It's not easy to decide which business program to enroll in when you have so many options available. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

The Best Value Accounting Master's Degree Schools in Tennessee ranking is one of many tools that Business Degree Central has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 14 schools in Tennessee to see which ones offered the best value master's degree programs for accounting students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

This ranking is not just a list of inexpensive schools. We also consider each school's quality, since we believe a low-quality school may not be a 'bargain' at any price. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

For nationwide and regional rankings, we use out-of-state tuition and fees in our calculations. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

2021 Best Value Accounting Master’s Degree Schools in Tennessee

The colleges and universities below are the best value schools for accounting majors pursuing a master's degree.

Top 10 Best Accounting Master's Degree Schools

Our analysis found The University of Tennessee - Knoxville to be the best value school for accounting students who want to pursue a master’s degree in Tennessee. UT Knoxville is a very large public school located in the city of Knoxville.

UT Knoxville graduate students pay an average of $13,380 in in-state tuition and fees each year. Accounting majors at UT Knoxville take out an average of $20,726 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $239.

UT Knoxville also took the #2 spot in our Best Accounting Master’s Degree Schools in Tennessee rankings.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Middle Tennessee State University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Value Accounting Master’s Degree Schools in Tennessee list. Middle Tennessee State University is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Murfreesboro.

Middle Tennessee State University graduate students pay an average of $10,350 in in-state tuition and fees each year. While working on their Master's Degree, accounting majors at Middle Tennessee State University accumulate an average of around $19,163 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $221, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#3

Union University

Jackson, TN

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Union University is a great value for accounting students working on their master’s degree. Union is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Jackson.

In-state tuition fees for graduate students at Union are $9,022 per year.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga is a great value for accounting students working on their master’s degree. UT Chattanooga is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Chattanooga.

The average tuition and fees for an in-state graduate student at UT Chattanooga are $10,270 a year.

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University of Memphis

Memphis, TN

The excellent master’s degree programs at University of Memphis helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best value accounting schools in Tennessee. Located in the large city of Memphis, UofM is a public school with a fairly large student population.

UofM graduate students pay an average of $10,746 in in-state tuition and fees each year. Accounting majors at UofM take out an average of $22,810 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $239.

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With a ranking of #6, Christian Brothers University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for accounting students working on their master’s degree. Christian Brothers is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Memphis.

Christian Brothers graduate students pay an average of $13,395 in in-state tuition and fees each year. While working on their Master's Degree, accounting majors at Christian Brothers accumulate an average of around $38,612 in student debt.

In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Christian Brothers is ranked #5 for overall quality for accounting in Tennessee.

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DeVry University - Tennessee came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Accounting Master’s Degree Schools in Tennessee ranking. DeVry University - Tennessee is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the large city of Nashville.

In-state tuition fees for graduate students at DeVry University - Tennessee are $17,552 per year. After completing their Master's Degree, accounting graduates from DeVry University - Tennessee carry an average student debtload of $43,200. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $459, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#8

Belmont University

Nashville, TN

Belmont University landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree accounting programs. Belmont is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Nashville.

The average tuition and fees for an in-state graduate student at Belmont are $23,510 a year. The average amount in student loans that accounting majors at Belmont take out while working on their Master's Degree is $39,198. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $469.

In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Belmont is ranked #3 for overall quality for accounting in Tennessee.

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Lipscomb University

Nashville, TN

Lipscomb University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Accounting Master’s Degree Schools in Tennessee ranking. Lipscomb is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Nashville.

The average tuition and fees for an in-state graduate student at Lipscomb are $18,414 a year.

Lipscomb also took the #4 spot in our Best Accounting Master’s Degree Schools in Tennessee rankings.

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East Tennessee State University

Johnson City, TN

East Tennessee State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for accounting students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #10 on the list. Located in the small city of Johnson City, ETSU is a public college with a fairly large student population.

ETSU graduate students pay an average of $10,559 in in-state tuition and fees each year. After completing their Master's Degree, accounting graduates from ETSU carry an average student debtload of $29,491. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $239.

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Best Value Accounting Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best Value Accounting Schools in the Southeast Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Florida 6,275
West Virginia 563
Georgia 3,509
Alabama 1,534
Kentucky 844
Louisiana 1,412
South Carolina 1,174
Virginia 2,296
Arkansas 653
North Carolina 3,720
Mississippi 1,062

One of 21 majors within the business area of study, accounting has other similar majors worth exploring.

Accounting Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Accounting 79,652
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 20,239
Accounting and Finance 2,451
Accounting and Business/Management 1,853
Other Accounting and Related Services 749
Auditing 179

Related Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 410,147
General Business/Commerce 58,451
Finance & Financial Management 56,186
Marketing 51,241
Human Resource Management 26,823

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 14 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Pixabay.

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