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Alabama Accounting Schools

This guide to accounting schools in Alabama provides key information to help you understand and compare your options for obtaining a degree or certificate in accounting in the state. There are numerous public and private colleges and universities in Alabama with accounting programs to prepare students for professional practice in general accounting or in specialty practice areas like personal finance or business valuation. You may also find that online accounting schools are a suitable alternative to traditional on-campus study for self-directed learners looking for scheduling flexibility.

Quick School Facts

  • 25 public colleges and universities offer an accounting degree program in Alabama.
  • 15 private colleges and universities offer an accounting degree in Alabama.
  • 11 schools offer a certificate in accounting.
  • 14 schools offer an associate’s degree in accounting.
  • 26 schools offer a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
  • 1 school ranked in Businessweek’s Top Undergraduate Business Programs in 2013: University of Alabama (1)
  • 2 schools ranked in US News Best Business Schools in 2013: University of Alabama (58), Auburn University (75)

Read more about accounting schools in Alabama and career tracks and employment projections for accountants by continuing below.

AACSB Accredited Accounting Programs in Alabama

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business is a globally recognized organization that provides accreditation for undergraduate and graduate accounting programs. Only 180 accounting programs are currently accredited and have been found to meet the rigorous standards established by the AACSB. The following accounting programs in Alabama have been accredited by the AACSB:

  • Auburn University (Raymond J. Harbert College of Business)
  • Auburn University at Montgomery (College of Business)
  • The University of Alabama (Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration)
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (Collat School of Business)
  • University of South Alabama (Mitchell College of Business)

Highest First-Time CPA Exam Pass Rate with a Bachelor’s Degree

The following schools had the highest first-time CPA exam pass rates in Alabama in 2013 for candidates with a bachelor’s degree (schools with at least 20 candidates):

  1. Auburn University 69.8%
  2. Samford University
  3. University of Alabama
  4. University of South Alabama
  5. Auburn University Montgomery

There were 17 schools in Alabama that sent first-time candidates with a bachelor’s degree and the pass rate ranged from 0% to 80.0% (including schools with fewer than 20 candidates) according to the 2013 NASBA report. For data on all schools, see the 2013 NASBA Uniform CPA Examination Candidate Performance report provided by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.

Alabama Accounting Graduate Degree Programs

Auburn University

Auburn University, located in Auburn, Alabama, offers a Master of Accountancy program, which can be completed in as little as one year. This non-thesis degree program consists of four core accounting courses, three accounting electives, and three business electives for a total of 30 semester hours. Graduates of Auburn typically pass CPA examinations with higher scores and earn, on average, 10- to 20-percent more than students with bachelor’s degrees.

Samford University

Samford University’s Brock School of Business, located in Birmingham, Alabama, offers a Master of Accountancy degree program that teaches students advanced technical, interpersonal, critical-thinking, and communication skills. The program consists of a minimum of 30 credit hours, with 24 of those hours taken in courses specifically reserved for graduate students. Students study curriculum including auditing, cost accounting, taxation, and business law among others.

Alabama Accounting Undergraduate Degree Programs

The University of Alabama

The University of Alabama, located in Birmingham, Alabama, offers undergraduate degrees in accounting and finance. Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the highest accreditation available, UAB prepares graduates for careers in business, finance, and accounting. The program also prepares students to pursue further education or a graduate degree. In addition to finance, accounting, and taxation, students can study specialized accounting fields such as forensic accounting and IT auditing.

Alabama A&M University

Alabama A&M University, located in Huntsville, AL, offers an undergraduate program in accounting and logistics. In addition to learning critical thinking, judgment, and communication skills, students obtain a sound technical knowledge of accounting disciplines. A&M University College of Business is also a member of the AACSB.

Top Ranked Accounting Schools in Alabama

Businessweek Top Accounting Undergrad Programs

  • Auburn University #80 (2012)
  • University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa (Culverhouse) #100

Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges

  • The University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa #80 (2012)
  • Auburn University #89

Career Opportunities for Accounting Graduates in Alabama

Students who graduate from accounting programs in Alabama have several career avenues open to them. In addition to opening their own accounting business or working as a self-employed accountant, graduates can pursue careers with major accounting firms like Smith & Rogers and CDLC, both of which are located in downtown Cleveland. Graduates can also seek employment with companies such as AT&T, BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Coca-Cola, Apple One, and Protective Life Corporation. Several opportunities exist at the government level for accounting graduates as well including with the IRS, FBI, and State Department.

Alabama Accounting Salary and Jobs by Metro Area

Metro Area Accountants & Auditors Employed Average Annual Salary
Columbus 620 $63,160
Huntsville 1,990 $66,240
Mobile 1,080 $56,520
Montgomery 2,170 $62,440
Tuscaloosa 530 $63,180

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2011.

Alabama Schools with Accounting Degree Programs

Auburn University
226 Thach Concourse
Auburn, AL 36849
(334) 844-4000
http://www.auburn.edu/

Student Review: “The Auburn University accounting program was wonderful and I was glad to be a part of it. I enjoyed almost all of my classes. I found the subject material to be extremely challenging yet rewarding. The professors were great. Every class I took required the professor to have a certain number of office hours per week. If these office hours didn’t fit your schedule, you could talk directly with your professor and set up an appointment to get help. I greatly valued these 1-on-1 interactions with my professors as they allowed me to gain a much better understanding of the subject material. In addition, it was one of these close relationships with a professor that allowed me to land my very first accounting internship following my junior year. My favorite class in the program was definitely ‘Intermediate Accounting.’ It was advanced enough to challenge me, and it provided me with an extremely solid base to work from for the rest of my accounting courses. Overall, I had a great experience in the Auburn University accounting program and only regret that it flew by too quickly.” -Deron T., student at Auburn University
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Samford University
800 Lakeshore Dr
Homewood, AL 35229
(205) 726-2011
https://www.samford.edu/

The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
(205) 348-6010
https://www.ua.edu/

Student Review: “I am very satisfied with the accounting program at the University of Alabama. My professors have been excellent. Being able to make accounting interesting and appealing is a rare talent, but virtually all of my accounting professors have been able to make the material engaging. I am also happy with the reputation of the accounting program at Alabama, and feel that having an accounting degree from Alabama will make me a more competitive candidate for jobs. My accounting advisor has been a terrific resource for me, she is extremely good at guiding students through the accounting program. Alabama also does an excellent job of stressing the importance of joining Beta Alpha Psi (of which I am a member). Beta Alpha Psi has been invaluable in connecting me with both local and national firms. I did not originally intend to major in accounting, but I could not be more satisfied with my time in the accounting program at Alabama.” -Cody S., student at The University of Alabama
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Alabama A&M University
4900 Meridian St N
Normal, AL 35762
(256) 851-5000
http://www.aamu.edu/Pages/default.aspx

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/