There are many good schools offering accredited accounting degree programs in Alabama. Some are nationally recognized for excellence. Students may choose their degree program by the focus or even by the size of the school.

Convenient Online Alternatives

Some colleges offer international study and internship opportunities. Because the schools are located in metropolitan settings, or in close proximity to big cities, there is a chance to network and build business experience and contacts. Here is a listing of accredited accounting degree programs in Alabama.

Auburn University

Raymond J. Harbert College of Business

Raymond J. Harbert is the CEO of Harbert Management, an international investment firm. After an endowment of $40 million, the university renamed the business school after Mr. Harbert. The college is rated one of the top public schools of business that carry the name of an endower. The name is important because it helps the school attract top faculty. The endowment also provided money for research. Incoming 2013 freshmen of the Harbert College of Business averaged 26.0 on their ACT tests.

Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Most students in this school are offered full-time positions at the end of their internships. The coursework during the first years is intended to give students a broad liberal arts education. Beyond that, they learn the fundamentals of business, including accounting, business law, and managerial skills among other courses. Major-related course work actually begins in the sophomore year with the required class “Fundamentals of Financial Accounting.” Business core classes begin in the junior year. There are honors courses offered, and during the last year students may do paid internships at firms, government agencies, or corporations. The senior year completes the coursework and brings the six-credit hour internship.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration—Accountancy

The accounting degree online features the same coursework as the traditional degree path. In fact, classes are videotaped and students may access them in real time or as they are able. This program is offered as a second degree only. Students entering this program must have a bachelor’s degree in business or an MBA. Because they already have an undergraduate degree, these students do not have to take the core classes; they only have to complete thirty semester hours in accounting. Students who are working full-time may take six semester hours per semester to complete the degree in two years. Full-time students should finish earlier.

Accounting Minor

Students who desire to increase or hone their technical skills can add an accounting minor to their degrees. There are two required courses and three electives so they may design their degree to fir their career plans. Intermediate Accounting I and II are required. The electives are: Cost Accounting, Business process, Internal Control Audit, Accounting Information Systems, Auditing and Assurance Services, Income Tax I and II, Advanced Account Topics and Government, and Not-for-Profit Accounting.

Accreditations

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Contact

Auburn University
School of Business
415 West Magnolia Avenue
Auburn, Alabama, 36849
334-844-4875
E-mail through website
http://bulletin.auburn.edu/undergraduate/collegeofbusiness/

Auburn University Montgomery

School of Business

This college was rated as one of the top one percent of business colleges in the world. The Princeton Review rated it as a best business school in 2009, 2010, and 2011. The faculty goal is to bring knowledge and real-world experience to students. Because Auburn University Montgomery has so many international contacts, it brings a global perspective to the study of business. In addition, these world-wide connections open a new dimension to the networking and job opportunities available to graduates.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Accounting Specialization

Before entering this degree path, students should complete the Auburn Core Curriculum and the lower division classes of the School of Business. There are six required courses including Intermediate Accounting I and II, Managerial Cost Accounting, Income Tax Accounting, Accounting Informations Systems, and Auditing Financial Statements. After the core classes, electives lead to the specializations. The electives are accelerated or advanced accounting classes as well as other programs meant to help students tailor their educations to prepare them for careers. The four branches of the degree program are public accounting, accounting with informations systems, corporate accounting, or financial accounting. Students who want to become CPAs should take the Public Accounting track. One of these options must be chosen, and the requirements met, to achieve a degree in accounting. The required hours for certification in Alabama are higher than the hours required for this degree, so students should plan on taking additional classes to meet the 150 hour requirement.

Accreditations

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Contact

Auburn University Montgomery
PO Box 244023
Montgomery, Alabama, 36124-4023
334-244-3478

Jacksonville State University

College of Commerce and Business administration

“Get Educated” ranked the school as number one in Best Online MBAs and Princeton Review includes the college in its Best Business Schools list. There are 900 students enrolled and the College of Commerce and Business Administration focuses on opportunities for women. Besides traditional learning, classes are offered off-campus, online, and in the evenings to accommodate student schedules.

Bachelor of Science in Accounting

The Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree is from the Department of Finance, Economics and Accounting. The twenty-one faculty members are involved in community and research as well as academia. The first two years of the program, students take core liberal arts classes. In the junior year, classes in the major begin. The course includes classes in accounting information systems, income tax, spreadsheets, international business, and organizational behavior among others. Classes in the senior year include cost accounting, operational management, and introduction to E-commerce. There is also an internship program. Elective classes depend on the career path chosen by the student. Students must complete 120 credit hours. Because the state of Alabama requires 150 hours to sit for the certification exam, many students choose to stay for their master’s degree.

Accreditations

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Contact

Jacksonville State University
720 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, Alabama, 36265
800-231-5291
Attn.: College of Commerce and Business Administration

http://www.jsu.edu/ccba/

Samford University

Brock School of Business

The Brock School of Business was the Samford School of Business until it was renamed in 2007 after an endowment. The school has recently added several online classes. A distinguishing factor for the school is that every student is given a subscription to the Wall Street Journal. Throughout the year, the school hosts events tailored to bring the students and the community together and to keep sponsors involved in the school. For example, the college hosts showings of documentaries, lectures, community workshops, and networking meetings. A new building just opened which houses two computer teaching labs and eleven classrooms, many with interactive break-out rooms.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Major: Accounting

Eighty-five percent of students in this major are involved in paid internships toward the end of their studies. Over the past three years, 99 percent of graduates were employed three months after they received their degrees. In fact, twenty-five community businessmen come to the campus annually to recruit. The 128 hour program includes mandatory university core classes in communication, Biblical perspectives, and fitness and wellness. There are also required classes in liberal arts including natural sciences, behavioral sciences, mathematics, fine arts, and English composition. There is a business foundational class which must be taken by the end of the sophomore year. The last two years of study involve business core classes with concentrations in accounting and electives. In the senior year students participate in an internship at a local business, school district, bank, or other opportunities found in the Birmingham area. There is also an honors program that includes international opportunities.

Accreditations

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Contact

Samford University
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, Alabama, 35229

http://www.samford.edu/business/about-the-school.aspx

Tuskegee University

Brimmer College of Business and Informational Science

Tuskegee University was founded by Booker T. Washington with the goal of offering quality education to African-Americans. The business college, which has 600 enrolled students, focuses on teaching practical skills and information that will serve well in the student’s chosen profession as well as leadership. Brimmer College has up-to-date technology with “smart” classrooms, learning laboratories and research space. Their goal is to give students the best simulation of real-world business experience and ideas possible.

Bachelor of Science in Accounting

The Tuskegee degree program states that by graduation students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and proficiency in fundamental skills and understand how their personal interests and abilities along with their strengths and weaknesses shape their careers. The curriculum involves liberal arts classes the first two years with core business and major classes coming in the junior and senior years. There are internships as well. The bachelor degree curriculum includes principles of finance, intermediate finance, and classes in marketing. Accounting is taught as it is practiced in governmental, private, and public arenas. Students learn systems analysis and work with technology in information systems classes. The tuition for Tuskegee University is $9,280 with room and board adding an estimated $4,552 to $5,652 dollars depending upon the residence hall chosen and the meal plan implemented.

Accreditations

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Contact

Brimmer Hall
Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, Alabama, 36088

334-727-8116
http://www.tuskegee.edu/academics/colleges/cbis/economics_finance/bsinaccountingprogram.aspx

University of Alabama

Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration

The university has a unique “Finish in Four” program that helps students reach their degrees in four years. Because most programs are between 120 and 146 credit hours, students must take 15 to 18 credits per semester. The “Finish in Four” program involves advisor/student contact and close monitoring of schedules to allow students to finish their degrees on time without costly extra courses. The Culverhouse College is a charter member of the Federation of Schools of Accounting. The school focuses on technology in accounting and has a low student-to-faculty ratio.

Bachelor of Science in College of Commerce and Business Adm. Major: Accounting

The degree program requires a foundation of liberal arts classes in sciences, mathematics, and English composition. The third year business major classes begin with the required “Concepts of Accounting and Business Knowledge.” There are also a number of classes that are specific to the University of Alabama including Financial Reporting and Analysis of Business I and II, Cost Analysis, Introduction to Taxation, Accounting Information Systems and Risk Assessment. Some of the core cases in business are: public accounting, management, account auditing, taxation, and non-profit accounting. Resident tuition for a 12-credit semester is $4725. Non-residents pay $11,975. There are other fees as well such as on-campus parking, individual course fees, and meal plans. Students should note that auditing a class does not change the cost. During the last year of the degree program students can apply to the internship program. The college only requires ten hours per week in this position as it is considered an off-campus class.

Accreditations

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Contact

University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487
205-348-6131

http://www.ua.edu/majors/accounting.html

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Collat School of Business

The Collat School of Business adapts curricula to meet student needs. They are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (one of 176 schools worldwide to have this distinction) and the university is one of 57 recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for high resource activity and community involvement. There are year-round internship programs and experiential learning opportunities through the college. The UAB Green and Gold Fund is a student investment program that was featured on “CNBC Squawkbox.  It is an innovative and highly successful way to help fund scholarships. ”

Bachelor of Science in Accounting

The accounting arm of the business school entails more information about taxes and bookkeeping. It teaches the complexities of business regulation, compliance with laws and standards, and ethics. There are 77 requisite credit hours in business and accounting including a three-credit-hour capstone project. Liberal arts education classes comprise another 41 credit hours in natural sciences, behavioral sciences, fine arts, mathematics, and English composition. Core major classes account for 35 more hours, but 13 of these are offered online. In addition, there are elective classes from which students must choose to tailor their degrees. Most students complete their degrees in thirteen semesters, or four years. Although many classes can be completed online, there is a residency requirement of 50 percent for business classes. Because Alabama requires 150 credit hours to sit for the credentialing exam, and the bachelor’s program does not satisfy this requisite, many students go on to earn their master’s degrees.

Bachelor of Science in Accounting Online

This online degree course was rated number seven by “Open Education Database.” It is taught by the same faculty that teaches the traditional students, but with the nature of the Internet, students study with a global perspective, having access to students from across the nation and around the world. The online degree has the same liberal arts requirements as the on-campus degree. Other requisites remain the same as well. The degree, including the capstone project, is earned completely online. In the senior year a minimal specialization may be achieved by taking some advanced classes in the field of the specialization. Students must maintain a 2.0 average in all classes numbered 200 or above and a 2.0 GPA is a prerequisite for taking classes numbered 300 or above.

Accreditations

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Contact

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Collat School of Business
BEC 216
1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama, 35294-4460
Email from website
http://www.uab.edu/business/

University of Alabama Huntsville

College of Business Administration

The college features experiential learning, involving local businesses and corporations in programs, using role-playing and other innovative methods of teaching. The National Science Foundation ranked the business school among the top ten in the nation for federally funded contracts and grants. The SHRM chapter is award-winning, and the university has forged partnerships with organizations worldwide to further international relationships and networking potential.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration—Accounting

The first two years of a degree program at the university are mainly liberal arts classes that afford students a broadened perspective and hone analytical thinking skills. These classes include humanities, fine arts, and behavioral sciences like psychology and sociology, history, natural sciences, and English composition. After this foundation is laid students take core business classes in basic skills and the remaining twenty-one credits are major-specific. Additionally, students can tailor their degrees by concentrating their electives along the lines of career specialization they intend to follow. Students can elect to follow the “Four-Plus-One” plan in which, after they get their four year degree, they stay one year more to get the requisites needed to sit for certification exams and earn a master’s degree at the same time. The BSBA degree requires that 50 percent of the core classes and the majors must be taken on campus.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration—Federal Contract Accounting

This degree, like the BSBA Accounting degree, begins with two years of liberal arts education followed by general business classes. The classes in the Federal Contract major include Basic Governmental Contract Accounting, Government Contract Law and other electives designed to further understanding of this accounting field.

Accreditations

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Contact

University of Alabama Huntsville
301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, Alabama, 35899
256-824-1000

http://www.uah.edu/cba/undergraduate/bachelors/accounting

University of Montevallo

Michael E. Stephens School of Business

This college has the fastest growing MBA program in Alabama.  A unique feature of the Stephens School of Business is the career preparation program in which students receive information and experience in building resumes, networking, and interviewing for positions. The average class size is twenty-one students. In addition, the proximity of the school to Birmingham allows students to intern and network in a large metropolitan environment.

Bachelor of Business Administration—Accounting

This degree involves fifty-three hours of general education courses. There are also thirty-six core business credits and thirty credits in the major. The 130 credit curriculum allows undergraduates to get close enough to the 150 hour requirement to sit for exams that they can reach the requisite with electives. Students with a minimum GPA of 2.75 are qualified to apply for the internship program.

Accounting Minor

The accounting minor program consists of eighteen classes in accounting coursework and twelve hours of upper-division accounting classes to fulfill the requisites.

Accreditations

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Contact

Montevallo University
Montevallo, Alabama, 35115

http://www.montevallo.edu/business/college-of-business/

University of South Alabama

Mitchell College of Business

The Mitchell College of Business is named for the Mitchell brothers, successful realtors who made an endowment to the school. The college features the Mitchell Scholars Program which offers competitive scholarships to students. There is a well-known cancer research center at the school as well as the Joseph and Rebecca Mitchell learning center which features a business library, laboratory, financial analysis center, and faculty offices.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration—Accounting

This program focuses on traditional day students, but once every two years, every accounting course is offered at night. The college encourages students to obtain their graduate degrees. Following general education classes, there are core business classes and then courses related to the major. This is a 122 credit-hour program.

Accreditations

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Contact

Mitchell School of Business
University of South Alabama
5811 USA Drive South
Mobile, Alabama, 36688

http://www.southalabama.edu/mcob/

None of these Accounting Degree Programs in Alabama require enough credit hours to allow students to apply for the certification exam. Because of this the schools all encourage students to get the extra education needed, perhaps to even get a master’s degree. Certification makes accountants more marketable in the jobs arena. Accredited accounting degree programs in Alabama are a great place to start a career in accounting.