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The history of business is set forth in its accounts. But accounting is more than record keeping—it is one of the most important, proactive and challenging fields of modern business, and a perfect fit for motivated and enterprising students. Read more
The history of business is set forth in its accounts. But accounting is more than record keeping—it is one of the most important, proactive and challenging fields of modern business, and a perfect fit for motivated and enterprising students. The Culverhouse School of Accountancy offers one of the most challenging programs of any American university.

Key benefits

- Enrollment means access to some of the nation's top accounting scholars, a huge network of alumni, top firms and organizations, great academic and career advising, and the best preparation for a career accounting for tomorrow's business today.

- Accounting students also enjoy access to a special Spring Internship Program that matches them with some of the best firms in the world: http://mycba.ua.edu/accounting/internships

Visit the website: http://culverhouse.ua.edu/academics/departments/accountancy

Course detail

Accountancy at the master's level replaces the rudiments of financial management with real hands-on experience. The Master of Accountancy degree program provides students with a greater understanding of accounting and business than is possible in an undergraduate program.

Purpose

The program prepares students for careers as professional accountants in financial institutions, government, industry, nonprofit organizations and public practice.

Format

Graduates are prepared to research various databases related to troublesome accounting problems, and to exercise judgment in making accounting-related decisions by drawing on their integrated, comprehensive body of accounting knowledge and experience—what all masters have in common.

Students must take a minimum of 30 hours of graduate courses, including a minimum of 21 hours of accounting courses as listed below. Up to nine elective hours, as approved by an advisor, may be chosen from 500-level courses and must be approved by the coordinator of the MAcc program. Students cannot receive graduate credit for a course if they have taken an equivalent course at the undergraduate level. Another accounting course should be substituted with the approval of the coordinator of the MAcc program.

- Required courses -

AC 512
Advanced Financial Reporting & Analysis

AC 523
Business Valuation & Performance Measurement

AC 532
Advanced Governance, Risk Assessment & Assurance

AC 534
Fraud Risk Management

AC 561
Accounting for Business Management

AC 589
Systems Analysis & Control

AC 597
Financial Statement Analysis

Students are encouraged to take electives in disciplines such as Data Mining, Business Analytics, Real Estate, and Finance. However, students are free to choose their own elective tracks.


How to apply: http://graduate.ua.edu/prospects/application/

Fund your studies

Student Financial Aid provides comprehensive information and services regarding opportunities to finance the cost of education at The University of Alabama. We recognize that financial assistance is an important key to helping reach your educational and career goals. The financial aid staff is dedicated to making the financial aid process as straightforward as possible. Visit the website to find out more: http://financialaid.ua.edu/

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The Economics master’s program provides students with the knowledge required for entry-level or mid-level positions conducting economic analysis and forecasting within industry or government. Read more
The Economics master’s program provides students with the knowledge required for entry-level or mid-level positions conducting economic analysis and forecasting within industry or government. Courses are selected to allow students to be well prepared for these as well as related alternatives.

Visit the website: http://manderson.cba.ua.edu/academics/departments/masters_program/master_of_arts_in_economics

Course detail

Students pursue the master’s degree by following one of three different tracks. Each track is designed with a different objective, though the choice of one over the other does not close any option the student may later want to pursue. Markets may rise and fall, but our graduates remain ahead.

Track 1: PhD Preparation

Track I prepares the student for a doctoral program.

Required Courses:

EC 570
Introduction to Mathematical Economics

EC 610
Seminar in Microeconomic Theory

EC 611
Seminar in Macroeconomic Theory

EC 616
Seminar in Monetary Economics

EC 660
Game Theory

EC 670
Econometrics

ST 554
Mathematical Statistics I

In addition to these courses, students would complete an additional twelve hours of graduate coursework.

Track 2: Applied Economics

Track II is for students who want to prepare for a career for which they apply the skills of economic analysis. These jobs are typically in the financial sector, government agencies or industry.

Required Courses:

EC 570
Introduction to Mathematical Economics

EC 508
Microeconomic Theory

EC 513
Economic Forecasting & Analysis

ST 521
Statistical Data Management SAS I

ST 531
Knowledge Discovery & Data Mining I

EC 509
Macroeconomic Theory & Policy

EC 571
Econometrics

ST 522
Advanced Statistical Data Management SAS II

ST 532
Advanced Data Mining II

The set of required courses enhance students’ understandings of the core concepts in microeconomics and macroeconomics, developing the quantitative skills necessary to work in econometrics and economic forecasting.

Track 3: Policy Economics

The set of courses enhances students’ understanding of the core concepts in microeconomics and macroeconomics, as well as enhancing students’ skills in understanding and analyzing policy issues. Students also gain quantitative skills through course work in econometrics and economic forecasting. This degree program requires 30 hours of coursework.

Required Courses:

EC 570
Introduction to Mathematical Economics

EC 508
Microeconomic Theory

EC 513
Economic Forecasting & Analysis

EC 509
Macroeconomic Theory & Policy

EC 571
Econometrics

Four 500-level elective courses are also required.


How to apply: http://graduate.ua.edu/prospects/application/

Fund your studies

Student Financial Aid provides comprehensive information and services regarding opportunities to finance the cost of education at The University of Alabama. We recognize that financial assistance is an important key to helping reach your educational and career goals. The financial aid staff is dedicated to making the financial aid process as straightforward as possible. Visit the website to find out more: http://financialaid.ua.edu/

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Whether working federally, for a major corporation or as a personal accountant, tax accounting is one of the fastest changing fields in business. Read more
Whether working federally, for a major corporation or as a personal accountant, tax accounting is one of the fastest changing fields in business. The Master of Tax Accounting degree program takes a multi-dimensional approach to educating the modern tax specialist.

Visit the website: http://manderson.cba.ua.edu/academics/departments/masters_program/master_of_tax_accounting

Course detail

The program develops the taxation system and the interrelationships that exist between it and accounting theory, a knowledge of the law as it relates to taxation, and the tools necessary for research and communication in taxation.

Purpose

Graduates are prepared to research tax, legal and accounting databases related to tax problems and to make tax-related decisions. By drawing on their comprehensive knowledge of accounting and taxation, Manderson graduates always come out ahead.

Format

- Require courses -

AC 575
Taxation of Corporations & Shareholders

AC 576
Advanced Corporate Taxation

AC 578
Partnership Taxation

AC 593
Research & Communication in Taxation

- Electives -

AC 512
Advanced Financial Reporting & Analysis

AC 523
Business Valuation & Performance Measurement

AC 532
Advanced Governance, Risk Assessment & Assurance

AC 534
Fraud Risk Management

AC 556
Governmental & Nonprofit Accounting

LGS 504
Legal Issues in Accounting

AC 572/LAW 647
Estate & Gift Taxation

AC 577/LAW 641
Tax Practice & Procedure

AC 581/LAW 761
International Taxation

AC 582/LAW 650
State & Local Taxation

AC 583/LAW 732
Employee Benefits

AC 584/LAW 796
Tax-Exempt Organizations

Students planning on sitting for the CPA exam in the state of Alabama need three financial accounting courses, two auditing courses, one governmental accounting course and two law courses. Students should select three classes from the above list of electives if not taken during undergraduate school.


How to apply: http://graduate.ua.edu/prospects/application/

Fund your studies

Student Financial Aid provides comprehensive information and services regarding opportunities to finance the cost of education at The University of Alabama. We recognize that financial assistance is an important key to helping reach your educational and career goals. The financial aid staff is dedicated to making the financial aid process as straightforward as possible. Visit the website to find out more: http://financialaid.ua.edu/

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The master of arts programs in advertising and public relations are intended for those who wish to acquire advanced understanding of and skills in the development of highly effective persuasive communication. Read more
The master of arts programs in advertising and public relations are intended for those who wish to acquire advanced understanding of and skills in the development of highly effective persuasive communication. The programs focus on prevailing communication theories, current research findings, and advanced practical techniques. The faculty seeks to educate highly competent, focused students who will be recognized for their leadership qualities: the ability to discern issues both in the practice of their profession and in their role in society; the ability to develop and execute successful communication programs; and the ability to lead others effectively.

Two programs are offered: (1) a two-year thesis program with specialization in advertising or public relations (Plan I), and (2) a one-year professional program combining advertising and public relations (Plan II).

Visit the website https://apr.ua.edu/gradinfo/

Degree Requirements

- Plan I, the Two-Year Research Program -

The two-year master's degree program is intended for students seeking a strong research emphasis in their study of advertising and public relations. The Plan I program focuses on important problems and questions, gathering evidence, and setting standards for inference. The program specifically prepares students in the areas of (a) mastering the body of scholarly knowledge of advertising and public relations, and (b) contributing to the advancement of knowledge in these fields through basic and applied research. Students may decide to continue their studies, pursuing doctorates in advertising or public relations. Students in the Plan I program specialize in either advertising or public relations, learn the concepts and methods involved in productive scholarship, and collaborate with faculty members in conducting research.

Plan I requirements. Plan I is normally a two-year program and requires (a) a minimum of 30 hours of approved graduate courses, (b) demonstration of proficiency in research skills, (c) passing of a comprehensive written examination, and (d) completion and successful defense of a master's thesis. Students admitted to the program with little or no previous coursework in advertising or public relations may be required to take one or more undergraduate courses in the department to supplement their graduate studies.

Plan II, the One-Year Professional Program

The professional program is an intensive, professionally oriented, one-year program that combines advertising and public relations. Recognizing the increasingly close links between the advertising and public relations professions, the Plan II program provides advanced preparation in both disciplines. The program provides intensive training to meet specific objectives. Graduates will be prepared to:

- develop a thorough understanding of the institutions and processes involved in advertising and public relations, through a combined program of study

- use research both to generate communication strategies and to evaluate the success of communication programs

- write idea-driven persuasive communication

- plan, implement, and evaluate media plans for advertising and public relations programs and campaigns

The Plan II program is for recent college graduates who see the advantages of having advanced skills in advertising and public relations. The students will recognize that preparation in the liberal arts, business administration, or communication has provided them with important knowledge but has not sufficiently prepared them in the communication concepts and skills needed to be a leader.

Speaking and writing skills are emphasized in all courses, with frequent papers and presentations. One course each semester emphasizes writing skills involved in the advertising and public relations professions.

Plan II requirements. The one-year Plan II program requires (a) completion of a specific 33-hour program of graduate courses, (b) demonstration of proficiency in research skills, (c) passing of a comprehensive written examination, and (d) completion of a master's project in the course APR 598 Communication Workshop. Students admitted to the program will receive a list of critical readings and will be expected to become familiar with these materials before beginning the program. The program starts with a series of orientation sessions aimed at evaluating each student's grasp of the critical readings and ability to proceed with the program without further background study.

APR Graduate Course Descriptions

Note: Plan I and Plan II programs have different course requirements.

ADVERTISING & PUBLIC RELATIONS COURSES

APR 522. Media Planning: Three hours. Development of media objectives, strategies, and budgets and implementation of media plans for advertising and public relations. Each student prepares and presents a media plan.

APR 550. Communication Research Methods: Three hours. A survey of qualitative and quantitative methods in communication research.

APR 551. Seminar in Communication Theory*: Three hours. A study of the development of selected theories of communication as they pertain to interpersonal, public, and mass communication.

APR 570. Contemporary Advertising and Public Relations: Three hours. An advanced survey of the academic and professional literature underlying the contemporary practice of advertising and public relations.

APR 572. Persuasive Communication: Three hours. The practice of creating, writing, editing, and producing persuasive communication for advertising and public relations. Writing skills are exercised extensively in this course.

APR 582. Advertising and Public Relations Management: Three hours. Problems and decision-making processes involved in the management of advertising and public relations programs and organizations.

APR 583. Research Applications in Advertising and Public Relations: Three hours. Prerequisite: MC 550. Application of research methods and procedures for problem solving and impact assessment in advertising and public relations programs.

APR 590. Visual Communication: Three hours. The practice of developing ideas and creative strategies for professional evaluations about design and its application. Each student prepares a portfolio.

APR 592. Integrated Communication Project. A message-oriented course. Students conceptualize and execute integrated communication programs. Topics vary.

APR 596. Independent Study or Research: One to three hours. Prerequisite: consent of the academic adviser and instructor.

597. Communication Campaign Workshop I: Three hours. Research to develop an advertising and public relations campaign for a specific organization. This is the preparation stage for the major case study prepared by the student in APR 598.

598. Communication Campaign Workshop II (Master’s Project): Three hours. Development and presentation of a complete advertising and public relations plan and proposal for the specific organization studied in APR 597. Integration of theory, concepts, and techniques in a complete communication program.

599. Thesis Research: Three hours. Prerequisite: consent of the academic adviser.

Find out how to apply here - https://apr.ua.edu/gradinfo/applicationadmission/

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