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MA Accounting

Course Description

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.


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


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/

Visit the MA Accounting page on the University of Alabama website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Common body of knowledge for undergraduate business degree in addition to modules as set by the department. Please see the website for more details.

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