Accounting 400 opt
The Fast-track Master of Accounting (MAc) Program in the Collat School of Business is open to high-achieving undergraduate students pursuing a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in accounting at UAB. Students admitted to the Fast-Track MAc. Program can take up to 12 hours of graduate courses at undergraduate tuition rates while they are completing their B.S. in accounting and have these graduate courses count toward the MAc. degree as long as A’s or B’s are earned in the courses.  After earning the B.S. degree, students in the Fast-Track Program continue pursuing the MAc degree. 

Students in the Fast-Track MAc program are not required to take the GMAT exam.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Fast-Track Master of Accounting Program, a Plan II (non-thesis) program, students must:

  • Have completed at least 15 hours of coursework at UAB.
  • Be within 45 hours of graduation.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher.
  • Have completed the following courses with at least a “B” in each course and have at least a 3.5 average in the three courses:
    AC 300 – Financial Accounting I
    AC 304 – Accounting Information Systems
    AC 310 – Financial Accounting II

Degree Requirements—30 hours:

Required courses (21 hours):

  • AC 514   Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting (Fall, Spring, or Summer)
  • AC 580   Advanced Financial Accounting (Fall)
  • AC 600   Current Issues in Financial Accounting (Spring)
  • AC 606   Advanced Auditing and Attestation (Spring)
  • AC 620   Tax Entities (Fall)
  • AC 672   Advanced Information Technology Auditing (Spring)
  • LS 557   Business Law for Accountants (Fall)

Elective courses (9 hours):

Three electives from the following: AC 564, AC 572, AC 573, AC 574, AC 590, AC 612, AC 617, AC 649, LS 571 or any non-foundation MBA course numbered 600 or above approved by the M.Ac. Program Committee.  Students may not take any of the MBA foundation courses for elective credit without the permission of the M.Ac. Program Director.


Jim ByrdJames Byrd, PhD
Director, Master of Accounting Program
Assistant Professor
(205) 934-8829
Office: BEC 311-B