The UAB School of Business will begin offering its first fully online accounting degree programs.  A move designed to meet the needs of students while maintaining UAB’s strong reputation for academic excellence.

The Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree will begin this summer and will be the School of Business' first fully online degree. The graduate-level Master of Accounting degree will begin in the fall 2012. Both degree programs are accepting application now.

“We are very proud to be one of the few schools in the world to offer an online accounting program accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB),” said Jenice Prather-Kinsey, Ph.D., chair and professor, Department of Accounting and Finance. AACSB is considered the international gold standard in business school accreditation.  Currently, UAB is among only 1 percent of universities worldwide to achieve this seal of excellence in both business and accounting.

“Our program is extra-special because we have the same UAB School of Business faculty teaching online and in the classroom,” Prather-Kinsey said.  “That means our online students will receive the same high quality education that is expected from the UAB School of Business.”

The UAB School of Business online accounting degrees will offer streamlined curricula and a high-quality, practice-oriented educational experience.  The program provides students with the essential knowledge and practical skills needed to build a career as an accounting professional, or to supplement existing experience through advanced study.

Steve Grice, Ph.D., a professor of accounting and director of UAB’s Master of Accounting program, said the new online degrees will provide greater flexibility for students who are working or have family commitments and cannot attend a regularly scheduled class in person.  He said the program will further the school’s tradition of graduating top-notch accountants who outscore their peers on the CPA exam.

UAB has a strong track record for excellence in accounting.  It was among the 17 accounting programs to receive accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in 1982, the very first year the AACSB granted accreditation to accounting programs separate from that of business school programs.