High quality accounting program

Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s (UAB) Collat School of Business carries weight and recognition.  We have garnered national and international respect for our rigorous academic standards and consistent record of growth and accomplishment. Our accolades include:


AACSB Dual Accreditation

UAB’s Collat School of Business holds a dual business and accounting accreditation by AACSB. An honor held by only 1 percent of business schools worldwide. 

Institute of Management Accountants

Institute of Management Accountants

UAB’s accounting program is endorsed by the IMA for successful CMA exam preparation. According to the CMA Exam Academy, a CMA will make 47% more than an accountant without certifications. 

Tailored coursework

Students interested in public accounting receive a solid foundation in financial accounting, auditing, tax, and business and economic concepts throughout their undergraduate program. Because 150 credit hours are required for certification as a public accountant, we encourage interested students to earn the additional hours needed by taking advantage of our Accelerated Bachelors to Master of Accounting (ABM) program that allows them to earn both their bachelor's and master's degree in five years at a reduced costs. This program will teach both higher level accounting concepts and guide them through the certification process. Students interested in private accounting will have a similar experience but with more emphasis on corporate accounting and related careers.

Relevant and robust curriculum

Our location allows our faculty of industry experts to maintain a connection to their practice by actively participating in professional associations, including the Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Alabama Society of CPAs, and the Institute of Management Accountants, and integrating their real-world experiences into our relevant and robust curriculum.

Award-winning student organizations

Students are encouraged to participate in our award-winning student organizations. These include Beta Alpha Psi, Student Center for Public Trust, and the National Association for Black Accountants. Involvement in these student organizations and regular networking events supported by our experienced faculty, staff, and Accounting Advisory Board provide UAB accounting students with outstanding tools to design and build a career in accounting.

Active Accounting Advisory Board

An Accounting Advisory Board consisting of accomplished industry professionals provides ongoing support and resources to help ensure that our students will be competitive in the marketplace.

Valuable internship opportunities

Year-round accounting internships provide opportunities for students to explore career options, gain valuable experience, network, and receive academic credit and compensation. The annual UAB Ollie Powers Accounting Internship Bootcamp helps prepare students for the highly competitive spring internship season.

Scholarship funds

Thanks to the generous support of alumni and friends the UAB Accounting program offers numerous scholarship opportunities for accounting students. Find all Collat School of Business scholarships and how to apply.   

Numerous opportunities to specialize

No matter how the business world reacts and changes, accounting will and must always be there with it. Because of the complexity of technical changes in the business world, now more than ever there is a need for the professional to become a specialist. You can one day become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and/or a Certified Financial Planner (CFP). These are just of few of the many designated specialties you can get in the field of accounting. Accountants have the option of working in public accounting performing audit, tax, and consulting services, for private companies, and for governmental entities just to name a few. Opportunities for travel, career mobility, professional and personal advancement, career stability and high levels of income are endless.

What students have to say about why they are majoring in accounting

Miles Alston

Miles Alston

"I chose accounting because of the various opportunities that are given to students to help in the accounting world. I also chose accounting because of how integrated UAB is in Birmingham, especially with the accounting firms in the area." 

- Miles Alston

Kayla Gonzalez

Kayla Gonzalez

"I chose to major in accounting because numbers and business have always fascinated me. When I researched the accounting field, I found there is an abundance of jobs and opportunities to advance your career. Accounting is also a great personal investment because we all deal with our own personal finances. What I have learned in this major will never cease to be valuable to me."

- Kayla Gonzalez

Doreen Agyin-Birikorang

Doreen Agyin-Birikorang

"I chose to study accounting at UAB because I wanted to become fluent in the language of business to better equip my community with the tools to prosper economically. The Collat School of Business has provided me with countless support and opportunities to advance my accounting career and my commitment to service."

- Doreen Agyin-Birikorang

Drew Hollis

Drew Hollis

“The reputation of the accounting program stood out to me. The faculty and staff are focused on preparing you for long-term success and a career in accounting.”

- Drew Hollis

Industry outlook and career opportunities


Average Annual Salary $71,550

Accountants are at your service during tax season and beyond, preparing taxes, performing audits and offering consulting. This job is ranked No. 13 among “Best Business Jobs” by U.S. News & World Report (2021).

Budget Analyst

Average Annual Salary $67,556

Budget analysts are tasked with helping public and private institutions organize their finances by preparing reports and monitoring institutional spending. 

Cost Estimator

Average Annual Salary $65,494

Time is money. So are the materials and labor required to manufacture a product, provide a service, or construct a building. Cost estimators analyze all of these factors to estimate time allocation and a budget for any project. This job is ranked No. 22 among “Best Business Jobs” by U.S. News & World Report (2021). 

Financial Advisor

Average Annual Salary $87,850

Financial advisors council clients on their finances. Their responsibilities include creating budgets and retirement plans, providing investing advice and even investing on behalf of a client. This job is ranked No. 4 among “Best Business Jobs” by U.S. News & World Report (2021).

Financial Manager

Average Annual Salary $129,890

Financial managers are charged with their organization’s financial health. Financial reports, investment opportunities, and long-term financial goals are common aspects of any financial manager’s work. With competitive salaries and steady job growth, this position ranked No. 17 among “Best Jobs” by U.S. News & World Report (2021).

Staff Auditor

Average Annual Salary $60,491

Staff auditors primarily focus on an organization’s potential risk areas, such as mismanagement, fraud, and financial discrepancies to avoid legal and financial issues. They also identify ways to improve the processes for finding and eliminating waste and fraud within a company.

Tax Reviewer

Average Annual Salary $62,612

Tax reviewers ensure that tax credits and deductions claimed by taxpayers are lawful. To do this they review tax returns, conduct audits, and identify taxes owed. If a taxpayer owes additional taxes, tax reviewers adjust the total amount by assessing fees, interest, and penalties and then notify the taxpayer of the total amount owed.