Accounting is the language of business. That’s why a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s (UAB) Collat School of Business can help you gain the fluency you need to compete in today’s job market. An accounting degree can help you build a solid foundation in conceptual accounting and business knowledge, giving you the ability to make a statement for your career.

Develop the skills that count

Your accounting degree carries weight when it is from a recognized institution. We have garnered national and international respect for our rigorous academic standards and consistent record of growth and accomplishment. Our accolades include:



UAB’s Collat School of Business holds a specialized accreditation in accounting by AACSB

Institute of Management Accountants

Institute of Management Accountants

UAB’s accounting program is endorsed by the Institute of Management Accountants for successful CMA exam preparation.

Princeton Review

Princeton Review

The Princeton Review named UAB among the “Top 10 Universities in the United States for Diversity” for four consecutive years.

Our accounting degree will expose you to the study of accounting principles, business communications and foundations, financial management, information systems, management processes, and quantitative analysis. 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.

Valuable internship opportunities

Year-round accounting internships provide opportunities for students to explore career options, gain vaulable 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 available

The UAB Accounting program is proud to offer 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.

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.