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Want to move your career forward? Count on us.

Are you interested in an accounting career, but it’s hard to find time for school? With the Online Master’s Degree of Accounting (MAc) at UAB, we can help. We offer the same program that our on-campus students take, but on your schedule and from the convenience of your chosen environment. Plus, if your bachelor’s is in a field other than accounting, you can catch up through our bridge program. We specifically designed this program for seasoned accounting professionals and aspiring accountants alike. Because we want to give you the accounting, communication, interpersonal, technology, and applied research skills you need for success.

Is this really the same diploma on-campus students earn?

Yes. Your classes are the same. You’ll have the same award-winning faculty of experienced accounting experts. And your diploma will not distinguish that you were a distance learner.

Why is UAB’s AACSB supplemental accounting accreditation so special? 

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business is the most respected and highest international credential of excellence for business and accounting. Simply put, they are the gold standard. Schools that have earned AACSB’s supplemental accounting accreditation have not only earned AACSB business accreditation, but have gone through an additional process to affirm that their accounting programs are meeting the highest standard of quality. Of the 716 AACSB-accredited business schools, only 181 (25%) have separate accounting accreditation. We’re proud to say Collat School of Business has held this separate accreditation since 1981.

U.S. News & World Report Accolades

We’ve been dubbed one of the “Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs,” “Best Online Master’s in Business Programs,” “Best Online MBA Programs,” and “Best Online Master’s in Computer Information Technology Programs” in the 2023 Best Online Programs rankings.

Extra Resources

Just like our on-campus students, you can benefit from both our Collat Career Center and Handshake platforms. Both will help you access recruiters, land internships, schedule job interviews, and more. We also have a 24/7 technical help desk for your support.

Are you interested in pursuing a career in accounting?

Bridge Pathway

  • Offers non-accounting, business undergraduate majors the opportunity to complete prerequisite accounting course work in order to be admissible to the MAc.
  • Offers undergraduate accounting majors the opportunity for refresher course work before moving into the Mac program.
  • Allows students to matriculate into the Master of Accounting with no GMAT or GRE requirement.
Learn more about our Bridge Certificate program
If you don’t have an undergraduate degree in accounting, regardless of your professional experience, you will need to complete all bridge courses. If you have a degree in business or you have taken undergraduate accounting courses, they may be applied as credit toward your bridge coursework. The Bridge and MAc alone are not sufficient for someone to be certified as a CPA.

Career Opportunities and the CPA Examination

The accounting industry is expected to add 96,000 jobs by 2030, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. With a Master of Accounting degree, you can expect to enjoy higher salaries, increased career advancement opportunities, and be prepared to take the CPA Examination. You can also combine the MAc with a Information Systems Certificate (business analytics, cybersecurity, or IT management).

Students need 120 hours to sit for the exam and 150 hours to be certified. In addition to the total hour requirement, CPA candidates need a certain number of upper-level accounting credit hours and business hours to sit and certify. The MAc is an opportunity for students to earn those additional hours.

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