School and Ranking Information
There are about six schools within a 25-miles radius of Birmingham offering accounting programs, including both public and private 4-year universities. The following schools are considered the top three area schools for this field based on school type, accounting levels offered and number of accounting degrees awarded:
- Winner: The University of Alabama in Birmingham came in first place due to its multiple national rankings assigned by U.S. News & World Report, total number of degrees awarded in accounting and AACSB accreditation.
- Runner Up #1: Samford University, located in Birmingham, secured the first runner up spot due to its multiple levels of accounting degrees offered and high job placement rate for undergraduate accounting majors.
- Runner Up #2: Miles College in Fairfield came in third place for its tuition rate and proximity to Birmingham.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||University of Alabama - Birmingham||Samford University||Miles College|
|Rankings||119th among undergraduate business programs (2013),
73rd among part-time MBA programs (2013),
152nd among national universities (2014),
81st for top public schools (2014)*
| 222nd among undergraduate business programs (2013),
188th among part-time MBA programs (2013),
3rd for regional universities (South) in 2014*
|Location||Birmingham, AL||Birmingham, AL||Fairfield, AL (6.4 miles from downtown Birmingham)|
|School Type||4-year, public||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)||$6,798 (undergraduate, in-state), $15,462 (undergraduate, out-of-state); $6,420 (graduate, in-state), $14,574 (graduate, out-of-state)**||$25,150 (undergraduate), $16,678 (graduate)**||$11,014 (undergraduate)**|
|Accounting Degree Levels Offered||Bachelor's and master's degrees**||Bachelor's and master's degrees**||Bachelor's degrees**|
|Accounting Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012||135**||55**||21**|
|Most Popular Accounting Program in 2011-2012||Bachelor's in accounting (102 awarded)**||Bachelor's in accounting (31 awarded)**||N/A|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2006 Entering Class||48%**||71%**||15%**|
|Noteworthy||Accounting program was one of the first 18 to be accredited by the AACSB in 1982||Accounting undergraduates have a 99% job placement rate, according to the school||School implements an open admissions policy|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator
Winner: University of Alabama - Birmingham
- Undergraduate and master's accounting programs have individual AACSB accreditation
- Student honor society of Beta Alpha Psi is on campus along with chapters of the National Association of Black Accountants
- Online and hybrid programs available
The Birmingham campus of the University of Alabama offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Accounting and a Master of Accounting (MAcc) through its School of Business. The B.S. program requires students to complete a curriculum that includes subjects of auditing, taxation, finances, and a capstone project. Internships are available, as is the option to concentrate in forensic accounting and information technology auditing. A practicum is required for the concentration.
The MAcc degree program is offered in the evening, online, or through a hybrid of both. The curriculum covers auditing, accounting business law, and tax entities, among other topics. An internal auditing concentration is also available. The program further allows students to complete the 150-hour state requirement in order to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. A fast-track program is also available, in addition to internships offered throughout the year. Graduates can place with Big 4 accounting and local CPA firms, as well as corporate and government opportunities nationwide.
Runner-Up #1: Samford University
- Beta Alpha Psi hosts Accounting Career Night annually
- 11th among best value schools in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report
Samford's Brock School of Business (Brock) offers undergraduate accounting programs and Master of Accountancy (MAcc) programs, as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program with an accounting concentration. The undergraduate accounting major includes parts that offer students improved chances at success in the accounting profession. The school presents accounting programs that have helped students gain experience through paid internships and pass the CPA exam on their first tries.
The 30-credit MAcc program's curriculum provides a strong accounting foundation with the intent to prepare graduates for passing the CPA exam. The coursework helps develop the skills necessary for graduates to address most any accounting-related need of a client in any environment. The MBA program with accounting concentration enhances the graduate's education by combining management and leadership skills with core accounting functionality and understanding. Joint MAcc/MBA and MAcc/Juris Doctor programs are also available.
Runner-Up #2: Miles College
- NCES statistics showed that 99% of full-time beginning undergraduates received financial aid in 2011-2012
- School has student chapters of the Institute of Management Accountants and the National Association of Black Accountants
The Business and Accounting Division at Miles offers an undergraduate accounting degree program. The program prepares students with a curriculum that includes coursework in accounting principles as well as financial, managerial, and cost accounting. Auditing is also covered, and students learn how to solve problems, improve communication, and understand information technology. An internship completes the program requirements. Graduates can pursue continued graduate study or employment opportunities.