Degree Offered: Master of Accounting

Degree Offered: Master of Accounting
Director: Thomas Vermeer
Phone: (205) 934-2477

The Department of Accounting and Finance (ACFN) in the Collat School of Business is proud to offer a Master of Accounting (M.Ac.) program that holds a separate accreditation by the Association of Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the highest honor a business school can achieve for its accounting programs.

Courses in the program are offered in the classroom primarily in an evening format, with some classes having an online option. An enhanced online with premium program ( is also available 100% online and offers a guaranteed path of progression with a tuition premium. 

High-achieving UAB accounting undergraduate students interested in pursuing the M.Ac. degree should consider the UAB Fast-Track Master of Accounting Program. Details are outlined below.


The Master of Accounting  (MAc) program accepts applications (with no GMAT/GRE requirement) three times a year with one of the following degree requirements:

  1. A bachelor's degree in accounting from an AACSB-accredited university, received less than five years before the desired enrollment term at UAB, with at least a 3.0 overall average GPA and at least a 3.0 average GPA in all upper-division (i.e., 300 and 400 level) accounting courses OR
  2. A bachelor's degree in accounting from an AACSB-accredited university, received at any point in time, with at least a 3.0 overall average GPA and at least a 3.0 average GPA in all upper-division (i.e., 300 and 400 level) accounting courses and 3+ years of professional accounting experience OR
  3. A bachelor's degree in any discipline (besides accounting) from a U.S. regionally accredited university and completion of UAB’s Accounting Bridge Certificate program (or its equivalent) with at least a 3.0 average GPA in the Accounting Bridge Certificate (or its equivalent).

If your bachelor’s degree in accounting is from a non-AACSB-accredited university, please contact our MAc program team to determine whether it meets the degree requirements above. If you do not meet the GPA requirements because of unusual/special circumstances, please contact our MAc program team for consideration.  

Two Letters of recommendation (with at least one being professional) are required. GMAT/GRE test scores can be voluntarily submitted in support of your application.

Additional international requirements:

  • If your bachelor’s degree in accounting is from a non-United States institution, two prerequisites (AC402-Introduction to Income Taxation and AC 430-Financial Accounting III) must be completed, with a 3.0 average GPA, prior to acceptance into the MAc program).
  • International students from non-English speaking countries must submit English proficiency scores (TOEFL/IELTS/PTEA) that meet the Graduate School's minimum score requirements. Specific requirements can be found at:

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: July 1st

Spring Semester: November 1st

Summer Semester: April 1st

Required Documents

  • Application form including 2 evaluation forms/letters of reference (with at least one being professional)
  • Current resume/CV detailing work experience
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (including dual enrollment and Community Colleges) sent directly by the Registrar or responsible head of the institution to the UAB Graduate School, LHL G03, 1720 2nd Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35294-0013. Transcripts may also be sent electronically to
  • GMAT score* sent directly from the testing agency. Institution code: 1CB5S61 (If voluntarily submitting)
  • 500 word Statement of Purpose

International Applicants
The following additional documents are required of international applicants:

A minimum composite score of 80 with a minimum score of 20 in each section of  the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS, within the five-year period immediately preceding the desired term of enrollment. We will also accept an IELTS score of 6.5 in lieu of the TOEFL.

Financial Affidavit of Support

Immigration documentation if currently residing in the United States, or proof of citizenship if currently a U.S. citizen.

A transcript evaluation report prepared by Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE, or World Education Services (WES,

Full Time Student Enrollment Status

To be enrolled as a full-time graduate student, a student must register for at least 9 semester hours in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. If a student is enrolled in courses offered in a 7-week format, those credit hours are applied toward the 9 semester hour requirement for the entire 14-week term. 

Example: If a student is enrolled in 6 credit hours in the Spring A term (first 7 weeks) and 3 credit hours in the Spring B term (second 7 weeks), the university recognizes this student to be enrolled in 9 semester hours for the entire period (14-week term), and of full time status.

Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Program (ABM)

A successful graduate of the ABM will earn a bachelor's degree and Master of Accounting degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Collat School of Business in an accelerated time period compared to the independent completion of these two degrees. Students will graduate with a Bachelor degree upon completion of the Bachelor degree requirements, then graduate with a Masters' degree upon completing the requirements for the Master of Accounting. 


The Accelerated Bachelors/Master's Program is for exceptional students. The accepted student will have:

  • an average GPA of 3.5 in all institutional courses
  • a minimum of 60 credit hours (36 of these credit hours must have been taken at UAB)

Before applying, the student must meet with their graduate program coordinator and their undergraduate advisor to discuss program requirements; students should also meet with a financial aid/scholarship advisor to determine the impact of ABM on their scholarships and/or aid award. The student should also be advised that additional credit hours may be required for licensure as a CPA.

Upon acceptance, a detailed plan of study must be mapped out specific to each ABM student. This plan must be agreed upon by the student, their undergraduate academic advisor, and graduate program coordinator and strictly adhered to while in the ABM program to guarantee their continued participation in the ABM. Acceptance into the program takes place after a student has earned 60 credit hours of coursework. Admission is by a committee chaired by the graduate program director, consisting of the graduate program director and department program coordinator.

To maintain status in ABM, the student must:​

  • maintain an institutional GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • receive a B (or higher) in all courses taken while still an undergraduate student
  • maintain full time student status at UAB
  • Accounting and Finance Department will waive the hour requirement for internship terms if the internship causes them to drop below the full time student hour requirement.

If any of these requirements is violated, the student will be withdrawn from the ABM program. If a student is withdrawn from the ABM program, they will retain credit for the courses already completed in the program. 

Once the student has completed all undergraduate course requirements for graduation, their undergraduate degree will be awarded. Once the student graduates from a bachelor's degree program, they enter the Master of Accounting program and  must maintain the requirements of that program. Tuition is then charged at the graduate rate.

To accelerate progress through the Master of Accounting degree, a limited number of courses (up to 12 credit hours) may be counted toward the completion of the bachelor's degree and toward the completion of the Master of Accounting degree. The selected Master of Accounting courses must be approved by the student's undergraduate academic advisor.

Graduate courses allowed for credit sharing are the following:

AC 523 External Auditing (requires approval of program director)

AC 530 Financial Accounting III (prerequisite - AC 310)

AC 557 Business Law for Accountants (requires approval of program director) AC 573 Fraud Examination (prerequisite - AC 423/523)

AC 580 Advanced Accounting (prerequisite - AC 430/530) AC 600 Accounting Research (prerequisite - AC 430/530)

Early Acceptance Program

Early Acceptance Programs are designed for academically superior high-school students. Early Acceptance Programs allow high achieving students to be admitted to the Master of Accounting (M.Ac.) program at the same time they are admitted to an undergraduate program.

Eligible students are required to maintain a 3.5 undergraduate GPA and complete the following pre-requisite courses: AC 200, AC 201, AC 300, AC 304, AC 310, AC 401, AC 402, AC 423, and AC 430.

Uniform CPA Examination

Eligibility requirements for sitting for the Uniform CPA examination vary among the states and territories.  For detailed information about these requirements, please contact the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) at The state of Alabama, through its Accountancy Laws and the Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy (ASBPA),, requires that applicants for the Uniform CPA Examination hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and possess a total of 120 semester hours of postsecondary education, including at least 24 semester hours of accounting in specified areas at the upper-division or graduate level and 24 semester hours in business-related courses. The UAB 120-hour undergraduate accounting program does not provide all of the classes needed for a 150 hour CPA licensure in Alabama.

Other Professional Accounting Certifications

Other examinations leading to professional certification (CMA, CIA, CFE, CISA, etc.) generally do not require academic course work beyond the baccalaureate degree. Students interested in other accounting certifications should contact any member of the accounting faculty for further information.

Master of Accounting

Required Courses (5)
AC 580Advanced Accounting3
AC 600Financial Accounting Research3
AC 606Advanced Auditing and Attestation3
AC 620Tax Research3
Elective Courses -Choose Six From:18
Internal Auditing 1
Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting
External Auditing 1
Financial Accounting III 1
International Accounting: From a User's Perspective 1
Accounting Internship 1
Fraud Examination 1
Seminar in Financial Accounting
Advanced Topics in Regulation
Professional Standards for CPAs
Governance and the Business Environment
Introduction to Cyber Security
Desktop Analytics with IT Tools
Information Security Risk Management
Cyber Attacks and Threat Mitigation
Incident Response and Business Continuity
Digital Forensics
Information Technology and Business Strategy
IT Governance and Management
Advanced Business Analytics
Technology Planning and Capital Budgeting
Leadership in IT
Data Management & SQL for Analytics
Data Visualization for Business
Legal Elements of Fraud Investigation
Business Law for Accountants
Information Security Management
Data Science for Business
Quantitative Analysis for Business Managers
Total Hours30

May be taken as graduate courses only if not previously taken as undergraduate level courses.


AC 500. Financial Accounting I. 3 Hours.

Accounting cycle, environment of financial accounting, conceptual framework of financial accounting, financial statements, time value of money, cash and receivables. Enrollment requires permission of the M.Ac. Program Director.

AC 501. Cost Accounting. 3 Hours.

Basic Theory and procedures involving cost determination, analysis, and control. Cost allocations, applications of overhead, budgeting, standard costs, job order, process and byproduct costing, spoilage, and quantitative techniques.Enrollment requires permission of M.Ac. Program Director.

AC 502. Income Taxation I. 3 Hours.

Fundamentals and basic concepts of various entities, with emphasis on federal income taxation of individuals. Enrollment requires permission of M.Ac. Program Director.

AC 504. Accounting Information Systems. 3 Hours.

Transaction processing cycles of accounting system; internal control, development, and control of information systems; emerging development of information technology. Enrollment requires permission of the M.Ac. Program Director.

AC 510. Financial Accounting II. 3 Hours.

Continuation of AC 500. Inventories, plant assets, intangible assets, current liabilities, long term debt and stockholders' equity, dilutive securities, earnings per share, and investments. Enrollment requires permission of M.Ac. Program Director.

AC 513. Internal Auditing. 3 Hours.

Theory and practice of internal auditing and application of internal auditing principles and techniques to selected audit problems. Enrollment requires permission of M.Ac. Program Director.

AC 514. Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting. 3 Hours.

Special features of budgetary and fund accounting as applied to municipalities, other government units, and to other non-profit entities.

AC 523. External Auditing. 3 Hours.

Study of the external audit function and the essential standards that govern audit practice. Enrollment requires permission of M.Ac. Program Director.

AC 530. Financial Accounting III. 3 Hours.

Dilutive securities, earnings per share, investments, accounting for income taxes, accounting changes and error analysis, statement of cash flows, retirement benefits, leases and selected disclosures. Enrollment requires permission of the M.Ac. Program Director.

AC 540. International Accounting: From a User's Perspective. 3 Hours.

Development of international accounting knowledge needed to make informed decisions in global business environment.

AC 564. Accounting Internship. 3 Hours.

Work experience enabling students to better integrate academic knowledge with practical applications by exposure to accounting practice and business environment.

AC 572. Information Technology Auditing. 3 Hours.

Introduction to the practice of information technology auditing. An emphasis is placed on information technology auditing standards and methodology, as well as guidance on auditing general computer controls and application controls.

AC 573. Fraud Examination. 3 Hours.

Advanced forensic accounting concepts with a primary focus on occupational fraud and abuse--its origins, perpetration, prevention, and detection.

AC 580. Advanced Accounting. 3 Hours.

Business combinations, consolidated financial statements, multinational accounting, and partnerships.
Prerequisites: AC 430 [Min Grade: B]

AC 590. Advanced Topics in Accounting. 3 Hours.

Contemporary professional accounting issues.

AC 600. Financial Accounting Research. 3 Hours.

Consideration of recent pronouncements from various authoritative bodies such as the FASB and SEC through research projects and case discussions.

AC 606. Advanced Auditing and Attestation. 3 Hours.

Development of auditing to its present statue; authoritative bodies influencing auditing; new developments. Preq: Admission to M.Ac. program or graduate standing and approval of the M.Ac. program director.

AC 607. Seminar in Financial Accounting. 3 Hours.

This course provides an integrated understanding of the financial accounting and reporting issues for companies, not-for-profit organizations, and governments, with a particular emphasis on identifying issues, analyzing facts, evaluating the accounting literature, and determining the appropriate response.
Prerequisites: AC 580 [Min Grade: B]

AC 608. Advanced Topics in Regulation. 3 Hours.

This course provides an integrated understanding of the federal taxation of individuals, entities, and property transactions. In addition, this course covers ethical and professional responsibilities in tax as well as business law concepts. A particular emphasis will be placed on identifying issues, analyzing facts, evaluating the accounting literature, and determining the appropriate response.
Prerequisites: AC 620 [Min Grade: B]

AC 609. Professional Standards for CPAs. 3 Hours.

This course provides an integrated understanding of the audit, attestation, review, compilation, and other standards followed by CPA firms during professional engagements for companies, not-for-profit organizations, and governments, with a particular emphasis on identifying issues, analyzing facts, evaluating the professional literature, and determining the appropriate response.
Prerequisites: AC 606 [Min Grade: B]

AC 612. Governance and the Business Environment. 3 Hours.

This course examines the process by which individuals inside and outside a publicly-traded or other complex organization seek to govern the organization’s activities, including boards of directors, shareholders, management, independent auditors, internal risk managers, and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

AC 620. Tax Research. 3 Hours.

Basic and advanced research tools in taxation; ethics in taxation, analysis of the tax research process and selected parts of the Internal Revenue Code and Regulations; tax planning techniques. Admission to Master of Accounting program required. MBA students with an accounting undergraduate degree can take the course with the permission of the instructor.


Byrd, Jim, Associate Professor of Accounting, 2013, B.S. (Auburn), M.B.A. (Georgia State), M.A., Ph.D. (UAB), CPA, CHFP
Edmonds, Christopher, Professor of Accounting, 2013, B.S. (Colorado State), M.B.A. (UAB), Ph.D. (Virginia Tech)
Edmonds, Jennifer, Associate Professor of Accounting, 2013, B.S. (Birmingham-Southern), M.Acc., Ph.D. (Virginia Tech)
Edmonds, Mark, Associate Professor of Accounting, 2016, BS, MA (UAB), PhD (Southern Illinois)
Gorman, C. Allen, Associate Professor of Management, 2021, B.A. (University of Georgia), M.A. (University of Nebraska at Omaha), PhD. (University of Tennessee)
Hamrick, Jennifer, Assistant Professor of Accounting, 2019, BS (Birmingham-Southern College), MAc (Auburn), PhD (Kennesaw State University)
Leece, Ryan, Associate Professor of Accounting, 2014, BS (University of Minnesota); MA (University of North Carolina), PhD (Virginia Tech)
Messina, Frank M., Alumni and Friends Professor of Accounting, 1993, B.S. (University of West Alabama), M.Acc., Ph.D. (Mississippi State University), C.P.A.
Messina, Marena, Assistant Professor of Accounting, 2020, BS (Alabama), MAc (UAB), Ph.D. (Kennesaw State University), C.P.A.
Nabors, Eddie, Instructor of Accounting, and Internship Coordinator, 2011, B.S. (Alabama), M.Acc. (University of West Florida)
Savage, Arline, Professor of Accounting, 2012, Ph.D. (University of Port Elizabeth-South Africa), CA (SA)
Song, Chen, Senior Instructor of Accounting, 2013, BS (Beijing Information Technology Institute), MA (Virginia Tech)
Vermeer, Thomas, Professor of Accounting, 2022, BS (George Mason University), MS (University of North Texas), Ph.D. (University of North Texas)
Worrell, James L., Professor of Accounting, 2008, B.S., M.Ac., Ph.D. (Florida State University)
Yates, Stephanie, Professor of Finance, Chair, Department of Accounting and Finance, 2007, B.S., M.A., M.B.A. (Cincinnati), Ph.D. (LSU)