Master of Accountancy
Accountancy at the master's level replaces the rudiments of financial management with real hands-on experience. The Master of Accountancy degree program provides students with a greater understanding of accounting and business than is possible in an undergraduate program. The program prepares students for careers as professional accountants in financial institutions, government, industry, nonprofit organizations and public practice. Graduates are prepared to research various databases related to troublesome accounting problems, and to exercise judgment in making accounting-related decisions by drawing on their integrated, comprehensive body of accounting knowledge and experience—what all masters have in common.
Students must take a minimum of 30 hours of graduate courses, including a minimum of 21 hours of accounting courses. Up to six elective hours, as approved by an advisor, may be chosen from 500-level courses and must be approved by the coordinator of the M.Acc. program. Students cannot receive graduate credit for a course if they have taken an equivalent course at the undergraduate level. Another accounting course should be substituted with the approval of the coordinator of the MAcc program. Students who have not taken AC 456 and AC 471, or their equivalents, must take AC 456 or AC 556 and AC 471 or AC 571.
We welcome applications from all undergraduate majors and all work experience levels. We seek to admit a diverse group of students with unique backgrounds, experiences, and goals. As such, there are no specific class prerequisites for the Manderson programs. Our prerequisites are few but our expectations are many, including a dedication to excellence, a rigorous pursuit of goals, an innovative mind, and a resolve to be at the forefront of what is current and relevant to the modern enterprise.
Experience is important to the dynamic of Manderson’s learning environment. Typically more than 60% of each entering class has significant prior work experience. The program also has a niche group of approximately 40% high achieving students with little or no prior work experience. No matter your prior work experience, Manderson gives you experience for the future.
Statement of Purpose/Intent Essay
You have the option to electronically submit your essay after finishing your online application. This is the most efficient means of submitting your essay. Statements of purpose turned in digitally must be submitted to the graduate application center.
Official GMAT or GRE Scores
Manderson programs accept either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants should take either exam and request that scores be submitted electronically to The University of Alabama, which may be done immediately following the completion of the exam. We accept only official score reports from ETS or Pearson VUE that are less than five years old. Official scores must be received before we can evaluate your application.
Official Undergraduate Transcripts
The Graduate School office requires two official transcripts from each undergraduate institution that you have attended. Even if you were/are a UA undergraduate, you still must submit two official transcripts before your file can be reviewed. The registrar should sign across the seal on the back of each transcript envelope.
A fee of $250.00 will be imposed on each graduate course taken. A business school technology fee is assessed at the rate of $11 per credit hour. Other fees (parking, student health services, housing, etc.) are not included in this estimate.
Students enrolled in the Enterprise Consulting concentration are required to register for a class offered in the interim term (the three-week period between spring semester and the summer internship).
Full-time enrollment for graduate students is 9–15 hours per regular semester. An overload fee is assessed for each credit hour in excess of the full-time tuition schedule.
All admission candidates are automatically considered for all available awards, with award decisions based on the merits of each application. No additional forms or applications are required. Students whose applications are received by the early admission application deadline of January 5, or no later than the February 15 priority admission deadline, have the greatest chance of receiving financial assistance through the Manderson program. Manderson consistently awards at least 50 percent of our students with some type of scholarship, assistantship or fellowship.