The Culverhouse School of Accountancy is one of the oldest and most respected accounting programs in the United States. Our majors work with the newest information systems technology and receive a broad liberal arts foundation and an intensive education in the business and accounting disciplines. They develop communications, problem-solving and interpersonal skills and master the knowledge and skills demanded by employers. Accountants provide vital functions by offering a wide array of business and accounting services to their clients. Our internship program enhances an accounting major’s chances of success. Graduates of the master programs should be well prepared to sit for professional examinations in accounting such as the CPA and CMA exam.
The School of Accountancy was established in July 1978 as an academic unit of the College of Commerce and Business Administration. The school was named in honor of Hugh F. Culverhouse, Sr. in February 1989. Culverhouse was an alumnus of The University of Alabama, a noted lawyer and businessman and a major supporter of the accountancy program. The Culverhouse School of Accountancy is a charter member of the Federation of Schools of Accountancy. The School holds accounting accreditation at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition to the bachelor of science degree, the Culverhouse School of Accountancy offers two professional master’s degrees, the master of accountancy (MAcc) and the master of tax accounting (MTA), and a doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree with a concentration in accounting.
Accounting students also enjoy access to a special Spring Internship Program that matches them with some of the best firms in the world.
The Culverhouse School of Accountancy offers a broad range of course specializations with a specific focus: teaching students to responsibly and intelligently manage financial accounts. Classes include public accounting, management accounting, auditing, taxation and nonprofit accounting. The program provides basic conceptual accounting and business knowledge as a foundation for career development. The Culverhouse School of Accountancy maintains superior academic credentials while delivering access to some of the most renowned scholarly resources of any American university.
Third-year Requirement for Accounting Majors:
No 300- or 400-level accounting courses may be transferred from another institution and applied to the degree requirements for accounting majors. These upper-level courses have unique components, and equivalent courses do not exist at other universities. A condition of enrollment in all undergraduate accounting courses other than AC 351 and AC 352 is admission to the Culverhouse School of Accountancy or permission of the Director.
Certain business skills are both universal and in high demand. A fluency in accounting empowers students with the knowledge to understand the way an organization works as well as how it maintains its ability to operate and grow. Accounting skills are necessary for any business owner or professional.
The Accounting specialization for non-majors offers students a way to learn accounting without the expectation of a career centered on it. This specialization is recommended for students who anticipate a need to manage the financial health and ethical standing of an organization, whether from a CEO's perspective or from various levels of business. Accountants work all across the world, but Culverhouse accountants are in demand.
***The Accounting for Non-Majors Specialization is a 9-hour specialization. AC 310 and AC 311 are required. Not open to General Business majors.
The Culverhouse School of Accountancy is one of the country's most prominent. This concentration is the reason. Professional accounting is designed for students who plan to attend graduate school to earn a master’s degree in Accounting (MAcc or MTA) and/or sit for the CPA exam. Students pursuing professional accounting will understand the process by which a person or business accumulates, utilizes and maintains capital. This path is recommended for students with an interest in setting up or working for a firm.Furthermore, the major offers students an immersive, hands-on understanding of the pricing of securities in capital markets, the designing of incentive systems and measurements, and the best practices concerning issues such as executive compensation and fluency in derivative markets.
***Professional Accounting is a 9-hour specialization. AC 456 and AC 471 are required.
The Culverhouse School of Accountancy offers three graduate programs, two at the masters level as well as a PhD program. The Master of Accountancy and Master of Tax Accounting programs both are highly rated programs that have high placement rates, place students nationally, and whose students have high CPA Exam pass rates. The Master of Accountancy program is designed to cover various aspects of accounting, including auditing and fraud, managerial accounting, financial accounting, and valuation. It is designed for people seeking entry level positions in auditing and corporate accounting. The Master of Tax Accounting program is designed to cover technical tax rules and develop students' research and communication skills. This program is for students seeking to start their careers in the tax department of an accounting firm or a corporation.
The PhD program in accounting is a four-year program that develops research skills using both archival and behavioral methods. Graduates are placed at top schools throughout the country, with recent placements including the University of Massachusetts and the University of Oklahoma. Our graduates are known for having both strong research and teaching skills.