The Culverhouse School of Accountancy

Going Beyond Numbers

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 communication, problem-solving and interpersonal skills and master the knowledge and skills demanded by employers. Accountants provide vital functions to their clients by offering a wide array of business and accounting services. Our internship program enhances an accounting major’s chances of success. Graduates of the master’s programs should be well prepared to sit for professional examinations in accounting, such as the CPA and CMA exams.

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, businessman, and 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 (Ph.D.) degree with a concentration in accounting.


Best public accounting program

U.S. News & World Report, 2023-2024


Best Overall accounting program

U.S. News & World Report, 2023-2024



More information about minors, majors, and concentrations is available in the UA Course Catalog.


  • Certain business skills are both universal and in high demand. A fluency in accounting empowers students with the knowledge to understand how an organization works and how it maintains its ability to operate and grow. Accounting skills are necessary for any business owner or professional.
  • The Accounting minor for non-majors offers students a way to learn accounting without expecting a career centered on it. Instead, this minor is recommended for students who anticipate a need to manage the financial health of an organization, whether from a CEO’s perspective or various other levels in business. Accountants work all across the world, but Culverhouse accountants are in high demand.
  • This minor is not available to students who are pursuing a major in Accounting.
  • View Accounting Minor Requirements

Professional Accounting

  • The Professional Accounting concentration is designed for students who want to increase their breadth of knowledge in accounting, plan to pursue a master’s degree in accounting (MAcc or MTA), and intend to sit for the CPA exam. A 2.000 concentration GPA is required.
  • The Professional Accounting concentration is restricted to Accounting majors only.
  • View Professional Accounting Concentration Requirements

The Culverhouse School of Accountancy offers three graduate programs: two 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.

  • Undergraduate Class Requirements for Grad School
    • You will need to complete the Professional Accounting specialization requirements (AC 456, AC 471, and a professional AC elective) if you plan to apply for the MTA or MAcc programs.
  • Applying for Graduate School
    • For admittance to the MAcc or MTA programs for Fall 2024 or Spring 2025, be sure to apply before graduation. Students need to submit their application and GMAT score, three recommendation letters (at least one should be an accounting professor), and a statement of purpose. If you have questions about either program, please do not hesitate to ask. NOTE: The Career Center on campus will review your purpose statement and provide feedback for you. If you would like to utilize this service, you will need to make an appointment. Click here for additional information about applying.
  • MAcc and MTA GMAT Waiver Policy – Effective Fall 2021
    • For students applying for Fall 2021 or later: We have now automatically waived the GMAT for applicants with an accounting GPA of 3.25 or above in a minimum of 15 upper-division credit hours (classes counted include AC310, AC311, AC361, AC371, AC389, AC432, AC456, and AC471). Students who do not meet these criteria may apply for a waiver, and we will evaluate these applications on a case-by-case basis — do not be afraid to ask!
    • Important for Fall 2024: For those students with very high GPAs and high ACT or SAT scores (i.e., the potential for a high GMAT score), we may be able to nominate you for a University-wide fellowship that covers tuition and pays a stipend.
    • The GMAT score is an important part of the nomination (not for being accepted into the program). If you think you may be eligible, contact Troy Pollard or Rich Houston.
  • 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.