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Accounting Careers can take a person to unexpected opportunities. Graduates may find themselves tracking illegal funds for the FBI or preparing financial statements for multi-billion dollar firms. Generally, accounting career paths can be described as financial reporting, assurance, budget analysis, management accounting, tax accounting, and federal contract accounting. Accountants may find work for public accounting firms, public or private corporations, governments at all levels, or for themselves with a private practice.

Accounting Concentrations

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

The Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy  requires a minimum of both credit hours and course content in order to sit for the CPA examination.  The current (2012) requirements are 150 credit hours and content coverage of financial accounting, auditing, taxation, management accounting, governmental and not-for-profit accounting, business law, and accounting electives.  Therefore, students considering CPA certification will need course work in accounting beyond the minimum requirements for the BSBA degree.

Prior to taking the CPA examination, a rigorous review course may be necessary to improve one’s ability to pass the examination. ACC 580 (Professional Certification) provides a complete and thorough examination and review of each of the four areas of the Accounting Standards and Procedures (Regulation, Business Environment and Concepts, Financial Accounting and Reporting, Auditing and Attestation).

Proper planning and assistance from the advising office in choosing electives can help meet these requirements.  In addition, the College can structure a 4+1 program that prepares students for the CPA exam.  The program meets or exceeds the requirements for professional accounting certification, and involves 4 years of undergraduate study plus 1 year of graduate study ending with the Master of Accountancy degree.  The 4+1 program also provides the graduate with enough graduate-level hours in accounting to teach accounting at the community college and university levels.  

CPA Prep 4+1 Program

The College’s CPA Prep 4+1 Program provides an efficient way for students to complete their BSBA in accounting, complete the requirements to sit for the CPA exam, and obtain a Master of Accountancy degree, all in 5 years.  The program includes 4 years of undergraduate study (leading to the BSBA with a major in Accounting) plus 1 year of full-time graduate study (culminating in the Master of Accountancy degree).  Students who complete the CPA Prep 4+1 Program and pass the CPA exam have assembled an impressive set of credentials. Contact the College's Director of Graduate Programs for more information.

Certificate in Accounting

Accounting Faculty

 

 

For additional information about the Accounting program at the UAH College of Business Administration, please call or contact:

Dr. Allen Wilhite
Phone: 256.824.6590
Email: Allen.Wilhite@uah.edu

 


Accounting Concentrations

 

General Accounting

Course Number Title Semester Hours
ACC 307 Accounting Information Systems 3 hrs.
ACC 310 Intermediate Financial Accounting I 3 hrs.
ACC 311 Intermediate Financial Accounting II 3 hrs.
ACC 313 Individual and Small Business Income Taxes 3 hrs.
ACC 414 Cost Accounting 3 hrs.
ACC 431 Principles of Auditing 3 hrs.
ACC XXX Accounting Elective (or BLS 411) 3 hrs.
Total Hours Required   21 hrs.

 

Federal Contract Accounting

Course Number Title Semester Hours
ACC 307 Accounting Information Systems 3 hrs.
ACC 310 Intermediate Financial Accounting I 3 hrs.
ACC 311 Intermediate Financial Accounting II 3 hrs.
ACC 414 Cost Accounting 3 hrs.
ACC 431 Principles of Auditing 3 hrs.
ACC 440 Basic Governmental Contract Accounting 3 hrs.
  Major Elective selected from the following courses: 3 hrs.
MGT 401 Intro to Contract Management  
MGT 402 Contract Evaluation and Award  
MGT 403 Contract Pricing & Cost Analysis  
BLS 406 Government Contract Law  
Total Hours Required   21 hrs.