What is Accountancy?

Accountancy (or accounting) is the measurement, processing and communication of financial information about organizations. Accounting can be divided into several fields including financial accounting, management accounting, auditing, and tax accounting. Financial accounting focuses on the reporting of an organization's financial information, including the preparation of financial statements, to external users of the information, such as investors, regulators and suppliers; and management accounting focuses on the measurement, analysis and reporting of information for internal use by management. Another part of accounting involves compliance with government regulations pertaining to income tax reporting.

For Whom is this Program Designed?

This program is designed for professionals who want to pursue a career in accounting in private or public sector. Accounting careers vary widely in today's complex, global economy. Graduates may find themselves tracking illegal funds for the FBI to 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 work for public accounting firms, public or private corporations, governments at all levels, or for themselves in private practice.

Why a Master of Accountancy Degree?

The Master of Accountancy program provides students with an academically rigorous course of study in accounting necessary for successful careers in professional accountancy in public, private, non-for-profit, and federal government accounting. Students have the flexibility to become educationally prepared for recognized certifications. It satisfies the requirements of the Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy for Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination candidates. The program exceeds the educational requirements for membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), as well as those to sit for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) examinations.

The MAcc program is designed to meet the highest standards of curriculum quality, faculty excellence, and program relevance in accordance with the College of Business' accreditation by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Program prerequisites are kept to a minimum and the program is designed to meet the needs of students with a wide variety of educational backgrounds.

Program Snapshots:

Program Format: Available in-class and some courses are offered in an online format.

Program Length: 33 credit hours of course work. A full-time student with an undergraduate degree in accounting can complete the program in one year.

Program Start Dates: A student can begin courses in any semester: spring, summer, or fall.

Courses Taken in the Program

Cost: The cost per credit hour varies depending on the number of hours taken. (http://www.uah.edu/bursar/tuition)

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Contact Us:

Jennifer Pettitt, Director of Business Graduate Programs
Telephone: 256-824-6681
Email: gradbiz@uah.edu

Mailing Address:
Office of Academic Assistance, BAB 102-H
College of Business
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Huntsville, Alabama 35899