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Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Specialization in Accounting

With automation, machine learning, and adaptive intelligence changing the way money is managed, who will fill the rapid evolving positions of future accountants? Accounting is the career with the greatest impact on the future of every business – everyday. Make it your mission to help businesses face the key challenges that lie ahead. Take advantage of the AUM faculty with the real-life experiences who will coach you in a dynamic program. Work with a team of students who are well-known for their reputation at meeting the highly ethical demands of this field.

A degree from Auburn University at Montgomery will give you a number of career choices. As a graduate, you will be equipped to work in a variety of professional settings including public accounting, for-profit entities, government, and non-profit agencies.  The problem-solving skills and ethical awareness you develop at AUM will prepare you to earn professional certifications and professional leadership roles. In addition to the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting, AUM offers a Master of Accountancy degree (MACC) and an Accounting minor.

The Accounting program consists of six required core courses, designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills generally expected of all entry-level accountants, and two required accounting electives. Other electives allow you to tailor your educational experience based on your goals after AUM.
In addition to preparing you for entry-level positions in accounting and graduate studies, this program is designed to meet the education requirements to sit for the Certified Public Accountants (CPA) examination in Alabama.

Auburn University at Montgomery’s School of Accountancy is the only accounting program in Montgomery and the River Region to be separately accredited by AACSB International. AUM’s degree in accounting ranks in the top one percent of all AACSB-accredited programs in the world.

The Know How

What you will know with an accounting degree from AUM


Know how to be a financial foothold that will ensure the progress of your company to achieve its goals.


Know how to meet the needs of society by using fair business strategies for building a strong, safe community.


Know how to analyze the financial position of a firm and have the confidence to manage its capabilities with a highly ethical stance.


Know how to manage accounts to develop a sustainable future for all.


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Is a Degree in Accounting Right for Me?

What types of jobs can I get with an accounting degree?

A lot of people think of tax accounting, but there are so many other options! Check out our Career Discover Board (below on this page) to begin exploring your options.

Do I want to go into public or private accounting?

Both public and private accounting are personal preferences. If you have the personality to help others public accounting would be a good path. If you prefer to work internally for a single company then private accounting would be the best pick.

Do I need a heavy background in math?

Not really. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division are basically all you need. But you need to be well-practiced at these.

What is the difference between accounting and finance?

Accounting focuses on the day-to-day flow of money in and out of a company or institution. Finance plans the future growth of a company by managing assets and liabilities within that company.


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What top-flight career will you choose?

Rewarding Occupations and Job Growth

You are off to great places. Check out the bright outlook of career options.
Note: Salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education, training, demographics, and industry. Here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Career/Job TitleEntry-level EducationJob Growth 2020-2030Annual Median Salary
Forensic Financial AnalystBachelor’s Degree7% (Faster than average)$81,430
International Tax ManagerBachelor’s Degree15% (Much faster than average)$134,180
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)Bachelor’s Degree4% (As fast as average)$107,680
Risk AnalystBachelor’s Degree18% (Much faster than average)$111,030
Accountant (CPA)Bachelor’s Degree4% (As fast as average)$73,560
Financial AdvisorBachelor’s Degree4% (As fast as average)$89,330
ControllerBachelor’s Degree
(MBA Preferred)
11% (Much faster than average)$87,660

Quick Facts

Begin your study in the College of Business with a strong foundation. Then customize your degree with intensive courses in Accounting, Entrepreneurship, International Business, Finance, Information Systems, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing or General Business. All degrees offered by the College of Business have achieved business accreditation by AACSB-International, the most prestigious business school accrediting body. In addition to a B.S. in Accounting, you will graduate with an AACSB accreditation. Only 1 percent of schools worldwide hold this special accreditation.

Bachelor of Science in Accountancy with AACSB special accreditation added to this degree.


This degree requires students to meet on campus. Students in these courses enroll in a program to connect in a campus setting and to collaborate using a variety of technological and educational tools. Professors play an inspirational role in building relationships among teams and individuals in this setting. The criteria for many programs can only be met with In-Class coursework. Be sure to check with your advisor to understand the best route to take.

Students planning to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.) Examination in Alabama must satisfy certain requirements by the Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy. AUM stands ready to guide you through this challenging but rewarding option. 

AccountingEDU.org included Auburn University at Montgomery among its top accounting bachelor’s degree recommendations. The website weighed such factors as affordability and first-time CPA exam pass rate to determine the “most effective, affordable schools” in its guide for potential students.

Generally, the math concentration level for an accounting degree includes the four operations of mathematics. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division are basically all you need. But you need to be well-practiced at these.  

Required Courses

The accounting specialization consists of eight courses: seven required to provide students with the knowledge and skills generally expected of all entry-level accountants and three accounting electives that students can choose based on their career path. Students planning to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.) Examination in Alabama must satisfy certain requirements by the Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy. AUM stands ready to guide you through this challenging but rewarding option.

The course listings below are only a few of the classes this concentration requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor.

Course NumberCourse NameWhat you will know…
ACCT 3110Intermediate Accounting IKnow how to put the theory of accounting into action and meet the needs of companies who depend on your financial reporting skills. Your strong foundations in this course will give you the confidence to protect your company’s financial reputation across the globe.
ACCT 3200Accounting Information Systems (writing intensive)An introduction to accounting information systems. Know how to journal and report a cycle of transactions. Know how to help minimize risks and protect your company’s assets by providing accurate records. Know the process of internal controls – the laws, regulations, and policies required by management.
ACCT 3210Managerial Cost AccountingKnow how to control cost spikes and declines in business activities. Study cost behavior as it relates to cost accumulation, allocation, and control procedures. Apply your knowledge in cost behavior to maximize your company’s profit. Step by step manage the job-order, process, budget, and data analysis to make informed operational decisions.

The course listings above are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the core curriculum courses required for all majors and may not include some program-specific information, such as admissions, retention and termination standards.

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