College of Business Administration

Office of the Dean

201 Business Administration

Kamal Hingorani, Interim Dean

The College of Business Administration (COBA) is fully accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and is an association member of the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The Master of Accountancy program prepares baccalaureate degree students for upper-level professional

careers in public and management accounting in industry and government, achieving professional certifications in accounting such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and/or pursuit of terminal (Ph.D.) degrees.

Degree Required Admission Test

COBA Mission Statement

The College of Business Administration (COBA) supports the mission of the University by serving the higher educational needs of business students at Alabama State University. Programs are designed to help students advance their education in business to become more productive citizens, further their careers and pursue advanced studies within a changing global environment.

Undergraduate programs offer selected specializations built on a foundation of general education and a broad business core with an emphasis on entrepreneurship. The Master of Accountancy Program offers advanced accounting studies. COBA promotes special concern for student learning, the effective use of technology and ethical behavior. Teaching/coaching and the resultant student learning are the highest priority of COBA. To that end, instructional development and faculty intellectual contributions of discipline research are emphasized. Faculty development, community service and involvement in professional organizations resulting in service to key stakeholders are stressed. COBA solicits input from its primary stakeholders through advisory councils.

Master of Accountancy Admission Requirements

  1. The student has taken the GMAT during the last five years and has had the scores submitted to the ASU Murphy Graduate School.
  2. The applicant has an acceptable GMAT Score.
  3. The requirements for admission are based on total points according to the formula. The formula is 200 x the GPA requirement plus the GMAT score. The minimum total points for unconditional acceptance are 915 points. Students who are accounting graduates of Alabama State University may be considered for admission without the GMAT score requirement;but,must have a minimum of 2.75 GPA.
  4. The student has earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution with a major in accounting or business disciplines.
  5. The student has provided The Murphy Graduate School with two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the student’s work record, academic record, and personal character. Letters of recommendation from family are NOT acceptable.
  6. The student has provided The Murphy Graduate School Office with official transcript(s) from ALL schools where undergraduate or graduate courses have been taken. (Note: Alabama State University will only accept nine graduate semester hours from another university.)
  7. If the student’s native language is not English, the student must pass TOEFL with a score of 550 or better and have the score submitted to The Murphy Graduate School Office.
  8. The Admissions Committee evaluates all applicants and submits its findings and recommendations to The Murphy Graduate School.
  9. The student accepted on a probationary basis may take only nine semester hours.

Graduation Requirements:

  1. The student must maintain a cumulative average grade of 3.0 (B) or higher in required and elective graduate courses to receive the Master of Accountancy degree.
  2. Courses (undergraduate or graduate) taken by the student enrolled in the Master of Accountancy Program that are not required to receive the Master of Accountancy degree will not be included in the cumulative average grade required for graduation.

Master of Accountancy

30 CreditHour

Required Courses:(15 credit hours)

ACT 514 Advanced Auditing 3
ACT 515 Advanced Taxation 3
ACT 516 Advanced Accounting Information Systems 3
ACT 526 Advanced Managerial/Cost Controllership 3
ACT 532 Advanced Fund Accounting 3

Major Elective Courses:(6 credit hours)

Choose two:

ACT 512 Advanced Financial Reporting 3
ACT 518 Advanced Accounting Theory 3
ACT 530 International Accounting and Business 3

Non-Accounting Required Courses:(6 credit hours)

FIN 519 Corporate Treasury Management 3
MGT 556 Business Law/Law for CPAs:Uniform Commercial Code 3

Non-Accounting Elective Courses:(3 credit hours required)

MGT 550 Advanced Management of Strategic Diversity 3
ECO 558 Economics of the Firm and its Environment 3
MGT559 Managerial Communication 3