College of Business Administration The University of Alabama in Huntsville

College of Business Administration The University of Alabama in Huntsville

Huntsville, AL
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July 15
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Graduate business degrees and certificates at the University of Alabama Huntsville

The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) is an autonomous campus in the University of Alabama University System. Widely considered one of America's premier research universities, its 400-acre campus is situated at the center of one of the nation's fastest-growing, high technology business regions. The College of Business Administration at UAH is one of the 5% of internationally recognized business schools to hold accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.

Graduate degree overview

The College of Business Administration at the University of Alabama in Huntsville offers the following graduate degree programs: Master of Business Administration (MBA), with a focus on high technology environments, Master of Accountancy (MAcc), Master of Science and Information Systems (MSIS), and Master of Science in Cybersecurity (MSCBS).

The faculty include award-winning classroom instructors, nationally recognized researchers, and distinguished executives. The program also draws on the expertise of managers from Fortune 500 companies, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, the Army Material Command Center, and other organizations.

The Center for Management and Economic Research, housed within the UAH College of Business Administration, enables students and faculty members to work in teams to provide management and technical assistance to more than 1,000 firms in the Huntsville area.

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program

The Master of Business Administration degree program focuses on the future of American business, with a special emphasis on management of technology (MOT). The 48-credit curriculum positions graduate students with backgrounds in business, science, engineering, and liberal arts for success as mid- to upper-level managers in organizations that use technology or are impacted by it.

Students complete 15 credit hours of foundation courses and 24 credit hours of core courses. They may fulfill their remaining nine elective credits with courses from different disciplines or they may select a concentration in one of the following: accounting; acquisition management (contracts, federal procurement); entrepreneurship; logistics and supply chain management; information assurance and security; information systems; project management; and human resource management.

The Master of Accountancy (MAcc) degree program

The MAcc degree program prepares graduates with the knowledge and skills for advancement in public, private, or government accounting. The 33-credit hour curriculum comprises three required accounting courses and eight electives that can include non-accounting courses. Students may also choose a thesis option. In addition, students may select an area of emphasis in one of the following: CPA Preparation, Assurance and Financial Reporting (Auditing), Taxation, and Information Systems Audit and Control.

The MAcc degree program satisfies the requirements of the Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy for Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination candidates. It exceeds the educational requirements for membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and also the requirements to sit for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) examinations.

The Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) degree program

The MSIS degree program is designed to give students with a wide range of educational backgrounds the advanced preparation needed to enter the information technology (IT) field as a specialist, giving the students the skills to use, design, define, analyze, implement, and operate management information systems. Students receive an educational framework aligned with the responsibilities of an executive level IT manager.

The program consists of 33 semester hours of coursework. This includes nine semester hours of business core, 21 semester hours of required information systems courses, and an elective. "Information Systems Strategy and Applications," the capstone course, is typically taken toward the end of the program.

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity (MSCBS) degree program

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity (MSCBS) degree program is an interdisciplinary program involving three UAH colleges: Business Administration, Engineering, and Science. The 33-credit curriculum prepares graduates with the skills to secure and defend networks, recover from security failures, use computer forensics, and manage data security in the fast-growing field of information security. Students choose a concentration in business, computer science, or engineering.

The business track focuses on security requirements mandated by statutory authority and analysis of business impact as it relates to the System Development Life Cycle. The computer science track places emphasis on developing, documenting, and maintaining secure coding practices for scripts and applications. The engineering track enhances best practices with an education in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Defense Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP). The National Security Agency has designated UAH as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity. In addition UAH is a NSF CyberCorps Scholarship Institution.

The graduate certificate programs

The College of Business Administration also offers five graduate level certificate programs for students with bachelor's degrees who wish to study particular areas in depth. Available certificates include enterprise resource management, federal contracting and procurement management, supply chain management, cybersecurity, and technology and innovation management.

Accomplished faculty members

Faculty members in the College of Business Administration at UAH actively publish in leading scholarly and professional journals and have lectured at universities and organizations around the world. Many are involved in sponsored research programs with the US Army and companies in the Huntsville high-tech corridor. Faculty recognitions for research include awards from the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) and the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE).

Notable graduate faculty members include Dr. Jatinder Gupta, Eminent Scholar, and recipient of the Decision Sciences Institute's Dennis E. Grawoig Distinguished Service Award; Dr. Allen Wilhite and Dr. Eric Fong, who have published in the elite journal Science and presented their research at the annual meeting of the Journal of the American Medical Association, Dr. Laird Burns, a specialist in supply chain management and quantitative methods who has millions of dollars in funded research from the Army, Dr. Xuejing Xing, whose research comprises corporate finance, corporate governance, and capital markets.

Financial assistance

The University of Alabama in Huntsville awards financial aid to eligible graduate students in the form of grants, scholarships, assistantships, and fellowships.

Location & Contact

College of Business Administration

The University of Alabama in Huntsville

301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899
United States

Dr. Caron St. John


Phone: 256-824-6736
Fax: 256-824-7571

Ms. Jennifer Pettitt

Director of Graduate Programs

Phone: 256-824-6681
Fax: 256-824-7571

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Certificate
      Master of Accountancy (M Acc)
      Master of Business Administration (MBA)
      Master of Science (MS)
      Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 128
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 21
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


71% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 209
    • Accepted 149
    • Acceptance Rate 71
    • Enrolled 89
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline July 15th April 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline November 30th September 1st Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGMAT (minimum score 500), minimum AACSB index of 1080
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesGMAT (minimum score 500), minimum AACSB index of 1080
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT, IELTS required, IELTS paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsApril 1
    • Types of financial support availableResearch Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Health Care Benefits, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students273
    • Female Percentage45%
    • Male Percentage55%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students273
    • Part-time Percentage75%
    • Full-time Percentage25%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino4%
    • Black / African American10%
    • White / Caucasian71%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian7%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown8%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty35
    • Full-time Percentage86%
    • Part-time Percentage14%
    • Female Percentage20%
    • Male Percentage80%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchTechnology transfer, labor economics, financial institutions, management of technology, marketing
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$2,457,884