Business Schools in Alabama

    Statistics from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) show 33 public and non-profit schools in the state of Alabama granting undergraduate and graduate accredited business schools. Of these, 24 offer accredited undergraduate business programs and 13 offer accredited graduate business programs. The business accreditation is from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), and/or International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). All the schools on our list are public or non-profit and regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

    Accreditation ensures that the school’s business programs have clear goals and proven outcomes and that the institution adheres to national and international standards. Business accredited schools also provide opportunities for real-world interaction with businesses, which give students a broader educational experience.

    The three sections that follow cover undergraduate programs for business degrees, graduate business schools, and the job prospects for business school graduates in Alabama.

    Best Business Schools in Alabama

    Best business schools in Alabama according to US News data.

    • University of Alabama (Manderson) – #63 in Best Business Schools, #44 in Best Undergraduate Business School Programs, #61 in Top Public Schools, #87 in Best Colleges for Veterans, #13 in Best Online Graduate Business Programs
    • Auburn University – #73 in Best Business Schools, #52 in Top Public Schools, #62 in Undergraduate Business School Programs, #115 in Top National Universities, #11 in Best Online MBA Programs, #6 in Best Online Graduate Business Programs
    • University of Alabama-Birmingham – #111 in Top Part-time MBA, #80 in Top Public Schools, #127 in Best Undergraduate Business School Programs, #30 in Best Online Graduate Business Programs
    • University of Alabama-Huntsville – #133 in Top Part-time MBA, #230 in Best National Universities
    • Samford University – #2 Best Colleges for Veterans, #25 in Best Value Schools, #7 in Most Innovative Schools, #68 in Best Online MBA Programs

    Undergraduate Business Schools in Alabama

    We were able to obtain acceptance rates for 17 undergraduate programs for business degrees in Alabama, mostly in the moderate range. The average acceptance rate is 60%, and 10 of the 18 have rates of at least 56%. The lowest acceptance is 42% at Stillman College, and the highest acceptance rate, of nearly 91%, can be found at Troy University in Troy, Alabama.

    Graduation rates for undergraduate programs in Alabama are a bit on the low side, with an overall average of around 41% for the 18 business schools for which we have data. Samford University and Auburn University have the highest graduation rates, with 91% and 81%.

    Popular undergraduate degrees in Alabama: Accounting Information Systems Degree | Human Resources Degree | Project Management Degree

    The table below shows all the important data about our undergraduate business degrees, including annual in-state tuition costs, average aid, acceptance rates, median SAT and ACT scores of accepted students, and graduation rates. Click any column header to sort the table based on its contents.

    SchoolCityTuitionAidMedian SATMedian ACTAccept. RateGrad. Rate
    Alabama State UniversityMontgomery$9,220$7,751730-92015-1946%22%
    Athens State UniversityAthens$5,940$2,3060%
    Auburn UniversityAuburn$10,696$8,8921060-126024-3081%75%
    Auburn University MontgomeryMontgomery$9,640$5,944880-99019-2477%23%
    Bishop State Community CollegeMobile$4,380$4,197
    Faulkner University0$20,130$7,650880-112018-2345%32%
    Jacksonville State UniversityJacksonville$7,500$6,806870-112020-2653%36%
    Jefferson State Community CollegeBirmingham$4,440$3,709
    Lawson State Community CollegeBirmingham$4,380$4,322
    Miles CollegeFairfield$11,604$6,74317%
    Oakwood UniversityHuntsville$16,750$4,336750-101016-2148%47%
    Samford UniversityBirmingham$29,402$14,5451020-123823-2991%73%
    Stillman CollegeTuscaloosa$10,418$7,248740-91014-1742%18%
    The University of West AlabamaLivingston$8,876$5,071860-102018-2353%29%
    Troy UniversityTroy$8,260$7,047925-116018-2491%38%
    Tuskegee UniversityTuskegee$20,015$6,097890-111021-2250%46%
    University of Alabama at BirminghamBirmingham$8,040$7,267970-130021-2858%53%
    University of Alabama in HuntsvilleHuntsville$9,842$7,8701060-134025-3176%49%
    University of MobileMobile$21,400$10,861850-112019-2562%48%
    University of MontevalloMontevallo$12,040$8,632900-120020-2665%50%
    University of North AlabamaFlorence$8,114$5,301862-105319-2556%44%
    University of South AlabamaMobile$7,548$6,263920-113020-2381%38%
    Wallace Community College SelmaSelma$4,080$5,761
    Wallace State Community CollegeHanceville$4,380$5,035

    Graduate Business Schools in Alabama

    According to data compiled from the AACSB, ACBSP, and IACBE accrediting bodies, there are 13 accredited and non-profit options for obtaining an MBA or equivalent in Alabama, including several highly ranked schools several undiscovered options that are still worthy of consideration. The average tuition cost for graduate study in the state is $18,135, and the most affordable option is Jacksonville State University at $11,730.

    If you want to continue working while pursuing your career, there are several online MBA programs in Alabama available. One of these is Jacksonville State University, which can be completed in as little as 12-18 months.

    Popular graduate programs in Alabama: Online MBA in International Business | Online MBA in Sports Management | Online MBA in Operations Management

    The table below shows Alabama graduate business school tuition costs, accepted applicants’ GMAT scores, the percentage of faculty with a doctorate, average undergraduate GPA figures of accepted students, and student-to-faculty ratios. Click any column header to sort the table based on its contents.

    SchoolCityTuitionAvg. GMATFaculty
    with Doct.
    Auburn UniversityAuburn$24,11658491%1.8
    Auburn University MontgomeryMontgomery$12,68948488%3.31
    Jacksonville State UniversityJacksonville$11,73079%
    Samford UniversityBirmingham$29,26888%
    The University of West AlabamaLivingston$15,444
    Troy UniversityTroy$17,784
    University of AlabamaTuscaloosa$27,25261780%3.78
    University of Alabama at BirminghamBirmingham$18,64352173%
    University of Alabama in HuntsvilleHuntsville$18,42154194%2.67
    University of MobileMobile$17,460
    University of MontevalloMontevallo$12,30064%1.05
    University of North AlabamaFlorence$12,42144483%2.88
    University of South AlabamaMobile$18,22253585%

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    Job Outlook for Business School Graduates in Alabama

    Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that the average annual wage across all occupations in Alabama in 2016 was $88,837 for business-related occupations.6 Annual wages for business occupation subcategories in Alabama ranged from $35,750 for tax preparers to $207,090 for chief executives.6

    Accountants and Auditors13-201115,770$33$69,65010.0%
    Administrative Services Managers11-3011590$47$98,70010.1%
    Advertising and Promotions Managers11-201160**5.8%
    Architectural and Engineering Managers11-90412,450$67$139,1005.5%
    Budget Analysts13-2031840$39$80,9506.5%
    Business Operations Specialists13-11997,230$41$84,8508.8%
    Chief Executives11-10111,120$100$207,0908.0%
    Compensation and Benefits Managers11-311170$60$124,2705.0%
    Compensation, and Benefits Specialists13-1141580$31$64,3508.5%
    Compliance Officers13-10411,460$33$68,3808.2%
    Construction Managers11-90212,780$45$93,01011.4%
    Cost Estimators13-10512,070$29$60,87010.6%
    Credit Analysts13-2041580$37$76,2508.4%
    Credit Counselors13-2071170$25$52,53013.9%
    Financial Analysts13-20511,220$43$88,64010.8%
    Financial Examiners13-2061800$34$70,9009.8%
    Financial Managers11-30315,200$63$130,9800.187
    General and Operations Managers11-102127,150$58$120,7309.1%
    Human Resources Managers11-31211,200$51$105,6708.9%
    Human Resources Specialists13-10715,400$29$59,8907.1%
    Information Systems Managers11-30213,120$60$123,79011.9%
    Insurance Underwriters13-20531,060$29$59,950-5.2%
    Labor Relations Specialists13-10751,010$23$48,610-7.8%
    Loan Officers13-20723,850$33$69,28011.5%
    Management Analysts13-11114,250$45$93,47012.0%
    Market Analysts and Marketing Specialists13-11613,370$28$59,21022.8%
    Marketing Managers11-2021540$59$123,43010.0%
    Meeting and Event Planners13-1121400$21$43,79010.2%
    Public Relations and Fundraising Managers11-2031430$45$94,27010.4%
    Purchasing Managers11-3061900$53$109,2005.6%
    Sales Managers11-20222,220$61$126,6307.4%
    Tax Examiners and Revenue Agents13-20811,130$27$55,140-0.6%
    Tax Preparers13-2082800$17$35,75010.8%
    Training and Development Managers11-3131140$59$123,45010.3%
    Training and Development Specialists13-11512,610$28$58,05011.5%

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