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 business degrees. Of these, 24 offer accredited undergraduate business programs, while 13 have graduate business programs that are accredited. 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 all public or non-profit and also 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 gives 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.
Undergraduate Business Schools in Alabama
We were able to obtain acceptance rates for 17 undergraduate programs for business degrees in Alabama, and they are 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.
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 graduations rates with 91% and 81% respectively.
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.
|School||City||Tuition||Aid||Median SAT||Median ACT||Accept. Rate||Grad. Rate|
|Alabama State University||Montgomery||$9,220||$7,751||730-920||15-19||46%||22%|
|Athens State University||Athens||$5,940||$2,306||0%|
|Auburn University Montgomery||Montgomery||$9,640||$5,944||880-990||19-24||77%||23%|
|Bishop State Community College||Mobile||$4,380||$4,197|
|Jacksonville State University||Jacksonville||$7,500||$6,806||870-1120||20-26||53%||36%|
|Jefferson State Community College||Birmingham||$4,440||$3,709|
|Lawson State Community College||Birmingham||$4,380||$4,322|
|The University of West Alabama||Livingston||$8,876||$5,071||860-1020||18-23||53%||29%|
|University of Alabama at Birmingham||Birmingham||$8,040||$7,267||970-1300||21-28||58%||53%|
|University of Alabama in Huntsville||Huntsville||$9,842||$7,870||1060-1340||25-31||76%||49%|
|University of Mobile||Mobile||$21,400||$10,861||850-1120||19-25||62%||48%|
|University of Montevallo||Montevallo||$12,040||$8,632||900-1200||20-26||65%||50%|
|University of North Alabama||Florence||$8,114||$5,301||862-1053||19-25||56%||44%|
|University of South Alabama||Mobile||$7,548||$6,263||920-1130||20-23||81%||38%|
|Wallace Community College Selma||Selma||$4,080||$5,761|
|Wallace State Community College||Hanceville||$4,380||$5,035|
Graduate Business Schools in Alabama
Using 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, which include several highly ranked schools and a number of undiscovered options that are still worthy of consideration. The overall average tuition cost for graduate study ($18,135) 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.
The table that follows shows Alabama graduate business school tuition costs, accepted applicant GMAT scores, the percentage of faculty with a doctorate degree, average undergraduate GPA figures of accepted students, and student-to-faculty ratios. Click any column header to sort the table based on its contents.
|Auburn University Montgomery||Montgomery||$12,689||484||88%||3.31|
|Jacksonville State University||Jacksonville||$11,730||79%|
|The University of West Alabama||Livingston||$15,444|
|University of Alabama||Tuscaloosa||$27,252||617||80%||3.78|
|University of Alabama at Birmingham||Birmingham||$18,643||521||73%|
|University of Alabama in Huntsville||Huntsville||$18,421||541||94%||2.67|
|University of Mobile||Mobile||$17,460|
|University of Montevallo||Montevallo||$12,300||64%||1.05|
|University of North Alabama||Florence||$12,421||444||83%||2.88|
|University of South Alabama||Mobile||$18,222||535||85%|
Job Outlook for Business Graduates in Alabama
BLS data shows that the average annual wage across all occupations in Alabama in 2016 was $88,837 for business-related occupations. Annual wages for business occupation subcategories in Alabama ranged from $35,750 for tax preparers to $207,090 for chief executives.
|Accountants and Auditors||13-2011||15,770||$33||$69,650||10.0%|
|Administrative Services Managers||11-3011||590||$47||$98,700||10.1%|
|Advertising and Promotions Managers||11-2011||60||*||*||5.8%|
|Architectural and Engineering Managers||11-9041||2,450||$67||$139,100||5.5%|
|Business Operations Specialists||13-1199||7,230||$41||$84,850||8.8%|
|Compensation and Benefits Managers||11-3111||70||$60||$124,270||5.0%|
|Compensation, and Benefits Specialists||13-1141||580||$31||$64,350||8.5%|
|General and Operations Managers||11-1021||27,150||$58||$120,730||9.1%|
|Human Resources Managers||11-3121||1,200||$51||$105,670||8.9%|
|Human Resources Specialists||13-1071||5,400||$29||$59,890||7.1%|
|Information Systems Managers||11-3021||3,120||$60||$123,790||11.9%|
|Labor Relations Specialists||13-1075||1,010||$23||$48,610||-7.8%|
|Market Analysts and Marketing Specialists||13-1161||3,370||$28||$59,210||22.8%|
|Meeting and Event Planners||13-1121||400||$21||$43,790||10.2%|
|Public Relations and Fundraising Managers||11-2031||430||$45||$94,270||10.4%|
|Tax Examiners and Revenue Agents||13-2081||1,130||$27||$55,140||-0.6%|
|Training and Development Managers||11-3131||140||$59||$123,450||10.3%|
|Training and Development Specialists||13-1151||2,610||$28||$58,050||11.5%|
1. National Center for Education Statistics:https://nces.ed.gov/
2. AACSB, Best Business Schools:http://bestbizschools.aacsb.edu/aacsb-accredited
3. ACBSP, Business Schools:https://www.acbsp.org/?page=accreditation
4. IACBE, Business Schools:http://iacbe.org/accreditation/
5. US Bureau of Labor Statistics – Occupational Outlook Handbook, Business and Financial Occupations: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/home.htm
6. US Bureau of Labor Statistics – Employment and Wage Estimates Alabama: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_al.htm
7. US News & World Report, 2018 Best Business Schools: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools