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The Manderson Graduate School of Business is the graduate division of the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration. The mission of the College is to excel in the creation, dissemination, and application of business knowledge. The faculty of the Manderson Graduate School of Business offer six graduate degrees: the master of business administration (MBA), master of accountancy (MMA), master of tax accounting (MTA), master of arts (MA), master of science (MS), and doctor of philosophy (PhD).

The masters’ degrees may serve as terminal professional degrees; that is, they are designed primarily for people who plan professional careers in business, government, or nonprofit organizations. They may also function as preparatory programs for doctoral-level work.

The doctor of philosophy program prepares graduates for careers as college or university professors or as professional researchers. The PhD requires an extensive, in-depth knowledge of the major field of study, a supporting minor field of study, and a specialized knowledge of statistical and quantitative techniques necessary for the advancement of knowledge in business and economics. A doctoral dissertation is required.

An applicant for graduate study must meet both the general requirements of The University of Alabama Graduate School (Admission Criteria) and the standards set by the program to which the student is seeking admission. Successful applicants are admitted to a specific program of study as stated on the application. A student who wishes to pursue a new degree or change the major field of study is required to submit a new application.

Graduate students in business are expected to exhibit a high level of integrity and professionalism in all aspects of their programs, including relationships with other students and faculty. Students who are deemed by their program director or faculty not to exhibit these characteristics or who are deemed not to be making satisfactory progress toward completion of degree requirements may be terminated from their degree programs.

Programs offered through the Manderson Graduate School of Business are accredited by the AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.



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