About Us

The University of Alabama at Birmingham, one of three autonomous institutions within The University of Alabama System, is the only four-year, public university in the state’s largest metropolitan area. Of the University of Alabama System universities, UAB is the only one with Carnegie’s highest research classification: very high research activity. The physical plant of the University spans more than 80 blocks in the city center with over 250 buildings providing over 13 million feet of assignable space.

UAB is composed of 11 academic colleges and schools in the health sciences and academic areas. The UAB Health Center includes the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Optometry, Public Health, Health Professions, the Graduate School, and the Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences. The University’s academic campus consists of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Schools of Business, Education and Engineering, and the Graduate School. The University has 123 endowed chairs/professorships.

For four decades, this young, dynamic University has thrived on that same boldness and innovation to continue pushing the frontiers in science, medicine, business, education, the arts and the humanities – and has garnered national and international respect. Our faculty have maintained a connection to practice by actively participating in professional associations including the Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Alabama Society of CPAs, Institute of Management Accountants, National Association of Black Accountants, The Institute of Internal Auditors, and Association of Fraud Examiners meetings, conferences and workshops.


  • U.S. News & World Report ranks UAB as having one of the “Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs”, “Best Online Master’s in Business Programs”, “Best Online MBA Programs” and “Best Online Master’s in Computer Information Technology Programs” in its 2022 “Best Online Programs” rankings.
  • The Princeton Review selects the Collat School of Business as one of the nation’s best in its “Best 295 Business Schools” category for 2020.
  • The Princeton Review also named UAB among the “Top 10 Universities in the United States for Diversity” for four consecutive years.
  • Bloomberg Businessweek lists UAB’s Green and Gold Fund as one of the “Top Student-Run Investment Funds” in the country.


The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Collat School of Business, as well as its accounting program, are accredited by AACSB-International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Only 5% of all business programs world-wide are AACSB accredited. When making an investment in your education, it is important to consider the accrediting body and to choose a school with a recognized accreditation. AACSB is the most respected and highest credential of excellence for business and accounting schools around the world – considered the gold standard of accreditations. With that in mind, you can be confident that your degree earned from UAB’s Collat School of Business provides the highest quality programs. AACSB-International can be contacted at 777 South Harbour Island Blvd, Suite 750, Tampa, FL 33602 or call 813-769-6500. http://www.aacsb.edu/

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, doctorate, and professional degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of The University of Alabama at Birmingham.