Business Schools in Alabama
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If you’re looking to study business in Alabama, you’ll find nearly 60 schools with programs in your field. A wide variety of specializations are available, including marketing, management, finance, and accounting. Degrees range from associate all the way to PhD. Scholarships for business students are abundant. Eligibility requirements vary. For example, the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship is available to undergraduate women studying business.

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Business Degree Programs in Alabama

Listed below are all of the colleges and universities in Alabama that offer business degree programs. If you want to narrow it down a bit more, you can browse our listings of specific types of business degree programs in Alabama:

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Marketing degree programs in Alabama >

State of Alabama's Marketing Industry

Alabama wasn't as hard hit in the great recession as other states, though the job market contracted more sharply than the national average. Thankfully, Alabama is seeing a slow but gradual improvement in its fortunes, supported by a reviving auto industry and growing energy sector.

Yet unlike some other states such as California or New York, you won't see any Alabama names on Inc.'s Top 5000 list of America's fastest-growing private companies in the advertising and marketing sector.

On the positive side, Alabama plays host to nationally known ad agencies, large universities and plenty of big businesses (e.g., UnitedHealth Group, Walter Energy, Regions Financial) with in-house marketing departments.

Job Prospects for Alabama Marketing Graduates

Alabama's Labor Market Information Division has forecasted job growth from 2008-2018 for marketing managers, market research analysts, public relations specialists and advertising and promotions managers, but that projected growth will lag behind the national average.

Graduates have the option to try for competitive positions in top advertising and marketing firms such as the Intermark Group, Luckie & Company, and Style Advertising, or to extend their job search to strong Alabama industries such as manufacturing, aerospace and agriculture.

The most promising job may be as a public relations specialist, one of Alabama Department of Labor's "Hot 40 Demand Occupations." In 2011, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics put the median salary for a PR specialist in Alabama at $44,050, with employment expected to grow 15% by 2018.

Alabama Schools for Marketing

There are approximately 18 accredited marketing schools in Alabama, most of which are located in or near big cities. These include:

1. The University of Alabama (http://cba.ua.edu/academics/departments/general_business)

The University of Alabama's Culverhouse College of Commerce offers majors in both management and marketing, including specializations in consumer marketing, entrepreneurship and global business. Candidates can also choose to pursue a master's or doctorate in marketing.

U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Alabama #77 among public and private universities in 2012.

2. Auburn University (http://business.auburn.edu/academics/departments/department-of-marketing)

Ranked #89 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2012, Auburn University's College of Business offers both a major and a minor for undergraduates in marketing.

As part of their syllabus, Auburn gives juniors and seniors the chance to participate in real-world internships. However, it doesn't offer graduate marketing degrees.

Professional Marketing Organizations in Alabama

Confirming the Southern reputation for hospitality, Alabama marketers are active and social folks. You'll find the professional marketing organizations listed below to be excellent sources of education and networking opportunities:

Led by qualified business school graduates with bachelor’s degrees in business administration or specialized MBAs in management, marketing, accounting, finance and more, Alabama-based businesses generate a combined total of $200 billion annually.

According to the Federal Small Business Administration (SBA), private-sector businesses are responsible for providing approximately 1.5 million jobs throughout Alabama, including high-paying positions for corporate leaders and strategists.

According to the SBA, businesses with less than 100 employees account for 34 percent of private-sector employment in Alabama, while medium-sized businesses with less than 500 employees provide jobs for 14 percent of the state's overall private-sector workforce. These companies need qualified and educated professionals at the helm with the kind of strategic management and specialized business skills that can only come from earning a business degree.

National and global corporations are also an important part of Alabama's business landscape, demanding qualified business school graduates to serve as corporate leaders in order to stay competitive on a macro scale.

The Impact of Strong Business Leadership on Alabama's Economy

Broken down by sector, Alabama's small and medium-sized businesses can be grouped into the following categories:

  • 55,011 small and medium-sized businesses working in construction
  • 49,313 in retail trade
  • 47,586 in professional, scientific, and technical services
  • 44,582 in administration, supplemental, and remedial services
  • 37,820 in health care and social services
  • 34,560 in real estate, rental, and leasing

You will recognize some of the state's largest private-sector economic engines as being:

  • Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Birmingham, employing 2,670 and grossing $743 million in 2011
  • Hunt Refining Company in Tuscaloosa, employing 250 and grossing approximately $1.25 billion in 2011
  • O'Neal Industries in Birmingham, employing 3,782 and grossing $2.5 billion in 2011
  • Mayer Electric Supply Company in Birmingham, employing 850 and grossing $626 million in 2011

Birmingham alone is home to five Fortune 500 companies, which reported the following financial statistics in 2014:

  • Regions Financial – $5.43 billion in profits, $12.69 billion market value
  • Protective Life – $385 million in profits, $4.97 billion total stockholder equity
  • Vulcan Materials – $205 million in profits, $11.18 billion market value
  • HealthSouth – $222 million in profits, $3.88 billion market value
  • Energen – $568 in profits, $4.82 billion market value

The US Department of Commerce reported on total salaries and wages paid to Alabama employees in 2015, arranged by economic sector:

  • Manufacturing – $13.73 billion
  • Health care and social services – $9.32 billion
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services – $7.00 billion
  • Retail trade – $6.20 billion
  • Finance and insurance – $5.05 billion
  • Wholesale trade – $4.49 billion

Altogether, in 2015 it is estimated that private-sector (non-farm) wages and salaries in Alabama will total $69.08 billion, compared with the public sector at $17.98 billion. The companies behind these figures are only as strong as their leadership, relying completely on the strategic expertise of well-educated and experienced business professionals for continued growth and profitability. 


A number of nationally-ranked traditional and online Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs are offered by Alabama schools. Some examples include:

Auburn University

Auburn's College of Business MBA program gets top marks from publications such as Forbes and the Financial Times - it's no wonder that it isn't easy to get into! U.S. News & World Report ranks the Auburn program sixth in selectivity. The distance learning option offers the same benefits as the on-campus program, including the career coaching, professional development and access to the corporate recruiting for which Auburn is famous, making it ideal for the working professional. In fact, 86 percent of students are employed when they apply. This distance MBA program can be customized with one of 10 specializations, allowing you to study the topics most relevant to your career path. Auburn University also offers an Executive MBA and a Physicians Executive MBA, both of which blend distance learning with five weeklong campus residencies spread across a 21-month period.

Troy University

Troy's University's Sorrell College of Business makes its nationally-ranked programs accessible via eTROY, the University's online education platform. Designed for working professionals, the University's degree programs make use of state-of-the-art technologies like Blackboard and video on demand - tools which helped to earn their MBA program the ranking of 12th in student services and technology by U.S. News & World Report. This program is designed to train students to make decisions and solve problems as managers, and offers concentrations in accounting and information systems. The school also offers an Executive MBA, designed for those with at least five years of professional or managerial experience.

University of Alabama

Bama By Distance brings the University of Alabama's nationally-recognized Manderson Graduate School of Business to your computer, which means that earning a Master of Arts in Management or a Master's in Operations Management through this school is now possible online. The former provides a concentration in global business management; the latter concentrates on effective decision-making and designing and analyzing business operations. Both of these programs, accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), are designed for working professionals and can be completed online within two years.

University of North Alabama/Athens State University

The University of North Alabama has partnered with Athens State University to offer a number of MBA options, including traditional (on-campus), hybrid and online programs. You have a choice of concentrations in accounting, finance, health care management, information systems, international business, project management and enterprise resource planning systems using SAP, as well as a general professional concentration. If you already have substantial business experience, you may qualify for the Executive MBA program. The online MBA program requires 25 hours of core classes and nine hours of classes in your area of concentration, while the online Executive MBA program requires 19 hours of core classes and 15 in selected electives. Depending on your pace of study, these programs can be completed in as little as a year.

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville State University offers a nationally-recognized MBA program online. This program, offered by the University's College of Commerce and Business Administration, was included in the 2010 Princeton Review of "The Best 301 Business Schools" and is accredited by the AACSB. It requires at least 30 semester hours in your area of concentration, as well as up to 24 additional semester hours of foundation courses.

Top MBA Programs in Alabama


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Alabama A & M University (Normal, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, International Business, Marketing
Alabama Southern Community College (Monroeville, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Agribusiness, Entrepreneurship, IT Management
Alabama State University (Montgomery, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Marketing
Athens State University (Athens, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Human Resources Management, Marketing
(some programs offered online)
Auburn University (Auburn University, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Doctoral Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Agribusiness, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality Management, Human Resources Management, International Business, Marketing
(some programs offered online)
Auburn University at Montgomery (Montgomery, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Human Resources Management, International Business, Marketing
Bevill State Community College (Jasper, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration
(some programs offered online)
Birmingham-Southern College (Birmingham, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration
Bishop State Community College (Mobile, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting
Calhoun Community College (Tanner, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Real Estate
(some programs offered online)
Central Alabama Community College (Alexander City, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Chattahoochee Valley Community College (Phenix City, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting
Columbia Southern University (Orange Beach, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Administration, Hospitality Management, Human Resources Management, IT Management, International Business, Marketing, Music/Entertainment/Sports Management, Public Administration
(some programs offered online)
Community College of the Air Force (Montgomery, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Concordia College Alabama (Selma, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Administration
Enterprise State Community College (Enterprise, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Marketing
(some programs offered online)
Faulkner State Community College (Bay Minette, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Administration, Agribusiness, Hospitality Management, Human Resources Management, IT Management, Marketing
Faulkner University (Montgomery, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree
Subjects Offered:
Administration, Human Resources Management
Gadsden State Community College (Gadsden, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, IT Management, Marketing
H. Council Trenholm State Technical College (Montgomery, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting
Herzing University (Birmingham, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources Management, International Business, Marketing
(some programs offered online)
Huntingdon College (Montgomery, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration
ITT Technical Institute (Bessemer, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Administration
J F Drake State Technical College (Huntsville, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting
Jacksonville State University (Jacksonville, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, E-Commerce, Human Resources Management, International Business, Marketing, Music/Entertainment/Sports Management, Public Administration
(some programs offered online)
Jefferson Davis Community College (Brewton, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, IT Management
Jefferson State Community College (Birmingham, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Hospitality Management, Marketing, Music/Entertainment/Sports Management, Real Estate
(some programs offered online)
Judson College (Marion, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Administration
(some programs offered online)
Lawson State Community College (Birmingham, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, IT Management
Lurleen B Wallace Community College (Andalusia, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, IT Management
Miles College (Fairfield, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration
Northeast Alabama Community College (Rainsville, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Agribusiness, Hospitality Management, Human Resources Management, IT Management, International Business, Marketing, Music/Entertainment/Sports Management
Northwest-Shoals Community College (Muscle Shoals, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Subjects Offered:
Administration
Oakwood University (Huntsville, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, IT Management, Marketing
Remington College (Mobile, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Marketing
(some programs offered online)
Samford University (Birmingham, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Entrepreneurship, Marketing
Shelton State Community College (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Subjects Offered:
Administration, Hospitality Management
Snead State Community College (Boaz, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Hospitality Management, Human Resources Management, International Business, Marketing
South University (Montgomery, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Human Resources Management, Marketing
(some programs offered online)
Southern Union State Community College (Wadley, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting
Spring Hill College (Mobile, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, IT Management, International Business, Marketing
Stillman College (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Marketing
Talladega College (Talladega, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Marketing
The University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Doctoral Degree, Masters Degree
Subjects Offered:
Entrepreneurship, Human Resources Management, International Business, Marketing, Real Estate
(some programs offered online)
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (Birmingham, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Human Resources Management, Marketing, Real Estate
(some programs offered online)
The University of Alabama in Huntsville (Huntsville, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Certificate, Masters Degree, MACC Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Human Resources Management, Marketing
The University of West Alabama (Livingston, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Agribusiness, Marketing
(some programs offered online)
Troy University (Troy, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality Management, Human Resources Management, International Business, Marketing
Tuskegee University (Tuskegee, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Hospitality Management
University of Mobile (Mobile, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Nonprofit Management
University of Montevallo (Montevallo, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Marketing
University of North Alabama (Florence, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Hospitality Management, Human Resources Management, IT Management, International Business, Marketing, Music/Entertainment/Sports Management
(some programs offered online)
University of Phoenix (Birmingham, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Doctoral Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality Management, Human Resources Management, IT Management, Marketing, Music/Entertainment/Sports Management
(some programs offered online)
University of South Alabama (Mobile, AL)
Levels Offered:
Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MACC Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Marketing
Virginia College (Birmingham, AL / Huntsville, AL / Mobile, AL / Montgomery, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, MBA Degree
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration, Human Resources Management, IT Management
(some programs offered online)
Wallace Community College (Dothan, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, IT Management, Marketing
Wallace Community College-Selma (Selma, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree, Certificate
Subjects Offered:
Accounting, Administration
Wallace State Community College (Hanceville, AL)
Levels Offered:
Associate Degree
Subjects Offered:
Administration, Entrepreneurship

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