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Michael Brewer is originally from Birmingham and is currently enrolled in the Masters in Accounting program at the University of North Alabama. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Michael Brewer is a Birmingham native who is in the midst of an exciting new career change, and UNA’s Masters in Accounting program is one of them. We chatted with him and Rebecca Hamm from the University of North Alabama (UNA) to find out more.

Meet Michael Brewer

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The University of North Alabama’s master’s in accounting program helped Michael Brewer change careers. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

The Birmingham native graduated from Oak Mountain High School and then went on to the University of Alabama where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 2017.

Since then, Brewer has worked as a tax compliance auditor. Now, however, he is about to start a new career in financial analysis. In addition to seeking better financial opportunities, he was ready to grow personally and professionally by gaining new experience in the field of accounting.

UNA’s Masters in Accounting program helped him make the switch

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Leo is the UNA mascot. Photo via Facebook by University of North Alabama

Currently, Brewer is in one-third of UNA’s Master of Accounting (MACc) program. The fact that it was 100% remote was a big selling point.

“UNA had distance learning down to an art, even before the pandemic.”

Michael Brewer

When he applied for his new job, his new employer could tell from the fact that he was enrolled in the program that he had the skills they needed.

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Learn more about the UNA Master of Accountancy program

Rebecca Hamm teaches a lesson
Rebecca Hamm teaching in a pre-COVID classroom. Photo via UNA

To find out more about the program, I contacted Rebecca Hamm, accounting lecturer and certified accounting consultant at UNA. Here is what she told me:

The UNA Accounting Masters Program: What It Is

  • A fully distance-learning graduate program.
  • A comprehensive suite of programs for students and professionals seeking in-depth accounting knowledge and skill development.

What students get

  • 30 hours of educational credits required by state boards to take the Certified Public Accountant exam.
  • Courses in accounting areas such as taxation, auditing, fraud detection, IT and ethics.
  • The capstone course of UNA’s MBA program, which complements students’ professional skills and business knowledge.
  • An excellent base to be in the job market.

A note about teachers

Greg Carnes
In addition to being Dean of the College of Business, Dr. Carnes teaches students in the Masters in Accounting program. Photo via UNA

The professors who teach the classes are all highly qualified and professionally certified, according to Hamm, bringing real-world experience to the classroom. And, they all share a genuine interest in the success of their students.

“Dean Greg Carnes has authored all tax preparation materials for Wiley CPA courses for the past 20 years. They are one of the leading national publishers of accounting documents, so it must keep abreast of changing tax laws.

He is also a frequent speaker at professional tax seminars for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and teaches at major CPA firms across the country.

It’s exciting to have him as a teacher in our program because of his credentials, and he’s a great role model for our students.

Rebecca Hamm

Who is the UNA Master of Accountancy program for?

  1. Traditional students who have completed their four-year undergraduate accounting degree and wish to continue their education.
  2. career changers who see the demand for accounting professionals and want to make the switch.
  3. CPA hopefuls who have an accounting degree and some work experience and who are ready to complete the educational requirements for CPA certification.

nuts and bolts

  • Cost: around $15,000.
  • Fresh Start Scholarship: The first course is free. Learn more about the program.
  • 30 hours of lessons: typically takes two years for professionals who already have an accounting degree.
  • Preconditions: requirements vary depending on the candidate’s previous education. UNA offers affordable, self-paced online prep courses, as well as traditional undergraduate accounting courses.

What does the Macc program look like

“It was a very positive experience, with teachers who have very interesting ideas and very unique experiences that I can learn from. For example, Dr. Carnes taught my first class, and he gave me a lot of information about my field, as well as good advice on how to navigate it.

Michael Brewer

If the Master of Accounting program sounds like your next career step, contact UNA today to learn more..

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