An online accounting program led this man to an exciting new career opportunity—here’s why


An online accounting program led this man to an exciting new career opportunity—here’s why
Michael Brewer is a Birmingham native who’s currently enrolled in University of North Alabama’s Master of Accountancy program. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Michael Brewer is a Birmingham native who’s in the middle of an exciting new career change, and the UNA Master of Accountancy program is part of it. We talked with him and Rebecca Hamm at the University of North Alabama (UNA) to find out more.

Meet Michael Brewer

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The Master of Accountancy program at University of North Alabama helped Michael Brewer make a career change. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

This Birmingham native graduated from Oak Mountain High School, then went to the University of Alabama where he graduated in 2017 with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting. 

Since then, Brewer’s been working as a tax compliance auditor. Now, though, he’s on the verge of starting a new career in financial analysis. In addition to seeking better financial opportunities, he was ready to grow personally and professionally by gaining new experiences within the field of accounting. 

The UNA Master of Accountancy Program helped him make the shift

UNA's mascot Leo
Leo is UNA’s mascot. Photo via University of North Alabama’s Facebook

Currently, Brewer is a third of the way through UNA’s Master of Accountancy (MAcc) Program. The fact that it was 100% remote was a big selling point. 

“UNA had remote 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.

Ready to start your MAcc journey? Apply today.

Learn more about the UNA Master of Accountancy program

Rebecca Hamm teaching a class
Rebecca Hamm teaching in a classroom before COVID. Photo via UNA

To learn more about the program, I reached out to Rebecca Hamm, senior lecturer of accounting and graduate accounting advisor at UNA. Here’s what she told me:

The UNA Master of Accountancy degree program: what it is

  • A fully remote graduate degree program. 
  • A comprehensive suite of programs for students and professionals seeking in-depth accounting knowledge and skills development. 

What students get

  • 30 hours of educational credits required by state boards to take the Certified Public Accountant exam. 
  • Classes in accounting fields like tax, audit, fraud detection, computer technology and ethics.
  • The capstone course of UNA’s MBA program, which rounds out students’ professional skills and business knowledge. 
  • A great foundation for being in the workforce.

A note about professors

Greg Carnes
In addition to serving as Dean of the College of Business, Dr. Carnes teaches students in the Master of Accountancy 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 the tax preparation materials for Wiley CPA courses for the last 20 years. They’re a leading national publisher of accounting materials, so he has to stay current on changing tax laws. 

He’s also a frequent speaker at professional tax seminars for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and does trainings at large 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 the UNA Master of Accountancy program is for

  1. Traditional students who have completed their four-year undergraduate accounting degree and want 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 are ready to complete the CPA certification education requirements. 

The nuts and bolts

  • Cost: approximately $15,000. 
  • New start scholarship: first class is free. Learn more about the program.
  • 30 hours of coursework: generally takes two years for working professionals who already have an accounting degree. 
  • Prerequisites: requirements vary based on an applicant’s prior education. UNA offers affordable, self-paced online prep courses as well as the traditional undergraduate accounting classes.

What the MAcc program is like

“It’s been a very positive experience, with professors who have very interesting insights and very unique experiences that I can learn from. For example, Dr. Carnes taught my first class, and he gave me a lot of insight into my field, along with good advice for how to navigate it all.”

Michael Brewer

If the Master of Accountancy program seems like your next career step, reach out to UNA today to learn more

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