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Do you know on average how long it takes for a decision to be rendered, assuming they have the complete application?


That depends on the school. If it's rolling admissions, they review the applications based on whoever sent it in first and usually it can take as little as about 3 weeks (around 5 weeks if app volume is high).

If the school reviews all the applications after the deadline (in the same pool), then again, it will depend on the app volume. Most people hear back between 3 to 6 weeks.
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Re: 2011 Master of Accounting / Taxation applicants UNITE! [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2010, 04:44
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I'll go ahead and throw in my stats/schools even though I still have to take final GMAT.

Program: MS Accounting
Schools: UT-Austin, USC, Notre Dame, Michigan, Louisiana State University
Undergrad: Louisiana State University, Accounting Major, Internal Audit specialization
GPA: 3.7 major, 3.6 overall
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Work Experience: Summer internship in Big 4 Advisory practice; internship in internal audit department of Fortune 500 company; two parts of CIA (Certified Internal Auditor) exam passed as of today - taking last two parts over the next month.

Ordered my GMAT prep books yesterday, taking GMAT in early November. Shooting for closer to 700 which I think should be attainable with a little preparation. Will update after taking official GMAT.

Also applying to Villanova's M.S. in Finance, and Duke's Master's of Management Studies program.


I got in to ND last year with pretty much the exact same stats as you. Good Luck!
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Re: 2011 Master of Accounting / Taxation applicants UNITE! [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2010, 17:22
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Hi all,

I am not a 2011 applicant, but I am a current MAcc student at USC. If you have any questions about the program, I am someone who will answer TOTALLY HONESTLY. Feel free to PM me with any questions.
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Does anyone know when exactly I should apply? I know I need to get my letters of recommendation before spring busy season (I'll be asking some audit managers where I interned for recommendations), but the UGA website says that the deadline isnt until May 1st 2011.


A lot of schools have rolling admissions policy, which makes the deadline kinda useless. (In this case, you should NEVER wait until the deadline because the admits will be sent out on first come first serve basis) Find out which schools have that policy. As long as the application for the new app year is up, you can pretty much send in your app (as long as your app is ready).
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Re: 2011 Master of Accounting / Taxation applicants UNITE! [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2010, 19:17
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I'll go ahead and throw in my stats/schools even though I still have to take final GMAT.

Program: MS Accounting
Schools: UT-Austin, USC, Notre Dame, Michigan, Louisiana State University
Undergrad: Louisiana State University, Accounting Major, Internal Audit specialization
GPA: 3.7 major, 3.6 overall
GMAT: 650 (Q40, V40) on Official GMAT Prep practice test w/ no preparation
Work Experience: Summer internship in Big 4 Advisory practice; internship in internal audit department of Fortune 500 company; two parts of CIA (Certified Internal Auditor) exam passed as of today - taking last two parts over the next month.

Ordered my GMAT prep books yesterday, taking GMAT in early November. Shooting for closer to 700 which I think should be attainable with a little preparation. Will update after taking official GMAT.

Also applying to Villanova's M.S. in Finance, and Duke's Master's of Management Studies program.
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Re: 2011 Master of Accounting / Taxation applicants UNITE! [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2010, 11:05
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sw33t84 wrote:
Hello geauxtigers, I had one quick question.
Is it okay to take the GMAT after we apply it?
I did not apply to schools yet but I noticed the deadline for master of accounting (USC) is changed from last year.
For example, USC deadline was January for last year, but for this year the deadline is OCT.

can you please let me know what you meant by taking test on NOv. seems like it is after the deadline.
Thank you very much.


Definitely not :shock:. The application isn't even up yet!

USC's Website wrote:
The link for online applications for 2011 should be available by October 15, 2010.


Maybe you got confused by that
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Re: 2011 Master of Accounting / Taxation applicants UNITE! [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2010, 15:24
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While we're on the subject of discussing alternatives to the typical external audit/tax route, I'll give a shout out to my current school's (Louisiana State University) Internal Audit program. http://www.bus.lsu.edu/centers/cia/

I'm wrapping up my last semester in the program right now as an undergrad, but you can also take it as part of the graduate program. The program is considered the premiere internal audit program in the world (it was actually started back in the 80's as the pilot school by the IIA). It places very well into Big 4 advisory roles as well as F500 internal audit positions. LSU's tuition costs are also extremely cheap and they're in the process of constructing a brand new business building, so it's got a lot going for it.

If anyone has any questions, send me a message and I'd be happy to answer them.
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Re: 2011 Master of Accounting / Taxation applicants UNITE! [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2010, 17:44
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Umm, because when the placement stats show that only 5% get into banking, you shouldn't expect to be one of the 5%. When 88% get into public accounting, then you can probably expect to be in the 88% if you work hard and want to do public accounting...


True. But you should consider that many of the students don't have any desire to do banking/consulting. I'm not sure what percentage try to get banking jobs, but I imagine most MPA students are solely looking at Big 4. The ones who want to do banking can do it from undergrad; they don't need the MPA.

I have to agree with you though on one thing. He shouldn't attend UT with the idea it will land a banking position. The MPA degree is more flexible than most programs, so there may be that option; but I wouldn't depend on it.

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Re: 2011 Master of Accounting / Taxation applicants UNITE! [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2011, 13:12
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Notre Dame (with 9K scholarship)

Waiting:
UVA
UIUC
Denver

I should be hearing back from the other schools soon. However, do you guys think it is worth paying extra to go to Notre Dame if the tuition at other schools ends up being much cheaper? I think Notre Dame is the best fit for me, but it could also be the most expensive. Thoughts? Any ND alums out there that could share their experiences with me and what they think of my situation?


ND MSA alum here. I faced a similar decision between ND and my undergrad institution, a state school with big 4 recruiting. I am very happy with my decision, I learned a ton and made great friends. The Sports and the culture of the school are awesome too. Buuut, it was expensive. I justified my decision based on the fact that I didn't have a full time offer with a firm (which I did get at ND) and the experience. The (slight) advantage ND may have over those schools is the national reach of alumni, which makes referral recruiting easier. (In fact, I had an non-Chicago offer from one of the firms without an office visit.)
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Re: 2011 Master of Accounting / Taxation applicants UNITE! [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2010, 18:11
Program: Macc

Schools: University of Georgia
Georgia Southern University

GMAT: 600 (39 Quant, 34 Verbal)

GPA: 3.4 Cumulative
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Re: 2011 Master of Accounting / Taxation applicants UNITE! [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2010, 20:21
Program: MAcc (Tax track, where offered)
Schools: UNC, UIUC, Wake Forest, W&M, SMU (and maybe Notre Dame UVA and Michigan if I decide to take further accounting courses beyond Int II over spring/summer to qualify)

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Re: 2011 Master of Accounting / Taxation applicants UNITE! [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2010, 20:31
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Program: MAcc (Tax track, where offered)
Schools: UNC, UIUC, Wake Forest, W&M, SMU (and maybe Notre Dame UVA and Michigan if I decide to take further accounting courses beyond Int II over spring/summer to qualify)

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Curious why you aren't considering UT Austin, BYU, or USC?


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Re: 2011 Master of Accounting / Taxation applicants UNITE! [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 05:17
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Re: 2011 Master of Accounting / Taxation applicants UNITE! [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 07:30
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Does anyone know when exactly I should apply? I know I need to get my letters of recommendation before spring busy season (I'll be asking some audit managers where I interned for recommendations), but the UGA website says that the deadline isnt until May 1st 2011.


A lot of schools have rolling admissions policy, which makes the deadline kinda useless. (In this case, you should NEVER wait until the deadline because the admits will be sent out on first come first serve basis) Find out which schools have that policy. As long as the application for the new app year is up, you can pretty much send in your app (as long as your app is ready).

Hi nink,

Do you know on average how long it takes for a decision to be rendered, assuming they have the complete application?

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Re: 2011 Master of Accounting / Taxation applicants UNITE! [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 07:34
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I've definitely thought about USC and UT. I don't have the accounting background for BYU, and the mormon thing is a turn off. Since I am a Canadian citizen, my current list of schools is mainly based on choosing schools that have direct lending to internationals (UNC, Michigan) or programs where I might be able to keep costs low through a combination of lower tuition, paid internships, and/or a decent chance at scholarship money.
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Re: 2011 Master of Accounting / Taxation applicants UNITE! [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 12:41
My list of schools
UNC-Chapel Hill
SUNY Albany
Rutgers
Wake Forest
UT-Austin

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Re: 2011 Master of Accounting / Taxation applicants UNITE! [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 19:05
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Dawgie wrote:
Do you know on average how long it takes for a decision to be rendered, assuming they have the complete application?


That depends on the school. If it's rolling admissions, they review the applications based on whoever sent it in first and usually it can take as little as about 3 weeks (around 5 weeks if app volume is high).

If the school reviews all the applications after the deadline (in the same pool), then again, it will depend on the app volume. Most people hear back between 3 to 6 weeks.

+1 thanks for the help nink, hope your career change is going well.
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Re: 2011 Master of Accounting / Taxation applicants UNITE! [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 20:34
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Re: 2011 Master of Accounting / Taxation applicants UNITE! [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2010, 03:20
Hi everyone, just like to introduce myself! I am applying for the Jan scholarship deadline for USC Macc and the March deadline for UT Austin's MPA. Still have to take final GMAT.

#1 choices: UTA, USC
#2: UIUC, BC, UMich, and BYU

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Waiting to do my last fall internship (couldn't get jobs during the recession), then applying for 2011. Good luck everyone, and this place is a fantastic resource!

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