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MBA or MS Accounting? [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2012, 17:43
Hello, I am 2 years out of undergrad with a liberal arts degree. Recently, I have taken introductory accounting courses at a local community college to get a feel for accounting and to see if I would like to pursue the field further. As it turns out, I highly enjoy it and am ready to work towards a career in accounting. My question is would I be better off applying for an MBA or a MS in accounting? I have no internships or relevant work experience as of yet. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you!
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Re: MBA or MS Accounting? [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2012, 17:58
Think long term. While specialized masters programs are great if you know that you only want to do one thing for your entire career; it is often the case that people change their careers frequently. Thus, my general advise to people deciding between a specialized masters program and an MBA degree is to think long term and if you would be able to obtain your accounting credentials through your MBA studies. Further, I have found that recruiters and decision makers value an MBA degree more than a specialized masters degree.

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Re: MBA or MS Accounting? [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2012, 04:11
Hi friends now MBA and MS Accounting both are in demand but main problem is job. So anyone suggest in which course i got good opportunity and my future got bright. Waiting for precious reply.
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Re: MBA or MS Accounting? [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2012, 10:29
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Think long term. While specialized masters programs are great if you know that you only want to do one thing for your entire career; it is often the case that people change their careers frequently. Thus, my general advise to people deciding between a specialized masters program and an MBA degree is to think long term and if you would be able to obtain your accounting credentials through your MBA studies. Further, I have found that recruiters and decision makers value an MBA degree more than a specialized masters degree.

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I agree with this comment and think that it is great advice. Accounting is a great career but it does have a fair amount of burnout, especially auditors. I would only advice doing a master in accounting if you are certain that you want to pursue as a career in accounting. If you are not 100 percent certain about accounting then I would do an MBA.
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Re: MBA or MS Accounting? [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2012, 10:36
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Hello, I am 2 years out of undergrad with a liberal arts degree. Recently, I have taken introductory accounting courses at a local community college to get a feel for accounting and to see if I would like to pursue the field further. As it turns out, I highly enjoy it and am ready to work towards a career in accounting. My question is would I be better off applying for an MBA or a MS in accounting? I have no internships or relevant work experience as of yet. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you!


Sorry to post twice in a row, but I just realized that you have no work experience in accounting. Before you purse a master in accounting, you should definitely do an accounting internship or find some way to gain work experience. You have taken some classes but you need to see what the job is really like before spending thousands on a masters degree.
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Re: MBA or MS Accounting? [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2012, 20:27
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ManhattanReview wrote:
Think long term. While specialized masters programs are great if you know that you only want to do one thing for your entire career; it is often the case that people change their careers frequently. Thus, my general advise to people deciding between a specialized masters program and an MBA degree is to think long term and if you would be able to obtain your accounting credentials through your MBA studies. Further, I have found that recruiters and decision makers value an MBA degree more than a specialized masters degree.

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I agree with this comment and think that it is great advice. Accounting is a great career but it does have a fair amount of burnout, especially auditors. I would only advice doing a master in accounting if you are certain that you want to pursue as a career in accounting. If you are not 100 percent certain about accounting then I would do an MBA.


True. I am the best example in this case.
I did my MSc in UK (a low grade university) and struggled to get a good job. Though i work in a good position now,
the salary and the kind of work is low and restrictive respectively.Because I have a masters in Accounting and
Finance only, I am not given a chance to work in Deal Origination, Client meetings, Negotiations etc. I am restricted to Valuation only.
Work few more years, and go for an MBA.
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Re: MBA or MS Accounting? [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2012, 01:46
wow.
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Re: MBA or MS Accounting? [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2012, 04:23
Excellent valuable guides above as recruiters and employers really want to hire MBA professional more than specialized graduate professionals. With MBA one guy will be called as a real business professional with vast business knowledge and skills.
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