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MSA at Boston College [#permalink] New post 21 Jan 2010, 17:49
I applied to the master of accountancy program at Boston College, and I am wondering what my chances of getting in are so I can plan on other schools if I need to.

Gmat: 710
GPA: 3.79

But I don't have any accounting related experience.

Has anybody here been through Boston College's program?
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Re: MSA at Boston College [#permalink] New post 21 Jan 2010, 19:43
Boston College MSA accepts undergrads with liberal arts background. However, it is recommended for MSA applicants (to any MS Accounting program) to have some kind of business related classes in his or her undergrad transcript, such as economics, statistics, etc (basically classes available to even liberal arts students).

If you have 2-3 of them with excellent grades, your GMAT and GPA puts you in the top tier of applicants for most of the MS Accounting program. If you don't have much business classes (or what you can call business classes) in undergrad transcript, demonstrate that you can handle the MS Accounting curriculum in your essays somehow. Also, if you have not already, make sure your "goal" essay is that you want a career in public accounting as a CPA.
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Re: MSA at Boston College [#permalink] New post 21 Jan 2010, 21:18
I am going to graduate in the spring with a B.S. in accounting. Major GPA is 3.85.

I would like to eventually get a PhD in accounting. Any thoughts.
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Re: MSA at Boston College [#permalink] New post 21 Jan 2010, 22:12
I think you will get in, they dont seem as selective for accounting majors as they are for nonaccounting majors and your GMAT is like 70-90 points above their average?

Why are you considering BC? Its a great school but you probably have great shots at Illinois, Texas, and other ones as well?
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Re: MSA at Boston College [#permalink] New post 21 Jan 2010, 22:41
Boston college has a program that starts in the summer/fall program instead of fall/spring or fall/spring/summer like most other programs. This will let me graduate and start working sooner.

Also, my girlfriend is living in Boston... so if I want to be close to her, I am limited on my options. In there area I really only considered BC and Bentley, but after visiting the campuses of both of them I decided on BC.

I don't really know what the placement is for Big 4, but I am hoping that being in Boston will improve my odds of working at an office that has a lot of opportunity.
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Re: MSA at Boston College [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2010, 04:34
Hey,

I'm kinda in the same boat as you. I applied to Boston College and they should let us know by February 15th.

Also,I have spent hours upon hours looking up rankings,comments,discussions,opinions,etc about MSA degrees... I kinda get a sense that people think it is better to go to a school in an area where you intend to work. My girlfriend is in the northeast and she is pretty much the only reason why I applied to BC and Baruch. I have been accepted to Ohio State, but if everything goes well,I think I will be attending BC.

I think you will most definitely get in and probably get some money from BC as well. So good luck to you,mate!

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Re: MSA at Boston College [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2010, 07:51
Hey jsslvtt,

I just checked the BC application and I got a letter of acceptance.
Login to their application website and scroll all the way down on the home page. It should say something like "Your decision is now available online".

Good luck!
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Re: MSA at Boston College [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2010, 08:47
Mine says it is in review. Maybe they will post it soon. What were your stats like? Why did you choose to apply at BC?
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Re: MSA at Boston College [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2010, 09:24
oops didn't read your post above. I see your reason now. it is the same reason as me.
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Re: MSA at Boston College [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2010, 09:47
ya they released decisions for August starters very early as well.
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Re: MSA at Boston College [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2010, 10:17
Yeah,mine says "Your application is under committee review". However, if you scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page,you should have a link to your decision letter. Or it might take another day or two...

Anyway,I have pretty average scores - 620 on GMAT, 3.7 GPA with accounting and finance majors. I think that my essays and my internship/work experience helped a lot - I interned with Deloitte, in an Italian bank, and now I am working for E&Y in Europe.

I am pretty sure you'll get in with your scores,though.
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Re: MSA at Boston College [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2010, 10:38
Yeah, sounds like you had some good internships. Mine were all with mining companies while i was studying engineering. So I don't have any accounting/finance internships.

I hope it doesn't take too much longer. Before I knew people had started receiving acceptance letters I didn't really care about it, but now I am checking it every hour or so.

Did you apply to the program that starts in June? or August? and also when did you submit your application?
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Re: MSA at Boston College [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2010, 11:42
Yeah but still, I think they will appreciate the different background that you have.

I applied for the one starting in August/September,whatever. And I submitted waaay back at the beginning of October.. So I was basically waiting for 4 months before I heard back. Maybe they are notifying people in chronological order, you know.
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Re: MSA at Boston College [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2010, 21:49
Just got my letter of acceptance today :)
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Re: MSA at Boston College [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2010, 20:27
bbmccarn wrote:
Just got my letter of acceptance today :)


congrats!

Can you share your stats? and when your program starts?
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Re: MSA at Boston College [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2010, 23:37
jsslvtt wrote:
bbmccarn wrote:
Just got my letter of acceptance today :)


congrats!

Can you share your stats? and when your program starts?


Sure.

I applied to the fall program this year.

Honestly, compared to a lot of the people on this forum, i feel as though my credentials are a bit sub-par. Nothing like the 650+ GMAT scores and 3.8 GPA's I've seen all over the place.

I got a 580 on the GMAT and have a 3.446 GPA with a B.S. in accounting. Though I've had two internships, and a few executive board positions in clubs around campus, including Beta Alpha Psi.

I feel like my personal statements were pretty strong, so that probably helped a bit too.
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Re: MSA at Boston College [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2010, 13:39
Boston College doesn't do interviews, right? Or do they?

Has anybody applied for entrance in the summer? I applied for the June start because I thought the sooner the better. However, I am surprised that nobody else applied for that start date. Is there something I missed?
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Re: MSA at Boston College [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2010, 19:05
September is for people who did not major in accounting primarily is the impression i got, and mandatory for those who have none of the prerequisites. I would have chosen summer if I had an accounting degree to be done early as well. I know a lot of their summer class is summer and summer current big4 accountants trying to get their hours done.
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Re: MSA at Boston College [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2010, 19:46
Cyan wrote:
September is for people who did not major in accounting primarily is the impression i got, and mandatory for those who have none of the prerequisites. I would have chosen summer if I had an accounting degree to be done early as well. I know a lot of their summer class is summer and summer current big4 accountants trying to get their hours done.



Cyan, what made you decide on applying to BC? Have you made your final decision?
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Re: MSA at Boston College [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2010, 20:37
I got a scholarship to BC and was exempted out of many courses, also am originally from the Northeast. I am still debating between BC, Texas, UNC, and USC but with BC being the best financial offer and strongly considering placement there and the alumni network (eagles are very loyal, not sure if the two publics really have that feeling), it might be the choice, its just hard to turn down higher rated schools but I also want an august start. Ive talked to current students at the program and their feedback seems pretty good.
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