Hi Everyone =)
I've been lurking around several online forums and was hoping those in this forum can me out. I've been looking into masters of accounting programs and I plan to apply this fall. I haven't started prepping for GMAT yet but I've already ordered the official books, study guides, etc. and will start as soon as I receive it.
The #1 school that I want to get into is USC's MAcc program. I am mainly pursuing this MAcc program because I want to get my CPA license and the program will help me satisfy the 150 credit hour requirement as well as prep me for the exam. I did not retain any of the accounting principles that I was required to learn 3 years ago and the relatively short program (11 months) is highly attractive. In addition, it is in LA (where I'm from) and I am especially drawn to USC's campus recruitment placement and their big alumni network. After completion of the masters program, I hope to work for one of the Big 4 for a few years.
Other schools that I'm considering are: SDSU, CSUF, SJSU, GGU, etc.
Degree: B.S. Business Administration (emphasis in a non-accounting/finance field) from a UC, June 2012
Undergrad GPA: 3.3 (cumulative), 3.45 (major)
Location: SoCal (I want to stay in California, preferably LA)
Occupation: Currently working full-time at a small company doing non-related accounting work.
I'm still slightly a little confused and indecisive on the MAcc -> CPA path. Here are some of the questions/concerns that I have so far:
1.) I have yet to repay back all the loans I took out during undergrad (~20k). I live in LA and at home so I'm not too worried about living expenses. USC MAcc is ~50k so I am hoping that if I get accepted, they will offer some sort of scholarship. In YOUR opinion, do you think it is wise for me to even consider a USC's MAcc program?
2.) Would it be necessary for me to take any accounting courses this summer/fall to prepare me for USC's Summer Intensive MAcc program next summer (if I get in)?
3.) I have little to nothing to put down for extracurriculars (was not too involved during my undergrad years). Should I seek volunteer opportunities now to make me a more competitive applicant?
4.) How high of a score on the GMAT should I aim for, based on my profile/background?
5.) I've been trying to apply to accounting related jobs in the LA area but it's close to impossible with the lack of accounting experience I have on my resume. I haven't done any accounting related internships, so would this make me less favorable candidate for the Big 4?
If anyone can offer some advice or insight (or even your own story), I would greatly appreciate it.