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UIUC MAS grad - Ask me anything (even about MSA)

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UIUC MAS grad - Ask me anything (even about MSA) [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2012, 12:51
It's been a while since I've checked these forums and I've seen a lot of posts about UIUC so I thought I'd try to answer questions.

Background: US citizen, went to a different undergrad school for accounting. Graduated and applied to UIUC MAS - accepted. Now working for a Big Four firm on the west coast even though I never interned there.

As I mentioned, I did the MAS program but I know quite a few who got the MSA so I might be able to answer those questions.

Just to get started:

Pros:
-Relatively inexpensive
-Excellent facilities (huge new business building)
-If your goal is public accounting, this is a good place to be*. All the Big Four firms and below are present in force throughout the year. Not only for the Chicago offices but nationwide and even international
-Close to Chicago (2.5 hour drive/train/bus ride)
-Champaign-Urbana has its charms and has pretty much everything you need

Cons:
-Champaign is kind of boring if you're from a big city
-Most of the people you meet will be accounting or finance majors and mostly headed for the Big 4. Great networking opportunity I guess, but not a whole lot of diversity in terms of background
-Not really a con but the curriculum is very different from most schools. Emphasis on communication skills and theory vs. traditional application of accounting
-Be forewarned: 95% of the MSA student body comes from abroad. And most of the people who do the MAS program went to UIUC for undergrad and already have job offers


*I can say a lot about this topic, however, so there are major caveats.
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Re: UIUC MAS grad - Ask me anything (even about MSA) [#permalink] New post 30 May 2012, 08:12
Hi,

I am interested in the MSA program and had a few questions I was hoping you could answer. There is not much information on the site. Do you know what the stats of previous students is? I got a 660 on the GMAT and have a 3.2 GPA, would that be sufficent for admission? You say that 95% of the MSA students are from abroad do they favor international students over domestic students? There are also a few pre-req courses needed would getting them at a community college be acceptable?

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Re: UIUC MAS grad - Ask me anything (even about MSA) [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2012, 23:24
Hey there, I'm interested in learning more about the culture of UIUC. I'm going to apply but want to make sure that I won't be surrounded by people who can't speak english. Do the US students who do the MAS program enjoy their time there?
Re: UIUC MAS grad - Ask me anything (even about MSA)   [#permalink] 21 Aug 2012, 23:24
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