Guess it depends on your background. If you've already got a couple of year's work-ex, I'd say you could take up the MBA/MS route and be set for your career. Northeastern, although not THE BEST is still a good school(based on personal research). Although I would take up MSA at Wake Forest anyday. I myself was considering the MSA or MBA at Wake Forest for many reasons - 1.) Faculty/curriculum -very focussed structured etc etc 2.) Location in NC -beautiful campus plus a college town feel 3.) 100% placement rate for MSA. You could always continue on to an MBA at wake forest and complete it within one year given that you'd be able to waive certain courses through your MSA at Wake Forest.