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December 24, 2011

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In my opinion, an aoctuncing M.A. serves two main purposes: (1) it helps you pass the CPA exam and (2) in some states, it substitutes for the experience requirement to receive the CPA license. In other words, I've never heard a great argument for getting one.* I have yet to see a job posting that requires an M.A. You learn the principles in undergrad, so it SEEMS like most of the knowledge acquired in a master's program would be obsolete after a few years I don't see an MBA as being very useful, either (it doesn't teach you how to DO anything). A master's in taxation is really useful if you want to go into tax, but it doesn't seem like that's part of your career goal.A second major in finance is not the way that I'd go; a second major in MIS is, I think, more likely to get you hired at a big 4 firm. Working at one of these firms will probably do more than anything else for your particular career goals.Also, your aoctuncing profs are the best resource that you have; ask them.*That is, UNLESS your undergrad program isn't very good and you want to get an M.A. at a better school, like in one of the top 25-30 programs, in order to increase your chances of getting hired at one of the big 4 firms. These firms don't recruit at every school.

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