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Old 07-17-2011, 01:46 PM
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I am in college right now. Here are three options I am deciding among.

1. BS and MS Combined-degree MS Finance in four years. This is competitive for admission, though.
2. 3/2 Five year program where students earn a BSAcc, MAcc, and often CPA, at the end of the program.
3. Earn a BS in finance and no masters degree, then get any financial job until I try for an MBA. However, I want an MS if I can get it cheaply. Placement with just a BS at my school may not be as good as with masters.

I could do either of these. I know that I definitely want to go for an MBA eventually, but I am worried that the MBA admissions committees will view me as academically "double dipping" and redundant due to either of those degrees already being business-ey. I do not want already having one of them to hinder my chances.

I am leaning toward getting the MAcc and CPA, trying to get a job at the Big 4 (which heavily recruits at my school), then working a little and going into an MBA program to switch into a financial job. I know MAcc degrees are kind of a waste, but doing the program would not cost me much at all, plus I could get a CPA. I know the CPA is great for admissions, but I do not want the MAcc to brand me as an accountant or look redundant with an MBA drive off admissions people.

Do any of these options hold merit to where I could get an MBA eventually if I wanted one? Which option do you think would be the best for MBA admissions, and eventually financial jobs (not quant, though)?


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Old 07-18-2011, 11:53 AM
Location: Central Mass
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If you want to be in finance, get the MS in finance. If you feel you need the MBA for advancement later, get it later. A number of people "double dip" for the MBA, it's the nature of business administration. When I got mine, about 1/3 were 22 year old accounting BS majors getting the credits for a CPA (no MAcc degree), 1/3 had business BS/BBA degrees, and 1/3 had other degrees (either BS/BA/or Masters in something else, one guy had a Ph.D. in chemistry and needed the MBA to go back and work high up in oil companies).

Then it depends on quality of MBA you're going to get, as to how hard admissions are. Or if they require work experience - that could change your mind as to which option to pick too. "Easier" to get into schools usually just look at it mathematically - your GPA + your GMAT. Some great and hard to get into schools do this too. Your GPA could be your undergrad GPA, part of your undergrad (junior and senior only I've seen), part of your undergrad + grad GPA, or last x number of years of school.
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Old 07-19-2011, 02:04 PM
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Thank you. Perhaps I will rethink my goals.

I will definitely apply for the MSF program knowing that many people do have both.
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