It’s hard to believe it’s almost been a year since I got to walk through Jefferson’s academical village from the picturesque rotunda celebrating our graduation from the M.S. in Accounting (MSA program)! Each day I am very grateful to have studied with such wonderful classmates and amazing professors who truly dedicated themselves to preparing us for the next chapter.
As we approach the end of our nine-month program, it feels like a good time to reflect on the value of the M.S. in Accounting (MSA). I moved to Charlottesville last August after graduating as an accounting major from the College of Charleston. Overall I’ve felt that the MSA has been a tremendous experience, and I think that comes down to three main reasons:
With data analytics and the concepts behind big data growing rapidly in the business world, students right out of college often find themselves slightly behind the curve when it comes to understanding and analyzing the magnitude of these new tools. After a conversation with M.S. in Accounting’s (MSA) forensic accounting professor, Eric Negangard, it was apparent that the goal of the MSA program is to build confidence from day one. With this confidence, students will be able to walk in on their first day of work and be steps ahead of their peers when it comes to understanding and applying the complexity of data analytics.
Benjamin Franklin, founding Father of the United States, once was quoted as saying, “there are only two certainties in this world: death and taxes.” Franklin didn’t have his M.S. in Accounting (MSA) from UVA but he may have been onto something. In the MSA program there is a focus placed on that second certainty by developing students’ skills in the foundation of U.S Taxation in the Tax Consulting track.
I’d like to introduce you to a student in the M.S. in Accounting Class of 2017, Jamie Hinz! Jamie came to UVA all the way from SMU (Southern Methodist University) to pursue a master’s degree in Accounting and has accomplished quite a few milestones during her time here in Charlottesville. Although she came to grad school with an offer from EY’s assurance practice in Dallas, right before Thanksgiving break she surprised us all with an acceptance to the one-year rotational EY Professional Practice Researcher Program in New York City! Selected as one of ten out of 100 applicants, we couldn’t be more excited for Jamie in her new adventure coming this summer.
At Commerce Career Services (CCS), I work with a team dedicated to providing exemplary service to McIntire students and employers. While our offices are split into two teams, one focusing on Employer Relations and the other on Student Advising, we all work together to provide a range of programming that features both employers and alumni including mock interviews, industry panels, and information sessions. Though I serve as a point-person for the M.S. in Accounting (MSA) program, all advisors in our office meet with all students. As career advisors we enjoy getting to know all MSA students and learning about their unique interests and career goals. The added benefit for students is that you have multiple people looking at your resume or conducting your mock interviews– and the more people the better!
To conclude our series on transitions to UVA’s M.S. in Accounting (MSA) program, we have interviewed two students who attended UVA for undergrad and decided to stay for a fifth year. We’ve covered students coming from all over the world, as well as other students’ transitions from both large and small universities. Our hope is to connect with each and every applicant interested in attending the MSA program and offer personal advice for the each of those currently in their search of a graduate accounting program. Each student was asked to respond to the following questions:
I think an appropriate place to start the story of my journey across the country to UVA and back would be at the University of Oregon, where I got my undergraduate degree in Accounting. Senior year at Oregon was exciting and nerve-wracking, all wrapped around a national championship appearance for the football team (we lost). I was taking difficult, (but not “intermediate accounting” difficult) upper-level business courses as part of the Lundquist College of Business at UO. Oh what I would give to go back to no classes on Friday and those famous Oregon summers…
I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, and received my Bachelor’s Degree of Business Administration in Accounting from Gonzaga University before starting the M.S. in Accounting Program at UVA. I recruited through Gonzaga University, so already had interned with KPMG and accepted a full-time position with the firm in the Seattle office.