With over 300 companies recruiting at McIntire each year, we want to highlight just how it looks from the student perspective. Yes, we have traditional events like career fairs, but most connections occur in the classrooms, in the hallways, and at networking receptions organized by Commerce Career Services (CCS).
Originally hailing from the Maryland side of Washington, D.C., Accounting Professor Andrea Roberts views her position at McIntire as the fortunate confluence of opportunities and timing. Indeed, there may be a kind of destiny to her arrival. She had hoped to attend UVA as an undergrad, and although admitted as an out-of-state student, finances prevented her from studying here. Her educational journey led her to earn a B.S. in Accounting from Towson University and spend the following five years working at Ernst & Young. After deciding she wanted a life in academia, she pursued a Ph.D. in Accountancy from The George Washington University and held her first academic post at Boston College. After nearly a decade teaching in Boston, she sought to return to the mid-Atlantic to be closer to family, yet securing employment in Charlottesville originally seemed like an unlikely possibility to her.
Welcome to the 2017-2018 M.S. in Accounting Blog, Full Disclosure! I’m from Binghamton, New York, and went to the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) where I earned my bachelor’s in Accounting. While there, I was involved in the Sigma Chi and Delta Sigma Pi fraternities, several student organizations—including Student Government—and volunteered with many committees and sustainability initiatives. I’m excited to continue several of these activities while at UVA.
Applicants to UVA’s M.S. in Accounting program are asked to make an important decision when applying: which track is the best fit for me? Students have two track options – Financial Reporting & Assurance or Tax Consulting. Check out the the curriculum for both tracks here.
We have some great updates to share about the M.S. in Accounting Program—including the announcement of a new program director and elective classes in data analytics and cyber security—but I’ll let our student bloggers fill you in soon. First, an introduction to the newest cohort.
M.S. in Accounting Class of 2018 Student Ambassadors
Personally, when I reflect on my experiences in McIntire’s M.S. in Accounting (MSA) program, my first thought is always about the people I met during those short nine months. As I’ve stated in other blogs, our program isn’t made up solely of UVA undergraduates but an assortment of students from all over the country, even the world, that are thrown together for one of the most challenging years of their academic careers. Even though some people lose touch, I feel our class has done a great job of keeping up with and supporting each other post-graduation. Whether it be trips to visit classmates who chose to work in a different city or even being part of the same group of staff auditors in a local branch, it’s comforting to know that although spread out, we can always lean back on each other for support.
Raymond Byrd, UVA ’18, University of Florida ’17, PwC Tampa, FL
It has been over a full week since the M.S. in Accounting (MSA) Class of 2017 participated in final exercises here in Charlottesville. For those who are unfamiliar, UVA spreads their graduation ceremonies over an entire weekend, beginning with a large ceremony for all graduates in select schools in the morning and then breaking out into school-specific ceremonies later in the day. The weekend began on Friday, before all ceremonies, with the Valedictory Exercises featuring the keynote speaker, 2016 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Juan Manual Santos, President of Colombia.
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.