MSA’s Newest Course: Primer to Cybersecurity

“Primer to Cybersecurity” is a new addition to the M.S. in Accounting curriculum this year. To understand how professionals in the accounting industry design cybersecurity software and infrastructure, we both enrolled in the course this semester. Limited to 20 students, this course provides an individualized classroom experience with a lot of one-on-one time with faculty. We recently interviewed the McIntire professors who co-teach the course, IT Professor Ryan Wright and Assistant Dean for Technology & Operations Bryan Lewis, to gain insight into the field of cybersecurity and its relationship to the accounting profession.

Taking Your Career & Network Abroad: Alumni Spotlights

Most students in the M.S. in Accounting Program plan to start their careers in the United States, though several opt to work abroad. In support of students’ international career searches, UVA offers numerous opportunities for students to study abroad or to apply for internships and jobs in other countries. Having a global experience and mindset can help set you up for opportunities to work abroad in your career. We reached out to two Class of 2013 alums to hear about their experiences—as a U.S. citizen working abroad and as a Chinese citizen working in the United States. Coincidentally, both are in their current positions thanks to M.S. in Accounting classmate referrals.

McIntire’s Recruiting Landscape

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).

Student Feature: Natalie Smith, Class of 2018

As we document the Class of 2018’s progress in the M.S. in Accounting Program, we would like to highlight several of our classmates’ experiences transitioning to UVA:

Natalie Smith

Hometown: Johnson City, Tenn.
Undergrad: Covenant College
Major: Business


Going Over the Books with Accounting Professor Andrea Roberts

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.

Meet the Class of ’18 Bloggers

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.

By the Numbers: Introducing the Class of 2018

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