Monthly Archives: February 2016

Working as a Graduate Assistant

One of the best ways, outside of scholarships, to help fund graduate school is through a graduate assistant-ship (GA). There are two types of GA positions available: working for a professor in McIntire by helping with a class or with research (which is what I did) or working in the Graduate Programs office. Jodi, a GA in Graduate Programs, and I offer our perspectives on both positions below:

Student Highlight: Siddharth Agarwala

Last semester, we highlighted classmate Elya Kinsey and her musical background. This semester, we would like to introduce you to Siddharth Agarwala. Sid, as he is more commonly known in the program, completed his undergraduate degree here at McIntire, and from the start has been very helpful, giving us the lowdown on the best places to eat and places we should visit during our time here in Charlottesville!

Preparing for the CPA

If you’re looking into graduate accounting programs, one of your major priorities is earning enough credits and qualifying to become a CPA. Unlike many programs, UVA’s M.S. in Accounting does not focus solely on passing the CPA exam, however, instead opting to better prepare its students for success in the professional accounting environment and focuses on the big picture. (That said, the program still prepares you to sit for the exam by covering a lot of the tested material and ensuring that each student has sufficient time to prepare for the exam during the spring semester). Here’s how I’m preparing for the exam (and planning to finish all four parts before graduation):