We’re excited to share our experiences over the next nine months with you as the new M.S. in Accounting bloggers! We’ll do our best to give you the inside scoop on the program, as well as provide useful information regarding the application process and recruiting at McIntire.
Now that we’re in the midst of summer and everyone is off traveling, working, or studying, we are kind of forced to believe that we are officially finished with UVA’s M.S. in Accounting program. Although our time with the program is over, the best part about the friendships we made at UVA is that we will never have to say “goodbye.” For us, it’s more of a “see you later.” We are lucky enough that our classmates turned into lifelong friends whom may even be our future colleagues.
UVA’s M.S. in Accounting (MSA) program is comprised of a unique group of students representing a range of backgrounds. Besides Virginia and local areas, we have students from all over the United States and several international countries. That’s what makes this program exceptional–we are all so different and learn so much from each other. While some of our students often land jobs in the Virginia area during the job recruiting process, others decide to fulfill their dreams elsewhere! Here’s another factor that makes us so great–we have such a strong presence around the world even after attaining our graduate degree.
Within the graduate programs offered at the McIntire School of Commerce, there are endless opportunities to get involved beyond the classroom. Among our M.S. in Accounting (MSA) class of bright and talented students are several teaching assistants, graduate program assistants, student ambassadors, and of course, social media interns (shout-out to our blogger crew). However, one particular group of students stands out to the class: the GCOM Council. This group volunteers time to maximize the experience of our two semesters here at UVA. The GCOM Council is comprised of four MSA students and six M.S. in Commerce students, who often who work closely together to plan events for our graduate student body.
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!
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):
“Hoos” excited to be back at UVA?! Although winter break went by too fast, I know everyone was anxious to get into the swing of classes again. However, before we jump into the spring semester, let’s take a moment to reflect on the past month and a half of winter break!
Happy October, everyone! Let’s all take a minute to give a warm welcome to autumn leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, fall baking, exciting football games, and for many of you, midterm exams and the ultimate job search! I know, I know, I just had to throw those last two in there. Since I recently went through the job search process, I thought I would use my experience to compile a brief guide to help everyone out there about to embark on their own journey to find their finding the right job.
When I started to look into M.S. in Accounting last year, I was really interested in what a typical day would be like for a student, and how it would vary from my undergrad experience. Now that I’m a blogger for the program, I thought I’d bring you through a typical day in my life as an MSA student at the McIntire School of Commerce at UVA, with the hope that it will help answer some questions prospective students have. Without further ado, here’s my typical Thursday: