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JDavisNJ in Fair Lawn, New Jersey

92 months ago

Hell all, my name is Joe and was wondering if I can get some advice. I'm 22 and am about to graduate college with a History degree. Why would I be interested in accounting you ask? Well, I flip-flopped majors several times (stupid decision), and I will be graduating with a degree in history. I can't change that and have accepted it.

My plan, within the next two years is to attend graduate school for accounting. There are several good schools in my area and I'm confident that I can get into one. I expect my GPA to be around 3.3 upon graduation.

The problem I'm having is, how to find an entry level accounting position with no experience in the field, and without a business degree under my belt? I'm pretty good in Excel and am good with numbers, but am not sure who would hire me. I was told to look for "clerk" positions in accounts payable, or something related.

Basically, I want to gain some experience in a company before I apply to graduate school. I know this whole idea seems redundant and a stretch, but if anyone could help me out that would be much appreciated. Thanks,

-Joe

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michele in Los Angeles, California

88 months ago

received a 1099 for a house that we foreclosed on. We earned no income that year and we were selling everything that we owned. Do we still need to pay taxes on the home that was foreclosed on.

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Beverly in Virginia Beach, Virginia

85 months ago

CJ in San Juan, Puerto Rico said: Beverly I dont think Keller is one of the best schools. Plenty Online schools with Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Hi CJ, I suppose it is a matter of opinion. I chose Keller because I felt their program was very strong regardless of the accreditation. Plus the CPA prep component to their program made it quite attractive which closely followed the Virginia CPA standards. And we all know in today's working world, it is so important to get certified in order to further your career, whether it is to be a CPA, CMA, CFA, or CIA, etc. Yes, there are plenty of other colleges out there, better colleges out there, if you may, but it is what you do with your education that matters most. I felt like Keller was the better school for me. When I begin working, I don't think the first question that my employer will ask will be whether my school was accredited under the AACSB however, I can almost gaurantee that as a public accountant, they will ask me if I am a CPA.

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carter in Chennai, India

85 months ago

CJ in San Juan, Puerto Rico said: Beverly I dont think Keller is one of the best schools. Plenty Online schools with Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Worst is keller

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Daniel in Lomita, California

84 months ago

Hello everybody,

I am a recent graduate at UC San Diego and I graduated with an economics degree. After a year of thinking about what I wanted to do, I decided that I wanted to get my CPA. I heard the best way to qualify to sit for the exam is to get a masters in accounting or business taxation. However, I did very poorly towards the end of my undergrad and ended up with a GPA of 2.5. What is the best way to go about obtaining my CPA? It's gonna be tough for me to get into graduate schools b/c of my gpa. Should I just take some courses at a nearby Community college and raise my gpa before applying to grad schools? Should I focus on my GMATs? Any information would be very helpful. Thank you!

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Prissie in New Orleans, Louisiana

82 months ago

JDavisNJ in Fair Lawn, New Jersey said: Hell all, my name is Joe and was wondering if I can get some advice. I'm 22 and am about to graduate college with a History degree. Why would I be interested in accounting you ask? Well, I flip-flopped majors several times (stupid decision), and I will be graduating with a degree in history. I can't change that and have accepted it.

My plan, within the next two years is to attend graduate school for accounting. There are several good schools in my area and I'm confident that I can get into one. I expect my GPA to be around 3.3 upon graduation.

The problem I'm having is, how to find an entry level accounting position with no experience in the field, and without a business degree under my belt? I'm pretty good in Excel and am good with numbers, but am not sure who would hire me. I was told to look for "clerk" positions in accounts payable, or something related.

Basically, I want to gain some experience in a company before I apply to graduate school. I know this whole idea seems redundant and a stretch, but if anyone could help me out that would be much appreciated. Thanks,

-Joe

Go to USAJOBS.com - the website for the federal gov't. They have entry level accounting tech positions all over.

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Adam in Iowa City, Iowa

82 months ago

Joe,

Unless you're looking at a small business, I doubt you're going to find anything, because most of the accounting work, from what I've seen anyway (even with the AP and AR sides) are becoming incredibly complex because of the technology that's involved with sifting through all of the financial data. If you want the truth in the matter, I doubt you'll be able to get an AP/AR job in a large company without a degree in (at least) a business field, but the smaller business market might be better.

Just being truthful...

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Jennifer Cheng in South El Monte, California

82 months ago

Accouting is my marjor. Right now I am experiencing a hard time choosing what university I should go to.Either Cal State LA and Fullerton.
Becuase I live much close to CSLA, but I am worry that CSLA has lower reputation than Fullerton. Can anyone give me some good advices?

Sincerely.

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Kirk Ward in Ellijay, Georgia

81 months ago

Multiple degrees are a great asset, especially if you can learn how to use one with the other. For example, if you wanted to be marketable as a top executive, a finance degree, a marketing degree, and a technical skills degree such as engineering, could very well project you to the top in that particular field.

Since accounting doesn't really have a marketing major, as such, take a look at instantpracticebuilder.com

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Tara in Chicago, Illinois

80 months ago

Hello,

I have a BA in Anthropology. At the undergraduate level, I have one general Math/Algebra class and one Statistics class (both of which I received As in). I have no prior accounting or finance experience. For a career change, I plan on attending graduate school for a Master of Science in Accounting degree, then pursuing the CPA credential.

My question is; how important is the reputation or ranking of the school from which I receive my MS (considering that I also plan to become a CPA) when it comes to getting hired by a company?

The schools I am looking at in Chicago are:

DePaul (AACSB)
Loyola (AACSB)
University of Illinois at Chicago (AACSB)
Roosevelt University (ACBSP only)

The first 3 schools have pretty good reputations, but I'm not sure about the last one (Roosevelt). It only has the ACBSP accreditation, but it is very inexpensive.

I would hate to incur more debt of $35-40k for a degree when a degree from a much more affordable school would get me "almost" the same type of job.

What do think I should do? Fork out the cash for a better school or go with the less prestigious cheaper school. As long as I have my CPA, will it matter?

Thanks!

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Vince in Norfolk, Virginia

80 months ago

Although I can't comment on those particular schools, I'd recommend going with the one that you feel will give you the best education for the money. Since you don't have a background in accounting, I'd go for the most rigourous program you can get into. this will help prepare you for the CPA exam and will give you the tools you need to succeed in the profession. I'd shell out the cash, CPAs make good money so it is a solid investment if you know that you want to be one. Just my advice.

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Monica in Whittier, California

71 months ago

Daniel in Lomita, California said: Hello everybody,

I am a recent graduate at UC San Diego and I graduated with an economics degree. After a year of thinking about what I wanted to do, I decided that I wanted to get my CPA. I heard the best way to qualify to sit for the exam is to get a masters in accounting or business taxation. However, I did very poorly towards the end of my undergrad and ended up with a GPA of 2.5. What is the best way to go about obtaining my CPA? It's gonna be tough for me to get into graduate schools b/c of my gpa. Should I just take some courses at a nearby Community college and raise my gpa before applying to grad schools? Should I focus on my GMATs? Any information would be very helpful. Thank you!

Hey...ya I have the same situation...have you received any advice?

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Reyup in Chicago, Illinois

71 months ago

Most states require 150 hours of college credit in order to sit for the CPA exam. So getting a masters is the preferable way to go. I was a marketing undergrad, and returned for my MSA 7 years after finishing. My undergrad GPA wasn't great, in the 2.9 area. In my opinion it is not the difficult to get into a decent grad school. As long as you're not looking for something Ivy league level, if you score decent on the GMAT, you'll be surprised where you can get in.

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LucyJane in Richmond, Virginia

71 months ago

Hi, I'm in the same boat as Monica and Daniel. I did duel degree in undergrad, so I have a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.S. in Econ - only my gpa is 2.6. After a few years of working, I've now decided that I want to go into accounting and be a CPA. Any advice for those of us who want to re-enter academia in accounting but have low GPA's?

Thanks in advance - so far this forum has been very helpful!

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Will in Cherry Hill, New Jersey

71 months ago

Daniel and/or LucyJane, did you ever receive advice on the low gpa question? I am curious about that situation also.

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LucyJane in Richmond, Virginia

71 months ago

no, I haven't received any advice yet. Are you in the same but as us too, Will?

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CK in Fairfax, Virginia

70 months ago

Hi LucyJane,

My friend graduated with a BS in Medical Technology - 2.7 from GMU. After 5 months of doing nothing, he went back to a local community college and received an associate in accounting. Worked 2-3 years for a local insurance company doing a dead-end job, applied to the University of Richmond, accepted, and he kissed good-bye to his former job.

PS. He studied GMAT like there is no tomorrow!

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DJ Drummond in Houston, Texas

70 months ago

Perhaps I can be useful. I just earned my MBA from UH-Victoria, with a concentration in Accounting. UHV is AACSB accredited in Business, and the faculty is shared with the UH Bauer School of Business, so it's a decent school. My BA was ... English (don't ask me why) and it was back in 1983. I got the MBA because in addition to 30 hours upper-level Accounting courses you need 24 hours upper-level Business courses, so the MBA did that, mostly, and got me a higher degree as well. lemealone in Norfolk is right that the CPA license is HUGE, you get that and where you went to school is a lot less important.

I have 2 reasons for posting here. First, some encouragement: My undergrad GPA at Baylor was - gulp - 2.1! I only had a chance because I finished a LOT stronger and my last 60 hours BARELY met the 2.5 GPA requirement for consideration. What got me in was my GMAT; I got a 730 on my first and only try and the school gave me a chance to take part in the MBA program. I finished my MBA with a 3.941 GPA and here I am. There was no chance I could get into some of the top programs, not with my grades even so long ago, but a good GMAT score opened the door. So while grades are important and can limit schools or make some interested in you, there are options. Study for the GMAT unti you are sure you'll get an 800, then you're ready to start really studying the GMAT!

My other reason for posting is a question - does anyone know how someone can earn accounting experience for the CPA license without starting all over as an intern? I'm 49 and have a ton of management experience, and one reason I want the CPA is that my company considers it a must-have for all senior managers. Would SOx audits count as acceptable work for the Accountancy Board if a CPA supervised me?

Thanks and good luck!

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Aneetha in Stamford, Connecticut

70 months ago

Hi I too have a similiar question. I studied in India, and am an engineer, and also hold an advanced diploma in business management. I did my diploma from ICFAI (an institute which is banned in US). Can i count this degree for the pre requirement to sit for the CPA exam?

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Future Accountant in Houston, Texas

70 months ago

carter in Chennai, India said: Worst is keller

Carter, How do you know? You live in India!!!

Beverly, I admire your enthusiam in pursuing your goal. Keep at it.

God Bless.

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S E Smith in Aurora, Colorado

69 months ago

Joe,

Does your current school offer a grad program? As a current student of the school, they might overlook some of their requirements. I attend Regis University. Very good school, excellent reputation and you can take your entire program online since you are in another state. They are a private institution so the cost would be more than at the state college level but it can be done. They do require two years work experience but it does not require that employment be in accounting.

I believe you can start off in a clerk type postions. These typically can start at about 15/hr (at least here in CO) not sure about your market. It is a good way to get in the door and tune your skills up. I would suggest learning the most you can of excel. that is the ULTIMATE requirment these days for an accountant. You have received advice taking you in a lot of directions but ultimatley you have to seek and find what works best for you

Someone said ealy in the forum that you history degree could help....I disagree. Again, this is based on the Colorado market. Compnaies out here will not likely hire someone in accounting with a degree outside of that unles its business.

Master's program is great (i start in jan) but nothing is better than working your way up..IMO

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JR 1985 in Las Vegas, Nevada

69 months ago

BTW, UMUC isn't AACSB. It's IACSB.

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Vick in Naperville, Illinois

64 months ago

I am a CPA. I personally don't see the big deal. I wish I had stayed in Human Resources. Good Pay and easy work. Also, I was rewarded and had no reason but to be honest.

In the accounting profession, its a man eat man world. The CEO doesn't know anything about accounting, the CFO has been around so long he slipped through without a degree in accounting or a cpa. Then you have an a**hole Assistant Controller. These are people who nothing else is important in their lives but accounting. I have worked in the public, private and government sections. All the same, you will work for some of the dumbest and dishonest people in your life. Get out and stay out while you can. It is not what it is cracked up to be. I'm a CPA, so what! Dishonesty and pure greed will get you far in this field, you just will have to sell your soul along the way. I wish someone had told me this years ago. Work smart, not hard. Wish you well! The decision is yours.

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Mickey in Pekin, Illinois

58 months ago

Hi everyone,

I have a Bachelor of Science in Public Health with a 3.95 GPA and am currently in physical therapy school. After I graduate from physical therapy school, in May
2012, I want to get a certificate in accounting from a community college, but
want to know if the certificate alone will allow me to get a job in accounting?
The community college by my house also offers a Certified Management Accountant(CMA) preparation certificate. I'm interested in physical therapy and accounting, but want to be able to do both. I read the experience requirement for the CMA exam on the IMA website, but I need two years of full-time experience in management accounting or financial management. I've met the education requirement because all that's required is a bachelor's degree, in any field. Do I have a chance of getting into the accounting field that will allow me to gain the work experience that I need to
take the CMA exam with no accounting experience?

Thank you!

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AM1982 in Marietta, Georgia

56 months ago

Wow lots of variety here. Let me add my vibrant story to this mix.

When I graduated from High School, due to circumstances outside of my control I had limited choices for College. I got a BFA in Graphic Design. I had a high GPA in high school, I had scholarships, AP classes and graduated with honors. It wasn't my grades or money that was the problem but another variable. I have really worked this degree and have worked my way up to project/program management in IT industry (not bad for a BFA). I will have my PMP for PMI soon.

But I really want a "Smart" degree.I consider math and science "smart" degrees. I am a smart girl and I want my education to reflect that. And I am ready for new and challenging work. I really don't want to be a CPA but work more in the Financial industry. They all require a bachelors in accounting or finance with a CPA or CFA, ect..

Do I go back to school for a Bachelors in Accounting & finance? Or

Do I get a Post-baccalaureate certification in accounting (thinking about this online program: extension.berkeley.edu/subject/accounting.html).
Will a post-bacc accounting course work+ a Non-relevant bachelors degree be enough for a CPA in GA?
How will employers look upon this?

So would a BFA in Graphic Design + Post-Baccalaureate certification in accounting + CPA or CFA --- be enough to land a decent paying job, while I go to Grad school for MPA/MAcc/MSFIN/MSF?

I really WANT THIS! Is there someone I can talk to about this? Anyone have any insights?

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Karena in Atlanta, Georgia

55 months ago

DJ Drummond in Houston, Texas said: Perhaps I can be useful. I just earned my MBA from UH-Victoria, with a concentration in Accounting. UHV is AACSB accredited in Business, and the faculty is shared with the UH Bauer School of Business, so it's a decent school. My BA was ... English (don't ask me why) and it was back in 1983. I got the MBA because in addition to 30 hours upper-level Accounting courses you need 24 hours upper-level Business courses, so the MBA did that, mostly, and got me a higher degree as well. lemealone in Norfolk is right that the CPA license is HUGE, you get that and where you went to school is a lot less important.

I have 2 reasons for posting here. First, some encouragement: My undergrad GPA at Baylor was - gulp - 2.1! I only had a chance because I finished a LOT stronger and my last 60 hours BARELY met the 2.5 GPA requirement for consideration. What got me in was my GMAT; I got a 730 on my first and only try and the school gave me a chance to take part in the MBA program. I finished my MBA with a 3.941 GPA and here I am. There was no chance I could get into some of the top programs, not with my grades even so long ago, but a good GMAT score opened the door. So while grades are important and can limit schools or make some interested in you, there are options. Study for the GMAT unti you are sure you'll get an 800, then you're ready to start really studying the GMAT!

My other reason for posting is a question - does anyone know how someone can earn accounting experience for the CPA license without starting all over as an intern? I'm 49 and have a ton of management experience, and one reason I want the CPA is that my company considers it a must-have for all senior managers. Would SOx audits count as acceptable work for the Accountancy Board if a CPA supervised me?

Thanks and good luck!

Could you tell us about how your profesional life is going after get your Master done.
I studied engineering and Im planning to go 4 cp

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DJ Drummond in Houston, Texas

55 months ago

S E Smith, sorry for the delay. My company just finished month-end and quarter close, so we were very busy this week.

I am now the Global Credit Manager for a valve manufacturer and distributor, responsible for Credit and Collections, AR management and Revenue Recognition. I bring in roughly 1 to 1.2 million USD a weej in commercial collections, do T&C contract review and credit decisions on about two new accounts a week, apply for a new Letter of Credit about twice a month, and also work with credit insurance and INCOTERMS for international shipping and export compliance.

My superior is the VP of Finance, and a CPA. He will be able to certify my work experience when I sit for the CPA exam myself. My pay is 27% higher than the salary I held at my previous job. I started at this job last November and from what I hear from my boss and the senior management (Controller, COO, JV partners) I am meeting or surpassing all expectations.

The significance is that there is always a way to get where you want to go, if you are willing to do the work and are flexible enough to find ways to put your personal skill set to its best use.

Good luck!

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Purple Flaming Gal in Near Loaville, Kentucky

54 months ago

JDavisNJ in Fair Lawn, New Jersey said: Hell all, my name is Joe and was wondering if I can get some advice. I'm 22 and am about to graduate college with a History degree. Why would I be interested in accounting you ask? Well, I flip-flopped majors several times (stupid decision), and I will be graduating with a degree in history. I can't change that and have accepted it.

My plan, within the next two years is to attend graduate school for accounting. There are several good schools in my area and I'm confident that I can get into one. I expect my GPA to be around 3.3 upon graduation.

The problem I'm having is, how to find an entry level accounting position with no experience in the field, and without a business degree under my belt? I'm pretty good in Excel and am good with numbers, but am not sure who would hire me. I was told to look for "clerk" positions in accounts payable, or something related.

Basically, I want to gain some experience in a company before I apply to graduate school. I know this whole idea seems redundant and a stretch, but if anyone could help me out that would be much appreciated. Thanks,

-Joe

I have been in accounting for 20 years. I'm a CPA MBA Controller. Yes, without a degree, just look for a clerk job (AP or AR) to get your foot in the door. I've hired employees for years. Believe me, it's hard to find an on time, loyal clerk, so if you fit that description and you can get past the HR "gate keepers" AND you interview well, you may have a chance. If you are GOOD (ie you can key, seem to have a brain, show up for work on time, don't have to smoke every hour, don't make a bee line for the door at 5pm), you may be successful. The market is saturated with accountants... notice I didn't say good accountants - they are still hard to come by. So if you will be a good, solid, accountant - there's still a market for them. I'm telling the truth! There are not that many solid performers out there... Good luck!

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haus in Rockford, Tennessee

51 months ago

Don't do accounting unless you have someone to give a job. Its a waste of time. Either you get a break or you don't. Regardless of others I know. Going on three years and can I even get a chance at a clerk that only requires a GED? No. I have a Bachelors suma cum laude. People don't want the best because I have seen many others where I can do a better job. But I don't get a chance to even have a job.

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Cody in Hawthorne, California

49 months ago

haus in Rockford, Tennessee said: Don't do accounting unless you have someone to give a job. Its a waste of time. Either you get a break or you don't. Regardless of others I know. Going on three years and can I even get a chance at a clerk that only requires a GED? No. I have a Bachelors suma cum laude. People don't want the best because I have seen many others where I can do a better job. But I don't get a chance to even have a job.

Please do not listen to this guy !

Accounting might be not a fun career, but it will give u a stable income. And yes, there are bad people in every jobs. What's news ? Grow up and start to be real ! Accounting is still good career no matter what. Read this article about accounting !

www.businessweek.com/bschools/blogs/mba_admissions/archives/2010/10/accounting_and_business_majors_score_jobs.html

Here is the deal ! REMEMBER THIS : Doing good in school is not enough. You also need to get job experiences while u are in school. At this time, do not think about money, but experiences in accounting/business field ! This is really important. Most company won't hire a candidate who has no real life working experiences in his/her field even if you are summa cum laude. Experiences are what matters the most ! Stop complaining that noone hire me ! You just didn't look hard enough. Jobs in accounting sector are out there. I will not tell you where it is at. That's your job hunting skill. You are an adult now !

CPA is the most important thing if you are planning to become an accountant. CPA is weighed higher than MBA in accounting field ! So, try to get CPA, because it will open you many doors that you can't imagine !

Good luck !

Question ? email me at swatus1@yahoo.com

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JHSCA in Newport Beach, California

49 months ago

This thread is exactly what I've been looking for. I recently started bookkeeping with 0 business or accounting in my background and a film degree and realized I should learn accounting and should aim a little higher than a bookkeeper. I am taking courses at a community college just to see if accounting is for me & I just can't quite figure out what the next step should be if I should take the GMAT and look for a MAcc program or take extension courses and sit for the CPA exam. I am on the same boat that I don't necessarily want to be a CPA/Accountant but this step will open the door to many other opportunities and I need to get my business sense in line for something more challenging. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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Unversity of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio

48 months ago

I thought this might be helpful.

Illinois CPA Exam requirements latest update (July 2010):

The IL State Board has decided (and approved by IL Governor) to postpone the cancellation of the CPA certificate for 2 years, which means that IL is still a 2-tier state and you can get the CPA certificate (not full license, but good enough for credential purposes) with 150 semester hours and NO experience. Please see the details below.

ipassthecpaexam.com/illinois-cpa-exam-requirements/

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JJ in Jupiter, Florida

42 months ago

This thread has been extremely helpful for me and I thank you all.
I have a mechanical engineering degree and I did work in the engineering field for a very long time. In addition, throughout the years, I have been running multiple home based businesses. I decided to go back to schoool and get a masters in forensic accounting at Florida Atlantic University (state university). They have an online program for this. I have very limited accounting experience, however, I have been doing my taxes in the past couple of years and I have been keeping a good eye on my accountant before that - reason for which I fired him because I caught big mistakes in the returns. The returns are complicated, NOL's carried forward, rentals, schedule C's etc
My main concern is if I will be able to "handle" the accounting master program. I have no idea how tough it is and how long it will take me to finish it.
My main goal is not to be able to work forever for a company and grow with it. I would like to be able to get the degree, gain some experience in a company and after that, open my own accounting firm. Is this something doable? I have to mention that I am 44 years old so obviously I need to move fast.
I always disliked the engineering field but I had to do it. I would like to finally get out of it and move into another field - as long as I can reach my final goal and have my own accounting firm.
Any suggestions, ideas, advice would be greatly appreciated.
Is there a chance that I can finish the program in 2 years while working 6 hours per day?

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TLee86 in Pasadena, California

25 months ago

Hi everyone,

I graduated in 2010 with a Poli Sci BS and I'm working at a law firm as a legal assistant right now. I originally wanted to go to law school but I realized that might not be the path for me.

Recently I've been thinking of going into accounting as I've been doing the accounting at my firm as well as light accounting when I was working in college. I'm a little lost on the whole process as I'm so new to this area and I've done some light research online and it's only confused me more. Can I get a Certified Management Accountant license without a degree in finance/business? I've read different things and as this thread seems to be rather informative and ppl have experience I'm hoping someone can give me a bit of help. I'm treading water a bit here and I would love if someone can steer me in the right direction and possibly mentor me a little.

Thanks guys! I'd appreciate any help! :)

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Anna in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

26 days ago

Daniel in Lomita, California said: Hello everybody,

I am a recent graduate at UC San Diego and I graduated with an economics degree. After a year of thinking about what I wanted to do, I decided that I wanted to get my CPA . I heard the best way to qualify to sit for the exam is to get a masters in accounting or business taxation. However, I did very poorly towards the end of my undergrad and ended up with a GPA of 2.5. What is the best way to go about obtaining my CPA? It's gonna be tough for me to get into graduate schools b/c of my gpa. Should I just take some courses at a nearby Community college and raise my gpa before applying to grad schools? Should I focus on my GMATs? Any information would be very helpful. Thank you!

Hi Daniel,
I realize that this is years later, but what did you end up doing? I am in a similar situation to what you were in and would like to know what it is that you ended up doing. Thanks! I hope you are well.

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Anna in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

26 days ago

Monica in Whittier, California said: Hey...ya I have the same situation...have you received any advice?

Monica, did you get any advice?

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Anna in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

26 days ago

LucyJane in Richmond, Virginia said: Hi, I'm in the same boat as Monica and Daniel. I did duel degree in undergrad, so I have a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.S. in Econ - only my gpa is 2.6. After a few years of working, I've now decided that I want to go into accounting and be a CPA . Any advice for those of us who want to re-enter academia in accounting but have low GPA's?

Thanks in advance - so far this forum has been very helpful!

Lucy,
I also realize that this is years later and that I am bringing back an old thread, but am curious as to what you all had done in that situation because I am in a similar one. Thanks!

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