CDA1984 in Madison Heights, Virginia said: I received a B.S. in Accounting in 2006 and and M.S. in Accounting in 2007. My original goal was to become a CPA but a bad experience at a CPA firm and the economic downturn led me away from this path.
In college I interviewed at one of the, then Big 8 firms. I wasn't hired but in a weird confluence the job I did take out of college led to my replacing a temp whose brother worked at the location I would have. He said it sucked.
There is no requirement that you list everything you have on a resume. Lying is saying you have a master's when you don't. Not saying you have a master's degree is just not saying you have a master's degree. I would consider that in some cases depending on what I thought the job entailed. I do that sort of thing.
The negative to leaving it off is getting a job then suddenly something opens up and there you are with a MS, as if by magic. I would love to have that conversation but I'm not you. And, it can be painfully hard to be Jr. to an effing idiot.
As I understand it, a CPA requires working a certain amount of hours auditing and that means another CPA firm. However, a CPA would be a very powerful tool in getting a job, better than a MS.
As far as financial analysis, I have no answers. My degree is in finance but I never found any paths to it. I think you almost have to break in on the accounting side. Larger corporations certainly have that option but today everyone is going to want 3 to 5 years as an analyst to be an analyst.
I feel like I typed a lot without helping. Sorry, it's a hard problem. You might also need to consider another geographical location. Out here I'd think you could find a job much more easily