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Accounting + Math vs Accounting + Information Technology

DoggyDownDoggyDown Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
edited September 2013 in Business Major
So my main goal is to best prepare me for the graduate school. I wanted to be a MFE. But if that doesn't work out I'd like to be an actuary. If I do the accounting and math route I plan to take programming on the side. And I wanted to minor in astronomy out of fascination, but unsure if it may be too much. Help?
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Replies to: Accounting + Math vs Accounting + Information Technology

  • AleeraAleera Registered User Posts: 54 Junior Member
    The MFE, that would use math, cs, and involving at least one programming language. Actuary, hopefully doing reviews or taking a lot of stats courses. (My current university is not a CAE but offers 2 prep courses, which they just work old problems anyway.)

    Having done my bachelors (and 150 in accounting), well it's a lot of theory/rules and arithmetic (not actual math) in accounting. If you want to become CPA, you need a lot of education specifically in accounting to become licensed (36 credit hours accounting for Florida, think 52 were business core required also). Another consideration is if the actuary program is considered school of science (math) or school of business for the application; example: if I decided to apply to an Masters in Stats my non-math courses are not relevant to my case. Also math grad school will not consider accounting to be a related field to math/stats (I understand this now as accounting dealt with arithmetic and not complex algebra/calc, my postbacc is in math, I'm not even on calc cycle yet. Business calc is not as rigorous as calc&trig solving problems.) Discrete Math is taken before computer science, after calc.1 or 3, depending where you are taking and rigor.

    May be a good idea to sample courses to see what you like, but if you do additional research maybe you can narrow down your list somewhat. Really, I follow USF's rule where someone isn't really an accounting major until after completion of intermediate theory 1 and cost accounting. Accounting and Actuary would require (in case of CPA) passing exams and keeping GPA high since it is competitive. I also think colleges have an introductory astronomy course, to visit the observatory and look into but that is a math and science route. Math and science (even CS) and business, too many fields. If you prefer math/cs, MBA- accounting is another option but you probably need to complete business core with at least a business minor (one of my coworkers had about 30 undergrad credits in addition to mba coming from science to business). Good luck!
  • DoggyDownDoggyDown Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    Thanks for the response. After some realization, an MFE may not be for me. I couldn't imagine doing hardcore math and programming everyday. I believe an Accounting degree with a CS minor would be just fine. I also plan to get a Master's in Fiance. Anyone know if OSU is any good? My school isn't AACSB accredited.
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