Accounting Related Questions

<p>I have a few questions regarding accounting degrees. I hope I'm posting this in the correct forum.</p>

<p>First, I am aware there are MSA programs open to students who did not study business and/or accounting as an undergrad. </p>

<p>However my main concern is: if I pursue MSA without first having a solid foundation in accounting and business, then I won't be able to learn and absorb the materials taught in the program as well as I could have, compared to if I had the proper/adequate preparation as an undergrad majoring business and/or accounting.</p>

<p>Is it possible to get a second bachelor's degree in accounting from any accredited universities (real universities that are not online universities) before pursuing the MSA? </p>

<p>If the answer to the question above is yes, then does anyone know of any accredited universities (real universities that are not online universities) that allows students to pursue a second bachelor's degree in accounting or business? </p>

<p>Because as far as I know, many if not most schools that offer a second bachelor's degree unfortunately do not allow students to pursue a second bachelor's degree in accounting or business. So as an alternative, is it a good idea to get an associate's degree in accounting (after graduating from college), but before applying to MSA programs? </p>

<p>I have also heard about post-bac programs leading to certificates upon completion as a preparation for MSA programs. </p>

<p>But instead of certificates, is it possible to earn a second bachelor's degree in accounting via the post-bac programs?</p>

<p>bump! i really need to know. thanks!! =)</p>

<p>i'm really hoping to get some response, but i thought i should also clarify my situation a bit. </p>

<p>i am seriously considering getting a second bachelor degree in accounting because accounting is a rather technical major, which in turn makes undergrad accounting courses very crucial. </p>

<p>i am worried that if i go into a msa program without an undergraduate education in accounting, i will struggle through the msa program. therefore, i really want a solid undergraduate accounting background before i go into a msa program.</p>

<p>furthermore, some accounting programs for students with non-accounting & non-business major as a undergrad also require a string of prereq courses in various areas of business (i.e marketing and finance...etc) in addition to the two intro accounting courses. </p>

<p>so please help, thanks again!!</p>

<p>I am in the same boat you are, blueciel. I have a bachelors in music, and am looking to go into accounting. I figured I would obtain an associates in accounting from the local community college, and then go on to a master's degree in accounting. However, from looking at the graduate degree requirements, I don't know if the accounting classes from my A.S. would be enough.</p>

<p>I spoke with one of my business class instructors, and he suggested to go ahead and get a second bachelors degree in accounting. I planned on finishing my A.S. and then going right into a B.S.A. then; however, after doing some research, I found that only two accounting courses will transfer to the university.</p>

<p>So now I'm looking at taking one last class at the community college in Fall 2010, and then transferring to the university in Spring 2011 to work on my B.S.A. According to the research I've done, I would need seven more classes for my A.S., but only nine more classes for my B.S.A.</p>

<p>I have not spoken with any counselors or advisers yet because you have to be admitted to the school first. I'm in the process of filling out my application and sending transcripts to the university.</p>

<p>@ Tambookie,</p>

<p>Somewhat off topic, but how did you go from music to accounting. Quite a bit of a change, don't you think? Just curious.</p>

<p>bleuciel, I would suggest you to pursue a second bachelors instead of an associates degree. Then, you will not even need a masters degree in accounting, for you will have enough credits to sit for the CPA exam. CPA is much much better than a masters degree.
By the way, I do not think that any university will not allow you to pursue a second bachelors.
Some universities do that only if students already have a degree in business, but if you have something unrelated, like the degree in music, then you not suppose to have any problems.</p>

<p>PLEASE read the thread "everything you wanted to know or ought to know about Accounting". This thread is redundant!</p>

<p>@ Toshtemirov</p>

<p>are there any schools that you recommend i look into for a second bachelor's degree in accounting?</p>

<p>Any schools that have their business school accredited by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), and are recruited by major accounting/finance companies. </p>

<p>In which state do you live, and what is your first major?</p>

<p>I am a math major and want to pursue a graduate degree. Initially I wanted to get a phd in math, somewhere in the applied field. However, recently, I've found finance and accounting to be very interesting, and I think that's what I want to pursue my graduate education in. Since I don't think that I want to do "research" the rest of my life, is there no need to obtain a phd? And would a masters or certificate program best suit my needs?</p>

<p>^Yes, there is no need to get a PhD in accounting or finance. So what do you like more accounting or finance? There is almost no math in accounting, where is in finance, math is a second nature. Even, some schools recommend their students, who want to pursue a graduate degree in finance, to have a full load of math classes. Thus, I guess, degree in finance is better for you. Also, I would not recommend you to choose a certificate program over an actuall degree, for in this type of economy certificates are useless.</p>

<p>MSAs are offered in two flavors. There are those programs that presume an undergrad in accounting and those that don't. Fairleigh Dickenson in Madison offers both types of programs. You need to check with any program of interest to see what type of program it is.From what I have seen, Most Masters in Accounting don't presuppose an accounting background.</p>

<p>Thank you for your help. I prefer doing any interesting career that has to do with numbers....so maybe I should go back and look into computational finance a bit more.</p>