The Master of Accounting (MAC) program you choose will have a major impact on your life and your career. There’s a lot to consider: Your goals, the quality of the education, tuition costs and living expenses, and more.
It’s a big deal, but don’t let that keep you from making a choice. Asking yourself a few key questions can help a lot.
The first step in choosing a MAC program is to understand what you want to get out of the program.
1. What knowledge and professional abilities do you want leave the program with?
MAC programs will ground you in accounting fundamentals. But you should consider what else is offered. Will you have a chance to choose electives and focus on a particular accounting topic? Does the program offer courses in communication skills and leadership, which are critical to career advancement?
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2. What kind of network will you have when you graduate?
What you know is important; whom you know opens doors. Classmates and professors from your MAC program can become the core of a strong professional network. And a school’s alumni can add an additional layer to help you in future job searches. Will the programs you’re considering help you nurture this network?
3. How long will it take you to find the job you want?
You should review each MAC program’s job placement rate — what percentage of alumni get a job within a few months of graduating. Ask what kinds of jobs graduates get – positions at the Big 4 (the largest, most prestigious public accounting firms), smaller “middle-market” firms, or corporate jobs. How much support will the school give you in the job search? A good career services office will invite employers to campus and coach you on interviewing, resumes, networking and more.