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A great way to learn more about the experience you’ll have as UNC Master of Accounting student is to talk with actual students in the program. We’ve profiled a small group of student ambassadors from both the online and on-campus formats who would be happy to share their experiences and answer your questions about the day-to-day goings-on in the program. These students were in your shoes not long ago — researching graduate school options and contemplating their career development —  so they will be excellent resources for you.

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Joshua Pope

Joshua Pope
Online Format
Classical Civilization

Joshua Pope

Joshua Pope

Undergraduate Major: Classical Civilization
Undergraduate School: University of North Carolina
Hometown: Holly Springs, NC
Accounting Concentrations: Tax
Program Format: Online

What are some of your hobbies?
Playing music

Why did you choose the MAC Program at UNC?
1. I had such a great experience at UNC during undergrad.
2. The brand and reputation of Kenan-Flagler and the associated job placement opportunities.
3. The ease of the application process.
4. The quality of the online classroom, including both the people (professors and classmates) as well as the technology.
What are a few things that you’ve learned in the classroom that you’ve immediately applied to your job?
Obviously, there isn’t much common ground between Greco-Roman history and accounting, but if I had to point to a skill, it would be how to study “better”. Studying history requires that you not only understand the topic at hand, but also how that topic fits into the greater picture — one level of comprehension reinforces the other. I’ve used this narrow-to-holistic approach in the MAC program and feel that it has helped me grasp the material at an accelerated rate over the past 7 months.

Morgan Grisewood

Morgan Grisewood
Online Format
Language

Morgan Grisewood

Morgan Grisewood

Undergraduate Major: Language
Undergraduate School: Excelsior College
Hometown: Olean, NY
Accounting Concentrations: Audit
Program Format: Online

What are some of your hobbies?
I enjoy hiking and camping when I’m not studying. I also love to travel and experience new cultures (and food).

Why did you choose the MAC Program at UNC?
I chose the MAC program at UNC because it gave me the flexibility to complete the program without being physically in Chapel Hill, while also giving me the opportunity to have face to face classes with the teacher and other students.

What are a few things that you’ve learned in the classroom that you’ve immediately applied to your job?
A skill that I brought from my undergrad was the ability to interpret concepts and apply them to new fields.

Anna Johnson

Anna Johnson
On-Campus Format
Economics and Political Science

Anna Johnson

Anna Johnson

Undergraduate Major: Economics and Political Science
Undergraduate School: University of North Carolina
Hometown: Tarboro, N.C.
Accounting Concentrations: Audit
Program Format: On-Campus Format

What are some of your hobbies?
In my free time, I enjoy running, playing tennis, baking and watching Netflix/Hulu.

Why did you choose UNC?
I knew I wanted to earn a Master of Accounting degree, but I chose to do so at UNC because the program offers students much more than technical accounting skills and training. Kenan-Flagler takes a holistic approach to preparing MAC students for the workforce. Equal emphasis is placed on developing individuals with a strong understanding of accounting and equipping individuals with the soft skills essential for success. While the UNC MAC program has developed a rigorous curriculum to instill the accounting fundamentals in their students, they have also formulated an unparalleled initiative to graduate accounting professionals with strong leadership and communication skills that set them apart in the workplace.

What’s a skill you took from your undergrad major into accounting?
As an economics major, I was forced to work through tricky, complex problems with multiple layers. Having the ability to navigate through difficult issues with the use of research, critical thinking, and analytical skills has been helpful in solving accounting related questions.

Molly Foster

Molly Foster
On-Campus Format
Business Administration

Molly Foster

Molly Foster

Undergraduate Major: Business Administration
Undergraduate School: Furman University
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Accounting Concentrations: Audit
Program Format: On-campus

What are some of your hobbies?
I enjoy spending time with my friends, working out, entertaining, and traveling. I also love to try new things whether it’s a workout class or a new restaurant!

Why did you choose UNC?
I took Financial Accounting as a prerequisite to my Business Administration major at Furman and absolutely loved it. I enjoyed going to class and I couldn’t wait to do my homework! At that point in my career at Furman, it was too late for me to change my major or to add Accounting as a double major. That is when I started researching different master of accounting programs and discovered the UNC MAC Program. I love how people of all different educational backgrounds join the UNC MAC Program and I believe that it creates a stimulating learning environment. The other MAC programs that I applied to required me to take a summer boot camp to catch up on accounting courses that incoming undergrad accounting majors had already mastered. I didn’t want to feel like I was already behind my peers on fundamental accounting classes as I started a MAC Program.

What’s a skill you took from your undergrad major into accounting?
One skill that Furman emphasizes for Business Administration majors is business writing. During the Furman Business Block, students are paired in teams and assigned a Fortune 500 company to write a strategic assessment on for a semester-long program. My team and I wrote a 51-page strategic business assessment of AutoZone’s core business units. We thoroughly researched the company through Bloomberg, the company’s annual report, and the company’s financial statements.

Andrew Freeman

Andrew Freeman
On-Campus Format
Economics

Andrew Freeman

Andrew Freeman

Undergraduate Major: Economics
Undergraduate School: University of North Carolina
Hometown:Clemmons, N.C.
Accounting Concentration: Corporate/Other
Program Format: On-campus

What are some of your hobbies?
I enjoy fly fishing, running, hiking, kayaking, and anything active and outside. I also enjoy listening to audio books.

Why did you choose UNC?
I choose the UNC MAC program because if its lack of pre reqs, its prestige, and its ability to help students get jobs. These qualifications made it a great fit for me and many of other students without have direct accounting experience in our undergraduate studies.

What’s a skill you took from your undergrad major into accounting?
My Economics degree helped me hone my analytical and math skills which will be critical to performing well in the MAC program. Having these will allow me to better analysis statements and perform different case analyses.

Sarah Carreiro

Sarah Carreiro
On-Campus Format
Business Administration; Asian Studies (Japanese Language)

Sarah Carreiro

Sarah Carreiro

Undergraduate Major: Business Administration; Asian Studies (Japanese Language)
Undergraduate School: University of North Carolina
Hometown: N/A, Military
Accounting Concentration: Advisory
Program Format: On-campus

What are some of your hobbies?
I love traveling anywhere and everywhere, being outside (hiking, surfing, playing sports, etc), taking pictures, cooking, connecting with friends over a meal, becoming a local coffee connoisseur, testing various forms of dark chocolate, and scrolling fantasy real-estate locations in my free-time.

Why did you choose UNC?
The short answer is that I connected with the faculty and previous students. Before I even understood the technical and professional skills that the program would give me, I was convinced I wanted to be a part of the amazing community I was exposed to during my undergraduate career.

What’s a skill you took from your undergrad major into accounting?
One of the predominant skills I took from both my business and Japanese backgrounds was the ability to communicate complex topics effectively with diverse audiences. I know this skill will serve me well as I communicate problems and solutions to clients and colleagues in the future.

Sean Farner

Sean Farner
Online format
Accounting

Sean Farner

Sean Farner

Undergraduate Major: Accounting
Undergraduate School: Radford University
Hometown: Bowie, Maryland
Accounting Concentration: Financial Analysis and Reporting
Program Format: Online

What are some of your hobbies?
Golf, Soccer, Movies, Video Games, Hiking, Fishing, Working out, and anything related to Art.

Why did you choose UNC?
When making the decision on what graduate school to apply for I first looked at the overall professionalism and personable nature of the admission team. The admission team is the face of the UNC program. They are the first people you will speak to. I can not say enough good thing about them. They are kind, understanding, reasonable, and helpful. I knew instantly I wanted to be apart of that community. However, I didn’t stop there. I also wanted to know where the program curriculum stands among the different programs available. What is the difference? The difference is that you will start with the basics. Other programs that I was looking at specifically skipped basic courses and started you off by taking advances course that required advance comprehension level. I wanted something that started with the basics and built on each course at I moved through the program. In other words I have found that each course has smooth correlation to the next course. In the end the biggest deciding factor of all was my own subjective one. I believe UNC MAC is the best program available and I wanted to learn from the best.

What are a few things that you’ve learned in the classroom that you’ve immediately applied in your job?
Determination was the key to success in my undergrad. Accounting doesn’t always make sense at first. I believe you have to be determined to make sense of things. In other words, never settle for that the way it is. Keep asking questions, try to proof yourself wrong, and be determined to find an answer.

Jospeh Romain

Joseph Romain
Online format
Double Major - Economics, Sport Administration

Jospeh Romain

Joseph Romain

Undergraduate Major: Economics, Sport Administration
Undergraduate School: University of North Carolina
Hometown: Matthews, NC
Accounting Concentrations: Financial Analysis and Reporting
Program Format: Online

What are some of your hobbies?
Sports, following hurricanes and big storms, exercise, video games

Why did you choose UNC?
Love UNC, flexibility, and the reputation.

What’s a skill you took from your undergrad major into accounting?
Outside the box thinking from my Economics major.

Rachel Simpson

Rachel Simpson
On-Campus Format
Communications and Management and Society

Rachel Simpson

Rachel Simpson

Undergraduate Major: Communications and Management and Society
Undergraduate School: University of North Carolina
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
Accounting Concentration: Audit
Program Format: On-Campus

What are some of your hobbies?
Backpacking and hiking, ultimate frisbee, traveling, teaching CPR, The Office

Why did you choose UNC?
I choose UNC because of the program’s focus on creating accounting experts out of individuals who don’t have a specific accounting background.

What’s a skill you took from your undergrad major into accounting?
I have an understanding of how various social and institutional factors influence individuals’ experiences differently in the business world and the interpersonal skills needed to work through these situations.

Scott Adams

Scott Adam
On-Campus Format
Economics

Scott Adams

Scott Adams

Undergraduate Major: Economics
Undergraduate School: University of North Carolina
Hometown: Asheville, N.C.
Accounting Concentration: Audit
Program Format: On-campus

What are some of your hobbies?
I play a great deal of sports, mostly ultimate but also disc golf, basketball, racquetball, and Spikeball. I also play a good amount of board games, with my current favorite being Settlers of Catan.

Why did you choose UNC?
I chose the MAC program at UNC because it was a perfect fit for me. I wanted to pursue a career in accounting but needed a program that was focused on non-accounting majors. I also sought out a program that had a solid reputation and feel very fortunate that one of the best in the country is in my home state. I was also drawn to the fact that structured recruiting is built into the program, and the number of students who have job offers after graduation is well over 90%.

Elizabeth Marks

Elizabeth Marks
On-Campus Format
Business Administration and Art History

Elizabeth Marks

Elizabeth Marks

Undergraduate Major: Business Administration and Art History
Undergraduate School: University of North Carolina
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
Accounting Concentration: Audit
Program Format: On-campus

What are some of your hobbies?
I enjoy reading, soccer, hanging out with friends, and watching sports!

Why did you choose UNC?
I choose the MAC program because I knew it would aptly prepare me for a long career in public accounting. I had met with some of the professors and taken a class with Dean Ready so I knew that the faculty truly cared about the success and well-being of the students. Also, I love Chapel Hill and wasn’t ready to leave yet!

What’s a skill you took from your undergrad major into accounting?
Art History Research – there’s a clear connection between researching and understanding the political, social, economic, and historical environments that shaped an art work or artist’s mission and researching and understanding the political, social, economic, and historical environments that shaped financial statements and the business as a whole.

Katherine Sipple

Katherine Sipple
On-Campus Format
International Business and International Management

Katherine Sipple

Katherine Sipple

Undergraduate Major: International Business and International Management
Undergraduate School: Elon University & NEOMA Business School
Hometown: Cary, N.C.
Accounting Concentration: Audit
Program Format: On-campus

What are some of your hobbies?
Walking/running, cross stitch, music (flute & handbells)

Why did you choose UNC?
I chose the UNC MAC Program because it’s designed for students who, like me, don’t have a background in accounting, has a stellar reputation, and has great alumni network.

What’s a skill you took from your undergrad major into accounting?
Interpersonal communications skills from my International Business background.

Erin Hetrick

Erin Hetrick
On-Campus Format
German and Speech-Language Pathology

Erin Hetrick

Erin Hetrick

Undergraduate Major: German and Speech-Language Pathology
Undergraduate School: University of North Carolina
Hometown: Cary, N.C.
Accounting Concentration: Audit
Program Format: On-campus

What are some of your hobbies?
I enjoy hiking, camping, exploring new places, spending time with my family and playing with my dogs.

Why did you choose UNC?
I love UNC and as a career changer, I appreciated the program was a year long and could get me back in the workforce quickly.

What’s a skill you took from your undergrad major into accounting?
Being able to work in teams with people from different backgrounds.

Anton Casey

Anton Casey
On-Campus Format
Business Economics

Anton Casey

Anton Casey

Undergraduate Major: Business Economics
Undergraduate School:Brown University
Hometown: Bethesda, MD
Accounting Concentration: Financial Analysis and Reporting
Program Format: On-Campus

What are some of your hobbies?
Some of my hobbies include playing recreational sports (basketball, soccer, etc), fishing, nutrition, travel and skiing.

Why did you choose UNC?
I chose the MAC program because Accounting is the language in business and Kenan-Flagler Business School is a very reputable, well-established program that can challenge me on an academic and personal level to be the best version of myself.

What’s a skill you took from your undergrad major into accounting?
Something I took from my Business-Economics degree into accounting is learning with an open mind and constantly challenging myself to think outside the box. In addition, dealing with copious team-oriented projects in undergrad gave me great communication and interpersonal skills.

Isaac Irby

Isaac Irby
On-Campus Format
Economics

Isaac Irby

Isaac Irby

Undergraduate Major: Economics
Undergraduate School: University of North Carolina
Hometown: Mebane, N.C.
Accounting Concentration: Tax
Program Format: On-Campus

What are some of your hobbies?
I like to play the guitar, play poker, watch UNC sports, and play a few video games.

Why did you choose UNC?
I chose the MAC Program at UNC because I had heard a lot of positive words about the program on campus even from people that weren’t students in the program. UNC was already my home, and accounting is what I always wanted to do. I did not think that it made sense to leave when we already have a great accounting program on this campus.

What’s a skill you took from your undergrad major into accounting?
An appreciation of data and numbers. In economics, we use data to compare markets and answer economic research questions. For example, in my Economics of Education class, I used a large education database to research if high school students with small social connections are less likely to attend college, more likely to dropout, and more likely to earn less income over their lifetime. In accounting, we approach data with a similar mindset, but we are more business oriented. We want to use our data to inform decisions that will grow our business and increase efficiency within our organization.

Rio Chamberlain

Rio Chamberlain
On-Campus Format
Economics

Rio Chamberlain

Rio Chamberlain

Undergraduate Major: Economics
Undergraduate School: University of North Carolina
Hometown: Greensboro, N.C.
Accounting Concentration: Financial Analysis and Reporting
Program Format: On-Campus

What are some of your hobbies?
Golf, Swimming, Cornhole, Sports games.

Why did you choose UNC?
I took a year to decide whether the MAC program was right for me. During that year, all the jobs and assignments I took on centered around accounting and finance. The MAC program offers a way to earn a graduate degree in just one-year in my desired field.

What’s a skill you took from your undergrad major into accounting?
My degree in Economics prepared me with the analytical skills to become an accountant.

Jeong Kim

Jeong Kim
On-Campus Format
Economics

Jeong Kim

Jeong Kim

Undergraduate Major: Economics
Undergraduate School: University of North Carolina
Hometown: Seoul, Korea
Accounting Concentration: Tax
Program Format: On-Campus

What are some of your hobbies?
Used to enjoy playing sports such as soccer, basketball, etc. I now however enjoy watching sports including English Premier League Football (Soccer), MLB, Men’s NCAA Basketball.

Why did you choose UNC?
Working for a holding company of a leading conglomerate in Korea for nearly 7 years, I have been rotating positions from procurement to strategic planning and mergers & acquisitions. Various experience with different roles and close cooperation with C-level executives were invaluable; however, I felt it was time for me to build an expertise in a specific field to further enhance my career. I witnessed how in-dept knowledge in accounting and finance play an important role in any working environments, so I chose to continue my study in accounting. Also I have many friends who did MAC program right after undergrad here at chapel hill, and they are all well positioned in their career, so I was confident that the UNC MAC program will be a great one year investment for my promising future.

What’s a skill you took from your undergrad major into accounting?
I hardly remember what classes I took in undergrad since it has been nearly 13 years. But I do remember taking managerial and financial accounting courses, corporate management course, and other more practical economics courses. All those accounting/finance related classes do help you understand the materials.
Even those students who are from totally different majors just as politics, psychology, biology, chemistry, etc, those knowledge will also be very helpful when studying accounting because accounting is practiced in every field of industries, and they will have a better knowledge in those specific field than those who had a business major or econ. major.

Haleigh Glenn

Haleigh Glenn
On-Campus Format
Business Administration and Political Science

Haleigh Glenn

Haleigh Glenn

Undergraduate Major: Business Administration and Political Science
Undergraduate School: University of North Carolina
Hometown: Mooresville, NC
Accounting Concentration: Audit
Program Format: On-Campus

What are some of your hobbies?
Reading, traveling, running, cooking.

Why did you choose UNC?
I chose the MAC program at UNC because I wanted to go beyond just the technical accounting skills. UNC’s MAC program offers a holistic approach that not only teaches the hard skills but focuses on developing key skills such as leadership, communication, and working in teams. These so-called “soft skills” are incredibly valuable and are what will set you apart throughout your career.

What’s a skill you took from your undergrad major into accounting?
One skill that I focused on as an undergrad is the ability to work in teams. My undergraduate major required a variety of team-based projects and I had the opportunity to work on a large number of diverse teams. Learning to work effectively in a team setting is vital to a career in accounting because you are constantly put in situations that require you to work with your peers to find effective solutions to accounting problems.

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