UNC MAC offers flexibility, wide range of classes
Ryan Ramsey was an undergraduate business major at UNC, so he knew a bit about accounting. He was worried.
“I heard ‘Master of Accounting' and I thought ‘Man, that’s going to be dry,’” he says.
But Ramsey’s thirst for an engaging graduate program has been satisfied.
"It is not a dry program,” he says. “It’s rigorous, but it’s stimulating."
Not to mention flexible and wide ranging.
Most MAC graduates take either a tax accounting or auditing position with a public accounting firm as their first job after school. Ramsey wanted something else.
“I decided I wanted to do advisory or consulting,” he says.
That’s where companies seek accounting firms' help to solve problems — anything from handling financial fraud to implementing new systems.
UNC work prepared Ramsey to go after advisory jobs.
“I ended up having offers from everyone I interviewed with,” he says. "The recruiting process is very, very well facilitated.” He’ll be taking a position with EY in Atlanta after graduation.
That job will require more than just accounting skills, but he feels ready.
“The well-roundedness of the curriculum has been a really pleasant surprise,” he says. For example, one of his classes is about managing diversity, a big topic in corporate America.
However, the thing he likes most about the UNC MAC is the people.
"One of my friends taught in China for four years after working in Phoenix. Another one did undergrad in New York,” he says. “You get to know them; you get to work with them. You’re definitely building a network."
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