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Travis Baten

Online MAC degree an ideal opportunity for young father

What are the odds of finding a graduate program that meets these requirements?
- Leads to a great job right out of school.
- Can be finished in as little as 15 months.
- Enables you to continue caring for your family.

Travis Baten knows a thing or two about odds — he studied probability as a statistics major at Florida State University. He beat them when he discovered an online Master of Accounting (MAC) Program from UNC that met those requirements. He attends classes from Tallahassee, Fla., where he lives with his young daughter.

Baten was interested in law school, but three more years of school wasn’t in the cards for him right now. UNC’s 15-month online MAC was appealing.

“I felt I could start a career with the MAC degree,” he says.

Baten managed a social entrepreneurship business importing honey from Ghana, had taken accounting classes as an undergraduate, and worked at a loan referral company where he evaluated business financial statements.

“Accounting was something I did,” he says. “But it wasn’t a friend of mine.”

All that’s changed in the UNC MAC program. “The professors present the material so well,” he says.

The program’s online format fosters trust and accountability, Baten says, the same environment he expects to find on the job. And it allows him to maintain and strengthen relationships he made when he was on-campus for the immersion portion. He also knows he’ll have a job when he graduates.

“We interview with the recruiters before we have any grades for the program,” he says. “Employers trust the program.”

So does Baten. He’ll do a three-month internship in early 2016 to get some on-the-job experience, and by late 2016 plans to be working as an accountant.

 

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