I'm a junior at Arizona State doing my degree in accounting and certificate in business data analytics. I have good leadership positions on campus, an accounting internship, and strong GPA. I have family connections in investment banks and feel that I want to do more than just audit at a big 4. If I did my MAcc at ASU, it'd be about $20k, whereas if I did the MAcc at UVA or Notre Dame, it'd be more like $50-$60k. I think it might be worth it for me to go to a more prestigious school if I ever want to move into the finance world. I know ASU doesn't have the best reputation on the east coast, even though the accounting program is respected out here. If I did the route of working big 4 for a few years > MBA > banking or something, then the school I did my master's degree at would impact where I can get my MBA, right? Or I could try to skip that part and recruit directly as an analyst if I went to UVA and still have big4 as my back up.
Thanks for your input