Is the master in accounting at Stern NYU a cash cow?

So I'm looking at this program and searching through LinkedIn, I've found an astonishing big number of graduates dominating big 4 and other audit companies. I'm from Hungary by the way. I'm not all that interested in staying in Europe for now, though I think in the long-term I will return.

I've been interested in Finance and finance related jobs, specifically equity research, I sat for CFA level 2 recently and passed. but I don't think that kind of jobs can ever be reached by international students at the graduate level, which is fair given the fierce competition (unlike Europe).

What do you know or think about this program? Is it a good fit for international student? I was under the impression that it's a cash cow program that's trying to just use the NYU brand, but I checked LinkedIn and was surprised. It would seem like a reasonable compromise for me to get into a b4 firm then do an MBA later. But I'm stressing the issue of being international student

Happy to hear your thoughts

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Sep 29, 2021 - 11:34am

Pretty sure anyone with a bachelor's degree in accounting and a decent GPA can be a reasonably competitive candidate for big 4 accounting regardless of school name/brand. There are two people in my family that have worked for the big 4. Both went to the same university you have never heard of.  

Why not try applying now?

Sep 29, 2021 - 11:45am

Ah that's nice to know. I think I'm hooked to NYU because the brand and how it should lift me up from the disadvantage of being an international student. Another thing is that I got a little greedy 💀, thought like, maybe if there are finance electives I could leverage the degree to something more finance heavy such as equity research. But also deal advisory on big 4 is still a decent gig short-term

I'm sending my application today. I talked to them and they even granted me a GMAT waiver lmao

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Oct 3, 2021 - 6:53pm

Why would you get a masters in Accounting for equity research? Feel like something more academic like a masters in economics/math/finmath would be way better for ER

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Oct 5, 2021 - 10:57pm

Thinking about this. Recent Rutgers grad with a 3.55 gpa in Finance. You think I can get away with having the GMAT waived and applying with the education/internships I have now? internships in Equity Research for a Professor and Financial Analyst for a start up in Brooklyn. 

Oct 7, 2021 - 12:56am

The stern undergrad has a bs/ms program that allows kids to get their CPA and masters in accounting in 4 years + a summer. You have to test to get in but the only kids who want to be a CPA intend to work in accounting and they usually all go to the big 4 firms. These kids were a pretty small minority and so I think almost all of them got in if they tried. But there might be a decent degree of these students you are seeing at these firms as well. Either way though I would agree with others in thinking that Sterns masters in accounting program wouldn't be the best route to ER. I'm currently getting a Masters in Finance and signed an offer in ER coming out of here.

Oct 7, 2021 - 10:49am

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