MSA: BC(Carroll) vs. IU(Kelley)

I've been asking many times here about the decision I have to make pretty soon.
and every week, I've been getting good news from the schools I have had an interview with.

So up to last week, my choice was between IU-Kelley and Baruch College-Zicklin for the Master of Accounting program.

A couple days ago, I received the e-mail from BC that I've been admitted and have to decide before 5/10, which is longer than other schools offer for the final calls.

BC(Carroll), I heard it has a great curriculum, and they are very exclusive; therefore, it's easier to land a job. However, cost of tuition and cost of living is bit expensive. also they are surrounded by MIT and HBS, not sure if they would be a problem for accounting job..

Kelley, it's already well-known, higher rank than BC i believe, although it's Bloominton, not a city where Big4 reside.

So when OCR occurs, between Kelley and Carroll, which school actually gets better job offers from Big4 for Audit/Advisory.

Anyone who went to Kelley or Carroll may help me in giving me some insights?

Region: 
United States - Northeast

Comments (8)

Mar 27, 2014

You do know that you don't have to work in the city of the school, right?

Mar 27, 2014
BTbanker:

You do know that you don't have to work in the city of the school, right?

With that said, carroll and kelley, where would have better chance in landing a job in big4. And is getting a masters in accounting actually having a diploma or simply a completion of a year program.. any idea?

Mar 27, 2014

Pretty sure MAcc is an actual degree. I don't know anything about accounting placement.

Mar 27, 2014
BTbanker:

Pretty sure MAcc is an actual degree. I don't know anything about accounting placement.

Thanks for the fast reply. Yah someone told me you dont even get invited on graduation ceremony for msa student but it could be some tidious rumor so just checkin out

Mar 27, 2014

Master of Accounting is an actual degree. It takes 1 year to complete.

Mar 27, 2014

Assuming you are graduating from undergrad this year, you will be facing an uphill battle to get into Big 4. Most Accounting undergrads will be interning this summer for Big 4 and will receive offers at the end of the Summer. You will participate in Campus Recruiting in the Fall while taking classes, studying, etc.

It is not impossible to get a Big 4 offer in the Fall, but there are fewer slots so you'll need to be a mega star with undergrad GPA to rate an office visit.

Hope that helps. Recruiting is a grind.

Mar 27, 2014
AcctNerd:

Assuming you are graduating from undergrad this year, you will be facing an uphill battle to get into Big 4. Most Accounting undergrads will be interning this summer for Big 4 and will receive offers at the end of the Summer. You will participate in Campus Recruiting in the Fall while taking classes, studying, etc.

It is not impossible to get a Big 4 offer in the Fall, but there are fewer slots so you'll need to be a mega star with undergrad GPA to rate an office visit.

Hope that helps. Recruiting is a grind.

Whoa acctnerd thanks! Being persistence, i have knocked the doors of big4 since 4yrs ago; however they never let me in for any spot or giving me a chance for an interview.
They told me that I graduated from non-target(unrecruitable) school apprantly when i physically visited one of the big4 in my state last year.. :/ i have 3.81/4.00 and had higher GPA when i applied.
And that is one of the big reason i decided to go MSA program to put my first foot step into the door.. I do have an experience of tax internship for one season and about of corporate translation for two years and currently works at ML, would it help in terns of landing a job in big4 though competing against those student from undergraduate when I go to OCR?

Mar 28, 2014
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