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[Apr. 17th, 2010|08:38 pm]
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Hi accounting people! I am interested in going back to school and getting a degree in Accounting, however I already have a BA (in history, and I didn't take any accounting classes.) I have seen grad programs that don't require a BA in Accounting, but would I be better served getting the second BA, which would presumably take me only 2 years or so?
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[User Picture]From: rdcf
2010-04-18 01:24 am (UTC)
I can answer this one! My undergraduate degree was History and Political Science with no accounting background as well. I took two undergraduate Accounting courses (Intro and Managerial) to make sure I had an aptitude for it. I started courses in a Masters of Accounting program without actually applying to the program first (the school I went to allowed you to take three courses before having to officially apply to the program before taking more courses).

Like you, I thought about going back and getting a second Bachelors and someone I respected at work basically told me I was crazy. She told me I already had a BA, I could do the work and should just go for the Masters. I'm very glad I followed her advice. If you have any thoughts of getting a CPA license down the road, you're going to need the MSA (in most states anyway).

I won't lie, the first few courses I took in the Masters program were really difficult and I probably had to study much harder than my classmates who had an undergraduate degree in Accounting, but I made it through. My Masters was only 10 courses and a BS in Accounting, while the courses may have been easier, would have required far more coursework overall. In my case, I found that I would have needed to almost do a full four years to get the BS in Accounting because so few of my undergraduate credits would have been applicable. I was working full time so I needed to get the most bang for my buck, or time in this case.

Good luck!
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[User Picture]From: seaofsin
2010-04-18 01:46 am (UTC)
I already had a BS in Engineering Technolgy when I went back and got a BBA in Accounting. It only took me two years going at night part time. I also passed the CPA exam last year and became licensed earlier this year.

Depending on the state a Master's may or may not be required to sit for the CPA exam. Most states just require 150 credit hours with a certain number of hours in different subjects like accounting, business law, etc. If you have two degrees, you'll most likely have the 150 hours covered.
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[User Picture]From: buckeyeschild
2010-04-18 02:02 am (UTC)
I was coming here to say the same thing. Most states just require the 150 and the requisite accounting classes. No masters necessary; that's just the typical route most take to get their 150.
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[User Picture]From: ranger34
2010-04-18 11:23 am (UTC)
I would say it depends on whether or not you plan to sit for the CPA exam (and of course the requirements of your school/State). I have a BA in Political Science. Several years after graduating, I decided I wanted to become a CPA. I took all the necessary courses (undergrad) to sit for the exam without getting a second degree. I am now a CPA and that speaks for itself. I have no qualms about the path I chose in getting my license. It has all worked out. Good luck!
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