It’s one of the top reasons people embark on the journey to earn an advanced academic degree – getting the job they really want. In both Fall 2021 and Spring 2022, the Master of Science in Accounting program (MSA) at the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business helped 100% of its graduates who were known to be seeking new employment, do just that.
The program has three tracks – tax analytics, public accounting, and audit analytics. Recent college graduates with any background, come to Smith to earn an MSA in order to get specialized accounting knowledge that goes beyond what they learned in their undergraduate degree program. While earning an MSA degree, they gain advanced knowledge in how to manage financial data, while following today’s strict accounting standards.
“The Master of Science in Accounting degree prepares our students to take the CPA Exam and teaches them how to enter the industry,” says Emanuel Zur, academic director of the MSA program. “Our students get jobs as auditors, tax consultants, forensic accountants, and advisory consultants at the big public accounting firms. In addition, some of them have been hired at finance departments in big Fortune 500 firms, investment banks and with the federal government.”
To get coveted jobs at top-tier companies, Master of Science in Accounting students connect with the alumni network, faculty and the Smith Office of Career Services (OCS).
Dori Jamison, director of graduate career coaching at OCS, is part of the team that helps the graduates secure employment at notable companies and agencies, including the Big 4, the top four largest accounting firms in the nation – PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, Ernst & Young and KPMG, and smaller companies like CohnReznick and RSM. She says, “those six firms heavily recruit our accounting students on campus. Every year they post their jobs on our HireSmith Portal, they host events on campus, meet with students directly, and host interviews
The data in this article is reported in compliance with the MBA Career Services & Employers Alliance Standards for Reporting Specialty Masters Employment Statistics. It is based on an interim report. A final Employment Report, which will include all information received as of December 20, 2022, will be published at a later date.
The Smith School of Business, Master of Science in Accounting, has reliable outcome data from 91.5% of graduates from the class of 2022. This includes graduates from December 20, 2021, and May 20, 2022.
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About the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business
The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate, full-time and flex MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, business master’s, PhD and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning locations in North America and Asia.