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When is it appropriate to have an MBA after an Accounting degree and CA/CPA..?

This question keeps coming back to me anytime I think of having my MBA.


Ross Anderson, CPA, MBA
Title: Controller
Company: TFS Capital
(Controller, TFS Capital) |

Yes it is. My thoughts: I don't list undergraduate degrees. An MSA/MACC isn't necessary if you are a CPA, which carries most recognition. I am a CPA, MBA and I went with what I thought was most important to my career, the CPA part, first. But I have seen the MBA part first. It all depends on the person.

(Tax/Business Consultant) |

It depends on what you want to do with that MBA.
Do you want to go into management beyond accounting?

One does not necessarily NEED an MBA.
In reality, though, the world esp. the business world PREFERS someone with those extra letters.

If you want to stay in accounting, the CPA is the most recognized 'title'.
If you want to expand beyond or get away from accounting, then a MBA may be a reasonable choice.
Do you like certain fields? If so, then maybe a specialty degree may be a better choice. Have you considered a degree like MS Finance, MS Taxation or MS 'field'?

Sometimes in business, a specialty degree could be a much better choice, depending on what you want or like!

Just because one has a MBA, or any other title, doesn't mean that much nowadays, for all practical purposes, as there's SO many titles nowadays that a person can have.

Regardless of the amount of education one has, the REAL important thing is what one does with that education!


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