“In my opinion, taking elective courses to fill your 150 credit hours is a waste of time. Not only is the MSA preparing you to take the CPA exam, it’s preparing you for life,” Christopher says, explaining why he chose to pursue his master’s degree while earning credit for the CPA exam.
The Kelley School at IUPUI offers a 4+1 program, designed specifically for students like Christopher who want to pursue their master’s in accounting immediately following their bachelor’s degrees. The MSA Program provides much more in-depth practice on a variety of accounting topics, rather than giving a broad overview of the topic—which pays off once it’s time to take the CPA exam.
“After completing my Kelley MSA at IUPUI, I was beyond ready for the CPA exam,” says Christopher, who had one of the highest scores in the state. “In fact, compared to the classes in the MSA Program, some of the problems on the CPA exam seemed much broader in scope. I felt like I went into the exam with a huge advantage.”
Today, Christopher is a CPA and an experienced senior tax associate at PwC, one of the largest accounting firms in the world. Having completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Kelley Indy, he can focus on his top priority—moving up within his company.