Should I still go for the CPA if I’m planning to leave as a senior to go get my mba in something other than accounting?

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Yes. It’s not new material and you can pass if you’re disciplined. It will boost your MBA applications and will add respect to your name.

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Good point

It never hurts to have the CPA.

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Cpa is something that’ll help you for life

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If you're not going to stay in accounting, then having the CPA behind your isn't going to do much for you except get you a whole bunch of questions from your friends at tax time. To be sure, the accounting knowledge you already will benefit you for the rest of your life, but you don't have to pass the exam to reap that benefit.

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I can't say for sure; I'm certainly not an MBA admissions counselor--I can only think through a question like this in a way that seems reasonable. You also have to remember that the accounting world is unmatched by any other industry with its complex web of myths that dictate what you have to do to reach point x, y, or z. (That's a whole other conversation). But I do not think it would be worth it to go get your CPA simply so you can have it on your MBA application. Likewise, I do not think that an MBA admissions is going to "wonder" why you didn't get your CPA and hold that against you. The rest of the world doesn't think that way.

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