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To get MBA right after undergrad or wait a few years? I want to start the CPA process, but upon graduation of my undergrad, I will only have 135 credit hours. But I’ve also heard it’s better to get it later in your career?

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Wait. A MBA after graduation is almost completely useless and wastes a future potential pivot if needed.

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What do you want MBA for? It won't help your career much in public accounting.

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I took 6 credits of: basketball, tennis and nutrition at community college to fulfill my requirements. Cost me $77/credit hour

Unless it’s super cheap or free or a top MBA program then wait

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I mean everyone I know in my start class did a masters after undergrad... might as well be an MBA

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Do the FEMA community college certificate thing. You can get enough credits in a weekend.

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Courses are free. Transferring them to a community college costs money. https://training.fema.gov/is/

An MBAs value doesn’t come from the actual education, it comes with the opportunity to network, pivot careers, or progress in the corporate ladder once you have work experience. Also once you get one you can never get another mba from another school. If you are going for CPA route I would suggest get a Masters in accounting or just taking classes to get to 150 credits. Don’t waste an opportunity to get an mba that can service you in the future and be great investment by jumping the gun and get an mba from a no name school that no one will respect.

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I second this! You never know if you’ll be looking to pivot careers in a few years - one of the best ways to do that is through a top MBA. Don’t waste the degree in order to gain a few more credits. (Coming from an auditor who is now going back to b school...)

I’d wait if I were you. The youngest of my friends that have gone to do it is after 2 years of work experience. The average age for the mba is around the upper 20s.

Do what you think is best for you! One of my coworkers is 25, got her MBA through a similar dual enrollment program, and then passed all her exams in her first year of working. So she’s all done and a CPA. My supervisor is 36 and didn’t hit her 150 right away. Instead, she decided to study for the exams but kept failing and took a break for like 8ish years. She’s been studying for the exams for as long as I’ve known her and is absolutely dreading going back to school after passing all 4 tests bc she has a family now. Think about what you think your life will look like over the next few years to decide what fits best into your lifestyle.

I should clarify that I’ve worked at BDO for 3.5 years and 8 months current job so i have a total of 4 years in accounting work experience.

I was just a accounting specialist

It’s not going to add much value now. Just do 15 cheap community college/online credits.

I graduated undergrad with 135 and got the rest online with LSU. Just get the CPA over with. An MBA is useless at this point unless you don't have to pay for it.

Most ppl use MBA to pivot to something else, not for cpa credits. Total waste of money (unless you have extra to spare). Cheapest way in undergrad is to do a dual concentration within business to knock it out.

Going to poo poo the you need an MBA from a fancy school mentality. Once you've been in industry long enough literally no one cares where you went to school, they care about your career track record. If you really really want CPA then get MSA/MST so you're taking relevant course work. I have an MSA and did not get a CPA, so there you go lol. Get your masters as cheaply as possibly imo, and bonus if you can find a company with tuition reimbursement (they basically all do it because it's a tax write off for them). Don't get into debt just to get an MBA from a fancy school. PwC pays the higher education pay tier no matter where your masters was earned.

I did it right after and did my CPA during it. Unless you’re going to work for a firm that pays for it, no point in waiting. You’ll start your career and either have to take a break to do it or take a long time to complete the MBA. Also, studying for the CPA is SO HARD while working full time (passed my last section after starting full time).

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