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    How many of you are in, plan to go, or went to graduate school?

    Just curious. What are you going for?

    I got my BA last August in Radio, Television, and Film. I'm considering going back to pursue my masters, along the lines of Science media/communication or science journalism. I've stil got ALOT to decide and figure out (like from what angle to approach it). Plus trying to work out the whole financial aid thing. From what i've seen thus far grants for post-bachelor students are pretty rare, but i'm still researching my options. Luckily I have no debt from my undergrad career (well....school debts. )

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    I'm working on my thesis for my Masters in English. I've already obtained a Masters in Education. I got my MA to keep my options open in teaching high school and community college, plus more units mean more money. I also like knowing that I'm well educated, which you would not know by looking at me.

    I owe about 30K+ in graduate financial aid, but i guess inthe long run it's well worth it.
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    Yeah, unfortunately loans will be my main option. But personally I'd rather take loans out on further education as opposed to something I probably don't need. As of right now I just have some mild credit card debt, so I'm not too bad off.

    I'll have to figure out the job situation too, something flexible so that I can go to school yet pays the bills.


    Not to get too personal but did you rely on federal aid or some other private institution? I've been eye balling a few scholarship but of course they probably won't pay much even if I was awarded on...but every bit helps.
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    I graduate in December and I will go back to school to get either an MA or a JD. I will finish my undergrad debt-free and with money in the bank, but that's all going to go to hell when I go back to school. One of the programs I am looking at is over 17k a year just for tuition, for three years. I figure I'll probably be close six figures in debt by the time it is all said and done.
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    I'm getting my undergrad in computer science this year. When I gaduate I'll be debt free with little/no money in the bank. I'm planning on doing a master's in CS. I'm looking at a co-op master's program, which would keep far from debt as a grad student. Also, most of the programs I"m looking at offer ~$20k salaries with tuition already covered. We'll see what happens

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    got my B.A. double in Marketing and Management, and plan on going to grad school next fall to get my mba in Finance most likely
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    I'll finish my associates with maybe 200 dollars in debt. I'll finish my bachelors with at least 20k in debt. Then I want my CPA. I'm really hoping that when I get my associate's degree that I can get a job at a bank for nights and go to school during the day. Then the girlfriend and I will then be living together and I'll pay some of the bills and she will too. And then I can go to school, get my degree and then start a family. I wont' start a family until I have my bachelors. I'll probably work on my CPA when I am a little older. Old=27 or so.
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    im gonna be a sophomore at WashU. after 3-4 years of work (after i graduate) (hopefully at a bulge bracket investment bank) i'll go back for my MBA. it will be reaaaallll expensive for my masters at the schools im looking at. its already about 80-90K for 2 years and might be closer to 100K for two years when i go.
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    I'm looking at getting a masters in Biomechanics, Kinesiology, Exercise Phyisology or maybe getting my RD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharkall2003 View Post
    I'll finish my associates with maybe 200 dollars in debt. I'll finish my bachelors with at least 20k in debt. Then I want my CPA. I'm really hoping that when I get my associate's degree that I can get a job at a bank for nights and go to school during the day. Then the girlfriend and I will then be living together and I'll pay some of the bills and she will too. And then I can go to school, get my degree and then start a family. I wont' start a family until I have my bachelors. I'll probably work on my CPA when I am a little older. Old=27 or so.
    i don't know about your state, but most require a master's degree before you can sit for your CPA exam. that's the only reason i went to grad school.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RBB View Post
    i don't know about your state, but most require a master's degree before you can sit for your CPA exam. that's the only reason i went to grad school.
    Weird. I was informed by someone here in Wisconsin that they took their exam after 150 hours of class work and studying for the test. I was also told it's better to have your CPA then your Masters Degree. I'll have to look further into that. Conflicting information. Thanks, I was just taking their word for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RBB View Post
    i don't know about your state, but most require a master's degree before you can sit for your CPA exam. that's the only reason i went to grad school.
    Was it worth getting your CPA?
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    I'm getting my B.A. in criminal justice. Still got 3 more years...Afterwards I'll be about 32k in debt. IMO not that bad for 3 years of school. Some people pay that for one year.

    EDIT: In case you were wondering...I'm a transfer student.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sharkall2003 View Post
    Weird. I was informed by someone here in Wisconsin that they took their exam after 150 hours of class work and studying for the test. I was also told it's better to have your CPA then your Masters Degree. I'll have to look further into that. Conflicting information. Thanks, I was just taking their word for it.
    that's right, its 150 hours, but 150 hours is a master's degree. 120 for undergrad + another 30 for grad school. i suppose if it took you 5 or more years to get your undergrad degree you could pull off the 150.

    so basically, if you're sitting for the exam, you will most likely have to have your master's if you have that many credit hours. its very good to have both. if you want to be an accountant you must pass the CPA exam. it would be like trying to be a lawyer without passing the bar, just not gonna happen. your salary and chances for promotion increase trememdously once you have passed.


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    Going to probably go back and get an MBA or master in EE. Already have my BSEE. Just waiting to get back to Arizona to start.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RBB View Post
    that's right, its 150 hours, but 150 hours is a master's degree. 120 for undergrad + another 30 for grad school. i suppose if it took you 5 or more years to get your undergrad degree you could pull off the 150.

    Both my buddy and I are in a spot almost just like this. I declared myself an Accounting major and after this last year I'll graduate with a degree in Accounting. However, to sit for the CPA I will need to go ahead and get my MSA, giving me the required number of hours. My roommate on the other hand majored in Finance. He's considering going back and getting his undergrad in Accounting which will give him the required hours. He'll be able to bypass the Master's program and then sit for the CPA. Of course he's also considering going the CFP route but that's a whole different story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RBB View Post
    that's right, its 150 hours, but 150 hours is a master's degree. 120 for undergrad + another 30 for grad school. i suppose if it took you 5 or more years to get your undergrad degree you could pull off the 150.

    so basically, if you're sitting for the exam, you will most likely have to have your master's if you have that many credit hours. its very good to have both. if you want to be an accountant you must pass the CPA exam. it would be like trying to be a lawyer without passing the bar, just not gonna happen. your salary and chances for promotion increase trememdously once you have passed.
    In a nutshell you're saying: Get my associates, then get my bachelors, then get my masters and then get certified. Otherwise my degree is useless?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sharkall2003 View Post
    In a nutshell you're saying: Get my associates, then get my bachelors, then get my masters and then get certified. Otherwise my degree is useless?
    i'm not saying that at all. your degree won't be useless. if you have the 150 undergrad hours and absolutely don't want to get your master's then you certainly don't have to. a CPA certification is more important than a master's degree. just remember, though, that a lot of people out there will have both. as ridiculous as it may seem that will give them a leg up on you when it comes down to raises, promotions and other opportunities. hell, it will even make a difference when you're applying for jobs, the partners look for those things.


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    But, in order to get the recommended amount of credit hours I would have to have the equivalent to a masters degree. I guess there is nothing wrong there. I'll just have a little more to do than I initially planned for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RBB View Post
    hell, it will even make a difference when you're applying for jobs, the partners look for those things.

    Truer words have never been spoken. I sat down and talked with the National Director of Auditing for Deloitte and Touche last year. He was giving me the insight on all the behind the scenes stuff and how to land a position that would track to partner. He told me, in pretty much these words, "if you don't have your Masters, you don't have a chance at getting in the door." Heck, I had a 4.0 GPA and he was telling me this. The top firms are very very picky on who they bring in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chubrock View Post
    Truer words have never been spoken. I sat down and talked with the National Director of Auditing for Deloitte and Touche last year. He was giving me the insight on all the behind the scenes stuff and how to land a position that would track to partner. He told me, in pretty much these words, "if you don't have your Masters, you don't have a chance at getting in the door." Heck, I had a 4.0 GPA and he was telling me this. The top firms are very very picky on who they bring in.
    that's right. the master's is so common now with the 150 hours rule, you're really at a disadvantage if you don't get it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Excelsior View Post
    Just curious. What are you going for?

    I got my BA last August in Radio, Television, and Film. I'm considering going back to pursue my masters, along the lines of Science media/communication or science journalism. I've stil got ALOT to decide and figure out (like from what angle to approach it). Plus trying to work out the whole financial aid thing. From what i've seen thus far grants for post-bachelor students are pretty rare, but i'm still researching my options. Luckily I have no debt from my undergrad career (well....school debts. )
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    I have a friend that works for Bank of america and they pay like $4000 a year for grad school. I'd love to find a job that would help pay.

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