Beginning of the End

Beginning of the End

It’s crazy to believe, but there’s only one summer course standing between me and the end of my career in the Canisius MBA in Professional Accounting program. It seems like just yesterday I was walking up the stairs in Old Main for my graduate school orientation.

Although my time at Canisius has flown by, it is incredible just how much I have learned in these past two years. Inside the classroom, I developed an understanding not only of the basic material of the courses, but how that material will be applicable in real world situations, which I find to be an invaluable part of the curriculum of the Canisius accounting program. I feel as though my classes have prepared me extremely well for both the CPA exam and for the work world.

In addition, I learned a lot outside of the classroom. For instance, at events like Meet the Accountants Night, career panels, and various other presentations, I became familiarized with the incredibly vast amount of career opportunities that are available to accounting students, especially students coming from Canisius’s well-known program. Furthermore, the countless events held at Canisius really helped me learn how to network and socialize in a business setting.

Last but surely not least, I developed such great relationships at Canisius; very quickly, my classmates became friends, and my professors became mentors. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to work with these students as well as with the professors at Canisius, and I have learned so much from both. True, the MBA in Professional Accounting program at this school is extremely rigorous, but I strongly believe it offers the most well-rounded education in the area. Although I am looking forward to starting my career, I will certainly miss my Canisius family and am so thankful for the opportunity to learn and grow at such a wonderful institution.

Summer Courses

Summer Courses

Spring break already?? Wow, this semester is flying by! It’s hard to believe that in less than two short months, we will have completed final exams for the semester, and some of us will be getting ready to start summer classes.

For Canisius’s MBA program, summer classes are divided into two six-week sessions. Although it is definitely not easy to pack an entire course into six weeks, summer classes are a fantastic way to get courses completed quickly and enable students to stay on track with their coursework. I always find it very impressive how many classes are actually offered and how many professors are willing to dedicate their time to teaching in the summer. For example, this summer, 19 MBA courses are offered in the first session and 12 MBA courses in the second session. Six extra weeks of vacation is a lot, so the fact that so many course instructors give up their time during the precious summer months in Western New York certainly doesn’t go unnoticed.

Although the idea of summer classes doesn’t always sound like fun, as a student in the MBAPA program, they have been essential to allowing me to complete my requirements on time. In fact, since I began the MBAPA program in Summer 2012, I have taken classes every summer and will conclude my coursework for the program this coming June upon completion of a summer course. I am very thankful that Canisius has offered the breadth of courses that they have during summer months as it has allowed me to complete the 70 credit hour program in just slightly over 2 years! I highly recommend Canisius’s summer courses to any student looking to complete the MBAPA program in a timely manner or to those who are looking to lighten their course load during the regular school year.

Specialization in Accounting

Specialization in Accounting

Like myself, most accounting students have a professional goal of passing four strenuous exams to get three simple letters after their name: CPA (Certified Public Accountant). Certification as a CPA is the most well known and most common professional designation in the accounting world, but did you know there are numerous other professional certifications available to accountants? I knew a career in accounting would offer many different opportunities for specialization, but I didn’t know just how many unique areas of certification for accountants were available. You may also be surprised to find out just how many there are! Some of these include: Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP), and Certified Merger and Acquisition Professional (CMAP).

Another of these designations that I find especially interesting is the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), which ultimately focuses on detecting fraud and hindering fraudulent activities. Canisius College actually offers a Masters in Forensic Accounting program that is focused around this area and, although I am not in the program myself, students with whom I have spoken that are in the program note just how interesting their classes are and how much they have enjoyed their experiences in the program. Just by looking at the curriculum, it is apparent that students in the MSF program are taking some very unique accounting classes. For example, some of the courses include: White Collar Crime, Fraud Examination: Detection & Deterrence, Computer Forensics, and Advanced Financial Investigations. Therefore, for those who have knack for research and investigation and an interest in legal matters, this graduate program would be a great one to consider!

*More information about the Canisius MSF program can be found here: https://www.canisius.edu/business/forensic-accounting/

A Wealth of Resources

A Wealth of Resources

As the 2014 Spring Semester begins, many people may have academic resolutions or goals in mind that they hope to accomplish. Whether it be exploring potential internship opportunities, networking with local professionals, or achieving a certain GPA, Canisius has the resources to help its students accomplish these goals, which is one of my favorite aspects of the school.

When I began the program, I was unsure how many resources were offered to graduate students. Having already completed an undergraduate degree, I thought maybe graduate students would be left to fend for themselves a bit more than undergrads when it came to things like finding jobs or internships. However, I was certainly mistaken! For example, the Career Center at Canisius is a tremendous help when preparing your resume. When you first upload your resume to the Career Center website, it is reviewed by a staff member and either approved to submit to jobs or sent back for suggested revisions. Also, the Career Center at Canisius provides information on many different opportunities for internships, part-time jobs, and full-time jobs that are available to all accounting students. Particularly in the fall, which is the “recruiting season” for the accounting industry, students are notified by e-mail when different employment opportunities have been posted and how to go about applying for these internships and jobs. One of the best parts about this process is that, if you are selected for an interview, the recruiters almost always come to Canisius for the first-round of interviews, which is extremely convenient for students.

Another great resource at Canisius is the faculty. In addition to being very approachable and helpful with any confusion or problems students are encountering in the classroom, the accounting faculty members are a vital part of shaping students’ lives after graduation. These faculty members, for instance, are very well-connected to professionals in the Western New York community. Often, faculty members will bring in speakers to classes or organize events during which students can network and learn about life as a professional accountant. Additionally, if students are having a hard time finding a job or an internship, the accounting faculty members are eager to help and often can use their connections to help arrange an interview or meeting with a potential employer. Furthermore, the faculty members in the accounting department are very knowledgeable about current events and requirements in the accounting and business world. For example, students from Canisius have had consistently high pass rates on the CPA exam, largely due to the fact that the accounting department faculty center their courses around the exam content to prepare their students for this challenging exam. Although this can often make classes challenging, it is well worth it in the long run since it will make studying for the CPA exam much easier!

These are just a few of the many resources I find crucial to Canisius making its students so successful, particularly in accounting. With such resources, accomplishing academic and professional goals is so much less difficult! Personally, I am hoping to successfully complete most or all of the CPA exams this year, a daunting task but one that I am excited to attempt! What are your goals?

Accounting Society

Accounting Society

When I was looking at graduate schools, two of the most important things to me were finding a program that would set me up for success after graduating and finding a tight-knit school in which I wouldn’t simply be a face or a number. I quickly came to the conclusion that Canisius could offer me both of these things. With a 90% job placement rate within four months of graduation and national recognition for outstanding pass rates on the CPA exam, its academic accomplishments spoke for itself. I also liked that Canisius was a smaller school with a strong community feel. When I got here, however, I was very pleasantly surprised with just how much accounting students, both undergraduate and graduate alike, were involved in the program. A large part of this involvement is attributable to the opportunities provided by the Canisius College Accounting Society.

Soon after I began my coursework at Canisius, I joined the Accounting Society thinking it would be a great way to network and hopefully get to know some of the other students in the program, and I was right! The Canisius Accounting Society has a lot to offer students in the accounting program. This past fall semester, for example, the Accounting Society hosted a number of different social events for its members including a “Welcome Back” barbeque, Community Service Day, Bowling Night, and Christmas party. The Accounting Society annually organizes “Meet the Accountants” night, one of the most important networking events of the year for accounting students, and the Accounting Banquet, a night on which accounting students can enjoy a nice dinner and awards ceremony with fellow classmates and local professionals. During the course of the school year, the Accounting Society organizes some educational presentations, as well, such as guest speakers from the accounting community and mock interviews to help practice for the “real deal” during recruitment. Personally, I believe that the wide variety of social and educational events and experiences that the Accounting Society at Canisius offers are vital to the program’s success and make it truly unique from other schools. Looking back, I am so happy with my choice to attend Canisius for its MBA in Professional Accounting program. I can’t see myself getting such a well-rounded experience anywhere else!