"I enrolled in the MPAcc program at Penn State Behrend because I had the privilege to experience how wonderful of a University it is during my undergrad. I saw how the smaller class sizes allowed for more in-depth conversations with my peers and faculty. I noticed the advantage of having faculty from different backgrounds who bring a new twist on each class. I recognized the ability to ask questions comfortably and reach out to faculty during office hours. Overall, I love that Penn State Behrend has the benefits of the Penn State environment and brand recognition, but it comes with the advantages of a small campus, such as small class sizes and available teachers.
The faculty in the MPAcc want to see each student succeed. They push for open discussions in class to engage us in diverse viewpoints and are continuously reminding us to ask questions as well as making us aware of job opportunities. The focus isn't simply on learning the fundamentals, but rather being able to understand how to take the fundamental concepts and perform analysis. I found the MPAcc to be more about discussing ideas rather than what the right answer is. I also believe the grad program is shaping us into better accountants with a deeper understanding of how to digest financial statements to understand the valuation of a company and the tax strategies a company may have.
The most helpful aspect of the classes is the focus on preparing us for the workforce. The classes at Behrend are preparing us to voice our opinions in an intelligent manner, as well as prepping us for giving presentations. Finally, the classes in the MPAcc program stay relevant with the business world today. For example, in tax class, we learn about the implications from the new tax reform."
"I obtained an undergraduate degree in accounting from Behrend. My career goal has always been to work in public accounting and obtain my CPA certification. Therefore, in order to obtain the 150 credit hours required for certification, I decided to enter the Master of Professional Accounting program here as well. I was familiar with many of the professors and with the environment and felt that staying at Behrend was the right choice for me. I also liked the fact that only a small group of students would be in the program and I would therefore obtain much more individualized attention.
Although the 150 credit hours can be obtained through the undergraduate program, having a master's degree will definitely give you an edge when applying for a position. I chose a Master of Professional Accounting rather than an MBA because I wanted to focus on more in-depth complex accounting issues, which I felt would help me in my public accounting career.
The faculty here at Behrend bring a lot of experience to the MPAcc program and they are very invested in you succeeding in the program. The program challenges you in a variety of areas, such as analytics, public speaking, conducting research, and communication skills."