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Plan Accounting

What do I need to know to better plan on a post bachelor's degree in accounting?

    1. Understand the prereqs for Graduate School
      An Example of Graduate School Prerequisites and the BYU-Idaho Class Equivalencies
      Utah State University MBA Requirements BYU-Idaho Equivalent Courses
      Course Code Course Title Course Code Course Title
      ACCT 2010 Financial Accounting ACCT 201 Financial Accounting
      ACCT 2020 Managerial Accounting ACCT 202 Managerial Accounting
      ECN 1500 Macroeconomics ECON 151 Economic Principles and Problems-Macro
      ECN 2010 Microeconomics ECON 150 Economic Principles and Problems-Micro
      FIN 3400 Corporate Finance B 301 or B 302 Financial Management
    2. Prepare for the Master of Accounting(MAcc) (1 year post-graduation)
      Students who are seeking CPA certification should seek a MAcc or another related graduate degree. Completion of a MAcc typically takes 1 year after graduation from BYU-Idaho.
    3. Understand the requirements to sit for the CPA exam
      Students must have 150 credits to sit for the CPA exam. Since 150 falls outside of the credit allotments at BYU-Idaho, students may need to attend another university or reapply as a non-matriculating student to reach 150 credits.

In addition, students desiring to sit for the CPA exam will need an additional year of study since nearly all states require 150 credit hours of college preparation to sit for the exam. Those desiring CPA certification should transfer to another university upon graduation from BYU-Idaho to obtain a MAcc Degree or an MBA Degree.

  1. Complete your internship before your last year at BYU-Idaho
    1. Internships cannot be taken during your last semester

The myth about not seeking post-undergraduate education

Students coming out of BYU-Idaho and getting great jobs off the bat is great. However, if students are looking to progress to higher positions, they will most often go against people who have master's degrees often stymieing growth. Since most accounting master's programs are one year additional, it may be of interest to students looking to advance further in a faster timeframe.

What tests do I need to prepare to take?

Typically, business schools and management programs look for the GMAT, while the GRE is required of most other areas. The most important thing to ask and figure out is what graduate school a student is thinking about and what test that school prefers. The GRE focuses on verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical skills while the GMAT focuses on verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing assessment and integrative reasoning.

What resources can help me prepare for the test?

Most of the preparation for tests are going to come from the continuing education department. There are plenty of books out on the market and available in the bookstore, but for formal training, refer to the continuing education department.

Plan Communication

    1. Select major, emphasis, and courses
    2. Become involved in societies
    3. Talk with faculty advisors
      Throughout your experience, talk with faculty advisors to know what else you need to do to enhance your portfolio or get a leg up for a post bachelor's education.

What tests do I need to prepare to take to get into grad school?

Typically, business schools and management programs look for the GMAT, while the GRE is required of most other areas. The most important thing to ask and figure out is what graduate school a student is thinking about and what test that school prefers. The GRE focuses on verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical skills while the GMAT focuses on verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing assessment and integrative reasoning.

What resources can help me prepare for the test?

Most of the preparation for tests are going to come from the continuing education department. There are plenty of books out on the market and available in the bookstore, but for formal training, refer to the continuing education department.

What other preparation material do I need for grad school?

Some areas in communication, including video production, journalism, and emphases related to design typically require portfolios and other documentation. For example, students who pursue grad school for multi-media and digital communication, you may be required to provide digital video for television and/or radio platforms, the Internet, desktop publishing, and corporate/institutional and educational videos. Journalism and Mass Communications will require a familiarity with any print and broadcast tools and resources.

Plan CIT

Understand BYU-Idaho potential opportunities with graduate school programs

Understand National Tests

CIT students have the opportunity to demonstrate their master skills prior to entering a master's program by learning the following skill sets, programs, and hardware and software:

HTML/XHTML/HTML5 Software Engineering
CSS Project Management
Java, Javascript Cisco IOS
UML Routing, Switching, Len Management
- Network Wireless Protocols
My SQL SDLC
PL/SQL PHP
Linux MVC
Windows Servers Business Intelligence Systems
Security Fundamentals ERP
Advanced Security Topics J2EE

Get a GitHub Account

Part of CIT coursework includes working through GitHub, an online hosting site that will give students the opportunity to store historical information, and test interfaces as it would look for both mobile and for the desktop. Each student will be required to get a GitHub account, which will give them the opportunity to store their work for their portfolios.

What tests do I need to prepare to take to get into Grad School?

Typically, business schools and management programs look for the GMAT, while the GRE is required of most other areas. The most important thing to ask and figure out is what graduate school a student is thinking about and what test that school prefers. The GRE focuses on verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical skills while the GMAT focuses on verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing assessment and integrative reasoning.

What resources can help me prepare for the test?

Most of the preparation for tests are going to come from the continuing education department. There are plenty of books out on the market and available in the bookstore, but for formal training, refer to the continuing education department.

Plan Economics

Speak with an advisor

Before pursuing information about a masters degree in Economics, it is important to speak with your faculty advisor.

Understand which elective courses are needed to get to the next step

Graduate programs in Economics have become very quantitative in nature. Students will tend to be more successful if they have significant preparation in mathematics and statistics.  For students who are considering graduate school in economics, they may want to complete a mathematics minor.  At a minimum, they should take additional classes in mathematics and statistics. Please consider the following:

Math Classes: FDMAT 112 (Calc I), MATH 113 (Calc II), MATH 214 (Calc III), MATH 271 (Elem Diff Eqns), MATH 341 (Linear Algebra), MATH 301 (Intro to Analysis), MATH 461 (Real Analysis I), MATH 462 (Real Analysis II)
Stats Classes: MATH 325 (Intermed Stats), MATH 326 (Experimental Design), MATH 327 (Bayesian Stats), MATH 423 (Prob & Stats), MATH 425 (Applied Linear Regression)

Students considering additional studies in Finance or simply to be more competitive in the financial sector would benefit from additional courses in accounting. The department recommends the following courses:

ACCTG 301 - Inter. Financial Acct 1, ACCTG 302 - Inter. Financial Acct 2, ACCTG 333 - Adv. Spreadsheet App, ACCTG 312 - Cost Accounting, ACCTG 403 - Advanced Accounting

Students who wish to pursue additional studies in Financial and Data Analytics, or simply to be more valuable in these professional areas could enhance their capacity by taking the following courses: CIT 111 - Intro to Databases, CIT 160 - CIT Fundamentals, CIT 225 - Database Design & Dev., CIT 380 - Project Management, CIT 381 - Decision Support Sys., CIT 425 - Data Warehousing.
Students may also want to expand their understanding of accounting by taking some of the courses identified in #2 above.

What tests do I need to prepare to take to get into Grad School?

Typically, business schools and management programs look for the GMAT, while the GRE is required of most other areas. The most important thing to ask and figure out is what graduate school a student is thinking about and what test that school prefers. The GRE focuses on verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical skills while the GMAT focuses on verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing assessment and integrative reasoning.

What resources can help me prepare for the test?

Most of the preparation for tests are going to come from the continuing education department. There are plenty of books out on the market and available in the bookstore, but for formal training, refer to the continuing education department.

Plan MBA

What do I need to do to prepare for an MBA program?

      1. Understand the prereqs for Graduate School
        An Example of Graduate School Prerequisites and the BYU-Idaho Class Equivalencies
        Utah State University MBA Requirements BYU-Idaho Equivalent Courses
        Course Code Course Title Course Code Course Title
        ACCT 2010 Financial Accounting ACCT 201 Financial Accounting
        ACCT 2020 Managerial Accounting ACCT 202 Managerial Accounting
        ECN 1500 Macroeconomics ECON 151 Economic Principles and Problems-Macro
        ECN 2010 Microeconomics ECON 150 Economic Principles and Problems-Micro
        FIN 3400 Corporate Finance B 301 or B 302 Financial Management
      2. Prepare to the take the GRE or the GMAT
        1. What is the difference between the GRE and the GMAT?
          FOCUS
          GRE
          Verbal Reasoning Quantitative Reasoning Critical Thinking Analytical Skills
          GMAT
          Verbal Reasoning Quantitative Reasoning Analytical Writing Assessment Integrative Reasoning
        2. When should I start applying for Grad School?
          Junior Year Summer before Senior Year Senior Year/Fall Semester Senior Year/Winter Semester Senior Year/Spring Semester
          Students should have been collecting information and researching different graduate school programs at this point. We recommend that students speak with faculty, administrators and mentors who may provide added perspective Students should register and prepare for an entrance exam (GRE, GMAT) Many programs have December through February deadlines. Students should meet with faculty and others who may be writing letters of recommendation.
          School transcripts and other materials that need to be accounted for should be completed.
          Students should take the entrance exam if it is still needed.
          By the end of this semester, admission deadlines may be approaching.
          Students should follow-up with potential schools to ensure that all materials have been received and completed This marks decision time. Students must carefully weigh options and accept/reject schools professionally and appropriately.

        In addition to the advice provided in the table, faculty recommend to take entrance exams during school experience instead of right before applying, as you may be applying to graduate programs several years after you graduate with a bachelor's

      3. Understand the importance of work experience
        Most MBA programs are looking for 2+ years work experience.
        US News, Get Into Business School: Work Experience, by Brian Burnsed
        Poets and Quants, Your Work Experience Good Enough, by Linda Abraham (CEO and Founder of Accepted.com)
      4. Understand the cost of MBA
        MBA schools typically cost $50k- $150,000k
        Investopedia, The Real Cost of An MBA, by Marv Dumon
      5. Understand first year waivers: Some MBA programs waive first year if you complete your undergraduate work in Business. Waiver information can be found on most graduate school websites under MBA information. You can review the university's MBA programs on their site and do a 'control/command + find' to search for waivers

What are some Top Tier International Business Schools

Great Business Schools: a Guide to the Best Business Programs, The Top 10 Best International Business Schools