Stanford GSB | Mr. Army Engineer
GRE 326, GPA 3.89
Chicago Booth | Mr. Healthcare PM
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
Harvard | Mr. African Energy
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
Columbia | Mr. Energy Italian
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5
UCLA Anderson | Mr. SME Consulting
GMAT 740, GPA 3.55 (as per WES paid service)
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Quality Assurance
GMAT 770, GPA 3.6
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Salesman
GMAT 700, GPA 3.0
Chicago Booth | Ms. Indian Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 9.18/10
INSEAD | Mr. INSEAD Aspirant
GRE 322, GPA 3.5
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Army Aviator
GRE 314, GPA 3.8
Kellogg | Ms. Big4 M&A
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. Renewables Athlete
GMAT 710 (1st take), GPA 3.63
Harvard | Mr. Healthcare PE
GRE 340, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Military Quant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Wharton | Mr. Future Non-Profit
GMAT 720, GPA 8/10
Kellogg | Mr. Concrete Angel
GRE 318, GPA 3.33
Kellogg | Mr. Maximum Impact
GMAT Waiver, GPA 3.77
MIT Sloan | Ms. Rocket Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.9
Wharton | Ms. Interstellar Thinker
GMAT 740, GPA 7.6/10
Harvard | Mr. Finance
GMAT 750, GPA 3.0
Harvard | Mr. Defense Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Ms. Sustainable Development
GRE N/A, GPA 3.4
Chicago Booth | Mr. Unilever To MBB
GRE 308, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. Female Sales Leader
GMAT 740 (target), GPA 3.45
Tuck | Mr. Liberal Arts Military
GMAT 680, GPA 2.9
Harvard | Ms. Gay Techie
GRE 332, GPA 3.88
INSEAD | Mr. Product Manager
GMAT 740, GPA 63%

B-School Master’s: Spotlight on NYU Stern

NYU Stern School of Business - Ethan Baron photo

NYU Stern School of Business – Ethan Baron photo

The last few years have seen a number of top-25 business schools add specialized master’s programs to their lineups. Stern was driven to add a master of science in accounting to respond to a need from both prospective students and employers. Members of the admissions team were constantly hearing from people who wanted an accounting MS that would give them the required educational preparation to become CPAs, says Isser Gallogly, assistant dean of MBA admissions at Stern, and head of admissions for the accounting program. At the same time, employers were looking for more and more skilled accountants.

“There isn’t really a sort of premium, high-end accounting program in our region,” Gallogly says. That will change next fall, as the inaugural class of Stern MS in Accounting students takes their seats in class. As for how many students will be accepted, that’s TBA.

“We don’t know,” Gallogly says. “It’s the first year. We’re going to see what the applicant quality is like. No more than 60.”

STRAIGHT OUTTA COLLEGE

NYU Stern's Isser Gallogly

NYU Stern’s Isser Gallogly

Administrators expect the majority of students to come straight from their undergraduate programs, meaning the admissions team will in many cases not be using work experience as a criteria for evaluation, Gallogly says. “A lot of it’s going to be based on their academic record and the courses they’ve taken,” he says, adding that some applicants may have internship experience that the admissions team can evaluate. Fluency in numbers will be necessary to get into the program, but even pure quant genius won’t be enough, Gallogly says. The “big four” accounting firms – Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Deloitte, KPMG, and Ernst & Young – have consistently told Stern officials that what makes or breaks an accountant is the ability to translate complex numeric information into language clients can understand, Gallogly says. To get into Stern’s new program, applicants will have to show they have excellent communication skills, he says.

Unlike an MBA program, the range of target careers for master’s of accounting students will be quite narrow: the vast majority will be coming into the program as a step toward work as CPAs. Two tracks will be offered: the conventional financial accounting and assurance track, and the more specialized taxation track. Gallogly notes that very high employer demand exists for CPAs who specialize in taxation. “It’s one that people who are pursuing a CPA should really consider,” Gallogly says.

THE RISE OF THE B-SCHOOL SPECIALIZED MASTER’S PROGRAM

SPECIALIZED MASTER’S PROGRAMS AT THE TOP 50 B-SCHOOLS

B-SCHOOL MASTER’S: SPOTLIGHT ON CARNEGIE MELLON TEPPER

B-SCHOOL MASTER’S: SPOTLIGHT ON MICHIGAN ROSS