For The University of Scranton students, the spring semester is right around the corner! Tomorrow starts the second semester of the school year, so many students moved backed into their residence halls and apartments today.
If the cars around campus weren’t big enough indicators of the returning students, people certainly knew it at dinner time. A full cafeteria definitely shows the end of intersession and the beginning of the new semester.
As a senior, it’s becoming more and more difficult to see this semester as anything but my last. I’ll be taking my last physical education course and my last philosophy course in the SJLA program. It’s hard to believe I’m finishing.
To be totally accurate, however, I’m only finishing my undergraduate degree. I’ll actually be returning to Scranton in the fall to complete my master’s degree. But the senior nostalgia is still there because only a few of my classmate will be doing similar graduate programs.
The University of Scranton offers a number of graduate degree programs. Master’s programs in counseling and the doctorate program in physical therapy are some that quickly come to mind. The one I am a part of is the Master of Business Administration.
Usually, the MBA is completed in two years, and students have the option of choosing a specialization, such as accounting, marketing, or international business.
However, as an accounting major looking to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), I was able to participate in the Combined Accounting BS/MBA program. To put it briefly, I take several graduate level classes in my senior year that also count for undergraduate courses, and then I return for just one year (as opposed to the usual two years) as a full time graduate student and receive my MBA at the end of the year.
This program was developed for accounting students because of the 150 credit hour requirement for the CPA exam in most states. In other words, to sit for the CPA exam, one needs 150 credit hours, which usually requires a fifth year of college. The five year BS/MBA program that The University of Scranton has aims to help students accomplish this prerequisite for the CPA exam.
I took the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and applied for the five year program in my junior year. I was accepted, and I took my first graduate level course last semester in the fall of my senior year. I have two more graduate courses in this upcoming semester as well.
The three of these graduate courses have been management courses. It’s very interesting to have a mix of younger, full-time students and older, part-time students, and I’ll be sure to touch on that more in future blogs.
For more info on the BS/MBA Combined program, check out this link: http://www.scranton.edu/academics/cgce/combined-mba.shtml