Accountancy Degree vs. Technical Management Degree...


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Jack Garabito

Hello all,

I am a working adult (in accounting) and a junior in college, recently
relocated to Northern California. I have two Associate's degrees from the
Community College of the Air Force (Transportation Mgmt. & Financial Mgmt.)
I want to complete my Bachelor's degree ASAP, my first interest is
accounting and have interviewed two private universities in the area;
National University and DeVry University (both in Sacramento CA).
National U. offers a degree in accountancy which I can finish in two 20
months and DeVry U. offers me a Technical Mgmt. degree with an accounting
concentration which I can finish up in 16 months.

National U. has CPA, CMA, CFA tracks and job placement; DeVry U. has 99% job
placement for Tech Mgmt. grads ($50K/yr avg.).
I need your professional advice: (I feel I am being passed over by not
having a degree)
Which degree makes most sense to take-Accountancy or Tech Mgmt.
w/accounting concentration.
What do you know/have heard on these Universities, are their programs
good & solid.
How would YOU evaluate the situation and make your decision?

This newsgroup has been a great source of information for me, and I do
appreciate your advice and support.

Jack Garabito
Professional in Training.
 
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tippy

Hello all,

I am a working adult (in accounting) and a junior in college, recently
relocated to Northern California. I have two Associate's degrees from the
Community College of the Air Force (Transportation Mgmt. & Financial Mgmt.)
I want to complete my Bachelor's degree ASAP, my first interest is
accounting and have interviewed two private universities in the area;
National University and DeVry University (both in Sacramento CA).
National U. offers a degree in accountancy which I can finish in two 20
months and DeVry U. offers me a Technical Mgmt. degree with an accounting
concentration which I can finish up in 16 months.

National U. has CPA, CMA, CFA tracks and job placement; DeVry U. has 99% job
placement for Tech Mgmt. grads ($50K/yr avg.).
I need your professional advice: (I feel I am being passed over by not
having a degree)
Which degree makes most sense to take-Accountancy or Tech Mgmt.
w/accounting concentration.
What do you know/have heard on these Universities, are their programs
good & solid.
How would YOU evaluate the situation and make your decision?

This newsgroup has been a great source of information for me, and I do
appreciate your advice and support.

Jack Garabito
Professional in Training.
DeVry has an excellent reputation for a long time for its non business
technical degrees. In the early 70's, I had several friends who
received various tech degrees. But I lost track of them and do not
know how well they fared, career wise. I know nothing of DeVry
business degrees.

You may want to offer your specific town or options for relocating.
Then, someone might be able to give you additional alternatives, not
that the institutions you mentioned will not be right for you.
_____________

Tippy
 
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Preston

Hello all,

I am a working adult (in accounting) and a junior in college, recently
relocated to Northern California. I have two Associate's degrees from the
Community College of the Air Force (Transportation Mgmt. & Financial Mgmt.)
I want to complete my Bachelor's degree ASAP, my first interest is
accounting and have interviewed two private universities in the area;
National University and DeVry University (both in Sacramento CA).
National U. offers a degree in accountancy which I can finish in two 20
months and DeVry U. offers me a Technical Mgmt. degree with an accounting
concentration which I can finish up in 16 months.

National U. has CPA, CMA, CFA tracks and job placement; DeVry U. has 99% job
placement for Tech Mgmt. grads ($50K/yr avg.).
I need your professional advice: (I feel I am being passed over by not
having a degree)
Which degree makes most sense to take-Accountancy or Tech Mgmt.
w/accounting concentration.
What do you know/have heard on these Universities, are their programs
good & solid.
How would YOU evaluate the situation and make your decision?

This newsgroup has been a great source of information for me, and I do
appreciate your advice and support.

Jack Garabito
Professional in Training.
Jack,

You should definitely go for a Bachelor's degree if you can fit the
extra class time into your work schedule and budget. Which degree to
get, accounting or technical management, really depends on what type
of job you would like to eventually have. But I've always felt that
out of all the business degrees, the accounting degree was the most
universal and also the most challenging. Also, if you have
aspirations to become a CPA, you probably need to take the accounting
degree route to make sure that you get all of the core classes needed
to sit for the CPA exam.

I'm really not familiar with the technical management degree or what
kind of company a person would work for with this degree. You said
that DeVry is placing their graduates at a starting salary of $50k
average salary though, which sounds pretty good. Salaries for
accountants vary from city to city and type of company, but starting
salaries are comparable to starting salaries for teachers. Pay does
however accelerate much faster as you gain experience than a teachers
salary does. You said you are already working in accounting, so maybe
you're not going to have to come in at the ground level anyway.

Preston Singleton, CPA
Austin, Texas
 

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