Tales in Possible
— August 30, 2017
NYU Stern welcomed the incoming class of Master of Science in Accounting students to campus on August 30.
Over the next year, students will earn their degree and complete the prerequisite 150-credit-hour education requirement needed for New York State’s Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification.
Orientation program highlights included:
- A welcome from Dean Conor Grennan followed by remarks from Professor Alex Dontoh, deputy chair of NYU Stern’s Accounting Department and director of the program, and Vice Dean for MBA Programs Raghu Sundaram
- An industry panel featuring Maria Karalis (BS ‘90), BDO USA, LLP; Jason Marmo (LLM ‘99), Deloitte; Danielle Messineo, Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Mark Tavel (MBA ‘12), Mazars USA LLP
- Networking reception with accounting firms and representative staff from BDO, Deloitte, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, National Futures Association and more
During the industry panel, Maria Karalis encouraged students to forge their own paths and be proactive in determining where their careers paths would lead them. “Take charge of your career and ask for what you want,” she said. “Everything I’ve gotten to do at BDO has been because I asked.”
At the same event, Mark Tavel recalled how he was able to secure his current position by utilizing on-campus recruiting opportunities when he was a student at Stern. “Take advantage of everything you have here,” he advised.
Stern’s MS in Accounting, which launched in May 2015, will allow college graduates with a business or accounting major to satisfy the course requirements for New York State’s CPA certification. Because of New York State’s stringent standards and reciprocity with other states’ certification, graduates of this program will be well-prepared to meet CPA requirements in other states such as California, Texas, and Florida. The MS in Accounting provides a thorough foundation for careers in accounting, including attestation and assurance services, as well as taxation and forensic accounting.