I'm currently a controller without the cpa designation. I'm working for a larger company and feel pressured to pursue the cpa license, however that would require that I get the 150hrs required that I didn't cover with my BBA. Not certain which road to take: should I pursue the MBA and then CPA, or go with professional courses only?
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This is going to depend a few factors... What will help you more the MBA or CPA? An MBA is great but expensive (mine is costing me upwards of $60,000) and can take a while to complete if you're a busy professional. How many credits shy are you from the 150? If you only need around 30 credits then maybe a masters would be a better choice since it won't take as long or cost as much. If it's less than 30 credits and you don't care about an MA or MBA then you should probably just take random classes of your interest to get yourself at the 150 mark. Also, you will need to take the GMAT to enter into a business school so another variable is if you're willing to take the time out to study for that. If I were you I would first decide whether you need the MBA (or truely want it) and if so ask yourself if you are willing to sit for the GMAT and apply to schools, which will take a few months, or if you really only need the CPA and would rather enroll yourself in a Becker review course and just focus on that. Also a BBA (Bachelors of Business Administration) may not qualify you to sit for the CPA exam. I live in New Jersey and you need at least a BA in accounting to sit for it here so another route is to sit with an advisor at school and see what courses you need to complete in order to acheive the BA in accounting. Best of luck!
I suggest pursuing the MBA while paying attention to what you need to sit for the CPA exam, you will probably be surprised that you don't need too many more hours.