I am graduating from college with a BBA in Accounting in a week here. I am graduating with 131 credit hours, of which 28 are accounting credits. Looking back I should have double majored or taken a minor to make sure I graduated with 150. My dilemma is what is the best approach to get those last pesky 19 credits(2 accounting credits).
Until about a week ago I had no idea what my next step was, but somehow I managed to get an interview with a big4 firm, and the interview went well. I'm not really qualified for a full-time position, but was offered an internship in audit for the upcoming busy-season(Jan-March).
So that's pretty awesome, and on top of that my neighbor who is a VP at a pretty large company out in Chicago offered to "sponsor me" for an internship from June-August, if I were I to want to go that route. This would let me get some experience on the corporate side of accounting, and probably some face time working with the CFO. This isn't guaranteed, but if I were to pursue it I am pretty confident that I would be able to get it.
I am obviously going to take the Big4 internship, but would love some advice on how to get my last 19 credits. I have a few options that I can think of, but I am really just not sure how to do it.
1. Take one year Sept-August of the next year and get MSA while studying for and passing the CPA(~$20,000 in tuition)
2. Take 2 semesters towards an MSA Sept-April and not finish but get my 150
3. Take a variety of online classes and classes at a local college from May-Dec of 2014 and get 150 credits but with no real progress towards anything else. However, I could take classes that interest me and are valuable skills(Programming and Info Sys probably)(Cost A lot less than $20,000)
4. Something else
Ideally once I have the 150 credit hours requirement satisfied I will be able to join the firm I am interning at full-time if I am offered.
So if anyone in public accounting has some words of advice they would be appreciated! Right now talking to most people it sounds that once you are a CPA no one really cares if you have an MSA, so getting one is pretty pointless. However I am hesitant to just essentially take a bunch of classes with no direction for a semester, it feels wrong. Also is it worth it to delay taking classes to get some experience in corporate?
If all else fails typing this out really help me see all my options a little better.