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Why Study in DC? A Prime Location for Accounting and More

American University’s prime location in the nation’s capital means access to opportunities not found in other cities. For students in the Master’s in Accounting (MSA) program, this means gaining access to professional and alumni networks across the corporate, not-for-profit and government sectors. Our students, full-time and part-time alike, take full advantage of all the D.C. area has to offer to their careers.

Professional opportunities abound in Washington, D.C. Beyond the classroom, MSA students also enjoy access to a wide array of dynamic speakers over the course of their time in the program. These occasions serve as invaluable networking events, which often lead to internships and full-time jobs.

For current MSA student Jacob Spector, access to a thriving economy and to faculty who are leading professionals in the D.C. Metro area drove his decision to choose Kogod. Spector said, “Whether you’re interested in public, private or governmental accounting, there are myriad career options in D.C., as well as opportunities to visit many local firms’ offices during the semester. Faculty members have been instrumental in leading me toward my career of choice.”

Public accounting firms, private sector companies, non-profits and government agencies in the metropolitan area heavily recruit MSA students. Among MSA graduates of the past three years, 86 percent have gained employment in the DMV area. Many graduates enter leading local firms like KPMG, Deloitte, eTrade, Fannie Mae and Wells Fargo.

Internship placement is equally impressive. Nearly half of MSA students in 2015 completed internships at a wide range of corporations, non-profits and government agencies, including KPMG, AARP, Department of Housing and Community Development, US Department of Treasury, US Department of Defense, International Monetary Fund. Several of these internships led to full-time employment.

Our alumni also report competitive compensation numbers. The median salary of our newly employed alumni is just under $60,000 per year, and many alumni are receiving signing bonuses of between $2,500-$3,500.

Cultural diversity, music, restaurants, arts, recreation and, most importantly, unparalleled internship and job opportunities. A Kogod education represents all that D.C. has to offer. With direct proximity to a global community, access to a thriving professional network and a high success rate for full-time employment, the MSA program will position you for a job outcome that fits your professional and personal goals.

Learn how the MSA program at the Kogod School of Business positions you for success.

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