/ Asked by Bruce
I am on my last year of my BBA (Major in Accounting and Information Systems). What is more preferable by employers - an MPA or an MBA? I want to continue in the world of accounting and finance.
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Hi there!  Go check out the job descriptions that are posted online for your top five companies.  See what they are asking for.  Then go check out the LinkedIn profiles of the people working for those companies and see what they bring to the table.  While you're there, work on networking!

Some of the required vs. preferred skills are going to vary by company.  Same goes for expected education and program focus.  Your research may be the thing that helps you garner the skills and experience to set you apart!  Best of luck!
Answered by Ashlyn, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, on Monday, December 7, 2015
I completely agree with what AT&T has shared. I think this all depends on which company you'd like to end up at and in which position. I think it's a great idea to check out the job descriptions for what you have in mind and see which/if one of those is required or recommended. LinkedIn is also a great place to check out different positions. Search a couple of titles you'd be interested in and see what profiles populate. From there, see if the majority of people have an MPA or MBA.

Good luck! 
Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on Monday, March 28, 2016
Either one would serve you - it really depends more upon what you want to do career wise.  If you are looking for more of a corporate role with many options in and out of the finance realm I would suggest the MBA.  If you want to strictly stay in the world of accounting then the MPA would be a better option.  I would suggest looking at your top firms and see based on the jobs you are interested in obtaining what their requirements are and use that as a guide for your decision.  If you are determined and focus on success you can make either degree work.
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