Department of Accountancy & Taxation

Student & Alumni Perspectives

Current Students & Ambassadors
Alumni Perspectives

Alumni

Courtney Caldwell

Courtney Caldwell

Tyler Corder

Tyler Corder

Heera Junaid

Heera Junaid

Anngellie Lescano

Anngellie Lescano

Juhi Patel

Juhi Patel

Ian Shol

Ian Shol

Trang Vo

Trang Vo

Alex Zawisza

Alex Zawisza

Eric Zhou

Eric Zhou

 

 

 

Courtney Caldwell


Courtney Caldwell

The Professional Program of Accountancy (PPA) is a 5-year program that culminates with a BBA in Accounting and Master of Science in Accountancy (MSACCY). Undergraduate coursework provides a solid foundation while graduate school enhances success skills. The latter helped me make a smooth transition into the professional workplace.

The challenging curriculum meets the Texas CPA requirements and offers flexible schedules during the day, night, weekend, and online. One of my favorite classes was Professional Accounting Communication because partners of top accounting firms provided live feedback on our class presentations. There are also numerous networking opportunities with potential employers and alumni.

MSACCY students come from diverse backgrounds but we all share the drive for knowledge and sustainable impact. During my year in graduate school, I completed three internships, studied abroad in Berlin, attended a national conference, and participated in a student organization. I was also awarded multiple scholarships specifically earmarked for accounting students.

The UH Bauer College of Business is not a place where you simply show up and go home. You develop into a leader while cultivating mutually beneficial relationships. I am proud to be a Bauer MSACCY graduate. Go Coogs!

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Tyler Corder


Tyler Corder

I studied in the Master of Science in Accountancy (MSACCY) program concurrently with working for a tax consulting company and studying and sitting for the CPA exams. I would try and wake up early enough to study at least an hour for the CPA exams and spend 30 minutes on activities important to me. During lunch I would study for that evening’s class and would continue studying following the class. I even set up weekend “boot camps” with “classes” which consisted either of CPA or school studies/projects.

The professors at Bauer are very thoughtful and supportive of student’s efforts to pursue a degree while working. I felt challenged because they not only helped me think through the logic/philosophy of what we were learning but would help me apply what I was learning in the classroom to various work projects.

My fellow classmates were hardworking and smart. I really enjoyed working on projects with them and everyone supported one another. With the professors and my fellow students support I was able to progress in my career and successfully complete all four components of the CPA exam before graduating from the MSACCY program.

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Heera Junaid


Heera Junaid

I choose to attend University of Houston for both my BBA in Accounting and MS Accountancy degrees because Bauer offers a comprehensive program for both called the Professional Program in Accountancy (PPA). As part of PPA, student can complete their bachelor and master’s degrees in 5 years. This accelerated program was perfect for what I was looking for because I am an individual that strives to be diligent.

Bauer provides students with ample opportunities to meet and network with potential employers. Additionally, there are opportunities for Master of Science in Accountancy (MSACCY) students to interact with employers in their classes. Bauer is also fortunate to have top industry insight from professionals. To highlight, Dr. Mohan Kuruvilla is an audit professor and President of TXCPA Houston. Dr. Kuruvilla, as well as the other MSACCY faculty members, are knowledgeable and actively involved in the accounting industry, bringing their insight into the classroom and ultimately leading student success.

While in the MSACCY program, I obtained the Assurance/Finance Reporting Certificate. The certificate is designed to help students prepare for a career in public accounting or industry in accounting focused roles. As a recent graduate, I am about to embark on my career as an auditor at a Big Four firm. My ultimate goal is to become an expert in the field of accounting and eventually apply the knowledge I’ve obtained to a leadership position within the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB).

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Anngellie Lescano


Anngellie Lescano

Originally from the Philippines, my family and I decided to move to Houston nine years ago. After graduating with my Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting from the University of Houston, I knew I wanted to pursue my graduate career with the Master of Science in Accountancy (MSACCY) program. While in the program, I chose the Audit track and focused on acquiring multiple certificates such as Assurance and Advanced Internal Audit. The MSACCY program was a valuable tool for me to develop personal and professional skills, as well as expanding my professional network. Bauer gave me many opportunities to develop and grow into the person I am today.

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Juhi Patel


Juhi Patel

After finishing my Bachelor of Business Administration, I chose to complete my Master of Science in Accountancy (MSACCY) degree at the C.T. Bauer College of Business, University of Houston. A major draw to Bauer were the professors. Many of the professors I encountered impressed me because they related the material to personal experiences in the industry. I feel that the valuable insight they provided further enhanced my education.

I also took advantage of the Rockwell Career Center (RCC) while I was in the MSACCY program. RCC helps students grow beyond the classroom by offering career fairs, resume reviews, mock interviews, and much more. Their mentoring and coaching enabled me to secure multiple internships that resulted in a full-time offer.

During my time in the program, I came to know the advisors and they were always willing to meet with me one-on-one to help me select my class schedule. I also took advantage of many of the events and services that they provided, such as the MSACCY Social.

With all of the benefits and resources that Bauer has available for students, there is no other institution I would have preferred to attend for my masters.

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Ian Shol


Ian Shol

Bauer’s Master of Science in Accountancy (MSACCY) program gave me the foundation that I would need to be successful in my career. The program addresses not only technical, but also soft skills to develop well-rounded professionals, and gives students the opportunity to practice those abilities before stepping out of the classroom. In a professional setting, the curriculum translates very well.

Aside from an education, I gained a network of respected academics and professionals that I can reach out to any time. People who truly care about my personal and professional development that I can turn to for guidance. The faculty also expose you to exciting technologies and tools that vastly expand your skillset and available tools.

Now, working at a global professional services firm in the energy capital of the world, I am grateful for everything that Bauer College has contributed to my growth and success.

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Trang Vo


Trang Vo

Growing up in Houston my entire life and coming from a family of Cougars, choosing the University of Houston was an easy choice for me. During my undergraduate degree, I had access to many opportunities and resources that led to an internship at a public accounting firm. Once my internship was completed, I knew that becoming a CPA was essential for the career path that I wanted. Through my own experience, the University of Houston has proven time and time again that they offered the best faculty, staff, and community and I knew that the Master of Science in Accountancy (MSACCY) program would be no different.

I am confident that the MSACCY program has instilled a strong foundation of knowledge and interpersonal skills that has prepared me to be successful. I have built strong relationships with my professors and classmates throughout my years at Bauer, and I know that they will continue to serve as great mentors as I navigate and grow my professional career.

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Alex Zawisza


Alex Zawisza

When I came to Houston, I was looking for a change in scenery and a program that would provide me with many opportunities. After a campus visit, the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston felt like the ideal fit for me.

Bauer has amazing staff, a top-notch learning environment, and most importantly is filled with students and faculty that want to see you succeed. The connections that I made during my time in Bauer College have led to multiple employment opportunities and long-lasting friendships. I am thankful for the time I spent at Bauer and am proud to call myself a Bauer MSACCY Alumnus.

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Eric Zhou


Eric Zhou

After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from another institution, I decided to continue my education and pursue the Master of Science in Accountancy (MSACCY) at C.T. Bauer College of Business. I started with taking fundamental accounting courses in the Certificate in Accountancy Program (CAP). After completing the prerequisites in CAP I applied and was accepted into the MSACCY program.

The MSACCY program has a variety of courses on different specializations. The program offers evening classes and accommodates my full time working schedule very well.

MSACCY program sets high standard and the faculty genuinely care about students achieving their academic and career goals. Faculty and staff at UH Bauer are very supportive and provide various office hours to meet with students.

Bauer is also very well connected with major employers in Houston and surrounding cities. Many business leaders are Bauer alumni. Bauer constantly holds social events that provide opportunities for students to network with employers in industry and public accounting firms.

As a CPA and a tax senior working at one of the Big 4 CPA firms, I am very grateful to Bauer for providing me with the tools and resources to transform me from a non-accounting major to where I am today.

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Megan Iselin

Deciding to pursue my Master of Science in Accountancy (MSACCY) degree at Bauer was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The transition from my Bachelor’s to my Master’s as part of the Professional Program in Accountancy (PPA) was a smooth process. My undergraduate degree set me up for academic success in my graduate courses. I was able to build upon my accounting knowledge and better prepare myself for my accounting specialization in audit and risk assurance.

The MSACCY curriculum has a variety of offerings based on accounting specializations and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) eligibility needs. I felt well prepared as I reviewed for my CPA exams because of my experience at Bauer. The faculty bring real-world business application into the classroom, and the staff go above and beyond to guarantee student success based on individual needs. Additionally, I am a former president of the Gamma Delta chapter of Beta Alpha Psi. I continue volunteering as an alumna through Beta Alpha Psi’s mentorship program. I was hired as a risk assurance associate at a Big 4 public accounting firm and hope to join the on-campus recruiting team to hire more Coogs!

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Hannah Padgett

I was honored to be accepted into the University of Houston’s Master of Science in Accountancy program (MSACCY) and I could not be happier with the education I received. This program allows you to focus on your desired concentration, and mine was the Assurance/Financial Reporting track. My program was extremely diverse and allowed me to expand my education, branching out into new fields of study. I studied Data Analytics, which was extremely challenging but a wonderful opportunity for learning.

The MSACCY program is flexible with scheduling so it can accommodate those who work or are participating in other activities. For instance, I was a University of Houston (UH) cheerleader. I successfully balanced classes and homework amidst a schedule full of cheerleading practices, appearances and athletics events. My professors and advisors helped me juggle my busy schedule. The professors at University of Houston care about their students, offer assistance when needed and are understanding. They exceeded my expectations and helped me learn challenging material. With the help of my advisors, I was able to finish the program in one year!

The MSACCY program offered me numerous networking opportunities, surpassing my expectations. Networking opportunities do not stop at career events. Classes invite professionals from different companies to meet students and provide constructive feedback. The program’s student body is made up of an amazingly diverse group of people allowing students to meet and work with different individuals throughout their time at University of Houston. I expanded my network significantly by attending the University of Houston’s MSACCY program.

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Cristina de Avila

After graduating with a BBA in Accounting from another institution, I decided to move to Houston and pursue the Master of Science in Accountancy (MSACCY) at C.T. Bauer College of Business. This was a big change for me, but soon I realized that it was the best decision I have made for my career. I was impressed by the quality of the professors and I was challenged to do my best every day. Within the first week in the MSACCY program, I was able to secure a full time job. The flexibility that this program offers to students is outstanding and I was able to complete the program in just one year!

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Brandon Foteh

Growing up in Houston, I understood the importance of the oil and gas industry to our economy. So, I always had the desire to pursue a career in the industry. Once I graduated from with my Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 2016, I knew I wanted to attend a graduate program that would best prepare me for a career in oil and gas accounting. I gratefully decided to continue my education at the C.T. Bauer College of Business in the Master of Science in Accountancy Program (MSACCY), where I was able to take a vast array of oil and gas accounting courses tailored to go hand in hand with the rest of my graduate curriculum. MSACCY was the perfect program because it not only helped me gain the practical knowledge needed to benefit my career, but also exposed me to the most valuable network of oil and gas industry experts who have devoted much of their time and energy to the success of the program. The rich diversity, accompanied with the dedicated faculty striving to continuously improve the program, is why I have thoroughly enjoyed my decision to attend the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston.

After completing m MSACCY degree I began my career at a Big 4 firm in the assurance practice. I hope to work with prospective students in the future to offer any encouragements or experiences on why I chose Bauer’s MSACCY program.

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Andy Liu

After obtaining my Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and Master of Science in Accountancy (MSACCY) from the Bauer College of Business, I started my career at a highly respected Public Accounting firm and became CPA certified within a year.

Bauer College of Business has many competitive advantages over other colleges. The rigorous academic standard not only prepares students for the CPA exam, but also makes them more competitive in the job market. The amount of career opportunities at Bauer is unbelievable. Instead of looking for jobs on your own, hundreds of well-known companies send recruiters to campus!

I felt well-equipped to meet the challenges of my early career with the education I received from Bauer’s MSACCY Program. If you are looking to gain a challenging and rewarding career in accounting, Bauer College of Business at University of Houston is definitely the right place to be.

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