What should I do after my bachelor's degree in business admin and finance: an MBA, MS (accounting and finance ) or CIMA?

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What should I do after my bachelor's degree in business admin and finance: an MBA, MS (accounting and finance ) or CIMA?

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This will depend on your career goals. If you are interested in a career as an accountant, a master's degree in accounting and finance may be a good choice. If you are interested in careers beyond accounting, then a Master of Business Administration (MBA) may be a preferred choice. The Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) Certification may lead to a career as an advanced investment consultant.

Instead of CIMA certification, it is more preferred to complete the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification from the CFA Institute which may lead to more career options as a financial analyst, a financial manager, or a securities, commodities, or financial services sales agent. As a result, you should consider completing a master's program on the list of CFA Institute University Affiliation Program, which may lead to a master's degree and earning the CFA certification concurrently. Below are some of them:

  1. Master of Business Administration in Finance, The Ohio State University - Fisher College of Business
  2. Master of Business Administration or Master of Science in Finance, Texas A&M University
  3. Master of Science in Finance, Portland State University.

For more information about an MBA vs MS in accounting and finance, check out this article: Masters Degree in Accounting Vs MBA

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