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Seeing Double: Student Completes Back-to-Back Degrees

By Kristin Rubisch

Andrew Clark

Andrew Clark, BSBA '10, MSA '11

Andrew Clark knew that Kogod was the right place for him from the moment he set foot in the building. He grew to love it so much that he decided to earn his title of alumnus two times over, graduating with a BS in Business Administration in 2010 and an MS in Accounting this December.

Clark isn't alone in his admiration for the school, nor is he alone in his exceptional background and skill, much of which he attributes to his time at Kogod.

As an undergraduate, he served as the vice president of marketing to the Accounting Club, won the Kogod Accounting Challenge in 2009 and 2010, represented the school at the Goodman Accounting Challenge—a case competition sponsored by Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP—twice, and was a member of several honors societies.

With all of that on his plate, Clark still managed to ace his courses, hold two internships, and get accepted into the MSA program. Though his life has been busy, he doesn’t regret a moment of his time here.

"Starting at an undergraduate level, the program here really increased my basic knowledge level. I received a very broad education in business administration and accounting, which I could use for internships or for a job, or in my case, for graduate study here," said Clark. "As a graduate student, the MSA program has helped me hone my critical thinking skills. My capacity to work as member of a team has also improved, which is an important skill as a professional in accounting and finance."

The skills he's learned in both programs helped to land Clark a guaranteed job after graduation at PricewaterhouseCoopers—where he interned as an undergrad—working in investment management and tax.

Ten or twenty years from now, Clark said that he might still be in public accounting or he might be back at school working on an MBA—perhaps at Kogod.