I hold a BA in Political Science from Benedictine University and an MS in Public Services Management & Public Policy from DePaul University. Having worked in the social services sector for nearly three years, I began to plan a career transition into the accounting and finance industry. (As fulfilling as social services may be, there is little income potential.)
I decided to better market myself to potential employers, an advanced degree in accounting along with the CPA credential would help launch my career. I chose the Master of Accounting and Financial Management program at Keller Graduate School of Management of Devry University. The typical pre-req's required of other accountancy programs are built into the MAFM program at Devry. Furthermore, Devry owns the Becker CPA Review, which is required for program completion should a student choose the CPA emphasis option.
I began my first class at Keller last month. Because I already have a master's degree in management from DePaul, I can honestly say that my one class has been challenging. Of course I am only halfway though the course, but it functions no differently from any other school I've been to thus far.
Unfortunately, I did not get onto the Internet and do my research on the school's reputation until a few days ago and after contacting major CPA firms with no reponse to my inquiries as to whether or not this degree with mean much. Since nobody has gotten back to me, I can only believe that the degree is not well-sought, nor is it taken seriously. I honestly feel that it is annoying advertising and ease of program entrance that gives it a bad name.
As much as I feel the education might be great at Keller, I have no choice but to take my money (student loans) elsewhere. I could get a great education for $30k, but I can't bear to go into more debt and have people question me because of a school name. Therefore, I will attend a smaller traditional school, hopefully this summer, to complete my Master's in Accounting.
It is a shame because I think the education could be very good---but I just don't think our society is ready to accept the annoying advertising and lack of standards as a serious university---in spite of accreditation.