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Master's in Accounting
Graduate Students

Graduate students at Hunter College's Master's in Accounting come from a wide array of backgrounds and varied life experience. Our program, and Hunter College in general, has always been proud to empower diverse voices to reach deeper into the social conversation and to become leaders in the intellectual, social and emotional development of their students.

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Muhammad, Accounting

I came here from Bangladesh when I was 18 years old. I had to work five or six nights a week to support myself, plus attend college. Language was the biggest challenge for me, because it’s keeps you alone. But also the culture was different. In Bangladesh, anything and everything that you do, you do with family. Here we think of ourselves first, than everything else. I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing, that’s just my feeling. For example, my mom helped me a lot. Without her, this would not be an easy journey. But maybe if I was raised in America, following the American culture, maybe my parents would not have done what my mom had done for me. Maybe there would be less sharing. Maybe sometimes you wish you had more people with you, or more family members who can support you and see what you're doing now versus what you had 10, 15 years ago. It’s a great feeling to be recognized by people you care about. I want to share my feelings of joy.

Erica, Accounting

Comfort is very important to me. I have an extremely close-knit family that lives very close to each other. One cousin lives next door, another lives around the corner, and more live really close by. Going away to school was not the norm in my family. But there’s an organization by my house that pushed me to get comfortable with the idea of it. It was a big step, but leaving home for my undergraduate was good for me.

The education behind accounting prepares you for life in general—it’s a cornerstone of anyone’s life, or business. In high school I had a job at a cell phone store and got the opportunity to jump in and help out the owner with bookkeeping, bank reconciliations, and other simple accounting tasks. When I took my first accounting classes in undergrad, everything I learned in that experience came full circle. It made me feel very comfortable with accounting – that theme again.

Now I got a job at Ernst & Young as an auditor. I want to learn a lot and earn my stability. I think that one day my career will lead into the non-profit sector, but I'm still far from that. I do want to give back somehow to the non-profit that helped me with my academic work and got me comfortable with the idea of leaving home. I want to be a part of that for someone else.

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