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US accounting degree looking into CA, CMA, or CGA?

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Hello Everyone,

I am curious as to which designation would be more desirable for me given my situation:

Due to hockey commitments, I did not begin my university studies until the age of 21. At that time, I earned a scholarship to a university in the United States and graduated Magna Cum Laude B.S. degree with an accounting major at the age of 25, earning some fairly respectable grades. After graduation, I moved back to Alberta and had the opportunity to partner in a small business and decided to take it. As a business owner, none of my focus was concentrated on accounting.

I am now currently 27 years old (been out of school and accounting nearly 3 years) and am interested in pursuing some sort of designation. I still have a fond interest in accounting and wondering if a certain designation may be better than another. Please keep in mind that I am recently married and purchased a house within the past year, so I have expenses to consider as compared to most new graduates. I also live in a small town (pop. 8,000 roughly) and have no desire of moving to the big cities (Calgary or Edmonton) to pursue my accounting career unless there was a huge fiscal benefit. I would love to live and work in my hometown. I understand that to pursue a designation, my business will have to take a back seat which is fine as I am willing to be bought out or step down to just being a shareholder if need be. I am ready to pursue a career in accounting.

I took accounting in university because I enjoyed it and would hate to see my degree not utilized to its full potential. I also heard that if I do not pursue a designation with 10 years of graduating, my accounting degree may not have as much value as it currently does. I am also concerned that my American accounting degree may not fully transfer and I will end up having to take a few more extra classes as compared to a Canadian accounting degree graduate.

Right now, I am leaning towards CGA given my situation but I may be way out to lunch!

Any and all input would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks.
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I think you will be better off posting that in other forums. Studentawards is populated by high school students and are unlikely to be able to answer your questions.
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@AZK wrote
I think you will be better off posting that in other forums. Studentawards is populated by high school students and are unlikely to be able to answer your questions.


+ 1

Your situation is more complicated than the usual questions most ask and answer here ("Please chance me", "What does fully-accredited mean", "Can you get a CA and CFA" etc.)

College Confidential may be good to try?

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The only thing I can think of is that a CGA designation would probably be the easiest for you to get- versus the others that are a little more stringent and time-consuming.

Good luck, and congratulations on your success thus far :cheers:
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