Student Spotlight

Alvaro De La Mora, MAcc, Spring'18 

Alvaro De La Mora will graduate in Spring 2018 with a MAcc degree. He is the recipient of the EY Scholars' scholarship and is currently preparing to sit for his CPA exam while completing his MAcc degree. 

Alvaro De La Mora

Why did you decide to go to graduate school? 

Attending graduate school will allow me to fulfill the educational requirements needed to become a CPA. The MAcc program will also further enhance my knowledge within the accounting profession and prepare me for the CPA exams. 

What was the preparation and application process like? 

The preparation and application process was not hard at all. Attending the MAcc informational was very helpful as I familiarized myself with the program and its requirements. As a student majoring in accounting at the UofA I also qualified and met the requirements for the GMAT waiver. The requirements consist of achieving an overall GPA of 3.2 (or higher) and an upper division accounting GPA of 3.0 (or higher). With that said the online application was simple and easy to fill out. 

What has been the most challenging part of your experience? The most rewarding? 

The most challenging part of my experience would have to be adjusting to the work load. There’s a significant amount of more work that is needed to be done compared to that of the undergraduate courses that I took. Nevertheless, this has also been the first semester that I haven’t worked while going to school which has helped me cope with the transition from an undergraduate to a graduate program. Simply being a student the MAcc program has been the most rewarding aspect for me as I will be the first in my family to graduate with a master’s degree. 

What do you hope to do after you complete the program?

After I complete the program I will be moving to Phoenix, AZ where I will work as an auditor for Ernst & Young. I also plan to finish all four sections of the CPA exam that summer before I start working in the Fall. 

What advice do you have for students looking to pursue the same advanced degree?

For students looking to pursue the same advanced degree I would recommend getting informed about the requirements for the program that they are considering early on. This will help facilitate the transition from an undergraduate to a graduate program. I would also advise students to connect with faculty and staff to learn about potential scholarship and work study opportunities.