So last week was a busy week for many of the WPMBA‘s; well, those of us who had the fun experience of two midterms back to back last Tuesday. I for one was not a fan of two midterms on the same night. It made for a long weekend of studying. And then came scheduling. A post several weeks ago, I was very excited about the opportunity for scheduling for fall semester. For the past year, we’ve basically been told “The switch is coming, you must take these classes.” Which was simple enough. But now, with the majority of my core classes out of the way, picking electives was exciting idea to start. Well, scheduling for electives can be a daunting task. There are several options. Some may can pick classes by days of the week, others by interests, workload, group projects, professors and so much more. I’ve scheduled for autumn semester but I’m not positive about the classes yet; there’s still time.
So here’s my task for anybody in the WPMBA program that happens to read my blog. What elective classes did you like/dislike? What would you recommend to those of us choosing electives for the first time? Those who have taken the classes first hand are great resources!
It is week four of the quarter and the semester conversion is right around the corner! I cannot believe it is almost time to register for another set of classes! When your registration appointment opens, you will be able to register for both Summer Term and Autumn Semester. I’m excited about registering this time around because of the ability to schedule whatever classes I choose. Since I began the program last June, we have been on a pretty strict schedule with the conversion looming. To best align with the switch, we had a specific set of core classes to take each quarter. After this quarter, I’ll only have two core classes left which will be offered in next Spring Semester. So that means a wide variety of electives available to fit my schedule, work experience, and interests.
From my experience as an undergrad at OSU, here’s a few pointers when scheduling for electives. Before your appointment opens, take a look on BuckeyeLink of the different class options that are available. Some electives only have open seats of 20-30 people so it’s good to have an idea on what classes you want to take and some backup options. Read the course descriptions and ask fellow classmates if they have any recommendations on classes or professors. Also, check out some of the graduate opportunities outside of Fisher as well. You can request to take a free elective outside of the Fisher College if it aligns with the MBA program.
In an earlier post, I talked about how awesome it is that being in the Fisher MAcc program allows you to take a multitude of courses, both in and out of the accounting department. As a MAcc student, you can enroll in finance, HR, operations, and even math classes if you really wanted to! During my last quarter, I really wanted to take advantage of this and selected an operations class to take. However, when I attempted to enroll in it, I received the dreaded “Could Not Add Class – Prerequisites Not Met” error message…
I emailed my adviser to let her know my dilemma. Luckily for me, she assured me this was by no means a rare occurrence, and that I should simply email the professor teaching the course and ask for permission to be enrolled. As long as he gave me the okay, I could be added to the class!
I emailed the professor, explaining the situation and asking for permission to enroll in the course. I included some background information in the email as well, which I would recommend doing if you find yourself in this situation. What kind of background information did I include?
Why you are interested in the course – Thoroughly read the course description, then explain exactly why you want to take the course. Maybe its directly related to the field in which you hope to work, or maybe its a topic you know you’ll never get to experience in the real world but find incredibly fascinating. Be honest!
Look at the prerequisites in detail – Once I realized I hadn’t taken MBA 850, the prerequisite for this course, the first thing I did was go look at the course description for MBA 850. As I read, I realized it sounded fairly similar to a course I had taken in my undergraduate days. When I emailed the professor, I told him about the course I had taken in undergrad, so he could use that to evaluate whether or not I would be prepared for his course.
I was extremely excited when I got an email back from the professor, letting me know he’d be glad to give me permission to enter his class.
SO – as a MAcc student, you truly do have every opportunity to take the courses you really want to take. Sometimes, you have to work a little bit harder to get into those classes, but that makes it more fun. This really is a case of ask and you shall receive!
So far, I have only one complaint with Fisher and the MAcc Program: There are far too many interesting classes that I want to take, and I know I won’t have time to take them all!
One of the best things about the MAcc program is the flexibility it gives you. You need 23 credit hours in accounting (which is about 50% of the total degree credit hours minimum), but after that you can take classes in any discipline you want … finance, management, HR, logistics, marketing, economics, and if you really want to, even math. Out of the 45 total required hours, that’s a lot of freedom and flexibility!
You can probably guess that I love accounting, since I’m in the MAcc program and all. I mentioned deciding on classes is tough because of how many disciplines you can take, but its also tough because there are so many fantastic accounting classes offered! Luckily, the GPO (Graduate Programs Office) hosted the MAcc Winter Quarter Electives Session for us. Any interested MAcc student was able to meet for pizza during our lunch break and listen to a few of the professors that are teaching classes next quarter talk about their class. It really helped me get a feel for which courses I would find most interesting, and gave me a chance to meet my future professors before sitting in on their class.
In the end, I was able to pick some classes. I’ll be taking a few accounting classes, but will also take a course on Entrepreneurial Finance. It sounds really interesting, and the GPO was actually able to put me in contact with a student that took the course last year. This allowed me to ask any questions I had, and I was able to make sure that the course will have everything I want in it!