Analise Counts

The University of Southern Mississippi has an exceptional and challenging MPA program. This program fully prepares its students for a career in accountancy as well as for the CPA exam. The instructors are knowledgeable, personable and readily available; and because of their guidance, I am now employed as an audit associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York City.

I began the MPA program under the assumption that I was to begin working with another firm as soon as my MPA degree was completed. Because of economic reasons, I was let go from the firm halfway through my first semester of graduate school. A few days later, though, Dr. Skip Hughes contacted me. He informed me a new MPA coordinator, Dr. Michael Dugan, was coming to Southern Miss in the fall of 2010, and he wanted to help me find new employment as soon as possible. Dr. Dugan sent my resume` out to his big four contacts, and PricewaterhouseCoopers soon responded with interest in employing me in several of their East Coast offices. I jumped at the chance to work for the firm in New York City. From then on, Dr. Dugan began calling and preparing me for phone interviews and office visits. After an actual phone interview, a lunch interview and an office visit, I was given the extraordinary opportunity of employment with the firm. I credit my employment and success to Dr. Dugan, Dr. Hughes and all of the School of Accountancy professors who instructed me and supported me when I was faced with an unfortunate situation.

Analise Counts
PricewaterhouseCoopers
New York City