Advice to Students
"I highly encourage anyone who is interested in pursuing a MAcc degree to attend W&M. I am where I am today because of the school, and I am proud to be a part of such a prestigious network of successful individuals who look to give back to the students and help them grow both as people and professionals."
From Miller Hall to Madison Ave
Stephen Coyne '15 spends his days in a towering, New York City skyscraper on Madison Avenue. It is near Grand Central Terminal and the Empire State Building – but far from his college days spent at William & Mary's Raymond A. Mason School of Business in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Working for the U.S. headquarters of Big Four accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Stephen is part of the Capital Markets and Accounting Advisory Services (CMAAS) division. The practice advises corporate and private equity clients on a wide array of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, IPOs, debt offerings, bankruptcies, and other transformational events. His work provides him with the opportunity to travel around the world and meet interesting and diverse people from different backgrounds.
It's an exciting job. And exactly what Stephen was hoping to land when he decided to enroll in the Mason School's Master of Accounting (MAcc) program.
"I chose the Mason School because the reputation that the name William & Mary carries is highly respected in all lines of business," he said.
Academics & Faculty - Instruments of Success
As an undergrad at Ohio Wesleyan University, Coyne studied accounting and management. "It prepared me for success in the MAcc program because it provided me with a great foundation that I could build on while expanding my knowledge of accounting and finance," he said.
"The combination of the course material and the professors made it an enjoyable learning experience."
Those professors, he said, were instrumental to his success in the program – and his career. Consistently ranked as some of the best in the world, "the faculty at William and Mary are top tier," said Coyne, adding that he appreciated their ability to “make things interesting,” and not just “teach out of the book.”
"Whether they had experience with a Big Four firm, Wall Street, or academia – each professor brought something extra to the table."
He added: "I believe that my professors contributed to my success in their own way and I am very thankful for all that they have done for me."
Paying It Forward
A native of Long Island, he is excited to be back in New York and working in the heart of the city. He says he owes the accomplishment to the time spent at the Mason School. "Sure, I had to interview and build my network," he said. "But William & Mary enabled me to meet the right people and pursue the opportunities that interested me."
While his days in Williamsburg are behind him, he does look forward to giving back to the college and the W&M community.
“The alumni are very engaged and eager to help students, whether it be for a job opportunity or just simply offering their time and expertise,” he said. “It is clear that when you graduate from William & Mary you are joining an elite network of successful individuals who truly care about giving back however they can.”
"I am very confident that I would not be in the position that I am today had I not gone to William & Mary," he added. "I want to pay it forward and share that success."