can a MS in Accountancy help?

Hi all:
Currently I am in the US but am not an US citizen.
I have a bachelor degree in Business Administration (major: international trade) from my home country. I don't have any working
experience in accountacy. However I will have a Master of Accounting from a middle-ranking school in the US, with pretty good GPA (3.8/4.0).
Can you please tell me without CPA, without bachelor of accounting, and any working experience in accounting, after I get that Master degree, if I will have any chance to get an accounting job in the US?
Additionally, in the view point of an employer, which applicant do you want to choose: one has a MS in Accountancy with good GPA or one has CPA and undergrad in Accountancy/
Finally, can you tell me how much is the average salary of an entry level accountant?
Thank you very much.
LiLY
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Sure. How little are you willing to work for?
Seriously. If you're looking for the mid six figure income straight out of the masters program - fuggetaboutit.
Be thinking something, not too far above entry level for starters. But do expect to climb faster than the average tech school grad. You most likely will have to get that experience, then jump ship to job B to get the bigger promotions and pay increases.

I look for someone who can help my business, which means someone with skills that benefit the client.

Depends on the area of the country. Down here, $60 - $80 isn't too low for entry level.
If I were you, you have language skills, maybe, that we southerners don't have, that a final four firm (or very large regional firm) might see value in. I'd be looking there.
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Paul A. Thomas, CPA
Athens, Georgia
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