Auditing Degree Programs and Courses

Auditors deal with business or personal finances and work for the federal government or in a managerial role at a company. If this career sounds interesting to you, a college education that trains you in the theory and practice of auditing is required. Keep reading for auditing career and degree program information. Schools offering Auditing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Auditors are accountants that calculate and measure the financial information of individuals and businesses. Auditors investigate the accuracy of financial information in relation to public records for businesses or a party's tax returns to the government. An auditor uses his or her skills to clear up any financial discrepancies between parties and invested parties, such as shareholders or the government (in terms of taxes).

Degrees Bachelor's required; master's may be preferred
Courses Federal Taxation of Individuals, Federal Income Tax of Corporations and Partnerships
Training Specialization in quantitative auditing skills (master's level)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

What Professional Prerequisites Are Required?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), auditors require a college degree in accounting (www.bls.gov). Working toward a Master of Science (M.S.) or a Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.) after you received a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in accounting, is also an acceptable educational route. Also according to the BLS, employers may prefer master's degree holders or those with the CPA (Certified Public Accountant) credential (www.bls.gov).

What Undergraduate Courses Might I Take?

When you enroll in an undergraduate program in accounting, you must follow the core curriculum of your academic program. Programs vary in course requirements, but besides courses in auditing, you might need introductory courses. Higher-level courses may typically be required, as well. Here are some undergraduate course topics to consider:

  • Accounting basics
  • Federal tax system
  • Financial analysis
  • Strategic cost management
  • Internal controls for a firm's finances

What Graduate Courses Are Available?

If you decide to enroll in a master's degree program, then your courses may vary, depending on your chosen concentration. A Master of Accountancy program may concentrate on one professional track, such as auditing, but a Master of Science program provides a concentration toward auditing and requires other accounting courses be taken. At the master's degree level, you can expect some of the following course topics:

  • Quantitative skills
  • Advanced knowledge of the U.S. tax system
  • Computer programs used by auditors
  • Business law
  • Financial management
  • Accounting policy
  • International accounting standards

How Long Does it Take to Complete an Auditing Program?

For undergraduate courses in accounting, even with an intensive concentration toward auditing, your academic career would likely last at least four years, and possibly longer, due to the 150-hour requirement in most states. Some master's degree programs take only one year to complete, while others take two years. This time structure covers both a Master of Accountancy or a Master of Science.

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