Just as leveraging financial data can create unlimited opportunities for today’s businesses, selecting a career path in Audit can open up a world of possibilities for your career. Knowing how to carry out strategic stress tests on a sea of accounting data—and build strategic client relationships that endure year over year—is one of the most sought-after skills in accounting.
In the Audit Concentration, we will help you prepare for a career where you will see the inner workings of a wide range of clients. You will need to understand not only what the company does, but also how they operate and why they made the strategic decisions that they made. You will need to provide opinions on whether financial statements are true and fair.
You will take courses designed to prepare you to be a professional in the audit and assurance industry. You will gain extensive exposure to ethics, auditing research, forensic accounting, and a detailed understanding of the industry environment.
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The Audit Concentration is ideal for the individual whose strengths include analysis and logical reasoning, as this career will including evaluation of financial records, information management systems, and existing procedures. You might consider this career path if you work well on a team and collaboratively, as communication and interpersonal skills are important in explaining findings and making recommendations to clients. For this reason, an audit professional is ideally outgoing and interactive by nature, as you will collaborate with variety of employees, managers, directors, and external parties to examine organizational information and provide feedback and suggestions on best practices.
To earn an MS in Accounting with a concentration in Audit, you must complete the MS in Accounting core curriculum and fifteen additional credits of concentration-specific coursework.
Required Audit Concentration Courses
Requires students to research and analyze auditing issues by using quantitative and/or qualitative research methods. Offers students an opportunity to learn how to more effectively communicate those findings in a professional format.
ACCT 6254 | 3 credits
Intended for students with a prior course in assurance services and/or auditing. Focuses on the coverage of current significant issues in the assurance services and big data environment. Topics include the impact of technology on the audit process, client risk assessment and statistical data analysis, other assurance services and nonattestation engagements, and the use of complex decision aids. Emphasis is also on contemporary ethical and legal issues confronting the public accounting profession. Offer students the opportunity to think critically about a number of significant issues facing the auditing profession and also introduces impact of big data, the audit judgment, and decision-making process through the completion of a variety of audit cases.
ACCT 6205 | 3 credits
Deals with issues related to corporate governance and audit committee mechanisms in preventing financial reporting disasters and in providing high-quality financial reports to global capital markets. Emphasizes the role of the board of directors and its committees, management, shareholders, external auditors, and internal auditors in developing sound ethical practices and a good corporate governance culture. Examines efforts by legislative and regulatory bodies and the accounting profession in improving financial reporting transparency and auditor independence.
ACCT 6217 | 3 credits
Elective Audit Concentration Courses
Offers an overview of occupational fraud and the methodology of fraud examination (i.e., obtaining documentary evidence, interviewing witnesses and potential suspects, writing investigative reports, testifying to findings, and forensic document examination). Offers students an opportunity to learn how to detect the most common types of occupational fraud, determining how each type of fraud is committed, and implementing prevention strategies. Students who do not meet course prerequisites or restrictions may seek permission of instructor.
ACCT 5255 | 3 credits
Offers an overview of the internal audit function and explores the duties and responsibilities of the internal auditor. Offers students an opportunity to learn about the planning and organizing of an internal audit department and its coordination with an outside auditor as well as to learn to analyze how the design of an internal control auditing process can reduce risk exposure and enhance internal controls. Students who do not meet course prerequisites or restrictions may seek permission of instructor.
ACCT 5256 | 3 credits
The curriculum is subject to change by D’Amore-McKim faculty. Please monitor for updates.