Valuation Career Path

Throughout time, the profession of accountancy has evolved to meet the needs of the public. Accounting standards now consider fair value, litigation often involves the value of intellectual property and intangible assets, the estate tax is in force and some 60 percent of billings in public accounting valuation practices today deal with aspects of financial reporting and corporate disclosure. These types of realities in the current business environment have made a career in public accounting’s valuation services line attractive—and exciting. Far from backroom analysts, today’s valuation professionals are often on the cutting edge of significant corporate transactions, and their analytical aptitude must be paired with interpersonal and communication skills that are paramount in client-facing roles.

Create your own future.

Vanderbilt’s MAcc Valuation program prepares professionals like no other for this exhilarating career at the intersection of accounting and finance. The world’s leading professional services firms are actively seeking to hire intellectually skilled and interpersonally savvy recent graduates into entry-level professional positions. The Vanderbilt MAcc Valuation program prepares students from a diverse mix of quantitative-based educational disciplines with the accountancy and finance acumen essential to valuation services.

Vanderbilt’s curriculum, professional development, career support and unparalleled access to a paid internship with one of our partner firms — Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC—will prepare you with the entry-level knowledge and skills needed to be successful, such as conducting industry research, deriving discount rates and identifying comparable companies/transactions. As you build upon your knowledge and experience with a partner firm’s sources of data, methodologies and tools, you’ll have opportunities to observe and learn from client interactions, including providing support to the firm’s audit/assurance service line. Valuation associates tackle tasks such as financial statement analyses; due diligence on specific economic, industry and client company issues; and documentation that supports the firm’s audit teams as well as its clients—where you will provide reports, models or workpapers. Throughout the first five years of your career you will progress to conducting your own analyses and eventually to manager where you will oversee and manage valuation projects.

To learn more about a career in Valuation services, including sample projects and more, click here.

MAcc Val Career Path Chart

Career Support

We consider your success fundamental to our program’s success. That’s why the Vanderbilt MAcc program provides you with personalized career consultation and preparation. We’ll help you prepare for interviews for internship placement and will facilitate several firm-hosted interactions and school-sponsored events so you can learn more about your fit in this dynamic and rewarding profession.

Throughout the program we offer the following support:
  • Successful placement practices and partner firm involvement
  • Candid critique of your resume
  • Effective strategies for networking and corresponding with partner firms
  • Individualized interview preparation and mock interviews
  • Seamless scheduling for interviews with partner firms
  • Unified process for Schweser CFA and Becker CPA review course administration, exam scheduling and licensure eligibility
  • Facilitated alumni engagement
If we don’t already cover it, at any time during the program you can turn to the Vanderbilt MAcc team for answers to any questions you may have. Then get ready for an exciting career!