Your Career Path in Audit and Assurance

A rewarding career in business.

Learn the "language of business" and get a front row seat to the inner workings of complex organizations in a variety of industries. Expect unlimited opportunities to grow professionally and take your career where you want it to go.  

What is audit and assurance exactly? It’s the science (and art) of providing expert and independent assessments that support smart business decisions.

As an audit associate, you will assist in performing audits for a variety of clients. Most audits handled by large public accounting firms are extended engagements in which a team of associates takes a deep dive into the finances and processes of an organization. You will work in a top global firm with access to experts on every topic imaginable and a closely knit team of peers. Your job is to “follow the money.” Where does it come from? Where does it go? How is it allocated? What processes are used to ensure the accuracy and veracity of these transactions? The goal of an audit is to assure investors, regulators, bankers and others that a company’s balance sheet, cash flows and profit and loss statements deliver a reasonable depiction of its financial health.

Public accounting is a people business, where teamwork is central to success. The culture is one of collaboration, mentoring and professional growth. You'll have the chance to work with people of many backgrounds and views, and your role will be one that can have real impact. Your career path can lead to a spot as a firm partner, as an executive or CEO in the corporate sector, as a consultant or as an entrepreneur.

Assurance Career Path Services  

This challenging career path exposes you to a wide variety of businesses (from startups to global corporations) in a range of industries and offers almost limitless opportunities for growth. The Vanderbilt MAcc degree will prepare you to successfully launch into this field and build a valuable global network for support and advancement over the life of your career—whether you choose to stay in public accounting or branch into other areas of business.

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 will help you prepare for internship interviews and we will facilitate several firm-hosted interactions and school-sponsored events so you can learn more about your fit in this dynamic and rewarding profession.

What do you need in the way of support? We know and are ready to provide it!

  • 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 Becker CPA review course administration, exam scheduling and licensure eligibility
  • Facilitated alumni engagement

Turn to the Vanderbilt MAcc team for everything you need to prepare for and excel in this exciting career! For more information about our partner firms, click here.