Assurance Services Track

What you’ll learn:

About 65% of our students will track in Audit. In this track you’ll gain exposure to leading Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) tools and techniques and related key business risks with a special emphasis on privacy, cybersecurity, IT and operational risk assessments as well as mitigating controls and operational enhancement. You’ll study topics such as fraudulent financial reporting and asset theft schemes; investigative tools such as social networking and public record searches. You’ll learn about inquiry methods such as interviewing techniques; industry-specific fraud risks within healthcare, retail banking, construction, insurance and related mitigating controls. Students will also review cases from leading industry organizations such as EY, KPMG, PwC, and Deloitte. You’ll also learn how to navigate the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Codification and be able to create research-based memos on important financial accounting standards for senior leadership within your organization.

Who you’ll learn from:

Dr. Doug Beets
Professor
336-758-5027 | email

“Dr. Beets earned his bachelor of science in accounting from the University of Tennessee and his masters and doctorate degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Professor Beets has been published in the Journal of Academic Ethics,the Journal of Business Ethics, the Journal of Global Ethics, and the Business & Society Review. He currently teaches the Introduction to Auditing course at Wake Forest University School of Business.”

John Butler
Visiting Professor of the Practice
336-758-8027 | email

“Professor Butler is a professor of practice at Wake Forest University School of Business and is currently a partner of Crosland Southeast, a real estate developer. Professor Butler teaches Enterprise Risk Management in the MS of Accountancy program. He earned his undergraduate degree in Accounting & Finance at the University of Notre Dame and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. He has served as the Chief Financial Officer for Valor Telecom, Clearwire, and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Housing Partnership. Professor Butler also served as the CEO & President of Digitalbridge Communications.”

George Aldhizer
Associate Professor of Accountancy
336-758-5778 | email

“Dr. Aldhizer is an Associate Professor of Accounting at Wake Forest University School of Business. Professor Aldhizer earned his undergraduate degree in Accounting from the University of Richmond and then went on to earn his PhD. in Research Methods/Accounting from Texas Tech University. He has been published in the CPA Journal, the New York State Society of CPAs, the Journal of Government Financial Management, and the Journal of Information Systems. Dr. Aldhizer teaches Forensic Accounting, Advanced Audit, and Accounting Research & Communication. “

The best things about Audit:

  • You’ll most likely get to travel to see your clients
  • It’s a great way to understand financial accounting which opens many other career opportunities
  • Job security – As long as publicly traded companies are regulated, audit will continue to be in high demand

How you’ll learn:

Although there is some lecture in class, typically the class will be working problems or exercises on Excel together in small groups. This encourages interaction and group learning as well as creativity.

Synchronous class

We will solve problems together in class, review current events in accounting, and complete quizzes on the material.

Asynchronous Materials

Class materials will be available online for asynchronous work and study.