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What is external reporting, control and auditing?

Professionals involved in the external reporting, control and auditing functions use their critical thinking skills to help ensure that accounting information is useful for making good judgments. Those using this accounting information include investors, creditors, regulators (such as the IRS) and many other stakeholders.

Why external reporting, control and auditing?

Accounting information provided to external stakeholders is a vital resource that allows capital market participants to make informed decisions, regulators to obtain needed information and economic resources to be allocated efficiently. Accounting information used in this way can lead to a prosperous society. By choosing this option, you’ll be prepared to contribute to these efforts.

Career paths

An accounting major with a focus on external reporting, control and auditing provides the skills necessary for students to pursue career opportunities in:

  • Auditing
  • Tax consulting
  • Financial advisory services
  • Risk management
  • Governmental and non-for-profit accounting


School of Accounting Collaborative for Excellence (ACE)

ACE supports students enrolled in accounting classes through offering a place to study, get directed help and discuss coursework with others. ACE is staffed with some of the top accounting students, who are eager to share their experiences and knowledge with other students.


Eastin Center for Career Readiness

Through the Eastin Center, OSU supports students’ professional growth from awareness to knowledge acquisition, practice and ultimately successful implementation.

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