Bank examiners work for state banking departments, the Federal Reserve or the U.S. National Treasury. Employment requires a strong background in finance or accounting, as well as knowledge of banking law, asset management and bank information technology.
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10 Schools with Bank Examiner Programs
The below schools offer finance degrees, necessary for aspiring bank examiners to develop the appropriate background:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees, Undergraduate (2015-2016)*|
|Arizona State University||Tempe, AZ||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate||In-state: $10,158 Out-of-state: $25,458|
|Miami Dade College||Miami, FL||4-year, Public||Associate's, Bachelor's||In-state: $2,834 Out-of-state: $9,661|
|Ohio State University-Main Campus||Columbus, OH||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate||In-state: $10,037 Out-of-state: $27,365|
|University of Florida||Gainesville, FL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||In-state: $6,381 Out-of-state: $28,659|
|University of Minnesota-Twin Cities||Minneapolis, MN||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate||In-state: $13,790 Out-of-state: $22,210|
|University of Central Florida||Orlando, FL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||In-state: $6,368 Out-of-state: $22,467|
|The University of Texas at Austin||Austin, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate||In-state: $9,806 Out-of-state: $34,676|
|Texas A & M University||College Station, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate||In-state: $10,176 Out-of-state: $28,768|
|Michigan State University||East Lansing, MI||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate||In-state: $13,560 Out-of-state: $36,360|
|University of South Florida||Tampa, FL||4-year, Public||Certificate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate||In-state: $6,410 Out-of-state: $17,324|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Consider the following when looking for bank examiner schools:
- Prospective students should look for a school that provides internship opportunities with a state banking department or regulatory organization.
- Prospective students should research a school's reputation and its faculty, as these enable better placement opportunities.
- Inquire also about a school's ability to prepare for the numerous certifications possible in this field such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA) status, which is another career advantage for bank examiners.
- Students should research a school's place within published school rankings.
Due to the nature of the field, bank examiners usually have a background in finance. Several schools offer degrees in finance at the bachelor's, master's, and doctorate levels, as well as various certifications.