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.
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.