Internal Auditing Excellence

Welcome to the University of Texas at Dallas Internal Auditing Education Partnership program! The UT Dallas internal audit program has been endorsed by the Institute of Internal Auditors as a Center for Internal Auditing Excellence, the highest designation of the IIA. UT Dallas is one of only two schools in the United States and five schools worldwide at this level. This endorsement allows the internal audit program to offer valuable internship opportunities, expanded research opportunities, and an advanced curriculum.

The UT Dallas internal audit program is a multidisciplinary program with students from business and non business majors. Students in the program participate in the IIA UT Dallas Student Chapter (IIASC) and have access to numerous career opportunities leading to internal audit and management careers. Internal audit concentrations are available to MBA, MS in Accounting and other graduate degree programs. The UT Dallas internal audit program is available to any UT Dallas graduate student. The IIA Student Chapter is open to all UT Dallas students.

The program receives sponsorship and support from the Dallas IIA Chapter, the North Texas ISACA Chapter and Dallas ACFE Chapter.

Program Description

The Internal Auditing Education Partnership (IAEP) program leverages current accounting and information management courses to build a strong multidisciplinary program in internal audit. The core required course, ACCT 6380 Internal Audit, should be taken early in the program to allow for internships and to obtain maximum benefit from advanced courses. The core course for the program covers key components of the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) exam.

Although the program is offered only at the graduate level, students at the end of their undergraduate program may enroll in the core course. Undergraduate students who are not graduating are highly encouraged to join the IIASC prior to enrolling in the core course.

Students must fulfill the following requirements prior to receiving the IAEP certificate, awarded annually by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA):

  • Participate in the IIASC actively
  • Become a member of the IIA International or other relevant organizations
  • Enroll in ACCT 6380 Internal Audit
  • Complete 9-18 credits of approved electives
  • Sit for the CIA or CISA exam
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Demonstrate adequate communication skills

A program geared toward information systems auditing could include classes in internal audit, information technology risk management, information technology security, analytical reviews using audit software and an internship. Other coursework could be from such disciplines as accounting, management, engineering, sciences, or finance.

Throughout the program’s history, we have developed one of the nation’s premier internal audit programs and curriculum through innovation, technology and listening to the business community. The program has grown rapidly with new courses in audit software, advanced auditing, fraud, ethics, and corporate governance. With the addition of these courses and the strength of the current accounting and MIS programs at UT Dallas, the program offers one of the nation’s most extensive graduate programs in internal audit.

With Sarbanes Oxley and the expanded role of internal audit, a fresh look at the required skills was warranted. With guidance from the UT Dallas Internal Audit Advisory Board, new material and courses have been added to the program. This program is not just a lot of technical courses on internal audit, but blends classroom learning with experience from those teaching along with students working on internal audits.

The program prepares students for internal audit positions through class internships with various organizations and by providing the technical knowledge to pass the CIA or CISA. Student participation and membership in both the IIA and ISACA is highly encouraged to give students volunteer opportunities in internal audit.

Courses in this program are not only for students, but practitioners with varied backgrounds. Many professionals have improved their ability to audit technology with the course in Information Technology Risk Management, which is geared to the non-IT audit individual.

Mark Salamasick
Director, Center for Internal Audit

(972) 883-4729
Office – JSOM 4.218