Center for 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 six schools in the United States and 10 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 nonbusiness majors. Students in the program participate in the UT IIA 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 and risk management. 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 electives as approved by the center director
  • Sit for the CIA or CISA exam
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Demonstrate effective 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 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 blends classroom learning with experience from those teaching along with students working on internal audits.

Courses in this program are not only for students, but practitioners with varied backgrounds.

Joseph Mauriello Director, Center for Internal Auditing Excellence
Chris Linsteadt Associate Director, Center for Internal Auditing Excellence

This program offers a lot of flexibility although the most traditional path is an MS in Accounting with an internal audit concentration. However, the program does accept all other master’s degrees.

Students from the schools of Arts and Humanities, Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication; Behavioral and Brain Sciences; Engineering and Computer Science; Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, Interdisciplinary Studies; and Natural Science and Mathematics who have a strong desire to learn internal audit’s analytical skills and combine them with expertise from the program they are working on are well-suited for a variety of positions in large organizations. These students have a strong appeal in the business community and can make an immediate contribution to the internal audit groups of large companies, nonprofits and government agencies. This program allows the flexibility to meet the individual academic requirements of the students. Students from these areas should speak with the center director if they wish to complete the IAEP program.

Key Points

  • 9 to 15 credits requirement
  • Core internal audit course
  • Emphasis on certifications
  • Student chapter involvement
  • Integrated approach

Key Features

  • Business involvement
  • Innovation
  • Technology
Courses (Refer to UT Dallas catalog for course description)
Course Applicable Certificate
ACCT 6380 – Internal Audit CIA, CPA, CISA
ACCT 6334 – Auditing CIA, CPA, CISA
ACCT 6335 – Ethics for Professional Accountants CIA, CPA
ACCT 6336 – Information Technology Audit and Risk Management CIA, CISA, CPA
ACCT 6377 – Corporate Governance CIA, CPA, CISA
ACCT 6382 – Advanced Internal Auditing CIA, CPA, CISA
ACCT 6383 – Fraud Examination CIA, CFE, CISA, CPA
ACCT 6384 – Analytical Reviews Using Audit Software CIA, CISA, CPA
ACCT 6386 – Governance, Risk Management and Compliance CIA, CPA, CISA
ACCT Various – Internal Audit Internship CIA

To learn more about any of the IAEP courses or information about the Internal Auditing Education Partnership program, contact Joseph Mauriello at (972) 883-4729. Students must be enrolled in a graduate program at UT Dallas and to complete the program, students must have 9 to 15 semester credit hours of applicable internal audit related course work.

Corporate Advisory Board Members

  • Alyssa Martin – Weaver
  • Chris Mitchell – Crowe Horwath LLP
  • Chris Mowery – Eagle Materials
  • Greg Streder – USAA
  • Ian Mutswari – Trinity Industries
  • Jeff Hemphill – BDO
  • Joshua Kettler – RSM
  • Julie Pence – Vizient
  • Katherine Findlay – Southwest Airlines
  • Kris Lonborg – Ernst & Young
  • Stephen Frimpong – Kimberly-Clark
  • Stephen Shelton – Mr. Cooper
  • Steve Shepherd – Fort Worth ISD
  • Toni Stephens – UT Dallas
  • Valla Wilson – UT Southwestern

Faculty Advisors

  • Tiffany Bortz – The University of Texas at Dallas
  • Dana Bracy – The University of Texas at Dallas
  • Jeff Kromer – The University of Texas at Dallas
  • Chris Linsteadt – The University of Texas at Dallas
  • Joseph Mauriello – The University of Texas at Dallas (Program Director)
  • Mark Salamasick – Advisor, Consultant, Speaker, Author (Past Program Director)

The Advisory Board meets annually and provides ongoing sponsorship and counsel to the program.


The following organizations sponsor the UT Dallas Center for Internal Auditing Excellence:

Contact Director Joseph Mauriello at (972) 883-4729 for sponsorship opportunities

The need for top-performing internal auditors has never been greater. Highly trained professionals are in demand across all industries and throughout the public sector. Recognizing this need, and with seed money from the Dallas chapter of The Institute of Internal Auditors, the UT Dallas Center for Internal Auditing Excellence established an endowment to support student scholarships, seminars and conferences, research and educational programs.

The UT Dallas internal auditing program is recognized by the Institute of Internal Auditors as one of only five university programs in the U.S. and eight in the world as a Center for Internal Auditing Excellence. The program's graduates, considered among the best in the field, are sought by internationally renowned corporations and organizations.

If you would like to discuss the endowment and the benefits to you or your organization, please contact Joseph Mauriello or call (972) 883-4729. The levels of support and benefits are listed below. Checks should be made to UT Dallas Center for Internal Auditing Excellence Endowment and mailed to:

Corey Troxell, Director of Development
The University of Texas at Dallas
Office of Development and Alumni Relations
800 W. Campbell Road, SPN 10
Richardson, TX 75080

Please make a donation online to support this outstanding professional and education endeavor.

Individual Contribution Levels
Level Description
Friend ($1 – $499) Donor pin, recognition in School of Management Magazine, which has a distribution of 28,000 among UT Dallas alumni, friends and supporters.
Supporter ($500 – $999) The above benefits, plus a year-end appreciation item.
Partner ($1,000+) The above benefits, plus attendance at a UT Dallas School of Management IIA student chapter recruiting reception and recognition on the UT Dallas Center for Internal Auditing Excellence website.
Corporate Contribution Levels
Level Description
Associate ($1,000 – $4,999) Name on School of Management donor plaque and recognition in School of Management Magazine.
Contributing Supporter ($5,000 – $14,999) The above benefits, plus preference at events for student recruitment and corporate recognition on UT Dallas Center for Internal Auditing Excellence website.
Founding Partner ($15,000+) The above benefits, plus a seat on the UT Dallas Center of Internal Audit Excellence advisory board and recognition at the annual Fraud Summit.

Click here to get the List of Current Donors

The internal audit program at UTD has developed a long list of scholarships that have been made possible by sponsors from the Annual Fraud Summit and the largest endowment for an internal audit program worldwide. These scholarships were specifically established to recognize high performing students planning to enter the fields of internal audit, IT audit and forensic accounting. The standards for the scholarship have been established with the guidance of the Center for Internal Auditing Advisory Board and recognize those who have been actively pursuing careers in internal audit. Students must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident to be eligible for the scholarships.

Download Scholarship Application

About the Fraud Summit

The Fraud Summit, put on annually by the Jindal School’s Center for Internal Auditing Excellence, gathers professionals interested in the latest trends in fraud schemes and fraud prevention.

The two-day summit also offers continuing professional education through workshops and a general conference. The workshops offer 8 hours of CPE credit each, and the conference offers another 8 hours of CPE credit.

Fraud Summit Transitions to Virtual Environment for 2020 and 2021

The Center for Internal Auditing Excellence again host its annual premier event, the Fraud Summit, virtually this year because of the global pandemic.

Elin Kunz
Elin Kunz

The 16th Annual Fraud Summit, to be held March 25 and 26, will highlight the theme of whistleblowing and feature Elin Kunz, a former compliance officer at Halifax Health Systems who helped put a stop to $86 million in Medicare fraud at the Florida-based company.

Twenty years into a career at Halifax Health, Kunz was director of Physician Services when she uncovered questionable physician compensation and unnecessary surgeries. She filed a lawsuit on behalf of the government under the federal False Claims Act and was later joined in the successful lawsuit by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Dave Lieber
Dave Lieber

In addition to Kunz, the conference will include a keynote session from Dave Lieber, “The Watchdog” columnist for The Dallas Morning News. A consumer advocate and investigative reporter, Lieber scored first place in the 2019 National Society of Newspaper Columnists judging.

Lieber’s website says: “He fights for Americans and shows them how to save time, money and aggravation. He works to expose corruption and make positive change.”

Also on the Agenda

As usual, the Fraud Summit offers continuing professional education credits to attendees, up to 8 hours for workshops in advance of the conference and 8 hours for the conference itself.

Tom Mueller
Tom Mueller

Other top speakers slated to appear include:

  • Steve Dawson, a Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Public Accountant, whose company, the Dawson Forensic Group, has worked with the FBI, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and other federal and state agencies.
  • Rick Roybal, a Certified Fraud Examiner experienced in the oil and gas industry and an expert in vendor due diligence.
  • Justus Ekeigwe, a Certified Information Systems Auditor and Certified Information Security Manager who oversees technology risk management at Charles Schwab.

The 15th Annual Fraud Summit, held virtually last summer, focused on the plight of whistleblowers in the age of fraud. Keynote speakers included journalist Tom Mueller, author of Crisis of Conscience: Whistleblowing in an Age of Fraud (New York: Riverhead Books, 2019). Mueller explored “the nature of the whistleblowing act” and profiled insiders who have exposed fraud in America’s public and private institutions.

Offering a Conference Experience

Joseph Mauriello
Joseph Mauriello

Joseph Mauriello, Center for Internal Auditing Excellence director, has sought to replicate the conference environment in the virtual space. “We wanted our conference attendees to not only benefit from the outstanding content that we offer at our event,” he said, “but to also share in the conference experience of interacting with each other and our sponsoring firms.

To that end, the summit last year incorporated — and will do so again this year — virtual sponsor booths and video capabilities so that sponsors, speakers and attendees can interact.

Chris Linsteadt
Chris Linsteadt

These quick adaptations drew widespread praise from the audience of over 1,000 internal auditors and fraud examiner who attended last summer, Chris Linsteadt, associate director of the Center for Internal Auditing Excellence, said.

Linsteadt created the unofficial motto for planning the 2020 and 2021 summits: Adapt and overcome.

Academically, the Center for Internal Auditing Excellence oversees the Jindal School’s Internal Auditing Education Partnership, which offers students a strong program in internal audit and risk management through accounting and information management courses.

The center puts on the Annual Fraud Summit in conjunction with the Dallas Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors, and proceeds benefit center students.

“The 16th Annual Fraud Summit will be a showcase for understanding the importance of transparency in matters of whistleblowing and fraud as it pertains to good governance,” Mauriello said.

For information on attending the summit, please contact