Frequently asked questions about the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) certification.

  • No. Many CIAs have earned degrees in other business and non-business degree programs.
  • The courses in the IAEP program are aligned with the IIA’s model curriculum focusing on relevant knowledge for both the CIA exam and a successful career in internal audit.  Additionally, the IAEP Certificate informs potential employers that the student has readied themselves for a career in internal audit.
  • Yes, the IIA offeres student memberships at NO cost, and a $40 annual investment provides many benefits, such as reduced costs to professional meetings and discounts at the IIA bookstore. It also includes a subscription to the IA Magazine to keep the student apprised of current issues in the profession. Finally, it alerts potential employers that a student is serious about entering the IA profession.
  • The KSU Master of Accounting program’s Audit/Advisory (MAcc) track is a professional program preparing students for a career as an auditor. The topical coverage of the courses does relate to national exam topics (i.e., CPA and CIA exams), but the graduate program includes many components that will launch the graduate as a leader beyond the staff level.
  • In addition to your accounting major field requirements (ACCT 3300 – Accounting Information Systems and ACCT 4550 – Data Analytics), you should take:

    • ACCT 4152 – Internal Auditing
    • ACCT 4800 – Fraud and Forensic Accounting

    Alternatively, you can enroll in the Audit/Advisory track of the Master of Accounting (MAcc) program at KSU.  You will earn an IAEP certificate upon graduation from the MAcc!