Frequently asked questions about the CIA
Do I have to be an accounting major to become a CIA?No. Many CIAs have earned degrees in other business and non-business degree programs.
What is the advantage of earning the IAEP Certificate?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.
Should I become a student member of the IIA?Yes, the $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.
Why should I complete the KSU MAcc if it is not necessary for certification?The Master of Accounting program’s Audit/Advisory 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.
What KSU courses should I take to earn an Internal Audit Educational Partnership (IAEP) certificate?
In addition to your major field accounting requirements (ACCT 3300 – Accounting Information Systems and ACCT 4550 – Data Analytics), you should take ACCT 4152 – Internal Auditing and 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.