Internal Audit and Risk Management Track

Photo of graduate students Kelly Amos and Kathryn Crawford, Master of Science Accounting 2012.

Critical thinking counts.

Compliance and risk mitigation are hot topics in government and business, especially in fast-growing industries such as technology, health care and finance.

Internal auditors often advance through the ranks of lead internal audit and chief audit executive, and have the critical-thinking and analytical skills necessary for other C-suite positions.

Are you ready for the next step in your accounting career?

  • Take courses in advanced auditing, fraud examination, forensic investigation, data analytics and information technology audit.
  • Join a CPA firm’s internal audit/risk assurance practice, providing consulting services to corporate clients in organizational effectiveness and risk management, using your study of internal audit, fraud investigation and data analytics.
  • Advance to the internal audit department of a major corporation, assessing organization risks and providing recommendations to manage that risk, building on your internal audit and IT audit coursework.
  • Expand on your initial internal audit experience and join the IT and information systems department or other operational units within a company.
  • Investigate fraud and other economic crimes with a government agency, such as the FBI, leveraging your skills developed in fraud investigation, data analytics, IT audit and digital forensic coursework.



MGA 621LEC Data Analytics for Accountants

An in-depth study of data related to key business process risks and internal controls, financial statement analysis, and tax analysis. Critical thinking skills are enhanced by applying accounting concepts and knowledge learned in other courses to data sets. Effective communication of the data analysis results to management is included. Experience using Microsoft Excel, Computer Assisted Audit Tools (CAAT's), and web based business intelligence software is provided.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018

MGA 617SEM Advanced Topics in Management Accounting and Control

Applications-based analysis of current management accounting topics, including revenue management, activity-based management, value chain analysis, capacity management, target costing, benchmarking, and the balanced scorecard. Emphasis is on case analyses and data analytics demonstrating the role of management accounting information in actual business decisions. A service learning project involving a community based nonprofit entity will be completed.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018


MGA 618SEM Current Issues in Financial Reporting

The objective of this course is to develop skills in solving current financial accounting problems when accounting standards are vague or nonexistent. A particular emphasis is placed on case analysis. To achieve the course objective, students will: (1) enhance research skills through the use of professional accounting literature; (2) develop analytical and critical thinking skills through analyzing accounting cases and arriving at defensible solutions; (3) improve oral and written communication skills through presenting research conclusions in a professional manner.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018

Track Courses:

MGA 641LEC Advanced Topics in Internal Audit

Advanced topics in internal auditing is a course that helps students develop the necessary skills to performing assurance and consulting services in the more complex areas of internal audit. It covers specialized areas as auditing global capital markets clients and operational and process auditing. The course concentrates on specific techniques used in auditing specific industries such as financial institutions, health care, manufacturing and retail. Classroom presentations are supplemented by analysis of joint instructor/practitioner developed cases.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018

MGA 642LEC Information Technology Audit

This course presents information systems and technology audit, internal control concepts, and management practices. As business continues toward a more substantial reliance upon the capabilities of information systems and other technologies, it becomes increasingly important for auditors to understand information systems and technology and how they relate to financial reporting and other types of internal controls. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to conduct audits of information systems and technology.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018

  • MGX XXX Business Elective