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Certificate in Internal Audit Services



Job Outlook

Employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Handbook, Accountants and Auditors website, accessed 01.03.17) 

The graduate certificate Internal Audit Services is designed primarily for individuals who want to strengthen their understanding of internal audit and prepare for the Certified Internal Auditor examination. Students who pursue this post-baccalaureate certificate may also use the coursework as part of the M.S. in Accounting and Business Advisory Services program.

For more information about the certificate, contact Phil Korb, Chair of the Department of Accounting.

Everything you need to know about the Graduate Certificate in Internal Audit  Services.

  • Certificate Requirements

    To receive a Certificate in Internal Audit Services, you must complete 12 credits of coursework and maintain a cumulative GPA of no less than 3.0 for courses taken in the certificate program. The coursework must be completed after you have received a bachelor's degree or equivalent.  

    The certificate requires ACCT 505: Introduction to Accounting (or its equivalent) as a prerequisite for each course in the certificate program and the completion of the following courses:

    Required courses (9 credits):

      • ACCT 512 ¦ Auditing Accounting System (prerequisite: ACCT 511) (3 cr)

        If this course is taken as part of a prior undergraduate degree (e.g., ACCT 401), students will substitute an additional graduate elective listed below.
      • Choose either ACCT 605 or ACCT 720
        • ACCT 605 ¦ Performance Management and Accounting Controls (prerequisite: ACCT 505) (3 cr)  
        • ACCT 720 ¦ Design of Managerial Cost and Control Systems
           (prerequisite: ACCT 306 or ACCT 605) (3 cr) 
      • ACCT 740 ¦ Advance Topics in Assurance Services (prerequisite: ACCT 512) (3 cr)
      • Electives from IT or Operations Management: Choose one or two 3-credit course(s) from the the following:
        • ACCT 752 ¦ Advanced Topics in Accounting Systems (3 cr)
        • INSS 651 ¦ Database Management Systems (3 cr)
        • INSS 671 ¦ Systems Analysis and Design (3 cr)
        • INSS 753 ¦ Internet and Network Security (3 cr)
        • OPM 615 ¦ Innovation and Project Management (3 cr)
        • OPM 625 ¦ Operations and Supply Chain (3 cr)
        • or another related course from ACCT, OPM or INSS by approval of the program director.

    Browse the course descriptions of all courses that the Merrick School of Business offers, or view the course catalog

  • Admission Requirements

    The following is required for Admission into the Certificate Program:

    • Application: Complete your application. Questions about the application should be directed to the Office of Graduate and International Admissions (410.837.6565).
    • Personal Statement: Detail your reasons for seeking a graduate business education, your short-and long-term professional and personal goals, and how you think this graduate program will help you achieve them. Provide any additional information highlighting unique aspects of your candidacy to the Admissions Committee. Please limit statement to 1,000 words.
    • Transcripts: Submit two copies of official transcripts from all institutions attended. Applicants to the graduate business certificate programs are required to have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
    • Letters of Recommendation: Provide two letters of recommendation addressing your abilities to successfully complete a graduate business program.
    • Resume: Provide a current resume detailing employment history (including dates, titles, responsibilities, and community activities.
    • GMAT: The GMAT is not required for applicants to the graduate business certificate programs.
  • Gainful Employment Information

    Gainful employment information is provided to help you make an informed decision about this certificate program related to time and resources required to complete the program and possible employment outcomes.


Important Dates:
Your application will be accepted on a rolling basis but you can use these dates as a guide.

  • Fall: Aug. 15
  • Spring: Jan. 1
  • Summer: May 1

Admission will be offered depending on availability of space, strength of your credentials and sufficiency of time for processing.

Questions? Contact an admission counselor at 410.837.4777 or