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CIA: Governance, Risk, & Controls

Our Mission LSUCIA follows a continuous improvement model that seeks new ways to deliver academic instruction and bring real-world best practices to its students. Instruction consists of activity-based learning that can add value, facilitate change, assess risk, enhance corporate governance, and improve business processes.

Unique Opportunities The LSU Center for Internal Auditing (LSUCIA), considered the premier international internal audit program, offers a unique and dynamic curriculum that emphasizes tactical, strategic, and operational auditing as a value-added consultative function. Additionally, the center’s program provides training on corporate governance, risk, and controls. Students who complete the multidisciplinary program develop an in-depth understanding of the internal auditing profession, whether they are undergraduate or graduate students and regardless of their chosen degree program at LSU. Since 1985, more than 4,000 students have completed the specialization. All LSU students may minor in internal audit. The curriculum incorporates courses in accounting and information systems & decision sciences. Students must complete 15 hours including required courses and approved electives.

IAEP Program LSU was the first university to offer an internal auditing program and was designated as the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Pilot School in 1985. LSUCIA’s program was the first at a university to obtain “Center for Internal Auditing Excellence” status, which is the highest level of participation in the Internal Auditing Education Partnership (IAEP) program. The IIA established the IAEP to coordinate internal auditing education efforts worldwide, and the LSUCIA serves as its model for internal audit education programs.

Networking LSUCIA’s program provides numerous opportunities for students to meet representatives from major organizations. Practitioners typically visit each week during the spring and fall semesters to share real-world experiences and discuss best practices in internal auditing and corporate governance. Each year, more than 100 practitioners from approximately 70 organizations visit with LSUCIA students.

Undergraduate Program Semester



Required or Optional


Internal Auditing I

ACCT 3233

Required for Specialization


Internship in Internal Auditing*

ACCT 4333



Case Studies in Internal Auditing

ACCT 4233

Required for Specialization, Minor, and Internship


Internal Auditing II

ACCT 4234

Required for Specialization


Governance, Risk, & Controls

ACCT 4237


Graduate Program Semester



Required or Optional


Graduate Internal Auditing

ACCT 7233

Required for Specialization


Internship in Internal Auditing*

ACCT 7333



Case Studies in Internal Auditing

ACCT 7232

Required for Specialization and Internship


Operational Auditing

ACCT 7234

Required for Specialization


Governance, Risk, & Controls

ACCT 4237


*Internship course is offered in the spring, summer, and fall.

LSU students can specialize or minor in internal audit. Consult with your department for specifics. A non-matriculating option is available for practitioners. This is a program, not a single course. Students should commit to completing the program before registering. Job search assistance and references are provided for students who complete the program. Admission Requirements > Graduate students admitted to any LSU graduate program are eligible to register for the LSUCIA program. > Undergraduate students should have a minimum 3.0 GPA overall or in the last 30 hours of course credit.

Internships LSUCIA has a highly successful internship program. Each summer, 75– 90 students work with internal auditing departments in cities such as New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Washington, DC, Charlotte, Memphis, Houston, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and many others. To date, the program has placed more than 2,632 students in intern positions.

Companies recently recruiting from LSUCIA: AIG Amedisys Ball Corp BDO Caesars Entertainment Citigroup City of Baton Rouge Crowe Horwath LLP Deloitte Entergy EY Fannie Mae

Ferguson Goldman Sachs Halliburton HCA Hertz HMS Holdings KPMG LydondellBasell LWCC Macy’s Nabors NRG

Postlethwaite & Netterville Protiviti PwC SCP Distributors (Pool Corp) Stinnett & Associates Synchrony Quanta Services UNUM Webster Financial Walmart

Placement LSUCIA alumni are provided career placement assistance as students and throughout their professional careers. In addition to a career in internal auditing, trained internal auditors have many opportunities in consulting, information technology, and risk service fields. Experiences gained through internal auditing provide an excellent overview of an organization’s operations and business processes, which can lead to management positions within the organization.

Certification One of the primary focuses of the LSUCIA program is certification. Internal audit courses offer valuable preparation for the IIA’s Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) exam, which full-time students may take while in school. Professional certifications significantly enhance marketability and provide a head start on career development. Hundreds of students who complete the LSUCIA program have earned certifications. The focus on certification has expanded to include the Certified in Enterprise Risk Management Data Analytics (CERMDA) exam. The graduate class has set an unprecedented goal of obtaining two certifications before graduation. In addition to the CIA and CERMDA, the following certifications are now integral elements of the LSUCIA program: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and Certified Financial Services Auditor (CFSA).

Glenn E. Sumners Award for Highest Student Score on the Certified Internal Auditor Exam

Bradford Cadmus Memorial Award


2006 Glenn Sumners


Name Laust Helmig

Initial Employer Goldman Sachs

Esther R. Sawyer Research Award

William Smith Award for Highest Student Score on the Certified Internal Auditor Exam

2017 Andrew Hagen


Eliana Arvelo

TE Connectivity

2013 Douglas Seacrest


Yves Damoiseau

Goldman Sachs

2012 Jonathan Bayhi


Trista Sanders

Ernst & Young

2011 Rachel Bond


Erin Meredith



Silvy Triana



Allyson d’Aquin*



Laura Allen

Avery Dennison


Abby McCurry


Michael Barrett Doctoral Dissertation Award


Eelco VanWijk


(LSUCIA Alumni Award Winners)


Andrew Roberts

Professional Resources International


Cynthia Ralph



Sherry Duhe



Marla Stuart



Penny Maxwell



Kimberly Klass



Irmgard Schweiger

H. J. Heintz


William Willoughby

Federal Reserve Bank – Atlanta


Kerry Brandon


2014 Andrew Carmichael

2003 Jared Soileau 2000 Scott Fargason

Leon R. Radde Educator of the Year 1987 Glenn Sumners

2010 Jared Soileau, The University of Memphis 2007 Margaret Christ, The University of Texas at Austin

IIA American Hall of Distinguished Audit Practioners 2012 Glenn Sumners

Allyson d’Aquin, an LSU Flores MBA alumna, not only received the Student High Achievement Award but also the Gold Medal Award for achieving the highest score among students and practitioners internationally.


For more information, contact: Center for Internal Auditing Governance, Risk, & Controls 501 South Quad Drive 4063 Business Education Complex Baton Rouge, LA 70803 225-578-6221

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