Expand your skills in the important intersection of Business Information Systems and Accounting

The Information Systems Audit and Control Association has certified Oregon State University's Accounting and Business Information Systems curriculum, making the program one of only 13 higher learning institutions in the country and one of only 28 in the world to receive this recognition. Graduates of this program qualify for one year work experience toward the Certified Information Systems Auditor designation. With more than 65,000 members in more than 140 countries, ISACA is a recognized worldwide leader in IT governance, control, security and assurance.

Information systems auditing addresses an important need in the business community. Organizations want to know that their information technology is reliable, secure and efficient to support effective operations and to comply with regulations such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. OSU's Accounting and Business Information Systems faculty have a long history of research expertise, industry experience and instructional competence integrating these two important disciplines.

Students may expedite the requirements to CISA certification in one of two ways. They may complete studies in both Accounting and Business Information Systems, including the IT auditing course, or complete the AIS option in Accountancy. In either case, they will need only two years of the professional experience instead of the three required of other graduates. CISA certification also requires passing an exam, adhering to a code of ethics, upholding auditing standards and an ongoing commitment to professional education. Please see ISACA CISA Requirements for details.

Students completing our IT Auditing curriculum study a wide range of business and IT topics including courses from the College of Business Core, the Accountancy Major, and the Accounting Information Systems Option. Required courses in the ISACA approved curriculum are:

Business Core Courses


BA 211 - Financial Accounting


BA 233 - Legal Environment of Business


BA 276 - Quantitative Methods


BA 302 - Business Process Management


BA 333 - Legal & Ethical Business Solutions


BA 352 - Managing Individual and Team Performance


BA 469 - Strategic Management


Accounting Courses


ACTG 317 - Accounting Processes & Controls


ACTG 378 - Accounting Information Management


ACTG 420 - IT Audit


ACTG 427 - Assurance & Attestation Services


Management Information Systems (MIS) Courses


BA 272 - Business Application Development (VB.Net)


BA 371 - Business Systems Design


BA 372 - Business Information Systems Design and Development


BA 376 - Introduction to Statistical Inference


BA 462 - Project Management


BA 479 - Business Telecommunications and Networking


BA 483 - IT, Business Strategy & E-commerce

Accounting students who complete their degree, choose ACTG420 (which focuses on IT auditing), and complete the Business Information Systems option can complete the requirements as can Business Information Systems students who take extra accounting courses.

"The College of Business at OSU is the only source in the state of Oregon for students with certifiable skills in both accounting and information systems," said Roger Graham, professor of accounting at OSU. "The ISACA certification shows that our students will have the deep understanding of information systems that is so critical for today's accounting majors."

Byron Marshall, an associate professor of information management at Oregon State, added: "This puts OSU on a short list of high quality programs in the United States and around the world recognized for developing these sought-after skills."

The ISACA endorsement fits into ongoing efforts by the College of Business to educate profession-ready graduates. Students from the Accounting program have demonstrated their qualifications through exceptional pass rates on the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, placing first out of 15 teams in a recent Northwest tax competition, and performing well in both public and corporate internships and careers. The Business Information Systems program emphasizes conceptual mastery and practical application of information technology through top-notch instruction, internships, real-world projects and partnership with the College's Business Solutions Group. The combination of these programs provides a natural fit for students who want to learn to develop and assure effective IT systems to achieve success in today's computer-enabled environment.