Information Systems Audit and Control Major

The Information Systems Audit and Control (ISAC) major provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to meet the challenges and opportunities of a world increasingly driven by information technology and big data. The ISAC major equips students to work as auditors of information systems departments for internal auditing firms, software vendors or leading companies that have integrated sophisticated enterprise systems such as SAP. Specializations available within the major can prepare students for careers in internal controls assessment, enterprise systems configuration and audit, information technology auditing, internal audit, business systems consulting, information risk assessment, big data analytics, distributed ledger audits, and many other emerging areas.

Students majoring in ISAC will qualify for one year of experience on their way to the Certified Information System Auditor (CISA) credential.

In addition to the specific major requirements described below, students must also complete the General Education Curriculum, and additional degree requirements for business majors, including the General Business Core, focused-course requirements, and additional electives.

Course Title Credits
Required Courses
AC 311Financial Accounting and Reporting I3
AC 312Financial Accounting and Reporting II3
AC 340Accounting Information Systems3
AC 440Design and Control of Data and Systems3
AC 470Financial Statement Auditing 13
or AC 472 Internal Auditing
AC 475Information Technology Auditing Principles and Practice3
IPM 210Information Security and Computer Forensics3
IPM 450Enterprise Systems Configuration for Business3
Select two AC, CS or IPM electives from the following:6
Fraud Examination
Internship in Accountancy
Introduction to Programming with Python
Business Processing and Communications Infrastructure
Database Management Systems
Business Systems Analysis and Modeling
Advanced Net-Centric Computing
Decision Support and Business Intelligence
Project Management


While the CPA requirements in Massachusetts are likely representative of many licensing jurisdictions, students planning to take the CPA exam need to be aware of the specific educational requirements of the jurisdiction in which they intend to sit for the exam.  Visit the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy website for the specific requirements in every state in the U.S. The state of Massachusetts requires 120 hours (21 in accountancy) of education in order to take the CPA exam. Careful planning in the selection of electives is necessary in order for ISAC majors to satisfy the requirements to sit for the CPA exam.  For instance, AC 350 Federal Taxation is required to be eligible to sit for the exam, but does not satisfy a major requirement, so it must be taken as a business related elective.

The requirements for the undergraduate degree in information systems audit and control do not satisfy all requirements for CPA licensure.  Among other requirements, an individual must complete a total of 150 hours (30 in accountancy) of education, in addition to passing the exam, to become a licensed CPA. Students interested in CPA preparation should consult their accountancy advisor.