Our vision is to be a valued partner with MSU management by providing assurance and consulting services that help the University meet goals through building trust, partnerships, and employing highly skilled auditors that understand the business we support.


The mission of the Office of Internal Audit is to provide independent, objective assurance, and consulting services designed to add value and improve the University's operations. The Office of Internal Audit helps the University accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluation and improving the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes.


To accomplish our mission, the Office of Internal Audit has established the following core values:

  • People - Hire and continuously train the best people.
  • Integrity - Perform work honestly, diligently, and ethically to establish trust and a basis for reliance on our assessments.
  • Objectivity - Perform duties with an unbiased mental attitude to ensure assessments are not unduly influenced by our own interest or judgments.
  • Confidentiality - Respect and safeguard the privacy of persons and confidential information and do not disclose information with appropriate authority unless there is a legal or professional obligation to do so.
  • Communication -  Communicate with coworkers and clients in a constructive and positive manner. Reports will be accurate, timely, and contain relevant recommendations. 


Our engagements are conducted in accordance with The Institute for Internal Auditors’ (IIA) International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF), Mandatory Guidance including:


Our engagements are guided by control frameworks including:

  • Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO)
  • National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Mississippi State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) Internal Audit Policies & Procedures

Internal Audit Charter

Our engagements are guided by a charter which establishes the our purpose, authority, and responsibilities. The charter is approved by the Mississippi State Institutions of Higher Learning's Board of Trustees.

Internal Audit Charter