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Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting

The Kogod School of Business graduate certificate in forensic accounting is designed for both professionals looking to advance their career in forensic accounting and those seeking to expand into this exciting field. Students of the program will be well prepared to work in international consulting firms, major corporations, and law enforcement agencies.

The graduate certificate in forensic accounting provides a rigorous and cutting-edge curriculum. Our engaging faculty will guide students in developing and honing the skills necessary to prevent, detect, and investigate fraud and financial irregularities in today's complex business world.

The forensic accounting program topics include: fraudulent financial reporting; fraud schemes; investigation techniques; financial statement analysis and valuation techniques; and expert testimony.

Admission to the Program

Open to students with a bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited institution with a satisfactory grade point average. Applicants must have at least one year of work experience. Applicants whose first language is not English are required to take and earn minimum acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and demonstrate English language proficiency. 

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Certificate Requirements

  • Twelve (12) credit hours of approved course work with grades of C or better. 

Grades of C- or below are not accepted towards the fulfillment of certificate requirements although these grades will be included in the calculation of the cumulative GPA. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA in certificate courses in order to be awarded a certificate. Students must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours during each 12 month period. Students must complete the certificate within four years. With approval of the accounting department chair, a maximum of 3 credit hours of relevant graduate course work earned at an accredited college or university with a grade of B or better may be applied towards the certificate as transfer credit.


Foundation courses in accounting and finance.


  • ACCT-551 Forensic Accounting (3)
  • ACCT-677 Financial Statement Analysis (3)
  • ACCT-680 Advanced Forensic Accounting & Fraud Detection (3)
  • Three (3) credit hours selected in consultation with the accounting department chair from the following graduate courses:
    • ACCT-549 Contemporary Assurance & Audit Services (3)
    • ACCT-550 Accounting Information Systems (3)
    • ACCT-600 Ethics in Business & Accounting (3)
    • ACCT-607 Financial Accounting (3)
    • ACCT-760 Advanced Auditing & Professional Practice (3)
    • FIN-614 Financial Management (3)
    • FIN-630 Financial Analysis of the Firm: Concepts & Applications (3)
    • IT Audit and Risk Management--currently taught as a topics course ACCT-696

Students who plan to enroll in the MS in Accounting degree after earning the Certificate in Forensic Accounting should take FIN-614 rather than FIN-630 to satisfy the program's foundation course requirements in finance. Additionally, students must meet the graduate admission requirements for the MS in Accounting program.