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.
Offered by the Kogod School of Business, the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting provides professionals working in the financial fraud examination area a program combining both academic rigor and skill set training to enhance their performance in this emerging field.
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 must have a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
- 12 credit hours of approved coursework with grades of C or better. Grades of C- or D in certificate program courses are not accepted toward the fulfillment of certificate requirements, although these grades will be included in the calculation of the GPA. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA in certificate courses in order to be awarded a certificate. Students must complete at least 6 credit hours during each 12 month period. Students must complete the certificate within four years. With approval of department chair, a maximum of 3 credit hours of relevant graduate coursework earned at an accredited college or university may be transferred toward the certificate.
- ACCT-551 Forensic Accounting: Fraud Examination and Litigation Support (3)
- ACCT-677 Financial Statement Analysis (3)
- ACCT-680 Advanced Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigation (3)
3 credit hours from the following, as approved by department chair:
- ACCT-550 Accounting Information Systems (3)
- ACCT-600 Ethics in Business and Accounting (3)
- ACCT-607 Financial Accounting (3)
- ACCT-649 Contemporary Assurance and Audit Services (3)
- ACCT-760 Advanced Auditing and Professional Practice (3)
- FIN-614 Financial Management (3)
- FIN-630 Financial Analysis of the Firm: Concepts and Applications (3)
Students who plan to enroll in the MS in Accounting program after earning the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting should not take FIN-630 to satisfy the course requirements for the certificate.