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Fraud & Forensic Accounting

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What could be more exciting than having a career that is valued by society?  If you’re looking for a career that is both exciting and financially rewarding, consider becoming a fraud examiner or a forensic accounting professional.

Fraud Examination is a methodology for resolving allegations of wrongdoing from inception to disposition.  The investigation by a certified fraud examiner involves obtaining evidence, conducting interviews, taking statements, writing reports, testifying to findings, and assisting in organizational programs to detect and prevent fraud.  Fraud examiners typically have undergraduate degrees from various disciplines such as business, criminal justice, political science, and many others.  Fraud permeates all aspects of society.  All students completing this certificate program typically go on to earn their Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation.

Forensic Accounting
is the practice of utilizing accounting, auditing, and investigative skills to assist in legal matters.  It encompasses three main areas – litigation support, investigation, and dispute resolution.  The forensic accounting professional quantifies damages sustained by parties involved in legal disputes, assists in resolving disputes.  If a dispute reaches the courtroom, the forensic accountant may testify as an expert witness.  Forensic Accountants typically have a graduate degree in accounting or business.  All students completing this certificate program typically go on to earn their Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation.  After gaining experience in their jobs, graduates pursue their Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) designation.

All of our Forensic Accounting candidates are expected to have studied and received credit in Fraud Examination prior to entering the Masters of Accounting – Forensic Accounting Certificate.

Last updated: 10/12/2016

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