Description of Program
The public and governmental reaction to multi-million dollar scandals has triggered congressional action that resulted in legislation and auditing standards that require companies and their auditors to be more aggressive in detecting and preventing fraud. This, in turn, has elevated the importance of the accounting profession in protecting the integrity of the financial system in order to prevent and detect such scandals. Additionally, there is widespread growth in white-collar crime. Racketeering and terrorist groups rely on money-laundering schemes to finance and disguise their activities. The increased use of computer technology as a tool for conducting criminal activities, such as identity theft, present new challenges to forensic accountants. This environment has created many job opportunities in federal, state, and local governmental agencies and in both for profit and nonprofit organizations for accountants and others with forensic and fraud investigation skills.
Students may earn a certificate in Fraud and Forensic Accounting by completing a five-course graduate certificate program and earning 15 graduate credits. This certificate program can be completed online within one year. It prepares participants for a career in the field of forensic accounting by providing them with skills and tools to both prevent fraud from occurring and to discover fraud after it has occurred.
Courses for this program may be found in the M.S. Economic Crime Forensics Program.