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Student in the Mount St. Mary's University forensic accounting and fraud investigation certificate program.

Forensic Accounting & Fraud Investigation Certificate

Classes offered online for working adults.

The Mount’s forensic accounting and fraud investigation certificate is designed for both professionals seeking to advance their skills and knowledge, and those seeking to enter one of the fastest growing fields where the demand continues to exceed the supply of trained professionals. Our highly experienced and subject-matter expert faculty will lead you in developing the skills and knowledge necessary to assist in the ever-growing problem of white-collar crime and other financial conflicts and also bring their real-life experiences to the program.

Making it easy for you.

The forensic accounting and fraud investigation certificate program is part of the Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business. The Bolte School has an impeccable reputation for producing successful business leaders, and the entire faculty shares a commitment to ensuring that you receive the knowledge, experience and insight to leave the Mount as a responsible, methodologically sound and ethical business professional. 

We're committed to making it easy for you to go back to school on a part-time basis to help you advance your career. It's important to us that you feel supported, can maintain your work-life balance, and have access to all of the resources you need to be a successful student. You will have all of the traditional college resources available to aid in your success, such as our award winning Career Center, Writing Center, Library and Learning Services, just to name a few.

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  • Undergraduate Major
  • Undergraduate Minor
  • Certificate
  • Graduate Program
  • Adult Undergraduate
  • Special Program

Coursework & Format

The Mount’s rigorous curriculum is grounded in the professional literature and practices pertaining to forensic accounting and its practice today. The courses utilize a case-study analysis approach to examine the subject matter and are designed to help you develop the necessary communication skills required of forensic accountants whether in written reports or expert testimony.

Courses include:

  • Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigation.
  • Fraudulent Financial Reporting.
  • Forensic Data Analytics and Electronic Evidence.
  • Interviewing Techniques and Legal and Ethical Issues for Forensic Accountants.
  • Litigation Services and Expert Testimony.

Designed to fit your life.

The Mount's program is designed for working adults. Program highlights include:

  • Finish in only 10 months. Five courses are offered sequentially, allowing you to focus on one class at a time. Courses are offered in accelerated 8-week sessions with year-round enrollment.
  • Attend convenient classes. All certificate classes are offered online.
  • Work toward your master's degree. All certificate credits may be applied to a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at the Mount.

Want to see a full listing of all forensic accounting and fraud investigation courses?

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Career Outcomes

Forensic accounting job growth is offered in a vast array of areas such as professional service firms, corporate including banking and insurance, and federal, state and local law enforcement and regulatory agencies such as the FBI, IRS, SEC, GAO, Office of Inspector General (OIG), among others

The Associationn of Certified Fraud Examiners 2018 Compensation Guide for Anti-Fraud Professionals indicates there was 31% increase in the median total compensation for a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) over a non-CFE.

Mount graduates with a certificate in forensic accounting and fraud investigation have been hired by companies such as:

  • RSM McGladry
  • Baker, Tilly, Vischow, Krause LLP.
  • Withum
  • Hertzbach
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Kearney & Company

From resume analysis to job search tools to networking with alumni, the Career Center is available through every step of your professional journey.

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Affordability & Financial Aid

Graduate level programs are designed to be taken one course at a time, providing you the flexibility you need to complete the 5- and 8-week classes at your own pace; with that the program pricing is set by credit hours instead of by the year like traditional undergraduate programs. 

  • $10,050 = Total cost of program tuition.* No additional fees.
  • Cost is based on 15 credits (five classes) at $670 per credit.
  • $24,790 is the total cost if the certificate is taken in combination with the 37-credit MBA (additional seven courses)*.

*Tuition represents 2019-20 rates, effective July 1, 2019. Tuition is subject to change without notice.

Financial Aid

Students enrolled on at least half-time basis (6-credits per semester) may qualify for financial aid. You may seek financial assistance through federal and state-funded programs, private loan providers, or deferment of undergraduate loans. The Mount also has a variety of employer tuition remission or reimbursement agreements with local businesses and community colleges, so you may just get a discount from your employer or previous college. Visit our Graduate Student Financial Aid webpage for more details.  

Not sure if you qualify for financial aid? Learn more from our financial aid office.

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Admissions & Application

Admission to the program is rolling, which means we accept applications at any time of the year. Classes for the certificate begin at various times of the year including January, March, May, August and October, so submitting your application six weeks before your expected start date ensures a priority application decision. There is no application fee. 

  • Admissions acceptance: Rolling
  • Classes begin: January, March, May, August and October
  • Priority Application Deadline: Six weeks prior to the start of the first course
  • No application fee

Program Admission Requirements

Students must meet the requirements of the certificate program to be considered for admission. 

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year institution, preferably in accounting.
  • Students must demonstrate one of the following:
    • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher or;
    • Five full years of relevant work experience or;
    • 500 minimum score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

A complete application includes the following:

  • Free online application
  • Official undergraduate transcript(s) from all accredited four-year institutions attended after high school
  • Résumé detailing professional experience
  • GMAT score (if required based on GPA or work experience)

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