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Forensic Accounting

Degree Type: Certificate
College(s): College of Business

Why Choose the Forensic Accounting Certificate?

Whether you are primarily interested in accounting or a discipline such as computer information systems, criminal justice or risk management, the Forensic Accounting Certificate was created to broaden your skills and knowledge base in the areas of financial fraud, data analysis and business disputes.  Growing demand exists for professionals who can assist businesses, government entities and not-for-profit organizations with issues arising from financial fraud, white-collar crime, business disputes, money laundering and many other related activities.  Earning this certificate would advance your capabilities in areas such as: 

  • Prevention and detection of fraud.

  • Using visual data analysis techniques to interpret information.

  • Identifying the common fraud motives and rationalizations.

  • Quantification of the financial damage caused by fraud and other illegal acts.

  • Understanding the role of forensic experts in the legal system.

Career Opportunities

This certificate can increase your opportunities in accounting and finance related careers such as Fraud Examination, Auditing, and Financial Analysis. This certificate program also may compliment knowledge and skills in many other majors and careers such as Risk Management, Cybersecurity, Digital Forensics, Insurance and Criminal Justice. Opportunities exist across the business industry spectrum in accounting, auditing, and computer information systems, with banking, insurance, finance, technology, construction and entertainment being very prominent.  Opportunities can also be found in law enforcement agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Defense, Government Accountability Office, and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Admission Requirements

Any person admitted to a Ferris State University degree program may enroll in courses for undergraduate COB certificates. No more than 50% of the credits in a certificate may be transferred from another institution. If a student is in a FSU degree-seeking program, the certificate will not be granted if more than 50% of the certificate credits are required in the program/major. The certificate will be granted upon completion with an average GPA of 2.0 or higher in the courses designated for the certificate. 

Individuals wanting to advance their career, but not admitted to an FSU degree program, may also earn undergraduate COB certificates. 

Admission process for individuals seeking only a certificate: 

  •  Applicant should show proof of high school graduation with a 2.35 GPA.  If it is determined by the COB Dean’s Office/SAA that regular program admission criteria should be met in order to complete the certificate successfully and be a contributing member of the course, all college transcripts should be submitted to the Admissions Office. Once admitted, an advisor will be assigned by the College of Business in the certificate program.
  • Dual enrolled/concurrent students must complete the high school degree (provide transcript) before the certificate will be granted from FSU.

  • Students wishing to pursue a bachelor or associate’s degree must meet the admission criteria for the program. This criteria review is initiated when the “Program Change Form” request is processed through the COB Dean’s Office/SAA.

Any mitigating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis by the College of Business Dean’s Office/SAA

*This document is subject to change. Questions should be submitted to the COB Dean’s Office/Student Academic Affairs (BUS 200) in care of the Director of Student Academic Affairs (231-591-2420).

Graduation Requirements

You will receive the Forensic Accounting Certificate after completion of the required twelve credits with a minimum 2.0 grade point in each required course.

No more than 50% of the credits in this certificate may be transferred from another institution, nor, will this certificate be granted if more than 50% of the certificate credits are specifically required in the student's major.

More Information

Accountancy, Finance & Info Systems
119 South Street, BUS 212
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2284

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