2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Forensic Accounting

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

Program Requirements

Forensic Accounting, Certificate Program Checksheet


  • Certificate Courses
  • Admission Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

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 complement 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.

More Information

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

Required Courses
Credit Hours