Forensic Accounting & Fraud Examination
Graduate Certificate

Dig deeper into the world of investigative accounting by earning your Forensic Accounting graduate certificate online or on campus at SNHU. As one of the fastest growing fields in accounting (according to U.S. News & World Report), forensic accounting combines accounting principles with the detection and prevention of fraud against the government, corporations, organizations and individuals.

Gain an eye for detail with a background in accounting basics and legal concepts while you learn from expert forensic accounting faculty. Prepare for specific accounting practices:

  • Investigating mergers and acquisitions
  • Tax investigations
  • Economic crime investigations
  • Civil litigation support
  • Specialized audits
  • Terrorism investigation

Investigate and Defend Against Fraud

Students in the campus-based and online forensic accounting graduate certificate gain an understanding of:

  • The characteristics of fraud, fraud prevention and detection, investigative techniques, and asset recovery.
  • How forensic accounting and fraud examination are applied in civil and criminal cases.
  • How to review, detect and investigate possible financial statement fraud.
  • How to use the latest technology to help detect and investigate white-collar crimes.

Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination Required Courses

ACC-646: Introduction to Forensic Accounting/ Fraud Exam
This course will develop the student's understanding of what forensic accounting and fraud examination is and how it pertains to both civil and criminal matters. The student will gain a basic understanding of the characteristics of fraud, fraud prevention and detection, investigative techniques, asset recovery, and the use of information technology in this interesting and growing profession.
ACC-620 and ACC-640; or UG Accounting degree; or 2
ACC-691: Detection/Prevention of Fraudulent Financial Statements
This second course in forensic accounting and fraud examination examines the various types of fraud and its impact on the financial information presented. The objective of this course is to identify common fraud schemes and scams. Participants in this course will learn how to review, detect, and investigate possible financial statement fraud by addressing such topics as income smoothing, off balance sheet financing, fictitious sales/revenue, and understatement of liabilities, just to name a few. Various techniques will be used to explore substantive analytical procedures to assess the risks of financial statement fraud.
ACC-692: Interview Techniques/Legal Aspects of Fraud
This third course in forensic accounting and fraud examination will acquaint the participant with interview principles and techniques. Additionally, the participant will be exposed to some of the legal aspects pertaining to the identification and prosecution of fraud.
ACC-693: Investigating with Computers
This fourth course in the Graduate Certificate will provide guidance and knowledge for conducting investigations via machine. The skills of the participant in this course will be strengthened in such areas as identification of the types of public records available to investigate; how to access the public records through databases; navigation of the Internet to find useful material; the use of fraud-related software packages to detect and investigate possible fraudulent activities; and the use of data analysis programs and spreadsheets to detect fraud.
ACC-646, ACC-691 and ACC-692

This program requires two years' experience in the accounting field. Contact an Admission Counselor at or 888.387.0861 for more information.

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