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Fraud Examiner Certificate Online Forensic Accounting Courses

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Register By: May 11 Classes Start: May 13

Boost Your Fraud Examiner Career

  • $637 per credit for 12 credits
  • Complete in as little as 20 weeks
  • Pursue an advanced career in fraud examination and financial accounting
  • Aligned with the CFE Exam
  • Add to an MS in Accounting for a specialized skill set
  • Accountant and auditor jobs expected to grow 4% through 20321

Graduate Certificate in Fraud Examination Program Overview

Dig deeper into the world of investigative accounting by enrolling in the online Graduate Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination Certificate program at Southern New Hampshire University. Aligned with the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) Exam, this certificate can help you develop professional skepticism skills and gain an eye for detail with a background in accounting basics and legal concepts.

Each course is taught by an experienced instructor and specifically designed to engage research-focused minds. As you progress, you'll learn accounting practices – like tax investigations, civil litigation support and specialized audits – that can help you angle for higher-level positions in the future.

This certificate is an ideal choice if you're pursuing an MS in Accounting degree and would also like to define an area of specialization. The curricula share six credits, allowing you to earn both a degree and certificate for only 36 credits — excluding foundations, if needed.

SNHU provides additional information for education programs on our Licensure and Certification Disclosures page.

What You'll Learn

  • Accounting regulations and ethics
  • Fraud investigation, prevention and detection methods
  • Risk assessment and management techniques
  • Critical thinking, communication and research skills

How You'll Learn

At SNHU, you'll get support from day 1 to graduation and beyond. And with no set class times, 24/7 access to the online classroom and helpful learning resources along the way, you'll have everything you need to reach your goals.

Career Outlook

Forensic accounting combines accounting principles with the detection and prevention of fraud against the government, corporations, organizations and individuals.

The demand for professionals with accounting certificates and accounting degrees is rising, creating a strong job market for those with an accounting background. In 2021 alone, about 1.4 million were employed as accountants or auditors.1 And forensic accountants have become crucial to business since – according to a 2022 survey, 46% of surveyed organizations experienced fraud or other economic crime in 2020 and 2021, totaling billions of dollars in financial loss.2

Job Growth


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, accounting and auditing career opportunities are expected to grow 4% through 2032 — adding about 67,400 new jobs per year.1


In 2022, the median annual wage for all accountants and auditors was $78,000.1

Understanding the Numbers
When reviewing job growth and salary information, it’s important to remember that actual numbers can vary due to many different factors — like years of experience in the role, industry of employment, geographic location, worker skill and economic conditions. Cited projections do not guarantee actual salary or job growth.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) notes that accountants and auditors who've earned professional recognition should have an advantage in the job market.1

And that works out well for those pursuing SNHU's online Fraud Examiner Certificate, because the forensic accounting courses you'll take can help prepare you for the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) exam.

What can a CFE certification do for your career? According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), it can help you3:

  • Increase your earnings – CFEs make about 17% more than their non-certified colleagues
  • Increase your marketability — CFE is known as the standard of excellence in the field and nearly 90% of Fortune 500® companies employ at least one CFE
  • Impact your company's bottom line — Companies with CFEs on staff uncover fraud about 40% sooner

Forensic accountants also have plenty of choices as to where they could work.

Consulting firms

Help businesses — including financial institutions, as well as public and private enterprises — conduct, facilitate or oversee investigative accounting work.

Financial institutions

Work as an in-house forensic accountant, monitoring fiscal activity, setting guidelines for financial compliance and conducting risk assessments.

Public accounting firms

Assist a variety of clients who are in need of investigative support and/or risk mitigation services.

Government organizations

Help support efforts to control government spending by ensuring public funds are being used. 

Insurance companies

Conduct claims analysis and processing for insurance claims to ensure adequate services are rendered and align with billing and adjustments.

Law enforcement agencies

Participate in criminal investigations involving financial crimes by auditing accounting records in search of misappropriation of funds evidence.

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Fraud Examiner Certificate

Your Next Big Step

Mona StephensMona Stephens, accounting faculty lead

"This is a good certificate for someone already working in accounting — with a bachelor's in accounting — who wants to move into a forensic accounting and fraud examination position."

Courses & Curriculum

The online Fraud Examiner Certificate is designed to provide in-depth knowledge of auditing, forensic accounting, and the detection and prevention of fraud.

Throughout the course of the program, you can gain skills and experience in:

  • Risk management
  • Ethical conduct
  • Legal knowledge
  • Communications

"Students learn to identify the red flags that indicate various types of fraud, fraud schemes and scams," said Mona Stephens, accounting faculty lead at Southern New Hampshire University. "Projects are completed that demonstrate understanding in recognizing legal and regulatory issues, how to conduct fraud examinations and interviews, as well as use of technology and analytics in fraud examinations."

Students may also use the forensic accounting and fraud examination certificate to help them prepare for the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) Exam, as it covers corresponding content.

Core courses include:

  • ACC-640 Auditing: Learn the various aspects of completing an engagement for an audit and apply industry frameworks and governing standards to the audit planning process.
  • ACC-646 Introduction to Forensic Accounting/Fraud Exam: Gain a basic understanding of forensic accounting and fraud examination.
  • ACC-691 Detection and Prevention of Fraudulent Financial Statements: Explore more fully the detection and prevention methods for assessing risk and reducing fraud.
  • ACC- 692 Interview Techniques/Legal Aspects of Fraud: Explore the legal requirements that need to be followed during a fraud examination and the role of a fraud examiner.

If you don't have an undergraduate accounting or business degree, you may be required to complete business foundation courses (6 credits) and/or accounting foundation courses (12 credits) in addition to these core courses.

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

This certificate is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Student achievement data can be found on College Navigator.

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Tuition & Fees

At SNHU, we’re committed to making education more accessible by making it more affordable.

Beyond low tuition rates, we help our students save through transfer credits, credit for prior learning, grants and scholarships, tuition assistance and more. Full- and part-time U.S. service members (as well as the spouses of those on active duty) are additionally eligible for a 25% tuition discount.

This certificate program is eligible for Federal Student Aid.

Online Graduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 15 credits 
Degree/Certificates $1,911 $637 $9,555 
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)*
$1,410 $470 $7,050 

Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
 *Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs:
No Application Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

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