Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting

The 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting Program provides an opportunity for students to acquire education in the emerging field of forensic accounting. Learn more about this growing field.

Students with a bachelor's degree in accounting can also use the certificate program as a means of obtaining the necessary 150 hours of academic credit to qualify for a CPA license.

Eligibility

In order to apply for the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting Program applicants are required to have, at a minimum, a U.S. equivalent bachelor degree from an accredited college or university. The program is open to individuals holding degrees in any major although degrees in accounting are preferred.

Applying

  • Candidates must submit a graduate certificate admission application
  • Undergraduate transcript showing completion of an undergraduate degree or equivalent
  • C.V. or resume indicating relevant work experience
  • TOEFL scores for non-native English speakers

All admissions questions should be directed to the School of Business graduate programs office at 703-993-2136.

Spring Application Deadline: 12/1
Fall Application Deadline: 8/1

Tuition

Graduate tuition rates apply for the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting Program. Learn more about current tuition and fee rates.

Program Requirement

Candidates are required to complete a minimum of 15 credits to receive the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting. These credits can come from Mason's MS in Accounting program or Mason's MS in Computer Forensics program. Students admitted to the certificate program have four years to complete the certificate requirements.

Candidates must have a minimum GPA of 3.00 in course work presented on the certificate application, which may include no more than 3 credits of C. (Grades of C+, C-, and D do not apply to graduate courses.) The GPA calculation excludes transfer credits.


Required Courses

ACCT 744 – Fraud Detection and Deterrence*
ACCT 737 – Fraud and the Law
ACCT 738 – Advanced Topics in Fraud
CFRS 500 – Intro Forensic Technology and Analysis
CFRS 661 – Digital Media Forensics or CFRS 660 – Network Forensics

* MS in Computer Forensics students may replace ACCT 744 with CFRS 770 – Fraud and Forensic Accounting.

Note: Students in the MS in Accounting (MSA) program are required to take ACCT 744 and can take ACCT 737 and ACCT 738 as electives. Therefore, MSA students only need to take two courses (CFRS 500 and CFRS 600 or CFRS 661) outside of the MSA program to obtain the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting.

Students in the MS in Computer Forensics program are required to take CFRS 500 and CFRS 600. They can also take CFRS 770 as on elective. Therefore, students in the MS in Computer Forensics program only need to take two courses (ACCT 737 and ACCT 738) outside of the Computer Forensics program to obtain the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting.

A maximum of 3 graduate credits taken at another institution can be transferred into a graduate certificate program. Replacement credits may be taken from the following list of courses:

ACCT 701 – Business Valuation
ACCT 742 – Corporate Governance and Ethics
CFRS 510 – Digital Forensics Analysis
CFRS 661 – Digital Media Forensics
CFRS 660 – Network Forensics
CFRS 760 – Legal and Ethics in IT

For more information about Virginia's Uniform CPA Exam, contact the Virginia State Board of Accountancy. We encourage all students interested in sitting for the CPA to submit their academic transcripts to the BOA to determine how many accounting and business credits are needed to be eligible to sit for the Uniform CPA Exam.

George Mason University School of Business

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School of Business
4400 University Drive, MS 1B1
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Fairfax, VA 22030
703-993-1880