George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting

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Program at a Glance:

  • 12 credits
  • Fairfax campus or online
  • Program can be completed in 1 year
  • Fall start – online only; Spring start – Fairfax/in-person
  • Courses taken in this certificate program can be applied towards the 10-course master’s in accounting degree program.

Pathway to MS in Accounting program:

Courses taken in the graduate certificate program can be applied towards the MS in Accounting program upon acceptance into the degree program. Applicants completing at least two certificate courses with grades of B or better will have their application requirements for the corresponding degree program reduced should the student decide to pursue the degree program.

About the Program

The 12-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.

Admission Deadlines and Application Requirements

We encourage you to review our admissions page for detailed information on admission deadlines and application requirements.


Graduate tuition rates apply for the graduate certificate in forensic accounting program.

This program has been approved for veteran benefits. Please direct questions to the Office of Military Services at 703-993-1316 or email military@gmu.edu.

Program Requirements

Candidates are required to complete a minimum of 12 credits to receive the graduate certificate in forensic accounting. Classes are taught online or in-person at the Fairfax campus. Students who wish to pursue the program entirely in-person should expect to take more time to complete the certificate due to the schedule of courses offered and classroom space availability. 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 (9 credits):

  • ACCT 636 Fraud Detection
  • ACCT 737 Fraud and the Law
  • ACCT 738 Advanced Topics in Fraud

Elective Courses (3 credits):

  • ACCT 701 Business Valuation
  • ACCT 742 Governance and Ethics

A maximum of 3 graduate credits taken from Mason-recognized U.S. institutional accrediting agencies and AACSB accredited programs can be transferred into a graduate certificate program. Replacement credits may be taken from the elective courses listed above.

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.