Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting

Combine your accounting knowledge with investigative skills with a certificate in forensic accounting from George Mason University. 

Forensic accountants combine their accounting knowledge with investigative skills in various litigation support and investigative accounting settings.  

Dive into the emerging field of forensic accounting with a Mason’s graduate certificate in forensic accounting. Forensic accountants are employed by public accounting firms’ forensic accounting divisions; by consulting firms specializing in risk consulting and forensic accounting services; or by lawyers, law enforcement agencies, insurance companies, government organizations, or financial institutions. Due to heightened awareness and growing intolerance of fraudulent activity, demand for forensic accountants is rapidly increasing. 

Students with a bachelor's degree in accounting can use this certificate program as a means of obtaining the necessary 150 hours of academic credit to qualify for a CPA license. Students who complete at least two forensic accounting certificate courses with grades of B or better will have their application requirements for our master’s in accounting program reduced, and certificate course credits can be applied towards your master’s in accounting degree requirements upon enrollment. 

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Flexible Location
Take courses fully online or in-person at our Fairfax, Virginia campus.
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Flexible Schedule
Complete the program in less than one year.
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12 Credits
Four courses structured in eight-week modules.
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Pathway to a Master’s
This certificate can be applied to the master’s in accounting program.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of a graduate certificate?

Earning a graduate certificate offers several significant benefits that make them appealing to professionals seeking to further their education. Among the most important of these include:

  1. Maximize Your Time and Money
  2. Develop a Specific Skill Set
  3. Advance Your Career or Make a Career Change
  4. Preparation for a Graduate Degree

What are the eligibility and application requirements?

Eligibility Requirements   

Application Requirements

Fall Deadlines: 

  • Priority: February 1  

  • Standard: May 1 

  • Space Available: August 1 

Spring Deadlines: 

  • Priority: September 1 

  • Standard: November 1 

  • Space Available: December 1 

Application Link: 

There is a $75.00 application fee. If you are a George Mason University School of Business alumni, please contact Kavon Williams at kwilli69@gmu.edu.  

College Transcript Requirement 

  • We require unofficial copies of your transcripts for application review. You can upload these to your online application. If admitted, you must submit official transcripts prior to the last day to add/drop courses in your first term. 

Current Resume 

  • Upload a copy of your current resume with your online application.

What can you tell me about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Mason?

Diversity is one of Mason's core values; everyone is welcome here. Mason was recently named the most diverse university in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report. To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at Mason, visit the university's DEI website. Visit this page to learn more about DEI at the School of Business.