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The Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting provides an opportunity for students to acquire education in the emerging field of forensic accounting. Students with a bachelor's degree in accounting can also use the certificate as a means of obtaining the necessary 150 hours of academic credit to qualify to sit for the Virginia CPA exam.

The Forensic Accounting Graduate Certificate may be pursued on a part-time basis.  Maintaining full-time status is not guaranteed.


Eligibility Requirements

All students registering for School of Business graduate courses must have graduate standing.  Non-degree student status is not available. Full eligibility and admission requirements can be viewed at the school's website


For policies governing all graduate certificates, see AP.6.8 Requirements for Graduate Certificates.

Students are responsible for familiarization and compliance with the university's Graduate Policies contained in this catalog. A maximum of 3 graduate credits taken at another institution can be transferred to the graduate certificate. The time limit for completion is four years from the date of admission to the graduate certificate. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to complete the certificate.

Banner Code: BU-CERG-FACC

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 12

This certificate may be pursued on a part-time basis only.

Required Courses

ACCT 737Fraud and the Law3
ACCT 738Advanced Topics in Fraud3
ACCT 636Fraud Examination3
or CFRS 770 Fraud and Forensics in Accounting
Total Credits9


Select 3 credits from the following:3
Business Valuation
Governance and Ethics
Introduction to Forensic Technology and Analysis
Digital Forensics Analysis
Network Forensics
Digital Media Forensics
Total Credits3

Students in the MS in Accounting (MSA) program are required to take ACCT 636 Fraud Examination and can take ACCT 701 Business Valuation, ACCT 737 Fraud and the Law and ACCT 738 Advanced Topics in Fraud as electives.