Program Requirements

Learning to detect and prevent fraud

The forensic accounting certificate is a 12-hour program consisting of advanced accounting courses specific to issues of fraud detection, prevention and litigation support.

To receive your certificate in forensic accounting, you must take the following courses:

Certificate in Forensic Accounting

Kimberly Church, Graduate Program Director
Glass Hall, Room 439, Phone: 417-836-5414

Program description

The Forensic Accounting Certificate program provides a 9 hour graduate-level experience in the forensic accounting field. The program involves in depth study of forensic accounting and information technology topics, including fraud examination, litigation support, financial expert witnessing, business valuation, investigative data mining and others. Contact the Director of the School of Accountancy or the MAcc Program Director for additional information.

Entrance criteria

Candidates for the certificate program must be admitted to the University as a graduate student. The candidate should have a bachelor’s degree in accounting and meet minimum admission criteria for the Master of Accountancy program. All course work must be approved by the MAcc Program Director.

Required courses (9 hrs)

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
ACC 754 Forensic Accounting: Litigation Support and Expert Witnessing 3 hrs
  Select two of the following:  
ACC 741 Advanced Accounting and Management Information Systems 3 hrs
ACC 750 Advanced Auditing 3 hrs
ACC 752 Fraud Examination 3 hrs
ACC 751 Computer Forensics and IT Auditing 3 hrs
ACC 790 Current Topics in Corporate and International Accounting 3 hrs
ACC 794 Internship (Forensic Accounting related) 3 hrs
ACC 796 Independent Study (Forensic Accounting related) 3 hrs

GPA requirement

A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to earn this certificate.