Forensic Accounting Graduate Certificate

Program Overview

Over the last four decades, the field of forensic accounting has grown tremendously as increased federal legislation and more stringent auditing standards have helped to make the detection, prevention and prosecution of financial fraud a priority.

Career opportunities in forensic investigation include positions in the government, public accounting, insurance, law, business and non-profit sectors. The role of forensic accountants is far-reaching: these skilled professionals combine their accounting knowledge with critical investigative and analysis skills. They help to manage and reduce risk; identify and prosecute criminal activities such as embezzlement or illegally obtained funds; and advise on critical financial transactions from mergers and acquisitions to bankruptcy proceedings.

For the convenience of professionals, Rider’s 12-credit Forensic Accounting Graduate Certificate program is offered in a variety of delivery formats: all-online, blended or on-campus evening classes. Classes are offered year-round with start dates in the spring, summer and fall.

You can complete the certificate in as little as two semesters, acquiring the skills to identify, collect and examine evidence for accounting fraud and abuse. Learning outcomes are:

  • Identify, detect and prevent common fraud schemes and fraudulent financial reporting
  • Recognize misappropriation of assets and corruption
  • Gather and deliver evidence for the purpose of litigation
  • Support fraud cases through documentation and analysis for litigation support
  • Understand how internal control systems minimize or mitigate the potential for fraud including control frameworks and specific control procedures

Completion of the Certificate

You must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 in the program, with no grades earned below a “C”, to earn the certificate.

Degree Offered

  • Certificate in Forensic Accounting


Mrs. Jean Cherney
Graduate Business Academic Coordinator
Sweigart Hall 236

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Program Requirements

(12 credits)

The Forensic Accounting Graduate Certificate requires students to complete four graduate-level courses (12 credit hours) to complete the program.

Prerequisites for the Program

Before beginning the program students must demonstrate technology proficiency by satisfying ONE of the following conditions:

  1. Earn a grade of "C" or better in ACC 310 and ACC 311, or similar coursework at an accredited four-year institution taken within six years prior to the semester admitted; or
  2. Complete PMBA 8020 with a grade of "B" or better AND PMBA 8324 with a grade of "C" or better.
MACC 663Fraud and Forensic Accounting3
MACC 665Fraud Detection and Deterrence3
MACC 667Business Valuations: Fundamentals, Techniques and Theory3
PMBA 8312Business Intelligence Tech-Data Mining3
Total Credits12

 Courses and Descriptions

MACC 663 Fraud and Forensic Accounting 3 Credits

A course designed to provide a background in all areas of forensic accounting including: fraudulent financial reporting and the detection of fraud, money laundering and transnational flows, courtroom procedures and litigation support, as well as cybercrime. A wide variety of teaching tools are employed including extensive use of the professional literature, case analysis, videos, role playing and text materials.

Prerequisite(s): completion of the Preliminary Accounting Requirements; this course is required for the Forensic Accounting and Fraud & Forensic Accounting concentrations.

MACC 665 Fraud Detection and Deterrence 3 Credits

This course explores contemporary forensic accounting topics pertaining to fraud examination, detection and deterrence. Topics include audit responsibility and reporting, professional judgment, quality control and developing effective policies in preventing and detecting economic crimes. Students will apply relevant fraud examination techniques to a variety of settings.

Prerequisite(s): MACC 663 and completion of the Preliminary Accounting Requirements; this course is required for the Forensic Accounting and Fraud & Forensic Accounting concentrations.

MACC 667 Business Valuations: Fundamentals, Techniques and Theory 3 Credits

A course in the fundamentals of business valuations including basic, intermediate, and some advanced concepts and methodologies required by accounting and finance professionals in valuing a closely held (privately-owned) business where there is no market price.

Prerequisite(s): completion of PMBA 8240 or the Preliminary Accounting Requirements; this course applies to the Corporate Accounting for Managers, Forensic Accounting and Fraud & Forensic Accounting concentrations.

PMBA 8312 Business Intelligence Tech-Data Mining 3 Credits

In this course, students will learn to solve problems/exploit opportunities by processing datasets, interpreting results, and deploying solutions. This course provides hands-on experience with these tasks. Upon this base of experience, students will build a robust data mining methodology that can be applied to real-world investigations. The course of study will include Online Analytical Processing (OLAP), statistical and machine learning techniques, and unstructured text analysis. Students will learn to apply these techniques through the study of payroll, procurement, and expense report fraud. Cell phone and credit card fraud, credit and bankruptcy analysis, and customer relationship management will also be covered. This course applies to the Business Analytics, Forensic Accounting and Fraud & Forensic Accounting concentrations. This course applies to the graduate certificate in Business Analytics.