Fraud and Business Forensics Certificate/Concentration

Program Overview

A certificate or concentration in Fraud and Business Forensics consists of four courses that can be completed as part of the undergraduate Accounting or Information Systems program. They both prepare students for a career in the field of fraud investigation and forensics by providing skills and tools to both prevent fraud from occurring and discovering fraud after it has occurred. 


Current undergraduate College of Continuing Studies students majoring in Accounting or Information Systems may choose to complete a certificate or concentration in Fraud and Business Forensics. The certificate credit requirements are the same as for the concentration.  Students who want to declare this certificate or concentration should see their advisor in the College of Continuing Studies one semester prior to beginning coursework.

The program welcomes students who graduated from Rider or who are not presently enrolled and possess a bachelor’s degree. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required. Students who have completed a degree from Rider may complete a Re-enroll/Certificate Program application form through the College of Continuing Studies. Students who have not previously attended Rider may complete a College of Continuing Studies application form. Students who have completed a business degree other than Accounting or Information Systems or non-business degree must consult with a College of Continuing Studies advisor prior to enrolling.

Degree Offered:

  • Certificate in Fraud and Business Forensics 
  • Concentration in Fraud and Business Forensics


Boris Vilic
Dean, College of Continuing Studies
Bart Luedeke Center

Program Website: Fraud and Business Forensics

Fraud and Business Forensics Certificate or Concentration Requirements

Both the Accounting and Information Systems programs follow the same course of study.

(12 credits)

Required Courses
ACC 321Internal Auditing3
ACC 325Fraud Examination and Business Forensics3
ACC 450Business Forensic Application3
Select one of the following Tracks:3
Accounting Track
Accounting Info Systems
Principles of Auditing
Information Systems Track
Systems Analysis and Design Project
Total Credits12

Note:  Students must achieve a minimum 2.5 GPA in the coursework required for the certificate, with no grade lower than a "C" in any course in the program.

Courses and Descriptions

ACC 320 Accounting Info Systems 3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to accounting information systems and enterprise-wide, process-focused information systems. Topics include quality of data for decision usefulness, internal control concepts and documentation tools, and database theory and applications.

Prerequisite(s): ACC 310.

ACC 321 Internal Auditing 3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the internal audit profession, including understanding the nature and activities associated with the internal audit process. Topics include: international auditing standards, risk assessment including internal control system evaluation, business processes, and the relationship of management and employee fraud to the internal audit process.

Prerequisite(s): ACC 220.

ACC 325 Fraud Examination and Business Forensics 3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the prevalence of fraud in all forms of business, including the many methods used by employees and managers to perpetrate fraud. Topics include: the motivation of individuals to commit fraud, various types of fraud schemes perpetrated in the workplace, as well as the various tools and techniques that are use d to investigate, detect and prevent fraud.

Prerequisite(s): ACC 210.

ACC 400 Principles of Auditing 3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to financial statement audits performed by certified public accountants. Topics include corporate governance, the audit environment, professional standards, audit methodology, and audit report preparation. The course also provides an overview of other types of assurance and non-assurance services provided by CPA firms.

Prerequisite(s): ACC 302 and ACC 311.

ACC 450 Business Forensic Application 3 Credits

This course provides an opportunity to perform complex investigative cases and analyses, thus demonstrating mastery of the knowledge and skills required to be effective forensic professionals. The course covers how to manage and present digital and technical evidence gathered for forensic litigation cases, including the ability to be an expert witness in court.

Prerequisite(s): ACC 325 and ACC 321.

CIS 370 Systems Analysis and Design Project 3 Credits

Topics include modeling techniques and methodologies to address the planning, analysis, design, and implementation of high quality systems, delivered on time and within budget. Using rapid application development tools, students will also construct an operational system within the span of a single semester. Issues and tools related to the management of project teams are also discussed.

Prerequisite(s): CIS 330.