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Forensic Accounting (Certificate)

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Forensic Accounting (Certificate)

The Certificate in Forensic Accounting prepares students and practicing accountants with the proficiencies needed in this specialized field: Students and professionals completing this program will:

Understand fraud prevention, detection and response and financial statement misrepresentation. Be able to understand economic and commercial damages calculations, critically examine the valuation of companies within a litigation environment. Demonstrate an understanding of technical issues such as bankruptcy, dispute resolution and matrimonial accounting.

Please refer to our programs of study page for a comprehensive list of all of the graduate programs offered within the university.

Admission Requirements

An undergraduate degree in accounting is a requirement to be admitted or undergraduate degree in finance with substantial relevant experience.

The Office of Graduate Admissions requires the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible to apply for a graduate program. Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the U.S. degree equivalency information.

Application Checklist

In order to make applying for graduate school as seamless as possible for you, we have
created an application checklist. This checklist can be a reference point for you during the
application process to ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of the steps
needed to apply, as well as all of corresponding supplemental materials for your specific
program of interest.

  • Application Deadline: Rolling Admission.
  • Submit Online Application: Please create your online account and submit your application by following the general application instructions and pay (or waive) the non-refundable $60 application fee. Once this step has been completed, the online portal will allow you to upload your supplemental materials.

The following is a list of the supplemental materials that will accompany your application for the Forensic Accounting (Certificate) program:

  • Transcript: One from each college attended.

The academic program for this certificate consists of four, three-credit graduate-level courses (two new courses proposed concurrently) that are to be delivered in either a face to face or hybrid format that makes extensive use of the University’s instructional design services. The four courses that constitute this proposed program can be taken in any order and will be offered once each academic year, thereby permitting students to complete the certificate within 12 months. For more information, please visit the Forensic Accounting (Certificate) program listing in the University Catalog.

*Students should separately apply through the graduate school for the graduate forensic certificate to receive the certificate upon completion of the program.
  • BSLW 506    Legal Issues in Forensic Accounting
  • ACCT 526    Fraud Examination
  • ACCT 527    Forensic Accounting
  • ACCT 528    Business Valuation

*All four courses must be completed to attain the Forensic Accounting Certificate — individual courses may be taken as electives


If you have any general questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Telephone: 973-655-5147
Fax: 973-655-7869

If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Forensic Accounting (Certificate) Program Coordinator:

*During the summer months, there will be a rotating department chair available to answer your inquiry. Find the updated summer chair for this program.*

Program Coordinator: James Digabriele
Office: School of Business 376
Telephone: 973‑655‑4174