Graduate Certificate in Accounting

with Emphasis in Fraud and Forensics

Graduate Certificate Summary

The 12-credit certificate is designed to establish the foundation and introduce key principles of forensic accounting. This foundation is designed to provide students with important skills to enter the forensic field in accounting fraud deterrence and prevention.

After completing the certificate program, students can apply earned credits to pursue their education in forensic accounting or cybersecurity and work toward earning a master’s degree in Accounting with Emphasis in Fraud and Forensics or Cybersecurity offered at Neumann University if so desired.

 

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What are some jobs in forensic accounting with a master's degree?

Professionals working in forensic accounting may also pursue a variety of meaningful career roles, including:

  • Fraud Examiner
  • ...

What are some jobs in forensic accounting with a master's degree?

Professionals working in forensic accounting may also pursue a variety of meaningful career roles, including:

  • Fraud Examiner
  • Forensic accountant
  • Chief accountant
  • Chief executive
  • Company secretary
  • Risk management consultant
  • Financial examiner
  • Financial adviser
  • Management accountant
  • Internal auditor
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What is the average salary of a forensic accountant?

Accountants who specialize in forensic accounting can expect a lucrative and meaningful career — both in Pennsylvania and across the nation.

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What is the average salary of a forensic accountant?

Accountants who specialize in forensic accounting can expect a lucrative and meaningful career — both in Pennsylvania and across the nation.

Nationally: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “the median annual wage for accountants and auditors was $73,000” for accountants and auditors at the national level. BLS also predicts that employment for accountants in the United States will increase 7 percent by 2030.

Pennsylvania: According to ZipRecruiter.com, forensic accountants who obtain Certified Public Accountant (CPA) status and who work in Pennsylvania make an average of $66,000 — with annual salaries as high as $106,000. Further, “Pennsylvania ranks number 23 out of 50 states nationwide for CPA salaries,” making Pennsylvania a strategic choice for CPAs looking to work in forensic accounting.
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Where do forensic accountants work?

Tasked with conducting examinations into the finances of an individual or business, forensic accountants are employed in a variety of important industries, such as:

Where do forensic accountants work?

Tasked with conducting examinations into the finances of an individual or business, forensic accountants are employed in a variety of important industries, such as:

  • Insurance companies
  • Banking establishments
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Lawyer offices
  • Information technology firms
  • Medical facilities
  • Government organizations
  • Public accounting firms
  • Financial institutions
  • Private practice
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Who teaches the courses in Neumann's master's degree program in forensic accounting?

Taught by expert faculty with first-hand experience in the field, graduate students in Neumann’s MS in Accounting program will learn from field experts like IRS agents, FBI agents, and attorneys that prosecute fraud — an incredibly valuable opportunity for future leaders in the field of forensic accounting.

What are some course examples?

Below are just a few examples of the types of courses students will take in Neumann’s master’s in Accounting program.

Fraud Examinations in Society: This course...

What are some course examples?

Below are just a few examples of the types of courses students will take in Neumann’s master’s in Accounting program.

Fraud Examinations in Society: This course examines the various legislative, administrative, and other societal remedies that have emerged in response to white-collar crime and investigates public and private sources that provide information on current issues in forensic accounting and fraud examination. Cases in securities fraud, pension fraud, environmental crimes, antitrust violations, bribery, money laundering, and corporate governance will be discussed.

Auditing for White Collar Crime and Employee Fraud: This course provides an introduction to financially motivated nonviolent crimes and examines the various types of white collar crimes that exist in society and how law enforcement identifies and investigates these crimes committed for illegal monetary gain.

Legal Aspects of Fraud with Interviewing Techniques: This course emphasizes how to strategically plan and execute effective interviews that are both skillful and ethical and examines recent legal issues related to interviewing in a fraud environment. Students will improve their ability to ask the right questions and detect deception in interviews.

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What is needed to apply?

Applicants with a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited, degree-granting institution who have successfully completed all prerequisite courses are eligible for...

What is needed to apply?

Applicants with a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited, degree-granting institution who have successfully completed all prerequisite courses are eligible for entrance to the Master of Science in Accounting program, subject to the approval of the Program Director. Acceptance is on a competitive basis after submission of all credentials and an interview with the Program Director. 

All applicants must submit the following:

  • A completed Graduate Student Application, online
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Letter of intent which outlines why you wish to pursue the Master of Science in Accounting degree
  • Two official, professional letters of reference
  • Current professional resume


Pro Tip: Looking for an online master’s in accounting with no GMAT or GRE requirement? Neumann University's Master of Science in Accounting does not require applicants to submit GMAT or GRE scores.

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