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Fraud Examination Certificate

What could be more exciting than having a career that is valued by society? If you’re looking for a career that is both exciting and financially rewarding, consider becoming a fraud examiner.

The Fraud Examination Certificate consists of four courses beyond the accounting survey or accounting principles prerequisite. The four courses are designed to prepare future entry-level fraud investigators. The curriculum encompasses fraud examination, fraud schemes, white-collar crime and forensic interviewing and interrogation. Graduates pursue careers as federal, state and local law enforcement officers (e.g. FBI postal inspectors, CIA, IRS Criminal Investigation Division, etc.), internal auditors, loss prevention specialists, corporate security specialists, private investigators and fraud control specialists. Students completing the Fraud Examination program receive an undergraduate Certificate in Fraud Examination.

Fraud Examination is a methodology for resolving allegations of wrongdoing from inception to disposition. The investigation by a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) involves obtaining evidence, conducting interviews, taking statements, writing reports, testifying to findings and assisting in organizational programs to detect and prevent fraud. Fraud examiners typically have undergraduate degrees from various disciplines such as business, criminal justice, political science and many others. Fraud permeates all aspects of society. All students completing this certificate program typically go on to earn their CFE designation.


To earn the Fraud Examination Certificate students complete the following four undergraduate courses in the certificate:

  •     Fraud Examination
  •     Fraud Schemes
  •     White Collar Crime
  •     Forensic Interviews and Interrogations

Students who complete the Fraud Examination Certificate may continue their specialized studies with the graduate Forensic Accounting Certificate. Students in the Forensic Accounting Certificate program need to complete prerequisites that can be satisfied by completing the undergraduate Fraud Examination Certificate. Students enrolled in the Master of Accounting program may also pursue the Forensic Accounting Certificate. Students will be trained to investigate asset theft as well as financial statement fraud. In addition, they will be prepared to provide litigation support including serving as testifying experts in court. The Fraud Examination & Forensic Accounting Certificates make extensive use of field trips, guest speakers and practitioners who are experts in their fields. Students will also complete a forensic capstone such as an internship, a consulting project, mock trial or senior thesis to demonstrate a growing mastery of their Forensic skills.

Last updated: 8/10/2020