Forensic Accounting Certificate

The Forensic Accounting Certificate is designed for individuals who are preparing to become forensic accountants. Because of their extensive background in accounting and financial reporting, forensic accountants conduct asset theft and financial statement fraud investigations and serve as expert witnesses in legal proceedings. Graduates pursue careers with public accounting firms, law firms, forensic accounting firms, government and law enforcement agencies, and professional litigation support consulting firms.

  • The Forensic Accounting Certificate is integrated with the MAcc program.

Admission to the certificate program is limited to students who have completed the prerequisites for the Master of Accounting program and have

  • have obtained the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation from the ACFE
  • completed Georgia Southern’s fraud examination certificate program, or
  • To earn the certificate, and complete 4 forensic accounting classes during their program of study. This certificate program consists of 12 semester hours (4 courses) of specialized graduate education


Course Descriptions


  • Admission
  • Students must apply for admission  and declare their intentions to their Graduate Business Academic Adviser.
  • In addition, the Forensic Accounting Admissions Committee reviews all applications looking at both the quantitative and qualitative aspects of the applicant’s academic background (and professional experience if applicable). The admissions committee seeks to assess each applicant’s potential for academic success and future professional growth based on the following:
  • Statement of Purpose Essay
  • Because the admissions process does not allow for personal interviews, this essay is a crucial reflection of the applicant’s communication skills.
  • Past Academic Performance
  • While there is no minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) requirement, the admissions committee views past grades as an important indicator of the applicant’s future academic performance. The committee may also consider the ranking and reputation of the applicant’s undergraduate institution.
  • Work Experience
  • There is no work experience requirement, although work experience will be viewed positively by the admissions committee.
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Public, community, or military service; travel experiences; extracurricular activities, hobbies and special aptitudes; and any honors or recognitions received are all important indicators of the applicant’s motivation and character.
  • GMAT Score
  • While there is no minimum GMAT score requirement beyond that needed for entrance to the MAcc program, GMAT scores are an important component of the application.
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Two letters are required. References should speak to the applicant’s personal qualities, career potential, and potential to succeed in the classroom.
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Last updated: 10/14/2016