Certificate in Fraud Examination

The 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.

Admission to the undergraduate Fraud Examination Certificate is open to all students enrolled at Georgia Southern University. Students who wish to earn the Certificate must be accepted by first submitting a completed application to the Registrar.


Advising and Registration

Students pursuing the Fraud Examination Certificate should consult with their advisor within their primary major College. Students admitted to the Certificate self-register online using WINGS.



The prerequisite required to enroll in the undergraduate Fraud Examination Certificate is Accounting Survey or Principles.  Non-business majors should complete the Survey of Accounting course while business majors should complete two courses: Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting.


Program of Study

To earn the 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 in 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: 8/25/2016