Center for Continuing and Professional Education

Forensic Accounting

Forensic Accounting


Ideal for Security and accounting professionals (e.g. internal auditors, accountants, attorneys, and information security officers) seeking to understand common fraud schemes, learn to detect fraudulent financial reporting, and design internal systems that minimize or mitigate the potential for fraud.
Program Format Courses typically meet on Saturdays at our downtown Washington, D.C. campus. Occasionally, courses may meet on weekdays during the day or evening.
Program Length Eight courses over one semester. Students are not required to enroll continuously and have up to two years to complete the program.
Program Cost Tuition is $700.00 per course. Total program tuition for all eight courses is $5,600.00. Most course materials are included.

Students who register for all eight courses in one transaction receive a 10% tuition discount. Learn more about funding or financing your certificate >>
Start Date Forensic Accounting courses are open enrollment and offered throughout the year, though some courses may be available in the spring or fall semester only. Courses may be taken in any order, however, students are strongly encourage to take Principles of Forensic Accounting Examinations first. Please see course schedule below for the next start date.

Program Overview

The Certificate in Forensic Accounting program is designed to help accounting and security professionals develop expertise and competency in the area of forensic accounting examinations. The certificate will concentrate on the core skills required to identify, detect, and prevent fraud. Courses survey fraud schemes and address fraudulent financial reporting, misappropriation of assets, and corruption. Participants will learn how to develop evidence to support a fraud case through litigation support and expert testimony techniques.

Georgetown University is an education member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Participants who are Certified Government Financial Managers (CGFM) may earn continuing professional education credits to maintain their CGFM credential. The Certificate in Forensic Accounting has also been recognized as one of the top six certificate programs by the Institute for Fraud Prevention.

Students are strongly encouraged to purchase or rent the most recent edition of Principles of Fraud Examination by Joseph T. Wells as a reference guide throughout the program. The book is available in print or e-book formats through online booksellers or textbook rental providers.

Program Objectives

Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Develop skills to identify and detect fraud
  • Understand common fraud schemes and fraudulent financial reporting
  • Recognize misappropriation of assets
  • Develop evidence to support a fraud case through litigation support and expert testimony techniques
  • Design internal systems that minimize or mitigate the potential for fraud

Certificate Requirements

To receive the Certificate in Forensic Accounting from Georgetown University, students must successfully complete eight (8) required courses for a total of 7.20 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), which is equivalent to 72.0 contact hours. All eight courses must be completed within a two-year time period.

  Course Name Course Type CEUs
1 Principles of Forensic Accounting Examinations Required 0.90
2 Fraud Examination: Detecting Misappropriation Required 0.90
3 Fraudulent Financial Reporting Required 0.90
4 Advanced Forensic Techniques Required 0.90
5 Internal Controls: Proper Design and Detection Required 0.90
6 Fraud in the Governmental Environment Required 0.90
7 Criminal Investigative Techniques Required 0.90
8 Digital Forensic Analysis Required 0.90
Total   8 Required 7.20
 
See below for course schedules and registration information.

Program Prerequisites

Program participants must have a bachelor's degree or the equivalent.

International Students

Georgetown University cannot sponsor student visas for non-credit professional certificate programs, however, international students who enter the U.S. on a valid visa are eligible to enroll in courses. For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions. A TOEFL examination for non-native speakers of English is not required but students are expected to read, write and comprehend English at the graduate level to fully participate in and gain from the program.

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Information for Accountants

Georgetown University Center for Continuing and Professional Education is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Web site: www.nasbatools.com.

The National Registry of CPE Sponsors is a program offered by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) to recognize CPE program sponsors who provide continuing professional education (CPE) programs in accordance with nationally recognized standards.

How to Enroll

This certificate is an open enrollment program. No application is required and registration is available by clicking the course links below. Course registration is complete when payment is processed and you receive a confirmation email.

Required:

Advanced Forensic Techniques
Criminal Investigative Techniques
Digital Forensic Analysis
Fraud Examination: Detecting Misappropriation
Fraud in the Governmental Environment
Fraudulent Financial Reporting
Internal Controls: Proper Design and Detection
Principles of Forensic Accounting Examinations


Course Schedule

Course Name Semester and Section
Required  Fall 2016
Principles of Forensic Accounting Examinations Not currently scheduled
Section 01
Fri, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Sep 09, 2016
640 Mass Ave.

Sat, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sep 10, 2016
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Required Fall 2016
Fraud Examination: Detecting Misappropriation Not currently scheduled
Section 01
Fri, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Sep 16, 2016
640 Mass Ave.

Sat, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sep 17, 2016
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Required Fall 2016
Fraudulent Financial Reporting Not currently scheduled
Section 01
Fri, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Sep 30, 2016
640 Mass Ave.

Sat, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Oct 01, 2016
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Required Fall 2016
Digital Forensic Analysis Not currently scheduled
Section 01
Fri, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Oct 14, 2016
640 Mass Ave.

Sat, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Oct 15, 2016
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Required Fall 2016
Internal Controls: Proper Design and Detection Not currently scheduled
Section 01
Fri, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Oct 28, 2016
640 Mass Ave.

Sat, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Oct 29, 2016
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Required Fall 2016
Fraud in the Governmental Environment Not currently scheduled
Section 01
Fri, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Nov 04, 2016
640 Mass Ave.

Sat, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Nov 05, 2016
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Required Fall 2016
Criminal Investigative Techniques Not currently scheduled
Section 01
Fri, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Nov 18, 2016
640 Mass Ave.

Sat, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Nov 19, 2016
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Required Fall 2016
Advanced Forensic Techniques Not currently scheduled
Section 01
Fri, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Dec 02, 2016
640 Mass Ave.

Sat, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Dec 03, 2016
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
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