Fraud risk is becoming more prevalent as corporate and government organizations face changing economic, regulatory, and competitive challenges across industries and countries. Moreover, technology makes it both easier and harder to engage in fraudulent activity. According to the Financial Times, a recent survey by the Economic Intelligence Unit uncovered increasing fraud in five industry sectors, led by financial services.
This program is designed to help 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 graduate certificate programs by the Institute for Fraud Prevention.
Program participants will:
- 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
- Internal auditors
- Human resource professionals
- Fraud investigators
- Loss prevention professionals
- Ethics officers
To receive the Certificate in Forensic Accounting from Georgetown University, students must successfully complete the seven (7) required courses for a total of 6.30 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), which is equivalent to 63.0 contact hours. Students must complete the program within a two-year time period.
Participants must have a bachelor's degree or the equivalent. 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. Any requests for exceptions to these requirements must be made in writing to the program director at CCPE.
Program Format & Schedule
Most courses meet on Saturdays. Occasionally, courses may meet on weekdays during the day or evening. Generally, all courses are offered each semester, though some courses may be available in the spring or fall semester only. Refer to individual course pages below for schedules.
Courses may be completed in any order, though students are strongly encouraged to take the foundational course Principles of Forensic Accounting Examinations first.
Most program materials are included. 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.
Course materials will be distributed in digital format and accessible through Blackboard, Georgetown's learning management system. Students must have a laptop or tablet computer to access course materials.
This certificate is an open enrollment program. No application is required and registration is available by clicking the course links below. Current students must register with their Georgetown NetID and password. New students must first create an account and password through the Student Portal prior to registration. After your account is created, you will receive a Georgetown NetID via email. When you have your Georgetown NetID and password, continue registration by clicking "Add to Cart" on the course registration page, logging in, and following the steps to complete checkout. Course registration is complete when payment is processed and you receive a confirmation email.
Tuition for each course is $700.00. Total program tuition for all seven courses is $4,900.00. Tuition is due at time of registration. Students may register for all seven courses at once or register for courses separately. Withdrawals and refunds are processed based on the Withdrawal and Refund Policy.
This program also qualifies for VA Benefits for eligible students.
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.
Non-credit professional certificate programs are classified as part-time education programs. As a result, Georgetown University cannot sponsor international students for student visas (F-1) to enroll in certificate programs. However, prospective international students who enter the U.S. on a valid visa are eligible to enroll in courses. For more about travel visas, please see the section on international students under Frequently Asked Questions.
|Fraud in the Governmental Environment||Fall 2013||November 16 & 23||Saturday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM||$700|
|Criminal Investigative Technique||Fall 2013||December 7||Saturday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM||$700|
|Principles of Forensic Accounting Examination||Spring 2014||January 11||Saturday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM||$700|
|Fraud Examination: Detecting Misappropriation ||Spring 2014||January 25||Saturday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM|| |
|Fraudulent Financial Reporting||Spring 2014||February 1||Saturday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM||$700|
|Advanced Forensic Technique||Spring 2014||February 8||Saturday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM||$700|
|Internal Controls: Proper Design and Detection||Spring 2014||February 22 & March 1||Saturday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM||$700|
|Fraud in the Governmental Environment||Spring 2014||March 15 & 22||Saturday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM||$700|
|Criminal Investigative Techniques||Spring 2014||April 5||Saturday 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM||$700|