Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting


Follow the money: Fraud investigation, auditing, and complex decision-making all require the ability to track patterns of financial transactions and identify discrepancies. Accounting and finance professionals can gain these tools through Isenberg’s Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting.

Courses are taught by experienced forensic accounting, white collar crime and data analytics practitioners. Topics include managing the business risk of fraud, forensic accounting techniques, white collar crime, regulatory compliance, litigation support and financial expert witness testimony, and data analytics.

Coursework may be one element of preparation for a Certified in Financial Forensics or Certified Fraud Examiner credential. Alternatively, courses may fulfill CPA continuing education requirements. If you’re considering applying to the Isenberg Master of Science in Accounting program, all of these certificate credits will transfer toward that degree.

Earn the Certificate in Forensic Accounting by taking four courses (for a total of 12 credits):

  • SCH-MGMT 704, Exploring Data Analytics for Accounting Professionals
  • SCH-MGMT 620, Introduction to Forensic Accounting
  • SCH-MGMT 621, Fraud Investigation
  • SCH-MGMT 635, White Collar Investigation

Learn more about this program:

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To get started, visit the Online Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting webpage.


Registration is administered through UMass Amherst University Without Walls. Please see Fee Schedule below.

Program Costs Amount
Fee per credit $800
Registration Fee per semester  $50
Total for Course* $2,450 (800x3crds. = 2,400 + 50 reg. fee per sem.)

*Courses can vary from one to six credits; this total represents a standard 3 credit course.


The Isenberg School of Management is fully accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB- International). AACSB - International is the premier accrediting agency for business programs around the world.

The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).


Successful applicants will possess a bachelor’s degree in a business discipline. All applicants must have taken introductory financial and introductory managerial accounting. Professional experience is strongly preferred but not required. All applicants must submit the following:

  • Unofficial transcript
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal statement (a brief one-page statement describing your goals and why you want to pursue the certificate)

Applicants may start the program in the fall or spring semesters.

Application due dates are as follows:

  • November 1st for spring admission and
  • April 1st for fall admission.
Financial Aid: 

We encourage you to speak to your employer about tuition reimbursement if there is a Tuition Assistance Program available.

For certificate programs, you may be eligible for a direct consumer alternative loan. Private loans do not require school certification and proceeds are paid directly to the borrower. When looking for loans, please make sure you specify to the lender that you are looking for a "Direct to consumer loan" or that it is for Continuing Education classes. Financial aid is not available since certificate programs are not degree granting.

UMass Amherst does not endorse any individual alternative loan - you should compare programs and choose those that best fit your needs.

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