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 a certificate in forensic accounting. Our faculty members include highly experienced and renowned researchers and practitioners in the field of forensic accounting.


If you’re considering applying to the Isenberg Master of Science in Accounting program, all of these certificate credits will transfer toward that degree.

Additionally, courses in the Certificate program meet CPA continuing education professional (CPE) requirements. Students enrolled in the program can fulfill their CPE credits and gain a career-building credential at the same time.


Registration is administered through UMass Amherst University Without Walls.

Certificate classes are $850 per credit and the total cost of the 12-credit certificate is $10,200. Books, supplies, and registration fee are additional.

For more information, please visit the Isenberg website or contact us at:
Isenberg School of Management - UMass Amherst
Graduate Programs Office
Office: 413-545-5608




The Isenberg School of Management is accredited by AACSB, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB International accreditation is widely regarded as the highest level of accreditation for business schools. Isenberg is part of the one percent of the worlds' 13,000 business programs that have earned this recognition—the hallmark of excellence in management education.

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


You may begin the program in fall, spring or summer. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Successful applicants will have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in accounting or be currently enrolled in their final semester. Professional experience is strongly preferred but not required. All applicants must submit the following:

Unofficial transcript
Personal statement
For Non-Native English Speakers Only: English Language Proficiency Scores


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.