Forensic Accounting (graduate certificate)

The smartest way to up your game in accounting? With a graduate certificate in Forensic Accounting from UDM. Qualify for the CPA. Or launch a career as a compliance officer or fraud examiner. UDM brings an ethical framework to everything we teach—which is why this is the best possible place to study a subject that focuses on ethical and unethical practices.

Our program:

  • Teaches you fraud detection, auditing, financial and accounting rules, and the use and misuse of information technology.
  • Prepares you for the CPA. Add to your bachelor’s degree (126 hours) to attain the 150 hours needed for the CPA. This 8-course, 24-credit hour program will fill the gap.
  • Works with your schedule. All classes are on evenings or weekends. Take advantage of the flexibility to fit this special certification into your life.
  • Allows full-time or part-time attendance. Full-time status usually involves a course load of 9 or more credit hours. Part-time student status usually entails a 1-8 credit hour load.

Come to UDM to join the experts in the rising field of forensic accounting.

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Distinctive Features

  • Convenient Class Scheduling - The College of Business Administration has committed to providing Forensic Accounting Certificate courses online to any student who enters the program.
  • Unique identity - Rooted in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions, the College champions academic excellence and good character by encouraging intellectual, spiritual, ethical and social growth.
  • Full-Time and Part-Time Student Status - An student may apply for a Certificate Program on a part-time basis. Full-time student status usually involves nine or more credit hour courses in Terms I and II. Part-time students usually have a one to eight credit hour course load in Terms I and II.
  • Flexibility: MBA with Concentration or Certificate - The certificate may be completed as a stand-alone program or in conjunction with our award-winning MBA degree, recently ranked among the top 100 in the world by the Aspen Institute. A student who completed the Certificate in Forensic Accounting would need only eight (8) additional courses to complete the MBA degree; or conversely, a student who completed the MBA degree with three Accounting electives from the Certificate would need only three (3) more courses to complete the Certificate.  For details, a student should consult with the Director of Graduate Business Programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission decisions are based on an undergraduate GPA, GMAT score (if needed), work experience, and other degrees. Applicants should present:

  • A University of Detroit Mercy Graduate Application Form, with the application fee (waived for online applications);
  • Official transcripts for all previous academic work;
  • A resume;
  • A letter of recommendation; and
  • Any other information which the applicant feels is important to the admission decision.

Guest Student Status

Individuals currently enrolled in another AACSB accredited MBA program may obtain Guest Student Status at the University of Detroit Mercy for a limited number of courses by providing a statement of good standing from their school's Dean or program director, or by applying for guest student status using a Michigan Intercollegiate Graduate School form (MIGS). The MIGS application can be obtained in the Graduate Business Programs Office.

International Students

International students should consult with the International Services Office.

600 or Better on the GMAT?

If you scored 600 or better on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), you qualify for a half-tuition scholarship for the program at the University of Detroit Mercy. Please contact Carrol Reaser-Parris at or 313-993-1203.

The program consists of 8 courses (24 credit hours).

Academic Standing

While an individual may be admitted into the Certificate Program on a regular-acceptance basis, it is possible that the individual's eventual cumulative GPA may fall below a 3.0 in any particular term. When this situation occurs, the student automatically is placed on "Academic Probation". This status dictates that the student's cumulative GPA must continue to improve in each consecutive term thereafter until the cumulative GPA reaches 3.0 and is then sustained at that level or higher. If, after being placed on Academic Probation, the student's cumulative GPA does not improve in each subsequent term, the student will be academically dismissed.

Residence and Time Requirements

Students who have not completed their required Certificate Program within two years may be subject to re-evaluation and additional coursework. Students not enrolled for more than two consecutive terms (without prior approval of the program director) may be required to re-apply for admission.

Student Responsibilities

Students in the College of Business Administration are responsible and accountable for knowledge of the requirements and procedures set forth by the College and University. This includes the Student Academic Integrity policy available on our website. Administrators, advisors, and faculty are available to assist students by explaining the various requirements and procedures for each program. However, the ultimate responsibility for compliance rests with the student.

Cumulative Grade Point Average

Students in the Certificate Program are required to achieve and maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale). A 3.0 cumulative GPA is required for final completion of the program requirements.

Required courses:

  • MBA 5210 Personal Development, Ethics & Social Responsibility in Organizations
  • MBA 5260 Information Systems and Technology
  • ACC 5500 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACC 5510 Auditing
  • ACC 5520 Corporate Fraud Detection & Prevention
  • ACC 5540 Accounting During Cash Crisis

Electives (choose 2):

  • CIS 5650 Information & Society
  • CIS 5700 Information Assurance Principles
  • CIS 5580 System Forensics
  • SEC 5950 Computer & Information Security
  • SEC 5020 Principles of Loss Prevention


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A graduate certificate in Forensic Accounting helps connect you with a dynamic group of business leaders, community partners and fellow students. Here you can delve deeper and learn more about us.

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The application process may differ based on what type of incoming student you are. Please visit to learn more and apply online.

For more information about our Graduate Business Programs, including our MBA, MBA/MHSA and JD-MBA programs, please send your inquiries to:

Dr. Omid Sabbaghi
Director of Graduate Business Programs

Carrol Parris
Coordinator of Student Services

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