Forensic Accounting Graduate Certificate

With a graduate certificate in Forensic Accounting from Detroit Mercy, you may qualify for the CPA or launch a career as a compliance officer or fraud examiner.

You will learn fraud detection, auditing, financial and accounting rules, and the use and misuse of information technology. In addition, Detroit Mercy 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.

Prepares you for the CPA exam

Your bachelor’s degree (126 credits) combined with this 8-course, 24-credit program, satisfies the 150 credit hours needed for the CPA.

Our pass rate for first-time candidates on the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam ranks No. 1 in the nation! See all our rankings here.

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

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MBA with Concentration or Certificate

Complete this certificate as a stand-alone program or in conjunction with our highly-ranked MBA degree.

A student who completes the Certificate in Forensic Accounting needs only eight (8) additional courses to complete the MBA degree; or a students who completes the MBA degree with three Accounting electives from the Certificate needs only three (3) more courses to complete the Certificate.

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Full- or Part-time

A student may apply for this certificate program on a full-time and part-time status.

Full-time student status usually involves nine or more credit hour courses while part-time students usually have a one to eight credit hour course load in Terms I and II.

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Convenient Scheduling

All classes are on evenings or weekends.

Take advantage of the flexibility to fit this special certification into your life.

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    Admission Requirements

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

    Guest Student Status

    Individuals currently enrolled in another AACSB accredited MBA program may obtain Guest Student Status at 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 Student Admissions.



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

    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


    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.


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

    Dr. Wonseok Choi
    Director of Graduate Business Programs

    Carrol Parris
    Coordinator of Student Services

    Contact Admissions

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