Advanced Certificate in Forensic Accounting | John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Advanced Certificate in Forensic Accounting

Advanced Certificate in Forensic Accounting

Program Coordinator: Professor Vijay Sampath

The educational goal of the Advanced Certificate in Forensic Accounting program is to prepare students for professional careers in accounting with special focus on the investigation of fraud. The curriculum is designed to meet the content standards of the Association of Inspectors General and the coursework requirements of CPA 150. The student will receive the Advanced Certificate in Forensic Accounting upon completion of the additional requirements of the certificate as specified in the Official Program of Study, including the four required courses, the two additional required courses within the MPA program, and any other requirements necessary to satisfy CPA 150.

Admissions and Curriculum Summary

The Advanced Certificate Program is articulated with the Master of Public Administration in Inspection and Oversight program. The following is a summary of the curriculum:

  • To be admitted to the Advanced Certificate program, students must have completed 15 credits of coursework in the MPA in Inspection and Oversight program with an overall GPA of 3.2 or better.
  • Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in accounting or the equivalent from an accredited college or university, including 24 undergraduate credits in accounting and 18 undergraduate credits in general business electives.
  • Within the certificate program, four courses that focus on accounting, with emphasis on forensic accounting aspects of professional practice are required.
  • Two of the courses from the certificate program may be transferred to satisfy requirements in the Master of Public Administration in Inspection and Oversight program.
  • Students must complete the Forensic Accounting specialization of the MPA in Inspection and Oversight program, including several particular courses that are prerequisites or co-requisites to the certificate program.
  • Each student who is admitted to the advanced certificate program will be provided an official program of study, signed by the MPA in Inspection and Oversight program director, the Advanced Certificate in Forensic Accounting director, and the Director of Graduate Admissions, specifying the student’s program requirements, and specifying how the student’s course of study satisfies the CPA 150 requirements.

 

Students completing the advanced certificate program will have achieved, based on required certificate courses along with required prerequisite and co-requisite courses, the required accounting academic qualifications for admission to the CPA examination in New York State.