What will I learn?

This certificate focuses on data analytics and detection techniques used by forensic accountants. You’ll experience ands-on, project-based learning using case studies, data analysis software, and “live” data. Our curriculum covers topics that are relevant to the CPA, CMA and CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner) professional examinations.

Data analytics is one of the most quickly growing fields in the world. Our program offers a unique, in-demand skill set immediately transferrable to the marketplace. You’ll learn from professors with actual forensic accounting experience, including the detection of fraud. You can complete this certificate outside of a master’s degree program if you only want training in forensic accounting.

This program can be completed in one calendar year and features night classes to meet the needs of working professionals.

  • Intro to Forensic Investigation
  • Data Analysis
  • Advanced Data Analysis
  • An elective of your choice

These computer lab-based courses can count as credit toward PNW’s MAcc degree with a concentration in forensic accounting.

Outcomes

Upon completion of this certificate, you’ll be:

  • Eligible to sit for the CFE exam upon completion
  • Proficient in data analysis software and techniques
  • Able to identify irregularities in financial reporting, trends and patterns in datasets and internal control issues that can lead to fraud

Career Paths

With this certificate, you’ll be eligible to pursue roles in:

  • Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Tax preparation
  • Business analysis

Which department am I in?

College of Business

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
US$10,977.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected May, October 2022

Start date

10 January 2022

Venue

Purdue University Northwest

Hammond Campus,

2200 169th Street,

HAMMOND,

Indiana,

46323, United States

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
US$10,977.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected May, October 2022

Start date

10 January 2022

Venue

Westville Campus

1401 S. U.S. 421,

WESTVILLE,

Indiana,

46391, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater based on a 4.0 scale for unconditional admission. Students whose GPA is somewhat less than 3.0 may be considered for conditional admission.

Test scores: IELTS score - An overall band score of 6.5 is required for admission; TOEFL - minimum Internet-Based (iBT) scores: 80.

Application Deadlines: May 15 for fall admission; October 15 for spring admission; March 15 for summer admission.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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