Business Forensics Certificate

Forensic Concentration and Certificate Program

The fraud and business forensics certificate program is designed to prepare participants for a career in the field of fraud investigation and forensics by providing skills and tools to both prevent fraud from occurring and discovering fraud after it has occurred. The program consists of four undergraduate courses [12 credits] and a student may select either an Accounting [ACC] or Computer Information Systems [CIS] track. Additional credits may be required for students who have not met course pre-requisites. In addition, students who have completed pre-requisites that are over five years old may be required to repeat these courses. Exceptions may be made on case-by-case basis. You may contact a College of Continuing Studies [CCS] adviser with any questions.

The curriculum encompasses fraud examinations, financial investigations, the psychology of white collar crime, forensic interrogations and evidence management and presentation for civil and criminal trials. A wide variety of teaching tools are employed including case studies, mock investigations, mock trials, guest speakers and professionals who are experts in their areas.


Current undergraduate College of Business Administration (CBA) students majoring in Accounting or Computer Information Systems may choose a concentration on Fraud and Business Forensics. The concentration credit requirements are the same as the Certificate in Business Forensics. CBA students who want to declare this concentration through the CBA Undergraduate Academic Coordinator in the Dean's Office in Sweigart Hall a semester prior to beginning coursework.

The certificate program welcomes students who graduated from Rider or who are not presently enrolled and possess a bachelors degree. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required. Students who have completed a degree from Rider may complete a Re-enroll/Certificate Program application form through the College of Continuing Studies. Students who have not previously attended Rider may complete a College of Continuing Studies application form.

Course Requirements for Certificate and Concentration

Students must achieve a minimum 2.5 GPA in the coursework required with no grade lower than a "C" in any course in the concentration.

Core Courses

The following courses are required for all students:

ACC 325 Fraud and Forenscis and Business Forensics 3 credits
BUS 425 Evidence Management and Presentation 3 credits
ACC 450 Business Forensics Applications or
ACC 321 Internal Auditing
3 credits

Accounting Track

ACC 320 Accounting Information Systems or
ACC 400 Principles of Auditing and Corporate Governance
3 credits

Computer Information Systems Track

CIS 370 Systems Analysis and Design Project 3 credits