Forensic Accounting Graduate Certificate Program

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Online, Blended or In-Class Options

A Growing Professional Demand

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners estimates that corporate and government fraud costs the U.S. economy more than $600 billion annually. Over the last four decades, the field of forensic accounting has grown tremendously as increased federal legislation and more stringent auditing standards have helped to make the detection, prevention and prosecution of financial fraud a priority.

Career opportunities in forensic investigation include positions in the government, public accounting, insurance, law, business and non-profit sectors. The role of forensic accountants is far-reaching: these skilled professionals combine their accounting knowledge with critical investigative and analysis skills. They help to manage and reduce risk; identify and prosecute criminal activities such as embezzlement or illegally obtained funds; and advise on critical financial transactions from mergers and acquisitions to bankruptcy proceedings.

Program Overview

For the convenience professionals, Rider’s 12-credit Forensic Accounting Graduate Certificate program is offered in a variety of delivery formats: all-online, blended or on-campus evening classes. Classes are offered year-round with start dates in the spring, summer and fall.

You can complete the certificate in as little as two semesters, acquiring the skills to identify, collect and examine evidence for accounting fraud and abuse. Learning outcomes are as follow:

  • Identify, detect and prevent common fraud schemes and fraudulent financial reporting
  • Recognize misappropriation of assets and corruption
  • Gather and deliver evidence for the purpose of litigation
  • Support fraud cases through documentation and analysis for litigation support
  • Understand how internal control systems minimize or mitigate the potential for fraud including control frameworks and specific control procedures

Completion of the Certificate

You must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 in the program, with no grades earned below a “C”, to earn the certificate.


Required Courses

12 credit hours

  • MAcc 663 – Forensic Accounting
  • MAcc 665 – Fraud Detection & Deterrence
  • MAcc 667 – Business Valuation
  • PMBA 8312 – Business Intelligence & Data Mining

Prerequisite Courses

To be met or completed based on a student’s academic background.

  • PMBA 8020 – Fundamentals of Accounting


  • PMBA 8324 – Financial Accounting & Reporting OR ACC 310 and 311 – Accounting Theory I and II

Program Costs

Cost is $3,180 per 3-credit course based on 2017-18 graduate tuition rates (subject to change). Additional costs for prerequisite coursework.

Admission to the Program

To be considered for admission into Rider’s Forensic Accounting Graduate Certificate Program, you must:

  1. Complete and submit Rider University’s Forensic Accounting Graduate Certificate Application (also available by contacting the Office of Graduate Admission at [email protected]).
  2. Hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution of higher learning with a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  3. Demonstrate technology proficiency by satisfying ONE of the following conditions:
    • Earn a grade of “C” or better in Rider University’s ACC 310 Accounting Theory I and ACC 311 Accounting Theory II, or similar coursework at accredited four-year institution within six years prior to the semester admitted;
    • Complete PMBA 8020 Fundamentals of Accounting with a grade of B or better AND PMBA 8324 Financial Accounting and Reporting with a grade of C or better.

To learn more:

For more information about the certificate, please contact:

Jean Cherney
Academic Coordinator, Graduate Programs
Sweigart Hall 236
Chanelle Lester
Director, Graduate Business and International Admission
Headshot of Margaret O'Reilly-Allen
Associate Professor and Chairperson
Sweigart Hall 350

Dr. O’Reilly-Allen has been a member of the Rider Community since 1991. She is Director of the Masters of Accountancy Program and the Accounting Co-op Program. She teaches the Managerial Accounting courses, Cost Management, and the graduate course Issues in Financial Reporting. She has also led business study tours to Spain, Italy, Prague, London and Ireland. She is also the Director of the Accounting Internship Program.