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Forensic Accounting

Graduate Certificate

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Program Intro

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.

Curriculum Overview

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.

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Program Requirements

This program requires admission to the Master of Accountancy degree program.


This certificate emphasizes the skills you need to perform data analysis, fraud detection and accounting irregularity identification.

These skills are not limited to forensic investigations. They can be applied to all areas of accounting and business, including:

  • Auditing
  • Controllership
  • Financial analysis
  • Evaluation of business outcomes
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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

Beyond the Classroom

We encourage you to get involved in activities like:

  • Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), the honors organization for accounting finance, and IS professionals
  • Finance and Accounting Club (FAC)

Our program also hosts presentations from industry and government organizations like CPA firms, the FBI and the IRS.

Career Paths

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

  • Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Tax preparation
  • Business analysis

Many of our students progress into managerial-level positions.


Our alumni work with some of the most innovative organizations across the region and around the world, including:

  • Ernest & Young
  • CliftonLarsenAllen LLP
  • Ford Motor Company
  • People’s Bank
  • Attorney General of Indiana
  • State and local governments


Our programs are accredited by the Association to Advance College Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Less than 5 percent of the world’s 13,000 business programs have earned AACSB accreditation. Graduates of AACSB-accredited programs are highly skilled and sought after by employers.

Meet the Faculty

Maureen Francis Mascha

Maureen Francis Mascha, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Accounting

As a CPA and a former audit manager Maureen Francis Mascha has practical experience that she brings to the classroom in her roles as coordinator of the forensic program in accounting and advisor of Beta Alpha Psi.

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