Forensic Accounting (Certificate)


Experts in ethics

The smartest way to up your game in accounting? Qualify for the CPA, or launch a career as a compliance officer or fraud examiner. Detroit Mercy brings an ethical framework to everything we teach—which is why this is the best possible place to study a subject that focuses on ethical and unethical practices.

Our program:

  • Teaches you fraud detection, auditing, financial and accounting rules, and the use and misuse of information technology.
  • Prepares you for the CPA. Add to your bachelor’s degree (126 hours) to attain the 150 hours needed for the CPA. This eight-course, 24-credit hour program will fill the gap.
  • Works with your schedule. All classes are on evenings or weekends. Take advantage of the flexibility to fit this special certificate into your life.
  • Allows full-time or part-time attendance. Full-time status usually involves a course load of nine or more credit hours. Part-time student status usually entails a 1-8.5 credit hour load.

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    Admission Requirements

    Admission requires an undergraduate degree in Accounting or the equivalent, and either a GMAT or extensive professional experience. Admission decisions are based on the undergraduate GPA, the GMAT score (if needed), work experience, and any other degrees. Applicants should present:

    • A University of Detroit Mercy Graduate Application Form, with the application fee (waived for online applications);
    • Official transcripts for all previous academic work;
    • An official report with the scores earned on the GMAT (if needed);
    • A resume;
    • Letter of recommendation; and
    • Any other information which the applicant feels is important to the admission decision.

    Program Requirements

    Course Curriculum

    The program consists of eight courses (24 credit hours).

    Foundation Courses

    Students are expected to demonstrate a minimum competence in accounting. This is possible by evidence in their transcript or by successfully completing ACC 5100 and/or ACC 5200.

    • ACC 5100 Corporate Financial Accounting (3 credits)
    • ACC 5200 Managerial Accounting (3 credits)

    Required Courses

    • MBA 5210 Personal Development, Ethics, and Social Responsibility (3 credits)
    • MBA 5260 Systems and Technology (3 credits)
    • ACC 5500 Accounting Information Systems (3 credits)
    • ACC 5510 Auditing (3 credits)
    • ACC 5520 Corporate Fraud Detection and Prevention (3 credits)
    • ACC 5540 Cash Crisis Management (3 credits)

    Elective Courses (choose 2)

    • CIS 5650 Information and Society (3 credits)
    • CIS 5700 Information Assurance Principles (3 credits)
    • CIS 5580 System Forensics (3 credits)
    • SEC 5950 Computer and Information Security (3 credits)
    • SEC 5020 Principles of Loss Prevention (3 credits)

    Admission Status

    Guest Student Status

    Individuals currently enrolled in another AACSB accredited MBA program may obtain Guest Student Status at the University of Detroit Mercy for a limited number of courses by providing a statement of good standing from their school's dean or program director, or by applying for Guest Student Status using a Michigan Intercollegiate Graduate School form (MIGS). The MIGS application can be obtained in the Graduate Business Programs Office.


    Program Characteristics

    Several important aspects of the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting should be noted. These include policies regarding grade point averages, class scheduling, and advising.

    Cumulative Grade Point Average

    Students in the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting are required to achieve and maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale). A 3.0 cumulative GPA is required for final completion of the program requirements.

    Academic Standing

    While an individual may be admitted into the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting on a regular-acceptance basis, it is possible that the individual's eventual cumulative GPA may fall below a 3.0 in any particular term. When this situation occurs, the student automatically is placed on "Academic Probation". This status dictates that the student's cumulative GPA must continue to improve in each consecutive term thereafter until the cumulative GPA reaches 3.0 and is then sustained at that level or higher. If, after being placed on Academic Probation, the student's cumulative GPA does not improve in each subsequent term, the student will be academically dismissed.

    Full-Time and Part-Time Student Status

    An individual may undertake the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting on a part-time basis. Full-time student status usually involves a nine or above credit-hour course load in Terms I and II. Part-time student status usually entails a 1-8.5 credit hour load in Terms I and II.

    Residence and Time Requirements

    Students who have not completed their required certificate program within two years may be subject to re-evaluation and additional coursework. Students not enrolled for more than four consecutive terms will be required to re-apply for admission.

    International Students

    International students should consult with the International Services Office.


    The director of Graduate Business Programs serves as general academic advisor for all students entering the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting program. When appropriate, specific advising matters may be referred to the advisor in a particular academic discipline.

    Student Responsibilities

    Students in the College of Business Administration are responsible and accountable for knowledge of the requirements and procedures set forth by the College and University. Administrators, advisors, and faculty are available to assist students by explaining the various requirements and procedures for each program. However, the ultimate responsibility for compliance rests with the student.

    Convenient Class Scheduling

    Classes are scheduled in the evening and on the weekend. Classes are currently offered on the McNichols Campus. Evening classes begin at 6:40 p.m., Monday through Thursday for Term I and Term II. Terms are 15 weeks in length. Each summer session is seven weeks in length. Summer I commences in early May. Summer II begins in late June.


    MBA with Certificate

    The certificate may be completed as a stand-alone program or in conjunction with our MBA degree program.

    A student who completed the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting would need only eight (8) additional courses to complete the MBA degree; or conversely, a student who completed the MBA degree with three Accounting electives from the certificate would need only three (3) more courses to complete the certificate. For details, a student should consult with the director of Graduate Business Programs.


    Program Contact Information

    Graduate Admissions Counselor: Theresa Carson

    Director of Graduate Business Programs: Dr. Omid Sabbaghi

    Coordinator of Student Services: Carrol Parris