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Certificate in Forensic Accounting

Students with this certificate have a stronger grasp of the situations that a fraud professional sees on a daily basis.  The coursework better prepares them for the unique profession that they have chosen.  A certificate from the University of Baltimore is a distinction that is well earned in this competitive marketplace.

- Isabel Mercedes Cumming, CFE, J.D.'93, M.B.A. '89
Assistant Inspector General of Investigations/Counsel
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Program Director

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The Sarbanes-Oxley Act requires companies and their auditors to be more aggressive in detecting and preventing fraud. To comply with this and other regulations, jobs for forensic accountants, fraud investigators and auditors are in high demand.

The Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting program provides you the skills required to identify and evaluate corporate fraud or a multitude of other complex financial schemes. 

This certificate also prepares you to sit for the Certified Fraud Examiner examination.

For more information about the certificate, contact Phil Korb, Chair of the Department of Accounting.

Everything you need to know about the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting.

  • Certificate Requirements

    To receive a Certificate in Forensic Accounting, you must complete 12 credits of coursework and maintain a cumulative GPA of no less than 3.0 for courses taken in the certificate program. The coursework must be completed after you have received a bachelor's degree or equivalent.  

    The certificate requires ACCT 505: Introduction to Accounting (or its equivalent) as a prerequisite for each course in the certificate program and the completion of the following courses:

    Required courses (12 credits):

      • ACCT 601 ¦ Forensic Accounting Principles (3.0) 
      • ACCT 603 ¦ Investigative Accounting and Fraud Examination (3.0)
      • ACCT 604 ¦ Litigation Support (3.0) 
      • ACCT 608 ¦ Forensic Accounting in a Digital Environment (prerequisites: ACCT 505 and ACCT 601)

    Browse the course descriptions of all courses that the Merrick School of Business offers, or view the course catalog

  • Admission Requirements

    The following is required for Admission into the Certificate Program:

    • Application: Complete your application. Questions about the application should be directed to the Office of Graduate and International Admissions (410.837.6565).
    • Personal Statement: Detail your reasons for seeking a graduate business education, your short-and long-term professional and personal goals, and how you think this graduate program will help you achieve them. Provide any additional information highlighting unique aspects of your candidacy to the Admissions Committee. Please limit statement to 1,000 words.
    • Transcripts: Submit two copies of official transcripts from all institutions attended. Applicants to the graduate business certificate programs are required to have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
    • Letters of Recommendation: Provide two letters of recommendation addressing your abilities to successfully complete a graduate business program.
    • Resume: Provide a current resume detailing employment history (including dates, titles, responsibilities, and community activities.
    • GMAT: The GMAT is not required for applicants to the graduate business certificate programs.
  • Gainful Employment Information

    Gainful employment information is provided to help you make an informed decision about this certificate program related to time and resources required to complete the program and possible employment outcomes.


Important Dates:
Your application will be accepted on a rolling basis but you can use these dates as a guide.

  • Fall: Aug. 15
  • Spring: Jan. 1
  • Summer: May 1

Admission will be offered depending on availability of space, strength of your credentials and sufficiency of time for processing.

Questions? Contact an admission counselor at 410.837.4777 or