Program Overview

Golden Gate University offers a Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting program for students that are interested in earning the financial forensic certification. Courses within the program are designed to strengthen the skills and knowledge that is required for attorneys or accountants within many areas of the forensic field. Experts  constructed the curriculum and selected the courses to ensure students receive a focused education. Courses will cover topics such as insolvency, bankruptcy, fraud investigations, valuation and lost profits. Additionally, the program’s courses also fulfill CPE and MCLE credit.

In order to graduate, students will need to complete a minimum of 15 units. The 15 units consists of two types of courses. Students will need to take nine Required Course Units and six Elective Units. The three Required Courses are Introduction to Financial Forensic Accounting, Fraud Auditing, and Damages. Some Electives are Forensic Accounting in Family Law, Forensic Valuation, Construction Claims, Intellectual Property, Expert Testimony, Allegations of Adult Failure, and Special Topics in Forensic Accounting. The program’s courses may have prerequisites that need to be completed before enrollment.

If a student is interested in traditional courses, Golden Gate University offers campus-based courses on the San Francisco campus. The cost for a three-unit course is $2,520.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission


    Must hold a bachelors degree or higher.

    School Overview

    With just four students, Golden Gate University began evening classes in 1901 in San Francisco. Today, it maintains three added campus locations, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and Seattle, along with an online program fueled by “cutting edge course content” and “real world and real time” instructors that bring exdivertise to the classroom. This private nonprofit university targets undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs in “law, taxation, business and related professions.” Today, the university hosts thousands of online students across the globe in forty plus countries. Limited class sizes provide a “seminar-style” atmosphere with asynchronous discussions. Golden Gate offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in a myriad of disciplines. These degrees also are available for online students with the exception of Psychology, Law, and cohort programs.


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