The School of Accounting’s certificate in forensic accounting includes courses in fraud examination, financial statement investigations, complex discovery and data management, the role of the expert and expert report, bankruptcy and insolvency, economic damages, valuation and lost profits. Students expected in this certificate program include CPAs looking for forensic accounting expertise and attorneys who need to know the vocabulary of forensics, as well as what questions to ask during complex discovery and litigation. Forensic courses will be eligible for CPE and MCLE credit. A total of 15 units of forensic accounting courses must be completed at Golden Gate University with an overall B average (3.0 grade-point average) or better to earn the certificate.
For further information regarding certificate completion requirements, see Degree Requirements for Graduate Programs . Please note that some courses taken as part of certificate programs will have prerequisites. These prerequisites must be satisfied (through transfer of equivalent coursework or through taking the courses at Golden Gate) before enrolling in the certificate courses. For further information, refer to Admission to Certificate Programs and Registering for Open Enrollment .
Students should meet with a School of Accounting adviser at the beginning of their studies to ensure that the certificate courses taken best meet their objectives.
Accounting Certificate Program Proficiency Requirements
Graduate Writing Proficiency Requirement
Students admitted to this graduate certificate program must meet the graduate writing proficiency requirement within their first term in the program by successfully passing the Graduate Writing Proficiency Exam or by completing ENGL 201 Graduate Writing with a grade of “B” or better. See Graduate Writing Proficiency Requirement for more information.
Accounting Proficiency Requirements
Computer Proficiency Requirement
Applicants are expected to have access to current levels of computing, including the Internet, and to have a working familiarity with computers and the software applications appropriate for graduate study.
Math Proficiency Requirement
Applicants are expected to possess a level of mathematical skill at least equivalent to Intermediate Algebra (MATH 20 ). Students may meet this requirement by satisfying one of the screening criteria listed under the heading “Proficiency in Mathematics, English and Computer Skills Required for Certain Master’s Degrees and Certain Graduate Certificates”.
Economics Proficiency Requirement
Students are expected to possess a level of economic skill and knowledge at least equivalent to that attained in ECON 1 or ECON 2 .
Finance Proficiency Requirement
Students are also expected to possess a level of financial analysis ability equivalent to FI 100 .