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Forensic Accounting

Online Minor or Certificate Program

Analyze accounting records for signs of financial wrongdoing

Prepare to be an active, contributing member of an accounting team with a minor in forensic accounting from California University of Pennsylvania.

This 100% online program equips you with the skills to identify, prevent, detect and correct fraudulent schemes, such as:

  • Embezzlement.
  • Fraudulent financial reporting.
  • Misappropriation of assets.

Adding a100% online forensic accounting minor allows students in accounting and finance programs to develop a specialized area of expertise. The minor also combines well with majors such as criminal justice or mathematics.

For students who wish to complete the 21-credit forensic accounting program without seeking a Cal U bachelor’s degree, a certificate in forensic accounting is available as a stand-alone credential to enhance your resume.

Active, online learning

Cal U’s 100% online program lets you add a forensic accounting minor to any program of study, no matter your class schedule, or to earn a certificate in forensic accounting while you continue to work full time. Asynchronous courses mean you can complete your assignments at any time, from any location with Internet access.

In Cal U’s online forensic accounting program, you’ll sharpen your accounting and investigative skills as you investigate business and tax records for signs of possible financial misconduct or fraud. You’ll also learn to preserve the integrity of evidence uncovered during an investigation, so it can be used in legal proceedings.

Students in Cal U’s forensic accounting minor participate in a mock forensic accounting investigation. You’ll collaborate with your peers as you experience firsthand how to:

  • Collect, analyze and document evidence of possible fraud.
  • Interrogate key figures within the investigation.
  • Write a report summarizing your findings.

Employment outlook

Heightened awareness of fraudulent activity, and a growing public intolerance for these crimes, have increased the demand for forensic accountants. Graduates of this program are prepared for employment as accountants, auditors, special agents, investigators or risk management professionals.

The anticipated growth rate for the accounting field overall is 11% through 2024, exceeding the national average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The median salary for fraud investigators in the United States is $55,100; this increases to $77,345 for accountants with a Certified Fraud Examiner credential, reports the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

The program prepares you for employment in various settings, such as the forensic accounting division of a public accounting firm, a consulting firm specializing in risk accounting and fraud, an attorney’s office, a government or law enforcement agency, or a financial institution.

Program graduates also may obtain professional certifications, such as Certified Public accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA) or Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).


Students in the forensic accounting minor benefit from learning alongside faculty from Cal U’s Department of Business and Economics. These skilled professors have a wide range of professional backgrounds pertinent to forensic accounting, including business, finance, accounting, public policy and law.

Admissions requirements

These admissions requirements apply to prospective students applying for the 100% online Forensic Accounting Certificate program.

To be considered for admission to Cal U as a degree-seeking student, please submit the following:

  • Your completed application.
  • $25 application fee.
  • An official high school transcript and, if applicable, GED certificate and scores (this requirement is waived for students who hold associate or higher degrees).
  • Official copy of your SAT or ACT scores (this requirement may be waived for those two years out of high school or completed 3 credits or more of college level coursework).
  • Students must declare on the application and request that official transcripts be submitted to the Office of Admissions from all postsecondary institutions attended or received college credit at the time of application. Students will not be granted transfer credits from other institutions after acceptance.
  • Minimum of a 2.00 cumulative GPA and in good academic standing.
  • International Global Online Applicants.

Please submit all correspondence and official documentation to:

California University of Pennsylvania
Undergraduate Admissions, Box 94
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419

Phone:  724-938-4404
Fax:  724-938-4564

For more information about our Global Online classes, contact the Global Online Office at 724-938-5958 or toll-free at 1-866-595-6348 or email

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