The educational goal of the Advanced Certificate program is to prepare students for professional careers in accounting with special focus on the investigation of fraud. The curriculum is designed to meet the content standards of the Association of Inspectors General and the coursework requirements of CPA 150.
Admissions and Curriculum Summary
The Advanced Certificate Program is articulated with the Inspector General track of the Master of Public Administration program. The following is a summary of the curriculum and requirements:
- To be admitted to the Advanced Certificate Program, students must have completed 15 credits of coursework in the MPA Program with an average of 3.2 or better.
- Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in accounting or the equivalent from an accredited college or university, including 24 undergraduate credits in accounting and 18 undergraduate credits in general business electives.
- Within the Certificate program, 4 courses are required that focus on accounting with an emphasis of forensic accounting aspects of professional practice.
- Two of the above courses from the certificate program may be transferred to satisfy requirements in the Inspector General track of the Master of Public Administration Program.
- Students must complete the Fiscal Policy Analysis and Oversight Concentration of the MPA Program including several courses that are pre-requisites or co-requisites to the certificate program.
- Each student who is admitted to the Advanced Certificate Program must provide an Official Program of Study, signed by the MPA Inspector General Program Director, the Advanced Certificate in Forensic Accounting Director, and the Director of Graduate Admissions, specifying the student’s program requirements, and specifying how the student’s course of study satisfies the CPA 150 requirements.
Students completing the Advanced Certificate program will have achieved, based on required certificate courses along with required prerequisite and co-requisite courses, the required accounting academic qualifications for admission to the CPA examinations in New York State.