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Accounting Fraud

Short-Term Certificate

The program provides fraud detection skills to those training for accounting careers as well as professionals in accounting, law enforcement and other target industries where there is high potential for financial abuses. Students receive an overview of detection and prevention of financial fraud, financial abuse, and economic crime. Topics include money laundering, bribery and kickback schemes, retail loss prevention, investment swindles, securities fraud and Ponzi schemes, health care and Medicare/Medicaid fraud, inventory fraud, insurance fraud, and other accounting fraud. Students complete 15 credits, resulting in an Accounting Fraud Certificate.

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Credits
Short-Term Certificate Full Time: 1 (summer only)
Part Time: 3

Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.

Course Course ID Credits Availability

Course Substitute : Prior accounting course or Instructor permission

An overview of accounting practices, procedures, terminology and concepts needed to understand financial statements and the use of accounting in every day financial transactions. For non-accountants, non-financial managers, and other individuals who have, or may have, oversight of financial affairs.

ACCT 200 5.0

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor to discuss specific career goals and recommended coursework.

Job tests this program will prepare you for:

  • Certification by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).

For current employment and wage estimates, please visit the following online resources and search for the relevant occupational term:

All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391. There are additional costs for books and supplies. Each student is responsible for the purchase of certain supplies and required tools before the instruction begins.

Part Time

  • Resident Cost : $1,740.75
  • NonResident Cost : $1,969.05
  • International Student Cost : $4,486.80

Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391.

Worker Friendly

This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Online
  • Coursework is generally completed over the internet, within a quarterly timeframe, contact with instructor via email. Some courses may require limited on-campus visits.


Course Course ID Credits Availability

An introduction to the field of fraud examination. Provides an overview of the general fraud examination methodology and fraud theory approach and outlines the basics surrounding fraud examination - including criminology related to fraud. Prereq: ACCT&201 or permission.

ACCT 272 5.0

Introduces major categories of financial crime and the legal procedures that are frequently relevant to fraud accounting work. Both criminal and civil procedures are covered. Prereq: ACCT&201 or permission.

ACCT 273 5.0

Integrate accounting, auditing, and fraud investigative skills. Using case studies, analyze documents, evaluate internal controls, and trace funds to resolve accounting irregularities with an emphasis on fraudulent financial reporting. Includes indirect methods of reconstructing; income, litigation support, computing commercial and economic damages, and business valuation. Prereq: prior accounting course or instructor permission.

ACCT 274 5.0