Students who complete the certificate and choose to pursue a graduate accounting degree may have certain graduate requirements waived upon review by the School of Accounting.

Important Note:

Graduate certificate admission is limited to domestic students. Students that plan to study on an F or J Visa may apply to graduate programs only.

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.

General Proficiency Requirement

TOTAL UNITS — 15

REQUIRED COURSES — 9 UNITS

ACCTG 372
Introduction to Financial Forensic Accounting (3 units)
ACCTG 311
Fraud Auditing (3 units)
ACCTG 374
Damages (3 units)

ELECTIVES — 6 UNITS

ACCTG 375A
Economic Damages (1 unit)
ACCTG 375C
Forensic Valuation (1 unit)
ACCTG 375D
Bankruptcy and Insolvency (1 unit)
ACCTG 375G
Construction Claims (1 unit)
ACCTG 375I
Lost Wages and Employment Litigation (1 unit)
ACCTG 375J
Disputes in Mergers and Acquisitions (1 unit)
ACCTG 375K
Intellectual Property (1 unit)
ACCTG 375L
Financial Statement Investigations (1 unit)
ACCTG 375N
Complex Discovery and Data Management (1 unit)
ACCTG 375O
Expert Testimony (1 unit)
ACCTG 375P
Role of the Expert and the Expert Report (1 unit)
ACCTG 375R
Allegations of Audit Failure (1 unit)
ACCTG 376A-ZZ
Special Topics in Forensic Accounting (1 unit)
ACCTG 398
Internship: Accounting (1-3 units)

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.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum education: Bachelor's degree
  • Prerequisite courses: None
  • Student status: Must not currently be enrolled in a GGU degree program.
  • Residency: F or J Visa holders are not eligible.

Read more about Admission Requirements to Certificate Programs

We are delighted that you are interested in the programs offered by the School of Accounting. Golden Gate University has been preparing accounting professionals for over 100 years, and our graduates are in positions of leadership in numerous public accounting firms and major corporations.

Our accounting program is highly relevant and focuses on skills that are in high demand. Included are concentrations aimed at helping you pass the CPA exam, developing leadership skills or advanced accounting analytics skills, or to gain a deeper understanding of taxation. Our programs, which are fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), are available both at our main San Francisco campus and online.

Should you have any questions about the School of Accounting, please feel free to contact us.

Amy B. McLellan, J.D., LL.M.
Dean, Graduate Programs (Business, Tax, Accounting)
Director, LL.M. Taxation & Estate Planning