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Carlow University's Graduate Certificate in Fraud and Forensics provides advanced training in the field of financial fraud. This is an online, eleven-credit offering that was designed by licensed experts from accounting, law enforcement, government and corporations in response to the increase in white-collar crime and occupational fraud. Using the most current techniques, students will gain knowledge and build the skills needed to investigate, remediate and prevent fraud.


  • August and January Start Dates
  • No GRE required

Highlights of the program include: 

  • Completed in two semesters
  • Most courses are completed in five weeks 
  • Case-based learning 
  • Access to top anti-fraud resources through Carlow’s partnership with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
  • Expert, committed instructors
  • Guest lectures from experts in the field
  • Credits earned can be applied toward completion of MS in Fraud and Forensics, or MBA with Fraud and Forensics track. 

Students in this program will come to understand the mind of a fraudster while exploring the various situations where organizations may be at risk for fraud. Key strategies on minimizing the risk for fraud are developed while building a deep understanding of the high personal ethics required in the field of certified fraud examination. The skill of financial statement examination is developed along with an awareness of all professional qualities needed to be a certified fraud examiner. Upon completion, students may want to pursue ACFE certification. 

To enroll or get answers to your questions, please contact Admissions at 412.578.6059 or by email at admissions@carlow.edu. Also available is our gainful employment disclosure for this certificate.

This certificate allows flexibility and prepares students to begin a new career, or seek promotion in the field of fraud and forensics without completing a Master’s degree. The credits earned in the certificate can be applied towards completion of the Master of Fraud and Forensics degree or MBA degree. 

Students accepted into the program will complete a 3-5 hour online orientation, prior to the first course. Each three credit course includes approximately 42-45 hours of lectures/videos/other teaching materials. In addition, there are homework assignments to be completed each week.


  • MFF 711: White Collar Crime; the psychology of the fraudster; why someone commits fraud
  • MFF 713: Prevention & Ethics; ways to be pro-active in preventing fraud; ethical standards of a fraud examiner
  • MFF 723: Financial Statement Examination; investigation of financial fraud