PUC to offer management program, combat ‘white-collar crime’

Purdue University Calumet’s School of Management will offer graduate students a new certificate program in forensic accounting and fraud investigation beginning Sept. 24.

The Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting & Fraud Investigation seeks to train candidates to understand how and why occupational fraud is occurring, how it can be deterred or prevented and how the allegations of fraud should be professionally investigated and resolved.  The program consists of four graduate courses in Criminology and Legal Issues, Fraud Data Analysis, Fraud Investigation and Advanced Fraud Investigation, which are offered on Saturday mornings for 10 weeks each.

“Our program is ideal for professionals who enjoy working in accounting and have an aptitude for investigative research,” said Accounting Department Head Ed Furticella.

Instructors in the program include experts from Forensic Data Services, the U.S. Secret Service and others actively engaged in the discovery, investigation and litigation of white-collar crimes.

This certificate program provides a convenient schedule for students or professionals with a bachelor’s degree interested in furthering their education.  Career opportunities for individuals with this certificate include forensic examiners for public and private businesses and fraud investigators.

The Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting & Fraud Investigation is the most recent addition to the School of Management that currently offers an Executive MBA, Masters of Accountancy and MBA.

“We are excited to offer a program that addresses one of the fastest-growing areas of accounting,” Furticella said.  “It equips professionals with the resources to target white-collar crimes; an area often neglected by universities.”

Purdue Calumet’s campus is located north of 173rd Street, three blocks east of Indianapolis Boulevard.  A free parking lot is accessible by turning north at the traffic light on 173rd Street east of Woodmar Avenue.

Additional information on this program and Purdue Calumet’s School of Management can be obtained by contacting Kimberly Uhll, graduate programs manager, at 219/989-3150 or gradmgmt@purduecal.edu.