Purdue Calumet Introducing ‘Forensic Accounting & Fraud Investigation’

Understanding how and why white collar, occupational fraud occurs and how it can be prevented is the focus of a new, graduate certificate program Purdue University Calumet is introducing this fall.

The Forensic Accounting & Fraud Investigation Certificate is a four-course program intended for business owners, accountants, auditors, risk managers, law enforcement officials, lawyers and other professionals who want to better understand how to deter fraud within their organizations.

Two courses–“Fraud Investigation” and “Criminology & Legal Issues”–will be offered this fall Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, respectively, beginning Aug. 26. The third course, “Fraud Data Analysis,” is scheduled next spring, followed next summer by “Advanced Fraud Investigation.”

Weekly class sessions are scheduled.

Taught by a faculty of experienced fraud experts, the program is among few delivered in a classroom setting, enabling opportunities for student interaction, networking and sharing real life experiences.

“Those who enroll in this program will gain insights about how to prevent fraud within their company or organization,” Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of Accounting Maureen Mascha said. “Participants will develop critical skills needed to identify, detect, deter and investigate fraud; understand common fraud schemes and fraudulent financial reporting techniques; and develop evidence to support a fraud case through litigation support and expert testimony techniques.”

Registration is underway and continues through Aug. 15.

More information is available on line at http://webs.purduecal.edu/forensic/ or by contacting Purdue Calumet College of Business Graduate Programs Manager Kimberly Nikolovski at 219/989-3150 or gradmgmt@purduecal.edu.