Golden Gate University (GGU) recently announced it will offer its Forensic Accounting Certificate completely online starting with the fall semester 2010.
The move to bring forensic accounting courses completely online will broaden access worldwide and allow students who typically lead busy lives and demanding work schedules flexibility for completing the program on their own time, according to the university. Students local to the San Francisco Bay Area still will have the option to attend class in person as well as online.
The course primarily is structured towards forensic accountants, accounting professionals, and litigation attorneys looking to expand their forensic accounting expertise. Forensic accounting work is heavily intertwined with the investigative and litigation process and has played a significant role in some noteworthy cases, such as the Bernie Madoff Ponzi Scheme, Goldman Sachs SEC Investigation, Lehman Brothers Bankruptcy, Enron, AIG's ongoing litigation, Siemens' FCPA violations, and myriad other fraudulent accounting investigation and litigation matters.
"The recent string of high profile corporate blunders and white-collar crimes has certainly brought mainstream cache to forensic accounting, but the practice is more diverse in its practical application as well," said Mary Canning, dean of the schools of accounting and taxation at GGU. "Assessing economic damages from the BP oil spill is a more recent example, but the practice touches on everything from marital and family law to financial claims, fraud, royalty audits, and more."
Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the accounting field is expected to grow 22 percent between 2008 and 2018, resulting in more than 270,000 new jobs. Moreover, forensic accounting is identified as a specific field for growth in the industry.
"The practice has been something accounting professionals have traditionally learned on the job, but a trend we're seeing from employers now is a desire for more candidates with working knowledge of the practice and the skill-set to meet the demand," Canning said.
The Forensics Accounting Certificate program at GGU debuted in January 2009 as part of the School of Accounting's curriculum, and in response to a 2008 decision by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) which authorized the specialty certified financial forensic credential.
GGU's advisory board is comprised of top national subject-matter practitioners from boutique and leading national forensic accounting firms that designed the forensic accounting curriculum, which includes courses in fraud, forensic accounting in family law, economic damages, forensic valuation, bankruptcy and insolvency, construction claims, lost wages and employment litigation, disputes in mergers & acquisitions, intellectual property, financial statement investigations, complex discovery and data management, expert testimony, role of the expert, allegation of audit failure, post acquisition disputes, valuation, and lost profits.
To find out more about the forensic accounting program at Golden Gate University, visit www.ggu.edu/accounting, e-mail [email protected], or call (415) 442-6559. Fall registration is now open. Classes begin the week of August 29th.
About Golden Gate University:
For 110 years, Golden Gate University has provided students the tools for achieving their academic, professional, and personal goals with a new momentum. With flexible scheduling, worldwide access through the award-winning, online CyberCampus and innovative programs in accounting, business, taxation and law, students are given the resources and support to achieve their undergraduate and graduate degrees at their own pace and in tandem with an ever-changing marketplace. As California's fifth largest private university and a non-profit institution, Golden Gate University was established 1901 in San Francisco and has satellite teaching sites throughout the West Coast.