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  • Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting

    Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting

Program Code:FEA
Duration:2 Semesters (8 Months)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Program Description

This graduate certificate program in Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting is an intensive two–semester program that provides you with a skills-oriented approach to the practice of the investigation of fraud, financial disputes and other irregularities in today's business world. It allows you to specialize in a growing field and can be an excellent supplement to any business or accounting diploma. With the growth of white-collar crime and budgetary pressures on law enforcement, many larger organizations must rely on their own resources to prevent, detect and quantify fraud. There is also a demand for individuals who can apply computer techniques to investigations. This program equips you with these important skills.

Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting offers you relevant professional skills and knowledge for this growing career area. You'll have the opportunity to acquire technical skills and practical knowledge in fraud investigation, law, criminology, ethics, computer forensics and data mining.

Graduates are strongly encouraged to pursue their Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation through the ACFE upon completion of their Seneca studies.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • A recognized degree or postsecondary diploma from an accredited institution in a related business area; OR
  • Mature applicants with 3 to 5 years of documented work experience in a related field may be considered. Relevant résumé and references must be provided.
  • Proof of accounting fundamentals in a previous course, program or through work experience
  • English proficiency at the postsecondary level.


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Your Career

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) estimates that the typical organization loses 5% of its revenues each year to fraud, or $3.5 trillion globally, with over half never recovering the funds. The sectors most commonly affected are banking and financial services, government, public administration and manufacturing. (Source: ACFE '2012 Report to the Nation;). With this crime increasing each year, there has never been a better time to start a cutting-edge career as a fraud examiner or forensic accounting investigator with public accounting firms, financial institutions such as banks, insurance and credit card companies, government agencies and financial regulators or as civilian employees in law enforcement.

Transfer Pathways

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Davenport University• Any relevant Bachelor or Master of Business Administration

CPA Ontario Learning Centre

Grow your accounting and finance skill set in a space dedicated to supporting and engaging Seneca students, whether at the introductory or advanced levels of their accounting studies. Academic support is offered in partnership with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. Located in the Newnham Campus Learning Centre.

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
FAC702 Fraud Investigative Basics 3
FAC723 Fraud and the Business Environment 3
FAC734 Money Laundering and Asset Tracing 3
FAC744 Legal Aspects of Fraud 3
FAC755 Criminology and Ethics 3
FAC771 Business Valuation and Quantification of Damages 3
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
FAC802 Fraud Investigation - Advanced 3
FAC823 Enterprise Risk Management and Internal Control 3
FAC834 Computer Forensics and Data Mining 3
FAC844 Litigation Support 3
FAC856 Financial Statement Fraud 3
FAC870 Serving as an Expert Witness/Communication 3

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
Fraud Examination Basics
Fraud and the Business Environment
Money Laundering and Asset Tracing
Legal Aspects of Fraud
Criminology and Ethics
Business Valuation and Quantification of Damages
Semester 2
Fraud Examination - Advanced
Enterprise Risk Management and Internal Control
Computer Forensics and Data Mining
Litigation Support
Financial Statement Fraud
Serving as an Expert Witness/Communication

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Susan Gao
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22365
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Laurie Johnson
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22449
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: Lisa Ballantyne
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26216
Program Coordinator: Samky Mak
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26872
Program Chair: Karen Murkar
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22337
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