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  • Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting

    Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting

Program Code:FEA
Duration:2 Semesters (8 Months)
Start Dates:Fall,
Start dates are subject to change
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. As a student of FEA, you’ll have the opportunity to acquire technical skills and practical knowledge in fraud investigation, law, criminology and ethics and 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.

Program Learning Outcomes:

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Analyze a variety of financial documents to identify information relevant to a forensic investigation.
  • Plan and conduct forensic accounting and auditing investigations that are consistent with current and accepted principles and practices of forensic investigation.
  • Develop an investigative methodology grounded in a conceptual framework and consistent with accepted forensic techniques.
  • Identify Canadian accounting (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) and auditing standards (Generally Accepted Auditing Standards) when analyzing and interpreting financial statements.
  • Work in compliance with professional rules of conduct, ethical codes, industry standards and relevant legislation.
  • Situate work as a forensic investigator within the context of the Canadian civil and criminal justice systems.
  • Use computer applications to locate, assess, analyze, interpret and report data.
  • Communicate findings clearly and accurately, both orally and in writing, adapting reports to a variety of audience needs and contexts.
  • Interact with individuals and groups to support client relationships and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Interview individuals and small groups to collect information relevant to a forensic investigation.
  • Evaluate the risk of criminal behaviour based on an interpretation of both psychosocial determinants for fraud as well as trends in the industry.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • A recognized degree or post secondary diploma from an accredited institution in a related business area; OR
  • Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with 3 to 5 years of documented work experience in a related field. Relevant references must be provided.
  • Proof of accounting fundamentals shown in a previous course, program, or through work experience.
  • English proficiency at the college level.


  • Although not required for admission, the following are considered assets:
    • Competence in word processing, Windows systems environment, and basic Internet applications.

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well-organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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Your Career

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) estimates that global fraud losses amount to $2.9 trillion annually (Source: ACFE "2010 Report to the Nation"). Dollar losses annually related to mortgage fraud are estimated to be in the hundreds of millions according to the Criminal Intelligence Service Canada–Central Bureau.

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, financial regulators or as civilian employees in law enforcement.

Diploma to Degree... and Beyond

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

CGA 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 Certified General 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 semester.


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

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Angelie Ramirez
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22058
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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“The Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting Graduate Certificate Program offered at Seneca College prepared me to face all tasks and challenges in connection with ethics, money laundering, and criminology with confidence and complete understanding. The assignments and presentations offered me skills, which are enabling me to handle very difficult daily situations, and the knowledge I gained is helping my day-to-day performance at my job. The course taught me what to look for to improve internal controls. As a result of studying this comprehensive program, I was able to pass the Certified Fraud Examiners exam, a very valuable designation, which will allow me to further my career. The course was intense, and at the same time it was enjoyable - in fact, it was fun. I gathered information I could not possibly have learned in any other situation. The instructors were very helpful and knowledgeable. I recommend the program to anyone who desires a fulfulling and exciting career in the field of fraud detection and prevention.”

Susan Rego, CGA, CFE

“The demand for Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE’s) continues to grow. CFE’s perform a variety of challenging services in many different industries. A CFE is part investigator, part lawyer, part criminologist, and part accountant. The program offered at Seneca College provides graduates with the skills required to be successful, as well as fully preparing them to write for the internationally recognized CFE designation exam. The ACFE - Toronto Chapter recognizes and fully supports the Seneca College program for its excellence.”

ACFE – Toronto Chapter

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