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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Fraud Examination Graduate Certificate

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The Fraud Certificate program provides students with the opportunity to explore the areas of fraud detection, analysis, and prevention. The requirements address internal controls for detecting and deterring fraud and encourage financial statement auditors to be more aggressive in searching for fraud. This certificate program addresses fraud awareness, as well as knowledge and skills related to fraud and forensic accounting.

Student Learning Outcomes

After completing the certificate program students should be able to:

  1. Identify the three components of the fraud triangle in the context of a particular fact pattern or case scenario.
  2. Apply critical analytical skills in choosing among alternative courses of action in various aspects of fraud and forensic accounting within the framework of appropriate moral conduct.
  3. Analyze and discuss the impact of the legal and regulatory environment on perpetrators, witnesses, organizations, and forensic accounting professionals.
  4. Develop fraud prevention programs to prevent, deter, and detect the use of IT systems to commit fraud and other criminal acts.
  5. Analyze financial and nonfinancial information as a basis for gathering evidence, forming hypotheses, and testing hypotheses

Admission to Study

Applications for graduate study should be directed to the Office of Graduate Studies at Coastal Carolina University.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for regular admission to the Fraud Examination Graduate Certificate program must meet the following criteria:

  1. Completion of an application form and payment of the application fee.
  2. Submission of an official undergraduate transcript from each post-secondary school or college previously attended, including any graduate study previously undertaken.
  3. Evidence of having received a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution in this country or its equivalent at a foreign institution based on a four-year degree with a GPA of 2.9 and completion of the Graduate Management Admissions Test [GMAT] within the last five (5) years with a score of at least 500 or a score of 1,000 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  4. If a non-native speaker of English, provide official results from tests taken within the last three years or one of the following acceptable means of documenting English language proficiency consistent with success in graduate programs (Note that higher scores may be required of some graduate programs so applicants are urged to consult their desired program to identify whether a higher score is required:
    1. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based (PBT) or 79 on the internet (iBT) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL);
    2. A minimum score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam;
    3. Certificate of Completion of level 112 of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) from an ELS Language Center;
    4. Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic with a score of 59;
    5. Cambridge CAE (Certificate of Advanced English ) with a minimum level of C1;
    6. Cambridge CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) with a minimum level of C1;
    7. MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) with a score of 77:
    8. TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) with a score of 745:
    9. Bachelor’s degree earned from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher education within the last three years


Evidence of having received a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certificate, law degree, or admittance to an accredited law school.

  1. At least two letters of recommendation on the forms provided with the application.

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