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Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigation Advanced Diploma (Online)

VIU International, Canada


Next enrollment cycle

November 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 8,027

Course Accredited By


  • 2 Years
  • On Campus
  • Postgraduate
  • Diploma

Vancouver Island University's Advanced Diploma in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigation is an intensive part-time online two-year program that provides students with the essential skills and knowledge to be forensic fraud investigators. Students will develop analytical skills to approach the investigation of fraud, corruption, and ethical irregularities and an understanding of the strategies and tools that can be used to achieve fraud prevention through strategic controls and a culture of compliance.

This program provides an excellent supplement to any business or criminology diploma or degree, or accounting designations, and will provide specialization in the growing field of government and corporate fraud investigation, forensic accounting, and fraud prevention and compliance. For professionals working in a related area such as law enforcement, banking, accounting, legal services, government or regulatory bodies, this program can provide the credentials needed for specialization in this growing field.

This program is endorsed by the Association of Certified Forensic Investigators of Canada. The Association of Certified Forensic Investigators of Canada (ACFI) is a national association which grants accreditation for the designation Certified Forensic Investigator (CFI), a designation widely recognized by Canadian law enforcement, professional associations, and industry. This program will provide preparation for the examination for ACFI's entry-level Certified Forensic Technician (CFT) credential, and for those who have obtained three years of forensic investigation experience, for ACFI's Certified Forensic Investigator (CFI) designation.

The program is delivered online on a part-time basis over two years through VIU's online learning environment. Courses will be taken one at a time, sequentially. Each course will be 8 weeks long including the final examination, with the exception of FORE 490 which will be 14 weeks long. The program will consist of online learning modules, group discussion, case studies and investigation simulations, and simulated role plays. Students must be prepared to participate in interactive learning. Students will develop critical thinking, investigative skills, professional report-writing skills, and receive constructive feedback to enhance their learning. There will also be required reading and homework.

Enrollment Cycles

  • November 2023

General admission requirements apply.

  • Completion of a university, college degree, or diploma in a related business area (such as accounting, commerce, management, business administration or criminology), or completion of the requirements for a professional accounting designation (such as CA, CGA, CMA). Students with third-year standing in related fields, such a business and criminology, will also be considered.
    Thorough understanding of accounting fundamentals as evidenced by having attained at least "C " in a college or university level financial accounting course such as VIU's ACCT 100 - (Financial Accounting I).
  • Possession of Faculty of Management's required Computer Competencies.
  • International students are required to meet VIU's English Language requirements and must have completed VIU's English Language program, or have already achieved a minimum TOEFL 550, TOEFL Computer Based Test (CBT) 213, TOEFL iBT 80 with no section lower than 19, IELTS 6.0, CAEL 60, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (min. "B"), Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (min. "B").

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Fraud and Commercial Crime
  • Accounting and Finance for Fraud Investigators

Semester 2

  • Forensic Investigations and Asset Recovery
  • Fraud, Commercial Crime and Evidence

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Compliance Through Ethical Organizational Cultures
  • Forensic Accounting and Data Analysis

Semester 2

  • Forensic Investigation – An Integrated Case

  • Canadian Students - Fees for One Year Amount Tuition (12 credits x $299.88 per credit) 3,598.56 
  • Student Activity fee (4% of tuition) 143.94
  •  Student Services fee (12 credits x $6.93 per credit) 83.16 
  • VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.90 per month) 167.20 
  • Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year) 275.00
  •  Approximate yearly cost for books and supplies 500.00
  •  Total 4,767.86

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