Fraud Examination and Financial Forensics

Fraud Examination and Financial Forensics

This site provides information about the following programs:

Ø The Bachelor of Science in Fraud Examination and Financial Forensics

Ø The Minor in Fraud Examination

Ø The Certificate in Forensic Accounting, and 

Ø The Minor in Accounting 


Below you will find information and links to tell you more about:

Ø  Course requirements

Ø More about the major

Ø How to get advisement and support

Ø The student club ALPFA

Ø Scholarships for students studying these programs 



Course Requirements 

The Bachelor of Science in Fraud Examination and Financial Forensics provides an interdisciplinary program of study that seeks to integrate knowledge of accounting with law; criminal, civil and social justice; and related disciplines. Click here to see major requirements.

The Fraud Examination minor provides students the opportunity to improve their career prospects in areas fighting financial crime and covers the educational material necessary to become a Certified Fraud Examiner. Click here to see the Fraud Examination Minor requirements. 

The Certificate in Forensic Accounting is open to students not matriculated at JJAY as well as those studying at JJAY. It has similar benefits to the minor in Fraud Examination but with two additional courses covers topics related to financial crime in more depth. Click here to see the Certificate in Forensic Accounting requirements. 

The Accounting Minor is beneficial for anyone who wants to be involved in management, leadership, or administration in business, public management, or non-profit organizations. Click here to see the Accounting Minor requirements.

More about the major

Career opportunities and alumni (click here to access the brochure)

Get Advising For Your Major      

The FEFF major adviser for all four programs is Professor Yvonne Purdie, who has a walk-in policy. She is usually available Monday to Thursday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. in Room 53306 Haaren Hall. Her email is  Students may want to email her in advance to confirm her availability. Alternatively, students can make an appointment with the major coordinator, Professor David Shapiro, who can be contacted by email  

Here is a link that provides you with full details about advisement:

Take a few moments to take a look at all the information below.  It will help you avoid surprises, and save you time and inconvenience during your studies at JJAY

Freshman students must meet with their General Academic Advisor, who can get them started with the FEFF major requirements and clarify general education requirements.

Transfer students should also start with a visit to the General Academic Advisor.  They should pay particular attention to the General Education requirements and be sure to be clear about which of these requirements have been satisfied by transfer credits and which are outstanding.  They should then make an appointment to see the Major Adviser to ensure they know what major requirements they have satisfied and what remains to be completed.

Sophomore students should make an appointment to see their major advisor to make sure they have a clear understanding of the major requirements, learn about opportunities in the major, and do smart planning. In their upper sophomore year a hold will be placed on registration and will only be removed after advisement.  Upper sophomores do not need to wait for the hold to be placed before seeking advisement.

Continuing students are encouraged to make an appointment at any stage in their academic careers to discuss planning or address any questions about the major. The advising staff are available year round, so students should feel free to make an appointment at any time of the year. 

Planning Tips: Avoid Surprises  

Ø ACC 250 is a prerequisite for most other accounting classes, in particular ACC 307
Ø ACC 307 is a prerequisite for ACC 308 and ACC 309
Ø ACC 308 and ACC 309 are prerequisites for ACC 410

Thus you will need to observe the following sequence:

ACC 250 > ACC 307 > ACC 308 and ACC 309 > ACC 410

Therefore majors should aim to take:

Ø ACC 250 in your lower sophomore semester
Ø ACC 307 in your lower junior semester
Ø ACC 308 and ACC 309 in your upper junior semester and
Ø ACC 410 in your lower senior semester

Student Club: Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA)

Firstly students do not need to be Latino nor in any particular major to join.  It is open to all majors and all ethnic groups.

The mission of the Association is to provide students with the opportunity of networking, listening to professionals and to establish professional relationships. 

The club provides students an opportunity to network with professionals out in the corporate world such as: KPMG, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, PWC, Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase and a lot more.  As you know it is not necessarily what you know, but who you know.  This club offers a variety of activities from having mock interview sessions, conferences, cocktail parties, campus recruiting, friendship, case studies and the potential for landing an internship or job. 

To join the club students can fill in a form at Club Row and put it in the club's mail box.

For further details, please contact one of the association officials or send an email to


The Ritchie-Jennings Memorial scholarship

This scholarship is specifically aimed at students who have an interest in pursuing a career in fraud examination.  The scholarship is offered annually.  The award amounts are $10,000, $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000. Scholarships include a one-year ACFE Student Associate membership. In 2015 they gave out a total of 20 $1,000 scholarships and 9 others.

The application deadline for awards is usually January with from the previous fall

Here’s the link:

John Jay undergraduate winners of the scholarship in previous years are:

Ø 2016:  Harini Maragh and Alvad Ramcharran
Ø 2017:  Irina Vayner and Rebecca Zinsley

STEM scholarship

This scholarship is open to undergraduates from several programs including FEFF and ECO C students in their junior or senior year and meet various other criteria including having a GPA of 3.00 or above.  Please see the following link for further details.


Q 1.  Can students double major if they are taking FEFF as their major?

Ans: NO. The Double Major policy states that in order to double major, each program must be 45 credits or less.  Since the FEFF major is 54 credits, the answer is no.

Q 2.  Can students majoring in FEFF or Economics Concentration C, minor in Accounting or Fraud Examination?

Ans:  NO. As explained in the UG Bulletin, “Only two courses may overlap between a student’s majors, minors or programs. At least 50 percent of the credits in a minor must be taken at the College and at least two-thirds of the credits in a minor must be graded on an A through F basis".