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Certificate in Business Valuation 2017-05-12T20:34:52+00:00

Certificate in Business Valuation

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Professor Michael Crain did an amazing job giving us assignments that mimic real life valuation engagements; he also taught us how to write the reports properly. I really enjoyed all of the courses, and I think they prepared me well for a career in business valuation.

Daniel Kvarnberg, PCE

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Admissions

The Certificate in Business Valuation starts every Spring and Fall semester; applications are accepted year-round.  Please note that application deadlines may differ from those published in the graduate catalog.

Our admission requirements are as follows:  a bachelor’s or advanced degree in Accounting, Finance or bachelor’s degree with strong quantitative skills and a 3.0 or higher GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate study.

To apply to the Certificate in Business Valuation program, your first step is to complete the non-degree application online: http://www.fau.edu/registrar/pdf/Non_Degree_Enrollment.pdf.   After you have applied, our department will email you the enrollment forms and communicate via email the steps necessary to complete your application.

If you have any questions about our program or how to apply, please feel free to contact Jeff Knox at 561-297-0525 or email jknox6@fau.edu.

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Would you like to visit our campus and learn more about our programs in person? Please contact Jeff Knox at 561-297-0525 or email jknox6@fau.edu to schedule a campus visit or to learn more about our programs. Please note that our classes are held live in downtown Ft. Lauderdale (and online) and our administrative offices are on the Boca Raton campus. The addresses of the Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton campuses are listed below:

FAU Boca Raton Campus – DeSantis Pavilion

FAU Boca Campus 

777 Glades Road – Suite 107
DeSantis Pavilion
Boca Raton, FL 33431
561.297.0525

FAU’s first and largest campus sits on more than 850 acres just east of I-95 in beautiful Boca Raton. The campus features everything you expect from a modern university including state-of-the-art labs and classrooms, suite-style housing for students plus athletic and recreational facilities. It is also home to the A.D. Henderson University School, FAU High School, FAU Research Park and the nation’s largest Lifelong Learning Society.

 

FAU Downtown Fort Lauderdale Campus – Higher Education Complex

FAU Downtown Fort Lauderdale Campus 

111 East Las Olas Blvd.
Higher Education Complex
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
954.762.5115

Located in downtown Fort Lauderdale, the campus is home to a mix of professional and design-oriented programs including architecture, executive accounting, computer animation, graphic design, public administration and urban planning.

Tuition

Please note that tuition for executive programs is different than for traditional programs. For more information, please contact Jeff at 561-297-0525 or email jknox6@fau.edu.

Supplemental Materials
  • These items are not required; however, if sufficient information is not available to determine your ability to be successful in this program, your application may be denied.

    1. Documentation of professional work experience;
    2. Evidence of professional certifications relevant to the accounting profession;
    3. Evidence of advanced degrees from a regionally accredited college or university or the international equivalent;
    4. A one-page résumé;
    5. Letter(s) of recommendation from employers, faculty members or others who can attest to the applicant’s scholarly ability and/or agency;
    6. A writing sample demonstrating analytical and explanatory skills; this writing sample may explain the student’s motivation for applying to the program and career intent after graduation;
    7. An official, competitive score on a GMAT, GRE or LSAT exam taken within the past five years.

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Student Spotlight

Watch Onassis Vilaire share her exciting experiences and career opportunities since starting in the FAU School of Accounting Executive Programs. 
 
Ask us to share with you stories about many of our graduates who have transformed their lives and are now working in places like the IRS, FBI, as well as small and large accounting firms.
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Testimonials

Professor Michael Crain did an amazing job giving us assignments that mimic real life valuation engagements; he also taught us how to write the reports properly. I really enjoyed all of the courses, and I think they prepared me well for a career in business valuation.

Daniel Kvarnberg, PCE

The Certificate in Business Valuation is a four-course certificate program that is designed to provide students with specialized knowledge and skills that address an important and growing specialized area of accounting. The courses in the program are offered in a lock-step manner.

Business valuation is a major area of work open to accountants and suited to forensic accountants in particular. Business valuation as a niche business is growing exponentially fast.

According to Accounting Today’s Top 100 Firms Survey in 2011, business valuation was the number one niche business in terms of growth. Business valuation also topped the list in 2012 and has been a leader for significant growth for a decade.

Judges and lawyers seeking to establish an individual’s net worth during litigation need to put a price on enterprise assets, and the most trusted appraisal comes from a forensic accountant who has specialized in business valuation. The expert witness training organization SEAK conducts periodic surveys of the fees paid to expert witnesses in the US. Its latest survey is only obtainable by purchase, but the 2004 data is available free of charge. In that year the average rate was $385 per hour for testimony in court, $254 per hour for file review and preparation and $353 per hour for depositions, plus charges for all out-of-pocket expenses. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, remuneration for management, business and financial occupations increased by 28% between March 2004 and September 2011, so it is reasonable to assume that the average rate for expert witnesses is now in the region of $325 to $500 per hour, with far higher rates towards the top end of the market.

Courses

Accounting Fraud Examination Concepts (ACG 6686) 3 credits Prerequisites: Admission to College of Business master's program and ACG 6027 or ACG 2021 Overview of the nature of occupational fraud and how it is committed including an introduction to the actions that can be taken to determine the presence of occupational fraud and the procedures that can be implemented to deter it. Also covered is the proper manner in which allegations of fraud should be investigated to meet the requirements of civil/criminal court procedure.

Business Valuation for Forensic Accountants (ACG 6375) 3 credits Prerequisites: Admission to College of Business master's program and ACG 2021 or ACG 6027 An introductory course designed to provide a solid foundation for students entering the business valuation profession. Course introduces business valuation theory, research methodology, economic and industry analysis, the asset approach, and other introductory topics as well as valuation report writing.

Business Valuation, Advanced Theory, Concepts and Methodologies (ACG 6379) 3 credits Prerequisites: Enrollment in School of Accounting Executive Programs and ACG 6375 A study of the advanced theory, concepts and methodologies applicable to business valuation. Applications include cost of capital, valuation report writing, advanced application of the major valuation approaches, valuation synthesis, discounts and premiums, pass-through tax entities and expert witnessing in valuation for litigation, financial reporting, taxation and transactions.

Business Valuation for Fair Value Accounting, Auditing and Financial Reporting (ACG 6377) 3 credits Prerequisites: Enrollment in School of Accounting Executive Programs and ACG 6379 Applies fair value measurement standards and concepts to auditing and financial reporting. Specific financial reporting areas covered include business combinations, intangible assets, alternative investments and contingent consideration. Applies fair value measurement in the context of the auditing standards.