The Diploma in Investigative & Forensic Accounting (DIFA) program is designed to provide a graduate professional accountant, or equivalent, with the skills, knowledge, insights and professional characteristics necessary to successfully respond effectively to: (1) the challenges of investigating fraud, other aspects of white-collar crime, and other financial disputes, and (2) the provision of reports, advice and evidence to clients, lawyers and courts for the resolution of situations relating to possible or pending civil or criminal legal proceedings.
The demands for and of forensic accountants have been growing as the field expands and as business and related schemes become more complex. To meet the challenges involved, the University of Toronto offers the DIFA Program. It is intended to respond to the needs of the forensic accounting practice, securities regulation enforcement, police fraud squads, banking compliance, and compliance professionals in general.
Consisting of 10 courses, the Diploma will be delivered over a period of slightly more than two years, primarily on a distance-education, problem-based learning basis. Two one-week residency periods are required, one each at the beginning and end of the Diploma.
The University is reviewing a proposal for a Master of Forensic Accounting (MFAcc) degree. Whether this initiative is approved, and if so when the MFAcc might commence is uncertain. If the MFAcc is approved, the expectation is that graduates of the DIFA Program will be offered the opportunity to take courses to upgrade their Diploma to a Master’s degree. News on the progress of the MFAcc initiative will be posted as soon as possible.
Events and Announcements
Professor Len Brooks, Director of the DIFA Program, will be hosting Information Sessions via webinar to discuss the DIFA program, the upcoming changes and answer any questions you may have regarding admission into DIFA Class 2017 which begins July 1, 2015. The next online session is Wednesday April 8th at 7:00 pm EST. To Register for an Info Session...
Re-posted March 4, 2015
Where are they now?
Its been over ten years since we witnessed the convocation of the first DIFA Class. These students have gone on to be industry leaders. DIFA Alumni enjoy successful and rewarding careers in a varied number of roles within firms, government, education, law, public sector, banking and as entrepreneurs. Read More......
Posted December 4, 2014
Too Hot to Resist
Boiler-room scams aren’t just the stuff of movies like Martin Scorcese’s 2013 film The Wolf of Wall Street. Con artists around the world continue to rake in millions by persuading investors to spend a fortune on worthless stocks and shares. As a Forensic Accounting Partner with Grant Thornton's Specialist Advisory Services practice and a graduate of the DIFA Program, David Malamed is the Canadian Chartered Accountant Magazine's Technical Editor for Fraud and a regular columnist. Read More...
Posted December 10, 2014