Master's Degree in Fraud Investigation

Fraud investigation graduate programs delve into the detection and prevention of fraudulent activities. Keep reading to learn about related master degrees, program prerequisites, courses of study, online options and career choices. Schools offering Criminal Justice degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Can I Expect From the Program?

Typically, a master's degree in fraud investigation is earned in about two years of study. The curriculum will blend various business-related learning with fraud management theories and principles. You should expect to see finance, accounting, leadership and economics courses. Examples of classes specific to fraud management include:

  • Fraud investigation and analysis
  • Information and communication security
  • Fraud law
  • Identity theft
  • Fraud detection management
  • Financial statement fraud

Common Courses Identity theft, fraud law, information and communication security, financial statement fraud
Admissions Requirements Bachelor's degree, related field might be recommended, GMAT, GRE, or MAT scores
Program Format On campus or online
Career Options Private investigator, loss prevention manager, special agent, compliance officer
Median Salary (2018)* $80,180 (for financial examiners)
Job Outlook (2016-2026)* 10% growth (for financial examiners)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Are the Prerequisites?

Like most master's-level programs, an MBA program with fraud management specialization or a Master of Science (M.S.) in Financial Fraud Investigation will require you to have a bachelor's degree prior to acceptance. An undergraduate major in a related field, such as business administration, finance or accounting, may be recommended, but is not usually required. In addition, you may be asked to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

What Online Options Are Available?

Although rare, there are schools that offer online M.S. degrees and MBA programs with a fraud management specialization. You'll need a computer with Internet access in order to enroll in a program of this nature. Utilizing the school's distance learning website, you'll review lessons, submit assignments and communicate with your instructor and fellow classmates. Despite the majority of coursework being online, you may need to complete certain requirements, such as short, on-campus residencies, in person.

What Can I Do With A Master's Degree in Fraud Management?

Graduates have gone on to pursue employment with a variety of private companies, as well as local, state and federal government entities. Some positions involve investigating potential fraudulent activity of a company's customers, while others investigate specific departments within a company or the company as a whole. Examples of potential careers include the following:

  • Internal auditor
  • Bankruptcy analyst
  • Corporate security consultant
  • Risk consultant
  • Fraud examiner
  • Special agent
  • Loss prevention manager
  • Private investigator
  • Compliance officer
  • Audit specialist

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