Masters - Accounting: Forensic Accounting

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If you're interested in financial fraud investigation, Southern New Hampshire University's Master of Science in Accounting with a concentration in Forensic Accounting might be a good choice for you. To learn more about this online program, check out this article.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Southern New Hampshire University's online Master of Science in Accounting with a concentration in Forensic Accounting is designed to prepare graduates to perform financial investigation into potential fraud and other 'white collar' crime. In this program, you'll have the opportunity to learn how to recognize and prevent fraud. You'll also learn how forensic accounting and fraud examination can be used in a variety of legal settings, including both civil and criminal cases. The program consists of core accounting coursework with four forensic accounting courses that cover topics like interview techniques, computer investigations, and the detection and prevention of fraudulent financial statements.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Students from a variety of undergraduate educational backgrounds are welcome to apply to the program. However, if your bachelor's degree is not in accounting or a relevant, related business discipline, you may be required to take three foundational courses in addition to the standard required curriculum. All applicants to Southern New Hampshire University programs must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent.

What Are the Course Requirements?

Graduation requirements for this program include a minimum of 36 credits of coursework through a combination of forensic concentration and core courses including:

  • Business Law
  • Cost Accounting
  • Financial Reporting I, II and III
  • Auditing
  • Federal Taxation of Individuals
  • Advanced Topics in Financial Reporting
  • Seminar in Accounting Topics
  • Federal Income Tax of Corporations and Partnerships
  • Financial Management
  • Multinational Corporate Management
  • Principles of Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination
  • Detection and Prevention of Fraudulent Financial Statements
  • Interview Techniques and Legal Aspects of Fraud
  • Investigating with the Computer

If you do not have a bachelor's in business, accounting or finance, you may be required to take additional foundation courses to prepare you well for your advanced study in accounting and finance.

What Could I Do After Graduation?

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program may be able to pursue careers in a variety of organizational settings, and may even be able to start their own consultant businesses. Potential job titles may include:

  • Financial Investigator
  • Fraud Detection Specialist
  • Fraud/Risk Manager
  • Forensic Accountant