Forensic accounting degrees combine the studies of law and finance to prepare accountants for serving in legal capacities. Forensic accountants may play roles in bankruptcies, divorce proceedings or criminal trials. The top forensic accounting schools offer a broad range of courses while preparing students for professional certifications and the workforce.
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Florida Atlantic University
Florida Atlantic University offers a master's in forensic accounting on-campus, online or a combination of the two. The 90-minute on-campus courses are held on Saturday mornings in Fort Lauderdale to accommodate working professionals. Up to 27 hours in accounting can be earned toward a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certificate.
Courses include Forensic Accounting & The Legal Environment and Forensic Accounting, Fraud, and Taxation. The degree program is certified by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Florida Atlantic University 111 E. Las Olas Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 954-236-1000 fau.edu
Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio, offers a Bachelor of Science in forensic accounting. The program involves 128 credit hours with 24 credits in general education courses, 26 credits of major specific general education courses, 28 core business credits, 40 credits in the major, and 10 elective credits.
Business core courses include Financial Accounting, Business Law and Marketing. Courses in the major include Fraud Examination, Accounting Information Systems and Auditing.
The university also offers an Associate of Science degree that focuses on forensic accounting and a concurrent forensic science Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration program.
Franklin University 201 S. Grant Ave. Columbus, OH 43215 614-797-4700 franklin.edu
Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, offers a Bachelor in Science in forensic accounting. The structure of the degree earns all successful graduates an additional minor in accounting. The program qualifies students for the Certified Forensic Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiners professional exams.
Core courses for the degree include Principles of Accounting, Auditing and The Law and Fraud. Supporting courses include Principles of Finance, Microsoft Excel and Information Security.
A 42-credit Forensic Accounting Certificate is also available for students not interested in pursuing a full accounting degree. The certificate prepares students for the professional examinations.
Carlow University 3333 Fifth Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15213 800-333-2275 carlow.edu
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