Accounting Certification

Forensic accounting

Be prepared to prevent, detect and resolve fraud

Boasting one of the only undergraduate forensic accounting programs in the country, our curriculum meets the growing need to prevent, detect and resolve fraudulent activities and white collar crime. Forensic accounting is the integration of accounting, auditing, and investigative skills. Forensic accounting includes litigation support and investigative accounting. These areas deal with issues related to the quantification of economic damages caused by employee theft, securities fraud, insurance fraud, asset misappropriations, fraudulent statements, and professional negligence. 

Forensic accounting program highlights

  • 36 credits in accounting; 15 credits in forensic accounting and additional credits in an inter-disciplinary curriculum with courses in information technology, business management and the liberal arts
  • Learn forensic accounting software and technologies
  • Earn a forensic accounting majors and an accounting major
  • Prepare for the Certified Public Accountant exam and the Certified Fraud Examiners exam
  • Gain forensic accounting experience through an internship
  • Graduate faster and start your career earlier with a 3-year bachelor's degree

Specialized forensic accounting curriculum taught by experts in the field

The forensic accounting program curriculum leads to a bachelor of science degree and includes specialized courses like fraud prevention and ethics, the law and fraud, fraud investigation techniques, fraud examination and information security. Included classes are outlined in the forensic accounting plan of study or in the course catalog.

An internship is required for each student with opportunities in the Allegheny County Investigations Unit. Additionally, internships have been completed with the following organizations.

  • UPMC
  • Schneider Downs,
  • Allegheny County District Attorney's Office
  • Juvenile Probation Department
  • BDO
  • Nottingham Group

Graduate into a growing accounting field

Graduates of the forensic accounting program are qualified to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam and the Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE) exam. (Please see the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs website and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners for current licensure requirements.) These credentials are recognized globally and are regarded as an indicator of excellence in the accounting and anti-fraud professions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of accountants is projected to grow through 2028.

Related degree opportunities

Carlow University also is one of the few universities in the country to offer a Master of Science degree in Fraud and Forensics (MFF). 

Students are also offered the option to start their graduate studies with admission into the accelerated master's of business administration program or the accelerated master's of fraud and forensics program.


The Department of Management, Accounting Fraud and Forensics, and Justice Studies at Carlow University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. In granting candidacy status, the IACBE has determined that the business programs in the following degrees at the listed locations are eligible for accreditation:

 Master's Level Programs  

  • Master of Business Administration, Department of Business Administration 
  • Master of Science in Fraud and Forensics, Department of Accounting in Fraud and Forensics

 Bachelor's Level Programs

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Department of Accounting Fraud and Forensics
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Management, Department of Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Forensic Accounting, Department of Accounting Fraud and Forensics
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management and Technology, Department of Management