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Master's in fraud and forensics

Carlow University's Fraud and Forensics master's degree program responds to the need for advanced training in the field of white-collar crime as a result of global financial crises, increasing white-collar crimes, and growing instances of occupational fraud. Designed by licensed experts from accounting, law enforcement, government and corporations, Carlow offers the first master's program of its kind in the nation that focuses on prevention, detection, investigation, and remediation of fraud and white collar crime.

Fraud and forensic program design

  • 30 credits, 10 courses designed by licensed experts from accounting, law enforcement, government and corporations that can be completed in one year (August – August)
  • 100% online with a virtual residency
  • No GRE or GMAT required
  • Gain access to top anti-fraud resources through our partner, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
  • Prepare for the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) exam
  • Meet the 150 hour requirement for the Certified Publicl Accountant (CPA) exam
  • Expand your network with the fraud and forensics cohort model of learning
  • MFF and CTRA certificate credits earned can be applied toward degree completion

Students may have undergraduate degrees in a variety of areas, including business, accounting, forensic accounting, criminology, psychology, sociology, math, law, healthcare, science, and the liberal arts.

Graduates work as fraud investigators and compliance officers for governmental agencies (FBI, CIA, IRS, Homeland Security, Attorney General Offices, to name a few), and in banking, major corporations, law firms, and accounting firms.

Learn from subject matter experts

The fraud and forensic faculty are subject matter experts in fraud prevention, detection, investigation, and remediation, risk assessment, technology tools for fraud detection and more.  Read about the courses in our course catalog or review the fraud and forensic plan of study.

Fraud Examiner career opportunity

  • Median pay: $81,590
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Fraud Examiner jobs are projected to grow through 2028 (13,700 jobs). Options for employment are Certified Fraud Examiner, Confidential Investigator, Financial Investigator, Forensic Accountant, Forensic Audit Expert or Fraud Manager.

Don't have the time for a full Masters Program? Consider one of our 9-credit special graduate certificates. Credits earned can be used toward completion of the Masters of Fraud and Forensics degree.

Student Stories

Bernadette Harris is an MFF graduate, owner of her own successful accounting business ( and now a bestselling author. The Kindle edition of her book, Did You Hire a Fraud? Solid Safeguards to Prevent Insider Theft, reached #1 in its category. 

“The Carlow MFF program gave me the confidence I needed to add Forensic Accounting to the service offerings of my business.  EVERYTHING I learned in this program has served me and my clients extremely well.  I am always recommending Carlow to the aspiring forensic accounting professional I mentor.” – Bernadette L. Harris, MS, MBA, CFE (Class of 2015)

"The MFF program helped me make the career change that I desired by setting me up with the necessary skills needed to thrive in white collar crime investigation. The program also provided me with the essential knowledge needed to obtain my CFE certification and further my career!"
— Lacey Benton, CFE, MS, Detection and Investigation Analyst Lead for Pittsburgh National Corporation

"Carlow’s MFF program has opened numerous doors for me. It’s less textbook and more real-life than others out there."
— Mark Malinowski, CFE, CAMS

Build a strong professional network that includes our experienced faculty, an advisory council of national subject-matter experts, and peers from a variety of positions and industries worldwide.

“There is nothing else out there like this program. The professors are passionate about what they do, and they’re very approachable. They portray their love for the subject to us without even meeting us face to face.”

— Maddie Miller, CFE

Cutting edge skills
A Carlow MFF degree gets results, whether you’re seeking a promotion, a job change, teaching credentials, or to pass the CFE exam.

“Those involved in fraud and forensics share a common goal: we are people who live and breathe integrity, have a passion for justice, and have a dogged determination to ascertain the truth. Carlow has all the training you need to get started.”

— David Debenham, BA, MBA, JD, LLM, MSc, DIFA, CFE, CFI, CFS



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