MBA: Fraud and Forensics concentration

Lead in the Dynamic and Evolving Area of Fraud Management

Fraud can cause severe damage to an organization's reputation, and to the bottom line. Recovering can be expensive and time consuming. That's why, in today's digital and global market, small businesses-as well as multi-national corporations-are making fraud prevention a priority.

The urgency of fraud prevention and management has led to a growing need for business leaders who understand how to protect their organizations, not to mention their organizations' customers and partners. Whether you are looking to move up as a fraud analyst, or are in a business leadership role and want to focus your skills on this critical field, earning your MBA in Fraud and Forensics could be the right step for your career goals.

MBA Program Highlights

At Carlow, you can get the education you need to become a leader in fraud prevention and management. And, you'll enjoy a learning experience that includes:

  • Courses offered online and/or in person on campus in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh
  • Practical, hands-on learning experiences
  • Ethics-driven curriculum
  • Simplified admission, with no GRE or GMAT required to apply
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The next step in your career could be into fraud management and leadership. Request information today.

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Career Opportunities in Fraud Prevention and Management

Technology advancements are penetrating virtually every sector of the economy-and it is happening rapidly. The growth of consumer technology like smartphones, coupled with that of e-commerce, has made fraud detection and prevention a pressing issue for businesses. It's leading to job market growth in this interesting and dynamic field.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the career outlook for financial examiners who ensure legal compliance and consumer protection is projected to grow 10% from 2016 to 2026. With that comes growth for the individuals who lead fraud prevention teams. Individuals looking to advance into leadership roles are well-advised to pursue a master's-level education.

Median salary (2017)

$81,690, with highest 10% earning more than $153,850 annually

Potential job titles
  • Fraud Examiner
  • Financial Investigator
  • Forensic Audit Expert
  • Fraud Manager
  • Fraud Detection/Prevention Analyst

Ready to take the next step and further your education at Carlow University? Apply for free online


What You'll Learn

In this unique MBA program (36 credits), you'll learn the latest ways to prevent, investigate, and solve fraud in the workplace-and how to use your knowledge and skills in ethical leadership and forensics to become an in-demand anti-fraud professional.

MBA Core Curriculum

Every Carlow MBA student completes core courses that cover both the hard and soft skills needed for management and executive roles across industries and organizations. Courses are taught through a mix of scholarly and hands-on experiences that will prepare you for real-world business leadership.

Examples of core courses include:

•     Business Writing

•     Strategic Analysis

•     Decision Making for Leaders

•     Financial Planning and Analysis

•     Advances in IT and IT Management

MBA - Fraud and Forensice Concentration Courses

MFF 711: White Collar Crime

This course offers a deep dive into understanding white-collar crime and its impact on organizations and the economy. Topics covered include various types of fraud encountered in organizations and the mix of pressure, opportunity, and rationalization that influence why white-collar crimes are committed.

MFF 713: Fraud Prevention and Ethics

This course discusses the ethical processes that influence individual and organizational fraud issues. Students study fraudulent behaviors as well as tools for preventing fraud. Coursework covers theories for criminogenic organization and how fraud prevention programs and the establishment of ethical corporate cultures can reduce the likelihood of criminal behavior.

MFF 721: Legal Elements of Fraud

In this course, students study the constitutional laws and federal rules of civil and criminal procedure as they relate to fraudulent activity. Coursework challenges students to apply research, analysis, legal theories and law to fraud and forensics investigations.

Note: this is just a small sample of the variety of classes you'll be taking. For more details about these classes and more, review the Course Catalog.

MBA Admissions Requirements

Our graduate program admissions process happens on a rolling basis, meaning you can submit your MBA application any time of year. Applicants are asked to apply for free online, and submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions the applicant attended
  • Personal essay that describes their academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address the applicant's leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible for students who do not meet all of the admission criteria, but who exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

Have questions about applying to enroll in Carlow's MBA program? Contact our office of graduate admissions.