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Learn fraud prevention, fully online: MS in Fraud and Forensics

Acquire in-demand, up-to-date skills in Carlow University’s IACBE-accredited online Master of Science in Fraud and Forensics. One of the first of its kind in the nation, the program is consistently ranked as one of the top forensic accounting programs.

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Accreditation

The College of Arts and Sciences Department of Business Management, Accounting, and Ethics at Carlow University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA.

For a list of accredited programs and retention information, see Accreditations.

Earn your graduate certificate in forensic accounting online

You can pursue a new career or seek promotion in the field with a graduate certificate in fraud and forensics. The program combines case-based learning with top anti-fraud resources from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) to help prepare you to investigate, remediate and prevent fraud.

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Credits required:

11 credits

Cost per credit:

$902/credit

Time to completion:

As few as 2 semesters

Delivery: 

100% Online

Forensic accounting certificate curriculum

You will learn key strategies to minimize fraud, build an understanding of required personal ethics and hone the skill of financial statement examination. Courses include lectures and videos from experts in the forensic accounting field.

Upon completion, you will be prepared to pursue ACFE certification. Credits earned in this certificate program can be used toward a master’s in fraud and forensics.

Quick Facts

  • Learn through case-based learning
  • Be prepared for ACFE certification

Career opportunities for forensic accounting 

Heightened awareness and growing intolerance of fraudulent activity has increased demand for forensic accountants, according to the ACFE. Once certified, forensic accountants can hold positions in governmental departments, accounting firms, corporate security and risk management, and law firms. 

Admission requirements and application process

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your 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 if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

Faculty

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this certificate program, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

MA in Psychology and MS in Fraud & Forensics dual degree program

If your undergraduate studies are in psychology, criminology or accounting, you will find Carlow’s dual degree in Psychology and Fraud and Forensics highly relevant. It blends the study of motivation, psychopathy and criminal decision making from the Psychology program with the hands-on investigative skill areas of the Fraud and Forensics program. 

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Credits required: 

46 credits

Cost per credit:

$902/credit

Time to degree:

As few as 18 months

Delivery:

On campus, some online

MA in Psychology and MS in Fraud & Forensics dual degree curriculum

The Fraud and Forensics courses focus on financial and cyber-crime investigation, as well as forensic accounting and prevention, detection, investigation and remediation of fraud and white-collar crime. The Psychology courses address personality and developmental differences, and how deviant behavior and beliefs can lead to criminal activities. You’ll study criminal and civil forensic psychology, along with the inherent ethical issues. The dual degree program includes eight courses from Psychology and seven courses from Fraud and Forensics for a total of 46 credits. You must satisfy the requirements of both programs before the degrees are conferred. 

Quick facts

  • Earn two master’s degrees
  • Understand the motivations, personality traits and environmental influences of criminal behavior
  • Expand your network with the fraud and forensics cohort model of learning
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Career opportunities for MA in Psychology and MS in Fraud and Forensics dual degree

With the dual degree, you will be prepared to work in jobs in the civil and criminal court system, in fraud detection and investigation, and within corporations and government where financial and cyber-crimes are most prevalent. 

Many master’s-level graduate students immediately pursue doctoral degrees in related fields. Some Psychology and Fraud and Forensics dual degree students enroll in law school or doctoral programs in psychology or criminology. 

Admission requirements and application process

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your 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 if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

Faculty

Faculty

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this graduate program, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

Find your Accounting degree at Carlow

You will be a valuable asset to employers in almost any industry with an accounting degree from Carlow University. You will learn what you need to know to pass the Certified Public Accountant exam while obtaining real-world experience with an internship or practicum in greater Pittsburgh’s vibrant business community. The accounting and forensic accounting programs are offered at undergraduate and graduate levels in traditional as well as accelerated formats.  

Jumpstart your career in Accounting. Prepare for the CPA exam.

Accountants do more than crunch numbers all day. Accountants ensure businesses are operating ethically and efficiently; are in compliance with state and federal regulations and taxation requirements; and are meeting the demands and challenges of our global economy. With a bachelor’s degree in accounting, your opportunities include positions in the public, corporate, small business, government and nonprofit arenas.

The curriculum for the accounting major meets the requirements for the Pennsylvania Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam. Upon graduation, you will be well prepared to achieve professional success. Gain the knowledge and experience you need to build your resume and prepare for the CPA exam.

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Degree:

Bachelor of Science

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

Bachelor’s in Accounting curriculum 

The bachelor’s degree in accounting is a comprehensive study of the in-demand technical and soft skills organizations will require of you. The curriculum allows students to design, navigate and explore a chosen field of study while establishing a knowledge base for career readiness and ethical leadership.

Required courses in the accounting program provide an in-depth look at accounting principles such as taxation, finance and auditing, all while establishing a knowledge base for career readiness and ethical leadership. The BS in Accounting curriculum integrates a strong liberal arts education with the hard business skills needed in today’s changing world.

Quick Facts

  • Gain real-world knowledge with internship, practicum or field research
  • Learn the newest accounting software and technology
  • Double major or minor by combining accounting with another discipline
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Alternate degree completion options

3-Year Degree

Finish your bachelor’s degree in three years by following a 3-year academic plan. Courses are taken across fall, spring and summer terms with summer courses completely online. When applying, indicate your interest in the 3-Year Degree option.

Accelerated

Fast track your way to a master’s by taking graduate courses as an undergraduate student. Course credits count toward both degrees. Apply for the accelerated option after your sophomore year.

Career opportunities for Accounting

A bachelor of accounting degree will provide a career opportunity in virtually any industry. Accounting is a core operating function of any organization, and a BS in accounting will prepare you to contribute to this vital role. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a growth of 10% for accounting and auditing occupations.

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Accreditation

The College of Arts and Sciences Department of Business Management, Accounting, and Ethics at Carlow University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA.

For a list of accredited programs and retention information, see Accreditations.

Academic requirements and application process

  • Submit an application for admission. It is free to apply.
  • Request that official transcripts from all current and previous institutions you’ve attended are sent directly to the Carlow University Office of Admissions.
Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

Faculty

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this major, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

Minor in Accounting and expand your finance knowledge

You can expand your business and finance knowledge with a minor in Accounting. This 18-credit minor, available to any major offered at Carlow University, will give you the in-demand technical and soft skills sought by companies and organizations. 

Accounting minor curriculum

You will complete six courses in accounting that provide an in-depth look at accounting principles such as taxation, finance and auditing, while establishing a knowledge base for career-readiness and ethical leadership.

Learn to detect, prevent and resolve fraud

You can learn to prevent, detect and resolve fraud and white-collar crime, a field with an increasing need for specialists, in Carlow’s forensic accounting degree program.

Forensic accounting merges skills in accounting, auditing and investigation. Forensic accountants are involved with litigation support and investigative accounting. They help determine the amount of economic damages caused by theft, and deal with securities and insurance fraud, asset misappropriations, fraudulent statements and professional negligence. 

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Professor Monique Hockman works with students, including Mary Opipery, left, (Class of ’22, biology)and Kinzie Walker (Class of ’22, biologry/perfusion) as they do redox titrations to determine the chemical composition of synthesized salt during a general chemistry II lab, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in AJ Palumbo Hall. (Rebecca Droke/Carlow University)
Degree:

Bachelor of Science

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

Forensic Accounting degree program curriculum

The Forensic Accounting major curriculum includes specialized courses in such areas as fraud prevention and ethics, the law and fraud, fraud investigation techniques, fraud examination and information security. You will also complete an internship.

Quick Facts

  • Learn forensic accounting software and technologies
  • Earn a forensic accounting major and an accounting major 
  • Prepare for the CPA and Certified Fraud Examiners exams
  • Gain forensic accounting experience through an internship

Alternate degree completion options

3-Year Degree

Finish your bachelor’s degree in three years by following a 3-year academic plan. Courses are taken across fall, spring and summer terms with summer courses completely online. When applying, indicate your interest in the 3-Year Degree option.

Accelerated

Fast track your way to a master’s by taking graduate courses as an undergraduate student. Course credits count toward both degrees. Apply for the accelerated option after your sophomore year.

Career opportunities for Forensic Accounting

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners reports the demand for forensic accountants is rapidly increasing because of heightened awareness and growing intolerance of fraudulent activity. Forensic accountants work in public accounting firms’ forensic accounting divisions; consult for firms specializing in risk consulting and forensic accounting services; and with lawyers, law enforcement agencies, insurance companies, government organizations and financial institutions. 

Graduates of the forensic accounting degree 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.  

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Accreditation

The College of Arts and Sciences Department of Business Management, Accounting, and Ethics at Carlow University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA.

For a list of accredited programs and retention information, see Accreditations.

Admission requirements and application process 

  • Submit an application for admission. It is free to apply.
  • Request that official transcripts from all current and previous institutions you’ve attended are sent directly to the Carlow University Office of Admissions.
Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

Faculty

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this major, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

Minor in Economics

A minor in Economics complements a variety of majors in related fields. If you are preparing for an MBA program or foreign service, or are interested in quantitative data analysis in the social sciences, then minoring in Economics is an attractive choice.

Economics minor curriculum

You will study economic theories and methods of analyzing data pertaining to the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. A minimum of 18 credits is required.

Required Courses

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • 4 electives from an approved list (2 electives at the 200 level or above)

Become a fraud detection expert: MBA in Fraud and Forensics 

Learn to lead in the dynamic and evolving area of fraud management with a MBA degree in Fraud and Forensics. The urgency of fraud prevention and management has led to a growing need for business leaders who understand how to protect their organizations as well as their organizations’ customers and partners.

In the MBA fraud management degree program, you will 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.

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In Grace Library, spanning the third and fourth floor of the University Commons, there are numerous quiet spaces and study rooms for individuals and groups to use.
Credits Required: 

36 credits

Cost per credit: 

$902/credit

Time to degree: 

As few as 24 months

Delivery:

On campus, some online

MBA fraud management curriculum

The White Collar Crime core course offers a deep dive into understanding white-collar crime and its impact on organizations and the economy, while Fraud Prevention and Ethics discusses the ethical processes that influence individual and organizational fraud issues. In the Legal Elements of Fraud  course, students study the constitutional laws and federal rules of civil and criminal procedure as they relate to fraudulent activity.

Quick Facts

  • Complete core courses that cover skills needed for management and executive roles 
  • Take courses that include hands-on experiences

Alternate degree completion options

Online Degree

Gain the knowledge you need at your convenience with our online degree option. When applying, indicate your interest in the online option.

Career opportunities for fraud and forensics

The growth of consumer technology like smartphones, coupled with that of e-commerce, has made fraud detection and prevention a pressing issue for businesses. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 10% growth from 2016 to 2026 for financial examiners who ensure legal compliance and consumer protection.

Potential job titles include fraud examiner, financial investigator, forensic audit expert, fraud manager and fraud detection/prevention analyst.

Sitting at a table, a hand is holding a pen over accreditation papers.

Accreditation

The College of Arts and Sciences Department of Business Management, Accounting, and Ethics at Carlow University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA.

For a list of accredited programs and retention information, see Accreditations.

Admission requirements and application process

The graduate program admissions process happens on a rolling basis. 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.

Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

Faculty

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this graduate program, our Admissions team is available to assist you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

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