In the current reporting environment, forensic accountants are in great demand for their accounting, auditing, legal, and investigative skills. Forensic accounting skills have become crucial in untangling the complicated accounting maneuvers that have muddled financial statements. By helping companies prevent and detect fraud, the forensic accountant’s role can easily evolve into a key component in the corporate governance system.*Applicants to this master's program must hold or expect to hold a bachelor's degree in Accounting prior to the start of classes.
Students in the Forensic Accounting Program will learn how to use the tools to both detect and prevent possible future fraudulent behavior by those developing and using financial data. Students will gain a working knowledge of what types of fraud are most common, and use their knowledge of criminal behavior to conduct interviews with employees of companies and other people involved in the possible fraud. Forensic accountants also help in other legal matters, such as bankruptcy or divorce proceedings. In addition, the program focuses on how to use ethical decision-making skills to meet the challenges of the professional and business environment.
The program emphasizes networking with Accounting Professionals. The Council on Accountancy is a group of more than 50 accounting and financial executives who serve as advisors to the Department of Accounting. This group works closely with the faculty of the department in providing quality educational and professional opportunities for students.