Corporate fraud is a critical public issue that the FBI describes as one of their highest criminal priorities.1 A recent study by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) found global organizations lose 5 percent of their annual revenues to occupational fraud, amounting to an annual estimated global loss of $4 trillion.2 Companies are fighting back, with 44 percent reporting plans to increase budgets to fight fraud through 2021.3
Become an invaluable asset to this fight as a forensic accountant, with the online Masters in Accountancy: Forensic Accounting concentration from The University of Scranton. Housed within the AACSB-accredited Kania School of Management, our program prepares you with the knowledge and skills to sit for the CPA, plus the specialized skills needed to investigate fraud, support litigation cases and provide risk-management consulting. The MAcc-Forensic Accounting concentration will also support your preparation for the CFE exam and becoming a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
Learn online, on your own schedule, from award-winning faculty throughout 10 specialized online courses. You'll get an in-depth education in accounting, ethics and communications, and finish the program with a capstone applied-research course.
As you learn, complete the final 30 hours of the 150-credit-hour requirement to sit for your CPA licensure exam. You'll also have the option to purchase the premier, Big 4 Firms-endorsed Wiley CPAexcel® at a deep discount in order to prepare for the CPA exam.
"Fraud risk assessments are the first step in preventing fraud before it takes root." – PricewaterhouseCoopers, Global Economic Crime and Fraud Survey 20183
Curriculum: Essential Accountancy Education With a Forensics Focus
Earning your MAcc will prepare you with core accountancy competencies, such as managerial accounting, communication, ethics and research. With the Forensic Accounting concentration, you'll gain additional skills to:
- Analyze and evaluate financial statements
- Conduct advanced audits
- Detect and investigate financial reporting fraud and occupational fraud
- Prevent accounting fraud
- Apply descriptive, predictive and prescriptive business analytics concepts
Learn more about the online MAcc curriculum. The University of Scranton's AACSB-accredited online MAcc program is designed for full-time accounting professionals who need to learn on a flexible schedule. The curriculum is frequently updated by The University of Scranton's Accounting Department Partnership Council (ADPC), a group of practicing CPAs who provide consulting, student mentorship and alumni networking. In addition to the Forensics Accounting concentration, the program offers an Accounting Analytics concentration. Both concentrations can be completed within the 30 total credits required to earn the Master of Accountancy degree, and do not require any additional time to finish the program.
Earn an MAcc With Top Accreditation and Jesuit Values
One of 27 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, The University of Scranton cultivates an educational environment shaped by Jesuit values of ethics and social responsibility. We are committed to providing an exceptional education that prepares our students to meet the challenges and opportunities of today's society. The University's Kania School of Management is among a small number of institutions accredited by the AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). AACSB accreditation signals the highest standard of achievement for business schools around the world. The University of Scranton is one of the few educational institutions worldwide that offer business degrees with this distinction, resulting in an outstanding academic rank for the school.
Learn more about advancing your career with the convenience and flexibility of an online MAcc with a Forensic Accounting concentration from The University of Scranton. Request more information or call us at 866-373-9547.
1Federal Bureau of Investigation (n.d.). White-Collar Crime. Retrieved on July 19, 2019, from https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/white-collar-crime.
2Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (2018) Report to the Nations: 2018 Global Study on Occupational Fraud and Abuse. Retrieved July 19, 2019, from https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/acfepublic/2018-report-to-the-nations.pdf.
3PricewaterhouseCoopers (2018). Pulling Fraud Out of the Shadows: Global Economic Crime and Fraud Survey 2018. Retrieved July 19, 2019, from https://www.pwc.com/gx/en/forensics/global-economic-crime-and-fraud-survey-2018.pdf.