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Master of Accountancy: Forensic Accounting Specialization

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Fight fraud with accounting expertise.

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  • Duration 12 months
  • Cost per Credit $895
  • Credit Hours 30

Program Benefits

  • Prepare for CPA licensure and the CFE exam
  • Learn from CPA-certified industry experts and experienced field practitioners
  • Macc Bridge options available for non-accounting majors and no application fee
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Earn a Valuable CFE Credential

In 2018, 44 percent of those surveyed by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) reported they were increasing their budgets to fight fraud.3

Every year, companies lose 5 percent of their revenue to occupational fraud, amounting to global losses of $5 trillion.1 In addition, the FBI has designated corporate fraud as one of its highest priorities.2

Get the skills to counteract this white-collar crimewave with Scranton’s Forensic Accounting specialization and enter the field in high demand.

Our Forensic Accounting specialization prepares you to meet this growing demand and harness dual expertise in accounting and forensics to protect vital assets.

Gain the skills you need to prepare for CPA licensure*,** and the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) exam offered by the world-renowned ACFE.

You’ll learn directly from faculty who are CPA-certified industry experts and experienced field practitioners. The University of Scranton’s Master of Accountancy is entirely online and designed to fit your life.

“Fraud risk assessments are the first step in preventing fraud before it takes root.”
PricewaterhouseCoopers, Global Economic Crime and Fraud Survey, 20183

Career Outlook: A Wide Variety of Paths

The Forensic Accounting specialization opens up career paths in auditing, governance, compliance and risk management, and public and private-sector investigations.

The median salary for forensic accountants — one of many relevant career paths — is $104,500, while the top 25 percent earn as much as $147,500.4 CFE-certified forensic accountants earn up to 31 percent more than their un-credentialed peers.4

As a forensic accountant, you might work closely with law enforcement institutions, provide courtroom testimony, look for inconsistencies in financial statements, conduct advanced audits, and more.

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Curriculum: State-of-the-Art Skills

This specialization gives you a choice between five electives in topics such as advanced auditing, financial statement analysis, and occupational abuse.

Our Forensic Accounting courses are continually reviewed by our Accounting Department Professional Alumni Council, so you learn the latest techniques for preventing and detecting fraud.

Gain an education housed within The University of Scranton’s AACSB-accredited Kania School of Management and founded in Jesuit principles of ethics and integrity.

Master of Accountancy Curriculum

Program Outcomes: CPA Preparation

The Master of Accountancy prepares you to:

  • Apply extensive, practical knowledge in the field of accounting
  • Use advanced approaches to leverage accounting as a means of solving business problems
  • Employ skills needed for identifying and navigating red flags that could indicate occupational fraud
  • Analyze accounting information to disseminate value-added insights for the firm to make effective economic decisions
  • Understand the global environment and critical leadership roles that are associated within the broader business environment
  • Demonstrate effective and advanced communication skills to key stakeholders within and outside of the firm

You’ll complete this program with the robust accounting knowledge you need to take the CPA exam.*,**

Available Specializations

You may also focus your degree with a specialization in Accounting Analytics or pick any five electives, out of 16 available courses, to tailor your degree to your interests.

MAcc: Accounting Analytics

Get a competitive edge in accounting with analytical and computer skills to support financial and managerial decision-making.

Admissions Requirements

To apply for the Master of Accountancy, you’ll need:

  • Completed application (no application fee required)
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or non-accounting business bachelor’s degree (Bridge courses may be required)
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities
  • Résumé
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of reference from someone with whom you have an academic or professional relationship
  • MAcc Academic Honesty Certification and Agreement Form

Students with a non-accounting business bachelor’s degree may still apply through the MAcc Bridge option, which offers pre-requisite courses in accounting and finance.

Find more details on the Master of Accountancy’s Admissions Requirements page.

Admissions Info

Tuition Details

The Master of Accountancy program at The University of Scranton consists of 30 credit hours and costs $895 per credit hour.

We strive to provide you with an affordable, high-quality education. That’s why we’re ranked a Best Value School, Regional Universities North, by U.S. News & World Report for 2024.

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Faculty: Support From Industry Pros

The University of Scranton’s CPA-certified faculty are more than industry experts.

They’re also working practitioners and consultants with a long list of award-winning publications. These experienced professionals will work with you directly and provide support as you earn your master’s degree.

You’ll also benefit from the close advisement and mentorship of Scranton alumni, our partners at Big 4 accounting firms, and Scranton’s Accounting Department Professional Alumni Council.

Faculty at Scranton

Why Learn Online?

Earn a degree without interrupting your career. You’ll be part of an online learning community led by a diverse and expert faculty. Online programs reflect the same rigorous standards as our on-campus programs.

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Financial Aid

Financial aid options are available to help you pay for your education. A personal financial aid counselor will assist you in identifying and taking full advantage of all opportunities.

Financial Aid Details

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question we don’t cover here, request more information or call 866-373-9547.

The University of Scranton is regionally accredited – a nationally recognized credential and the highest level of accreditation a traditional college or university can obtain – by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). The online Master of Accountancy program is also AACSB accredited.

The online Master of Accountancy program accepts up to six transfer credits with program director approval. To learn more about credit transfers, request more information or call us at 866-373-9547.

You can complete the online Master of Accountancy program in 18 months. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

Yes, the online Master of Accountancy program offers two specializations, including Forensic Accounting and Accounting Analytics. You may also select any five electives — out of 16 available courses — to tailor your degree to suit your interests. Learn more about the curriculum for this program here.

The University of Scranton has six start dates throughout the year. To find out when the next start date is, call 866-373-9547 or email.

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  1. Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (2024). Occupational Fraud 2024: A Report to the Nations he Nations.  Retrieved May 1, 2024,
  2. Federal Bureau of Investigation (n.d.). White-Collar Crime. Retrieved November 22, 2019, from
  3. PricewaterhouseCoopers (2018). Pulling Fraud Out of the Shadows: Global Economic Crime and Fraud Survey 2018. Retrieved November 22, 2019, from
  4. Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (n.d.). Career Path – Forensic Accountant. Retrieved November 22, 2019, from


*The University of Scranton accounting program also meets the NYS CPA license education requirements as an “Equivalent to a NYS Licensure Qualifying Registered Program.”

**Many states require 150 semester hours of education within a prescribed accounting coursework curriculum for obtaining the CPA license. Students without prior accounting and related coursework are unlikely to meet this requirement through completing the MAcc program. Such students may need to complete additional required course(s). Please refer to your individual state’s requirements.