Online BS in Forensic Accounting & Fraud Examination


Is an Online Fraud Examination Degree Right for You?

The Forensic Accounting Degree online program at SNHU focuses your accounting education on the investigation of financial records to detect fraud, theft and malfeasance. The accounting principles you learn in the Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination Concentration can be applied in complex financial transactions and play an increasingly important role in the analysis and presentation of accounting information. Whether you earn the Fraud Examination Bachelor's Degree online or on campus, the course work stresses the development of analytical skills that are directly applicable to the workplace.

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Why Earn Your Fraud Examination Bachelor's
Degree Online?

As a private, affordable nonprofit accredited university, SNHU focuses on ensuring you have the necessary skills to succeed. Whether you enroll in the Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination Bachelor’s Degree online or through any of our five regional campuses, you will benefit from an SNHU education:

  • Quality education at one of the most affordable tuition rates available.
  • Professors and instructors who are actively involved in their students' success.
  • Choose how you want to learn: Online, campus-based or a combination.
  • High-quality instruction from an accounting faculty that include certified public accountants, certified management accountants and certified fraud examiners.
  • Students in our online accounting and finance degree programs have 24/7/365 access to class – attend when it is most convenient for you.

Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination Employment Opportunities

The Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination concentration of the online Accounting Degree prepares graduates to evaluate, review and describe involved financial and business matters. Forensic accountants and fraud examiners are employed in a variety of settings including accounting firms, insurance companies, law offices and governmental agencies.

Accounting is a high-growth occupation. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics finds "employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow by 22 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations."

The demand for Financial Examiners is rapidly increasing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that total employment for financial examiners will increase 41% over the period 2008-2018.

Forensic Accounting and Fraud
Examination Curriculum

Pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination Degree online or at one of our campuses affords students a comprehensive foundation in accounting and analysis. Students will supplement their accounting course work with classes focusing on the application of forensic and fraud detection practices.

Required Core Courses

Accounting (BS) Online - Major Courses

ACC-207: Cost Accounting
This course examines the accounting concepts and practices used in the recording, classifying and reporting of cost data. An analysis is made of the behavior of costs and its use to management in the planning and control process. Budgeting, standard cost, job order and process are examined, along with special problems in cost accounting.
ACC-102 or ACC-214 or ACC-202
ACC-307: Intermediate Accounting I
This is the first of three courses in intermediate accounting. These courses are designed to extend a student's knowledge of financial accounting practices. The first course focuses on understanding the theoretical framework that provides the foundations for the development of various accounting standards, regulations and practices. This followed by a review of the accounting cycle, including adjusting, correcting, reversing, and closing entries. Students will learn how to prepare accurate and complex financial statements including required disclosures that must accompany an organization's income statement, balance sheet and statement of cash flows; and how time value of money impacts the recording of various transactions. The course concludes with a presentation of techniques to analyze income measurement and profitability analysis.
ACC-102 or ACC-214 or ACC-202
ACC-308: Intermediate Accounting II
This is the second of three courses in intermediate accounting. These courses are designed to extend a student's knowledge of financial accounting practices. The second course focuses on an improved understanding of a company's assets and begins a discussion of liabilities. Students will study the recording and disclosure requirements for cash and receivables, inventories, long-lived operational assets and investments, which also serve as financial instruments for an organization. The course concludes with a presentation of recording and disclosure requirements for current and long-term liabilities. Integrated within this course will be exposure to CPA simulation questions and the use of the FARS database for conducting accounting research.
ACC-203 or ACC-307
ACC-309: Intermediate Accounting III
This is the last of three courses in intermediate accounting. These courses are designed to extend a student's knowledge of financial accounting practices. Students will study the reporting and disclosure requirements for more complex accounting topics that would include leases, accounting for income taxes and pensions, and shareholders' equity, including share-based compensation and various earnings per share (EPS) computations. Other financial reporting issues discussed include accounting changes and error corrections as well as the presentation of requirements for partnership accounting issues. Integrated within this course will be exposure to CPA simulation questions and the use of the FARS database for conducting accounting research.
ACC-345: Financial Statement Analysis/ Business Valuation
Accountants and other business professionals are often called upon to evaluate the financial health and market value of their company and of other companies under consideration for acquisition. This course presents theory, tools and techniques that are later applied to the actual analysis of a publicly traded company, as well as an introduction to fundamental valuation techniques. It will extend prior analysis to include the computation of free cash flows, the interpretation of notes to financial statements and the integration of information provided in various SEC filings to evaluate a corporation's future prospects. This is a team intensive course.
ACC-307 and FIN-320
ACC-405: Advanced Accounting
Advanced Accounting includes a comprehensive examination and analysis of the accounting principles and procedures that are applicable to special areas of business. The topics covered are partnerships, consignments, installment sales, branches, business combinations, consolidations, bankruptcy, foreign exchange, and estates and trusts. Particular emphasis is placed on problem solving.

ACC 309 is a required prerequisite for this degree. Please use the electives space to complete it.

Free Elective Credits: 12

Required Courses:

BUS-307: Business Law II
The study begun in Business Law I continues as the topics of commercial paper, real and personal property, creditors' rights and bankruptcy, agency, business organizations, estate planning and government regulation of business are explored.

Students may select one of the following concentration areas found below:

Forensic Accounting & Fraud Examination Courses

ACC-421: Auditing and Forensic Accounting
This course focuses on the investigation, detection, documentation, and prevention of accounting frauds, stock frauds, and employee theft and embezzlement. White-collar crime involving fraud has mushroomed. Much of the responsibility for detecting fraud has been assumed by the accounting profession. Accountants need to learn how to investigate and recognize fraud within an organization and how to implement the latest techniques for controlling it.
ACC-204 or ACC-308
ACC-423: Detection/Prevention Fraudulent Financial Statements
This second course in forensic accounting and fraud examination examines the various types of fraud and its impact on the financial information presented. This course identifies common fraud schemes and scams. Participants in this course will learn how to review, detect and investigate possible financial statement fraud. Various techniques will be used to explore substantive analytical procedures and to assess the risks of financial statement fraud.
ACC-425: Interview Techniques/Legal Aspects Fraud
This third course in forensic accounting and fraud examination will introduce participants to interview principles and techniques. Participants will be exposed to some of the legal aspects pertaining to the identification and prosecution of fraud.
ACC-427: Investigating with Computers
This course focuses on the importance of technology as it relates to modern crime. During the journey of this course, students are presented with topics covering an overview of computer crimes, locations of digital evidence, fundamentals of working with data, an overview of legal aspects of computer crime, and how to present findings at the conclusion of a computer based investigation. Topics include identity theft, the insider threat, locating digital evidence, working with data, legal aspects, and finally presenting investigative findings. Students review case examples of cyber-crime, research relevant current events, and identify best practices when conducting a cyber-investigation.

Total Credits: 120

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