Learn what it takes to investigate, detect and deter accounting fraud with a Master of Business Administration in Forensic Accounting from Southern New Hampshire University. This forensic accounting MBA program combines a traditional MBA curriculum with an advanced examination of how accounting principles are applied to investigate allegations of financial abuse at companies or organizations.
SNHU's MBA program is one of the most affordable MBAs in the nation and can be completed in just over a year. The coursework is designed to give you the comprehensive business training you'll need to advance in your career, as well as pave the way to earning the professional certifications that can significantly increase your career prospects and salary potential.
Designed for professionals who want to expand their careers in the growing field of forensic accounting, the MBA in Forensic Accounting online courses provide a logical, systematic examination of the detection and prevention of financial fraud. Classes are taught by seasoned professionals who stay current on what's applicable in today's business world.
Along with acquiring overall business acumen through the core curriculum, you'll learn how to:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your online MBA at SNHU include:
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our 5 graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options. Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.
Unlike our other concentrations in MBA, the MBA with a concentration in Forensic Accounting requires 2 years of managerial level accounting experience specifically in auditing and financial reporting analysis. Candidates must also submit a professional resume.
Financial crises, legislation requiring greater transparency in financial reporting and other industry changes drive continued growth for forensic accounting. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job prospects for accountants and auditors are projected to increase 10% through 2026.* The MBA in Forensic Accounting online program will prepare you for career opportunities in private and public sectors, including litigation support, dispute resolution, research, auditing and corporate fraud.
The MBA in Forensic Accounting program provides the foundation you need to explore new career possibilities in this rapidly growing subcategory of accounting. Through a combination of business courses such as marketing strategies and managerial economics, as well as focused forensic accounting master's-level courses, you’ll gain knowledge and skills that you can build on to advance in your career. Those with non-business academic backgrounds may be required to take foundation courses.
SNHU MBA students can also pursue a graduate certificate beyond the standard degree program, which allow you to list another significant credential on your resume with minimal additional coursework (typically at a reduced credit load, depending on the electives selected).
This course will develop the student's understanding of what forensic accounting and fraud examination is and how it pertains to both civil and criminal matters. The student will gain a basic understanding of the characteristics of fraud, fraud prevention and detection, investigative techniques, asset recovery, and the use of information technology in this interesting and growing profession.
This second course in forensic accounting and fraud examination examines the various types of fraud and its impact on the financial information presented. The objective of this course is to identify common fraud schemes and scams. Participants in this course will learn how to review, detect, and investigate possible financial statement fraud by addressing such topics as income smoothing, off balance sheet financing, fictitious sales/revenue, and understatement of liabilities, just to name a few. Various techniques will be used to explore substantive analytical procedures to assess the risks of financial statement fraud.
This third course in forensic accounting and fraud examination will acquaint the participant with interview principles and techniques. Additionally, the participant will be exposed to some of the legal aspects pertaining to the identification and prosecution of fraud.
This fourth course in the Graduate Certificate will provide guidance and knowledge for conducting investigations via machine. The skills of the participant in this course will be strengthened in such areas as identification of the types of public records available to investigate; how to access the public records through databases; navigation of the Internet to find useful material; the use of fraud-related software packages to detect and investigate possible fraudulent activities; and the use of data analysis programs and spreadsheets to detect fraud.
Total Credits: 12
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed Annually.
$40 Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges as well as several other accrediting bodies. More...
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