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MS in Accounting - Forensic Accounting

Accounting professionals who would like to focus their careers in fraud detection and prevention may be interested in the Master of Science in Accounting with a concentration in Forensic Accounting program at Southern New Hampshire University. Read more about the Master of Science in Accounting with a concentration in Forensic Accounting program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Accounting with a concentration in Forensic Accounting

School Offering Program:

Southern New Hampshire University

Program Prerequisites:

Students interested in applying to the Master of Science in Accounting with a concentration in Forensic Accounting program should have a bachelor's degree in business or accounting and two years of accounting experience. All applicants to Southern New Hampshire University programs must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent.

Program Description:

Students enrolled in Southern New Hampshire University's Master of Science in Accounting with a concentration in Forensic Accounting program have the opportunity to study generally accepted accounting principles, financial management, financial reporting, and advanced accounting topics, including stockholders' equity, partnerships, consolidations, estates and trusts, income taxes, pensions, SEC reporting, multi-national accounting, and federal taxation of corporations and partnerships. Students can develop an understanding of fraud prevention and detection methods, investigative techniques, how to detect and investigate fraudulent financial statements, and asset recovery. Additional coursework includes the civil and criminal legal aspects of fraud identification and prosecution, interview techniques, and the use of data analysis programs, software packages, public records, and the Internet to investigate possible fraudulent activities.

Learning Format:

Online

Financial Aid Available:

Federal financial aid is available to those who qualify in the forms of loans, scholarships and grants. Contact the SNHU One Stop office to learn more about your financial aid options.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Accounting with a concentration in Forensic Accounting:

Accounting Core Courses

  • ACC 620: Financial Reporting II
  • ACC 630: Financial Reporting III
  • ACC 690: Advanced Topics in Financial Reporting
  • ACC 700: Seminar in Accounting Topics
  • TAX 655: Federal Taxation of Corporations and Partnerships
  • FIN 500: Financial Management
  • INT 600: Multinational Corporate Management
  • QSO 510: Quantitative Analysis for Decision Making

Forensic Concentration Courses

  • ACC 689: Principles of Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination
  • ACC 691: Detection and Prevention of Fraudulent Financial Statements
  • ACC 692: Interview Techniques and Legal Aspects of Fraud
  • ACC 693: Investigating with the Computer

If you do not have a bachelor's in business, accounting or finance, you may be required to take additional foundation courses to prepare you well for your advanced study in accounting and finance.

*Coursework is subject to change.

Post-Graduation Opportunities:

Career Paths:

Graduates of the Master of Science in Accounting with a concentration in Forensic Accounting program could be eligible to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, which may enhance their employment opportunities. Graduates may have the skills and training required to seek employment in accounting firms, legal firms, financial institutions, and government agencies. Examples of positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Forensic Accountant
  • Accountant
  • Financial Controller
  • Auditor

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