Forensic Accounting Degree ProgramProgram OverviewProgram DetailsWhy Choose Franklin
Become a financial detective and prevent white-collar crime
Finish your bachelor’s degree in 2017! Apply now and start classes on Jan. 2. Other Winter Term start dates available.
Forensic accountants investigate and prevent white-collar crime by ferreting out questionable data in financial reports. They track terrorist funding, keep companies Sarbanes-Oxley compliant, and expose money laundering, tax evasion, and embezzlement schemes. And since most forms of occupational fraud are accounting related, forensic accounting has become one of the fastest growing segments of the accounting profession.
While many colleges offer forensic accounting programs at the graduate level, Franklin is one of the few universities offering a forensic accounting undergraduate degree in this high-demand field. That means you’ll acquire specialized forensic accounting knowledge to qualify you for an exciting career position—without the time and expense of a graduate degree.
Get a solid foundation in accounting, fraud prevention, and detection
Our Forensic Accounting Major combines solid accounting principles with fraud detection and prevention techniques, preparing you to enter or advance in this exciting career field. When you graduate from Franklin’s Forensic Accounting Degree Program, you’ll have the educational framework to readily seek professional certification including: Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).
At Franklin, you’ll take many of the same classes as our undergraduate Accounting Degree Program, but you’ll also take concentrated coursework in occupational fraud forensics. From fraud examination to interviewing techniques to legal elements to corporate governance and internal control assessment, you’ll gain the highly coveted skills your current or next employer is looking for.
Impress your future employer with valuable, hands-on experience
Our Forensic Accounting Degree Program features a unique hands-on curriculum to help you attract hiring managers’ attention and immediately put your skills to work. One of your real-world project assignments is a simulated investigation with a growing company needing help with accounting issues that surfaced during financial statement preparation. As part of a team, you’ll help with the investigation, correct the financial statements, and report your group findings.
You’ll also learn to create and streamline accounting systems and processes using industry-standard Microsoft® Visio software, which is an important part of preventing fraud as well as positively impacting the bottom line.
Learn from the experts in our well-respected, accredited program
And because credentialed instructors with professional accounting experience teach our classes, you’ll benefit from their years of experience in the field and learn from their successes and mistakes. In addition, our curriculum is based on industry standards, including Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), auditing standards of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and fraud detection and prevention techniques of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
You can be sure you’re receiving a respected degree with real value in the workplace since our Forensic Accounting Program is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), the leader in outcomes-based accreditation in business.
Earn your degree from a university built for busy adults
Earn your forensic accounting bachelor's degree on your terms by taking classes 100% online or pursue available coursework at one of our Midwest locations. Regionally accredited and nonprofit, Franklin was built from the ground-up to satisfy the needs of adult learners. Our seamless transfer process and team of academic advisors will help ease your transition to becoming a student, while our flexible course schedules help to balance your education with work, family, and life. Get started on your future today.
Gain The Skills Employers Desire
Corporate Accounting Officer
Corporate Accounting Officers oversee fiscal activities and financial transactions, including tracking expenditures, allocating resources, and monitoring compliance with regulations and laws.View Salary Trends
Forensic Accountants conduct white-collar crime investigations, perform due diligence reviews, and identify potential fraudulent financial activities.View Salary Trends
Independent Forensic Auditor
Independent Forensic Auditors conduct financial, operational and compliance audits and investigations, monitor controls to ensure financial integrity, and assist with risk remediation.View Salary Trends
Internal Auditors evaluate operating guidelines, ensuring compliance with corporate policies, industry standards, and regulatory requirements.View Salary Trends
Accounting Consultants assist in pinpointing business problems and recommending appropriate solutions to ensure productive and efficient financial operations.View Salary Trends
Litigation Expert Witness
Litigation Expert Witnesses provide expert testimony in order to help prove or disprove a legal case.View Salary Trends
In 2015 there were 27,248 job openings related to Forensic Accounting. The previous year, 1,258 students completed programs in Forensic Accounting.
Source information provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) - October 2014
Our Recipe For Your Success
Academic & Industry Experts
Classes are taught and designed by credentialed professionals with real-world experience.
- Programs are designed by combining the insight of industry leaders with the academic expertise of our faculty, ensuring what you learn translates into on-the-job success.
- Academic concepts and theories are brought to life through our teaching faculty’s professional expertise, and can be immediately applied in your career.
- Faculty with industry experience teach our courses, not graduate students or life-time academics, so you learn not only the theories behind the practice but also how to apply them in real-world situations.
Relevant & Consistent Curriculum
What you learn is a reflection of the program you choose, not the format in which it’s applied.
- All programs are designed for learning outcomes to flow from the program level into actual coursework.
- This top-down approach allows credentialed professionals to customize assignments based on trending industry topics without deviating from a program’s core outcomes.
- Regardless of your professor or the format of your class, you receive the same quality education.
Hands-On Learning Experience
Franklin's coursework teaches not only theories and concepts, but also how they apply to practical situations.
- Professional course designers ensure that class activities such as learning simulations, case studies, interactive videos, and group exercises are relevant and appropriate.
- A curriculum development team is dedicated to making sure all courses are intuitively designed so content is taught in a logical manner that facilitates your success in the classroom and beyond.
Continuously Evolving Programs
Consistent program reviews ensure our programs stay at the forefront of industry trends.
- Survey results and feedback from student and faculty assessments are reviewed regularly so that our programs are always improving and up-to-date.
- A structured review process helps identify industry gaps that guide curriculum enhancements allowing our academic and industry experts to regularly implement new industry trends.
- Regular assessment provides hard data that is used to improve student learning and teaching methods.
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