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Accounting Forensics, MSAF

Offered in: CHICAGO

The Master of Science in Accounting Forensics (MSAF) is designed to prepare graduate students for a career in a new, exciting field of accounting. This program is for people of various professional backgrounds including accountants, tax professionals, attorneys, bankers, insurers, law enforcement and criminal justice personnel, and various government employees.

Accounting forensics is the specialty practice that looks at the evidence behind the numbers and then digs into their contents. Forensic accountants, also referred to as forensic auditors or investigative auditors, often assist lawyers in performing investigations or act as expert witnesses in the litigation process. The forensic accountant combines the skills of an accountant, an auditor, and an investigator. To be successful in this profession, the student should have a sense of curiosity. Through the program the student will develop strong analytical and deductive skills and professional judgment.


To earn the MSAF, students must successfully complete at least 31 semester hours: a one-semester-hour business orientation course, seven core courses, and three electives.

Orientation (required)

  BADM 401 Graduate Business Orientation .....1


  ACCT 405 Accounting for Executives OR .....3
  ACCT 406 Issues in Asset Valuation .....3
  ACCT 471 Fraud Examination .....3
  ACCT 473 Financial Statements & Fraud .....3
  ACCT 474 Anti-Money Laundering .....3
  ACCT 475 Computer Forensics & Auditing .....3
  ACCT 477 Topics in Business Forensics .....3
  INFS 401 Information Resource Management .....3
  Three graduate-level electives from INFS and ACCT courses .....9