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Accounting Forensics, MSAF

Offered in: CHICAGO | SCHAUMBURG

The Master of Science in Accounting Forensics 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 personnel, government employees, and recent college graduates.

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.

Requirements

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

Orientation (required)

  BADM 401 General Business Orientation .....1

Required

  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 & Investigation .....3
  ACCT 477 Topics in Business Forensics .....3
  INFS 401 Information Resource Management .....3
Electives - No more than one course from these:
  ACCT 407 Issues in Income Determination OR .....3
  ACCT 433 Professional Practice of Accounting OR .....3
  ACCT 456 Federal Taxation .....3
Electives - Two from this list:
  Two electives from INFS and CST fraud-related courses .....6