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Location: Chicago, Online
Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Type: Master's

Forensic accountants use auditing and investigative skills to determine the accuracy of financial reporting documents. Also referred to as forensic auditors or investigative auditors, they assist lawyers in performing investigations or act as expert witnesses in the litigation process. In the Master of Science in Accounting Forensics program, students gain the required knowledge to advance in the field by working on teams in small classes, with case analyses and written and oral presentations.

Roosevelt's diverse population — the Midwest's third-most diverse (U.S. News and World Report, 2018) — will put you in the center of myriad viewpoints. And in today's interconnected marketplace, global perspective is paramount. Plus, our students like the flexibility of earning an MSAF on a working professional's schedule. This includes weeknight classes in downtown Chicago.

Expectations & Requirements

Standards

Students work on teams in small classes, completing at least 31 credit hours of forensic accounting skills. Curriculum includes asset valuation, fraud examination, anti-money laundering, and computer forensics and auditing. The MSAF program also enhances students' preparedness to earn the following designations: the Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certified Managerial Accountant (CMA).

Sample Courses

  • Issues in Asset Valuation
  • Fraud Examination
  • Financial Statements and Fraud
  • Anti-Money Laundering
  • Computer Forensics and Auditing

Outcomes

Professional Options

Graduates work with businesses, nonprofits, and individuals who need help advising on criminal activity including fraud, embezzlement, money laundering, concealment of debt or other fraudulent activities. Common career paths include work in law enforcement; state and local government; corporations; private practice; or banking, brokerage, insurance and other financial services industries.

Testimonials

Marisha Truong

“I personally think [Roosevelt has] genuine dedication and interest in guiding students in the MSAF program toward a successful career, and also making sure that students uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct at all times.”

Marisha Truong
MS Accounting Forensics, ’13, Forensic Accounting Consultant, McGovern & Greene LLP
"The knowledge and skill set for forensics accounting is highly specialized and not readily available in the industry. Completing the MSAF program opened the door for my first job working with fraud and set me apart from my coworkers."
​Geoffrey Gilbert - MSAF '14
Admission
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  • Online Application
  • $40 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities within the United States. Coursework completed outside the U.S. requires a Foreign Credential Evaluation to be submitted.
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Letter of Intent outlining your personal and professional goals, why you are interested in this program, and how it will help you achieve your goals
  • English Language Proficiency: All international students and individuals who completed a degree program outside the United States are required to meet this requirement.