Roosevelt University attracts students of all backgrounds who share a passion for learning and desire to effect positive change in their professional careers. Stefan Milinkov, a 2013 graduate of Roosevelt’s Master of Science in Accounting Forensics (MSAF) program, is a testament to the institution’s ability to transform careers on an international level.
Immigrating from Serbia to the United States as a high school senior, Milinkov first attended Graceland University in Iowa for his undergraduate degree in accounting and business administration.
“When I finished my bachelor’s degree, I moved to Chicago for an internship and decided to pursue a master’s degree, and I applied as an international student to Roosevelt University MSAF program,” he said.
Chicago was merely the first stop in Milinkov’s graduate journey, however. “Upon completion of my studies, I started working in the Forensics and Integrity Department for Ernst & Young (EY) in Belgrade, Serbia,” he said. “Currently, I am engaged with a consulting company in forensic accounting and data analysis on a project in Paris, France. I am working on a project which relates to deferred prosecution agreement for a major global company. It is precisely the MSAF program at Roosevelt University that provided me with skills and the knowledge to further develop and grow in my career in accounting forensics.”
Milinkov credits a lot of his current skill set and career success to the classes he took at Roosevelt.
“As part of MSAF program, I took courses where I had the opportunity to learn a lot about forensic accounting, fraud schemes, creative accounting options, as well as compliance and internal audit, and I was able to apply this knowledge later in my career,” he recalled. “Additionally, I completed my Certified Fraud Examiner certification as part of the program, which was recognized during my job search process.”
Even now, Milinkov still manages to keep in touch with colleagues and professors from the MSAF program. He cited his role as a teaching assistant being instrumental for introducing him to so many students and professors in the Heller College of Business, and believes the busy location of downtown Chicago is a perfect place to network with professional who can grow one’s career.
“The MSAF program at Roosevelt University provides you with the knowledge you will be able to use in your career,” said Milinkov. “Given that Roosevelt is in bustling Chicago, you will have plenty of opportunity to quickly move into a profession you desire as there are many options out there.”