• FORENSIC ACCOUNTING

    Master of Forensic Accounting (MFAcc)

    Charleston | Hybrid Course - A combination of in classroom instruction and online learning

    COURSE OUTLINE

    The customized delivery platform of UC's MFAcc is specifically designed to accommodate the time constraints of working professionals. The program can be completed in sixteen months, with only eight campus visits. International students are not eligible for the MFAcc program, because the in-seat portion does not meet the in-seat requirements for an international student seeking to study in the U.S. on an F1 visa.

    The MFAcc emphasizes practical application of critical thinking, communication, and analytical skills, with the goal of preparing students for career advancement. The program’s curriculum was designed by practicing forensic accountants, and all instructors are active practitioners.

    MFAcc students benefit not only from the expertise of experienced instructors, but also from shared experiences with a diverse peer group. This interdisciplinary offering allows students to join a network of professionals in a variety of fields, including accounting, finance, management, criminal justice, sociology, psychology, law, and computer science.

    The Master of Forensic Accounting (MFAcc) is the premier graduate degree in accounting. Its unique hybrid structure maximizes the joint benefits of online learning and traditional face-to-face instruction. The customized delivery platform is specifically designed to accommodate the time constraints of working professionals. The program can be completed in sixteen months, with only eight campus visits. International students are not eligible for the MFAcc program, because the in-seat portion does not meet the in-seat requirements for an international student seeking to study in the U.S. on an F1 visa.

    The MFAcc emphasizes practical application, with the goal of preparing students for career advancement. The program’s curriculum was designed by practicing forensic accountants, and all instructors are active practitioners.

    MFAcc students benefit not only from the expertise of experienced instructors, but also from shared experiences with a diverse peer group. This interdisciplinary offering allows students to join a network of professionals in a variety of fields, including accounting, finance, management, criminal justice, sociology, psychology, law, and computer science.

    Program Content

    The MFAcc curriculum is an educational framework founded on both theory and practical application. Primary content areas include:

    • Primary Program Content
      Criminology
      • Professional research and writing
      • Persuasive communication
      • Legal framework
      • Professional ethics
      • Data analysis methodologies
      • Fundamentals of various forensic accounting engagements

      Multiple educational approaches are used, including case studies, simulations, interactive lectures, guest speakers, field learning, and peer-to-peer information sharing.

    Learning Outcomes

    At the conclusion of this course of study, the graduate will:

    • Learning Outcomes
      • Demonstrate a foundational knowledge of forensic theory.
      • Demonstrate an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the forensic accountant.
      • Gather and analyze quantitative and non-quantitative evidence.
      • Apply the methods and processes of various forensic accounting engagements.
      • Demonstrate the ability to document and present findings and conclusions, including written reports, graphical presentations, and expert witness testimony.
      • Develop a mindset of professional skepticism, using critical thinking and creative approaches to complex problem solving.
       

    Accreditation

    UC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. This is a regional organization (one of the six) that accredits institutions in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

    Student Testimonials

    Aleman The MFAcc at the University of Charleston was an exciting experience that has equipped me with the key ingredients for a successful career. I went in with general accounting knowledge and came out with sharpened analytical, report writing, and presentation skills. Upon graduation, I was able to obtain a new position where I have utilized everything that I have gained from this program. Deciding to pursue the University of Charleston MFAcc is the best educational choice that I have made.

    — Cesar Aleman, 2011 MFAcc Graduate

    CarteAs a member of a local CPA firm, I have 28 years of accounting and financial planning experience. CPA’s are in constant need of expanding their skill sets, and the University of Charleston’s MFAcc is satisfying that need. Undergraduate programs provide only the basics necessary to function as an accounting professional. The foundation of forensic accounting is to change the mindset of traditionally educated accountants, to look beyond the numbers and understand the psychology of the criminal.

    —Dennis G. Carte II, CPA

    MarcumAs a practicing attorney at a large defense firm, the knowledge and skills I have acquired through the MFAcc program have been invaluable. Not only have I learned the quantitative skills necessary to analyze numbers, but I have also gained insight into the mind and methodology of the forensic expert witness.

    —William D. Marcum, Esq.

    BlundonI chose to enroll in the MFAcc program, not only because it is a challenging upcoming field for employment, but also because I wanted to understand how fraud can be detected and prevented. I can’t say enough about this fantastic learning experience. The instructors have kept me glued to my seat during weekend classes, which is a challenge for a full-time mother, wife, and employee. The subject matter of this program is truly fascinating!

    —Tammie L. Blundon, MS