You will be exposed to the world of forensic accounting and fraud examination. This includes the social factors behind fraudulent behavior, how to define fraud, and how to detect and deter fraud. You will learn how to spot the "red flags" of fraud, how to comply with current regulations including Sarbanes-Oxley, and how to develop and implement effective preventative measures. Read how forensic accounting and fraud examination can be applied to real-world situations.
UC offers the following forensic accounting and fraud examination degrees through traditional study at the Beckley and Martinsburg locations or online:
- B.S. in accounting with a concentration in forensic accounting/fraud examination
- B.S. in business administration with a concentration in fraud examination
Students interested in these concentrations should start with the coursework in either Accounting or Business Administration majors.
What can I study in forensic accounting and fraud examination at UC?
Our program applies fraud software to case studies focusing on fraud detection, completeness, integrity, normal values, and suspect transaction. Students explore concepts, techniques, and methodologies used in fraud discovery and documentation, with discussion of proper report formulation and work duties for consultants and litigation support specialists. They are also exposed to concepts vital to presenting an examination in court, such as types of evidence and witnesses, direct interrogation, and cross-examination.
What career opportunities can I expect in forensic accounting and fraud examination?
Many students continue their education in a Masters of Forensic Accounting which is offered by UC. Depending on your experience level and certifications, you may qualify for work as a forensic accountant, fraud examiner, accountant, certified public accountant, internal or external auditor, management accountant, or bookkeeper. Those working in law enforcement, security, and management may also benefit from this degree program.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a ten-year job growth rate of 22 percent for accountants and auditors within the United States—double the national average for all occupations. Forensic accountants and fraud examiners also will be in demand due to ongoing issues of the financial crisis, employee theft, white- collar crime, management fraud, and embezzlement.