Forensic Accounting - Bachelor’s Degree

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Become part accountant, part auditor, and part financial examiner with a degree in forensic accounting.

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Quick Facts

Total Program Credits:
180 Credits

Transfer Credits:
Transfer in up to 75% of the program
*Prior learning and work experience may count toward program credit

Program Length:
12 quarters full time
36 months with year-round classes

Employment Rate:
67% for 2013 - 2014

Salary Range:
No data available

Combine accounting, criminal justice, information technology and legal studies and you have one of the newest career fields today—forensic accounting.

What Is Forensic Accounting?

Simply defined, a forensic accountant investigates fraudulent and illegal practices in any business or government agency. Some of the highest-paid accounting careers today are in forensic accounting.

Globe University’s unique bachelor's degree program will provide the skills you need to investigate fraud detect risk and recommend protective measures to individuals and organizations. Forensic accountants are employed by insurers, banks, major accounting firms, large corporations, law firms and government offices.

Learn the essential skills to succeed in this career, including:

  • Professional communication
  • Technology
  • Investigation
  • Security
  • Law and ethics

Our forensic accounting degree program benefits include:

  • Day, evening or online classes
  • Complete this four-year degree in as few as 36 months with full-time classes
  • Small class sizes
  • A solid accounting background and preparation for the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) exam
  • Instructor-mentors with experience in the field
  • In-depth study of technology, legal and business aspects of the field
  • Ongoing career assistance 
Globe University is nationally accredited by ACICS. Please call 1-877-655-7676 for information about the program, or request information online.
  • Fraud Examination

    The course examines various methods used to defraud organizations, how to identify and investigate suspected fraud, how to identify preventive methods used to deter fraud in the workplace, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the need for its creation. Real case studies enhance and reinforce learning objectives.

    Investigation – Processes and Procedures

    This course presents modern theories and practices of criminal investigation, including preliminary investigation, related communication and reporting functions, and final court actions. Simulations and case study analysis are used to explore investigation strategies and tactics. Students evaluate appropriate uses and anticipated effects of various methods.

    Information Security

    This course introduces information security as a discipline and profession. Topics include information security fundamentals and security threats, defenses, and countermeasures for personal, enterprise and network security. Assets such as desktops, laptops, network servers and removable media are analyzed for common security pitfalls. Students explore measures for protecting those assets and the information they contain. Best practices, policies and procedures for information security are discussed, analyzed and evaluated in terms of return on investment (ROI).

    Cyber Forensics

    This course covers the background and history of computer crime. Topics include the evolution of computer crime, computer investigations, crime scene process, evidence management, law enforcement investigations and cyber law litigation.

  • These companies have hired our forensic accounting graduates:

    Bachelors in Forensic Accounting Graduates 2011 thru 2014

    ·         Accountemps-Madison

    ·         Community Bank - Chaska

    ·         Midwest Animal Rescue & Services

    ·         Rochester Asphalt and Concrete

    ·         Silver Bay Management Corporation

    ·         Xetex - LaCrosse


  • Salary Title

    1. Job Title(s)
    2. 10th Percentile Salary
    3. 25th Percentile Salary
    4. 50th Percentile Salary
    1. Bookkeeping, Accounting and Auditing Clerks
    2. $21,610
    3. $27,750
    4. $35170
    1. Accountants and Auditors
    2. $39,930
    3. $49,540
    4. $63,550

    This annual salary data is taken from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for this job title. The 10th percentile indicates the bottom 10 percent of earners make less than that figure annually; the 25th percentile means the bottom quarter of workers earn less than the number; and the 50th percentile shows the median income for the profession.

    The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected employment growth rates for 2012-2022

    1. 13%

    Accountants & Auditors

    1. 11%
    Bookkeeping, Accounting and Auditing Clerks
    1. 11%

    Average for all Occupations

    View Bureau of Labor Statistics