Forensic Accounting

Forensic accounting includes the study of accounting in relation to disputes or litigation. In fact, “forensic” is defined as “suitable for use in a court of law”. Forensic accountants often are called upon to give expert evidence at trial. Forensic accountants can specialize in insurance claims, personal injury, construction, fraud, or royalty audits. Forensic accountants can investigate civil disputes relating to quantifying losses and economic damages caused by breach of contract, acquisitions, or business valuation. Forensic accountants also assist in marital and family law in determining spousal support, child support, and distribution.

Associates programs in Forensic Accounting prepare students for a career discovering evidence to convict perpetrators on crimes from embezzlement to terrorist funding. Courses explore how to use computer technology, creative thinking, and careful inspection of financial records to uncover proof of the crime. Bachelor’s programs teach litigation support and investigative accounting. Topics include economic damages caused by employee theft, securities fraud, insurance fraud, asset misappropriations, fraudulent statements, and professional negligence. Master’s programs explore the skills and competencies required by entry-level accountants and others to become forensic accountants and fraud investigators. These programs also include advanced topics such as ethics and investigation.

Online Forensic Accounting Degrees

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Learn how to help businesses track income, assets and expenses over time in a range of settings that will suit your lifestyle. If you really want to learn how businesses operate, an accounting degree can provide you with that foundation.


Kaplan University's online Associate of Applied Science in Accounting will teach you the theories and principles of business accounting, and provide you with the technical skills you need to succeed in an entry-level accounting position. You also can go on to earn your B.S. in accounting with specialties in auditing and managerial accountancy.
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AIU Online developed its Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting and Finance degree completion program to prepare students for career opportunities such as internal auditors, loan officers, personal financial advisers and more. Graduates also have a strong foundation for continued studies and can apply for AIU Online's MBA program in accounting upon graduation.
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Earn your Bachelor of Arts in Accounting (BAACC) degree in the comfort of your home from Ashford University, and develop the necessary analytical, conceptual and technical knowledge and proficiency in this field. Upon graduation, you will possess a practical understanding of these ideas and other important accounting concepts and skills required to demonstrate fundamental accounting principles and procedures.
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