Carlow is one of the only undergraduate Forensic Accounting programs in the country. We have developed a curriculum to meet the growing need to prevent, detect and resolve fraudulent activities and white collar crime. 

Forensic accounting is the integration of accounting, auditing, and investigative skills. Forensic accounting includes litigation support and investigative accounting. These areas deal with issues related to the quantification of economic damages caused by employee theft, securities fraud, insurance fraud, asset misappropriations, fraudulent statements, and professional negligence. 

To get an idea of the classes you'll be taking, check out this program's plan of study.

The Forensic Accounting major curriculum includes these specialized courses ( in addition to accounting, business and technology requirements):


  • Fraud Prevention and Ethics
  • The Law and Fraud
  • Fraud Investigation Techniques
  • Fraud Examination
  • Information Security.

The forensic accounting major also requires the student to complete an internship. We currently have an association with the Allegheny County Investigations Unit, where some of our students have the opportunity to complete their internships. 


Carlow University also is one of the few universities in the country to offer a Master of Science degree in Fraud and Forensics (MFF). Students are also offered the option to start their graduate studies with accelerated admission into our MBA or MFF programs.

Where our graduates go

The forensic accounting major leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. All forensic accounting majors also earn a major in accounting. In addition, graduates of the forensic accounting program are qualified to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam and the Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE) exam. (Please see the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs website and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners for current licensure requirements.) These credentials are recognized globally and are regarded as an indicator of excellence in the accounting and anti-fraud professions. 

This is just a sample where our graduates are working

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • AIReS
  • Allegheny County
  • Juvenile Probation Department

 This program has officially entered candidacy status with the IACBE. Click here to learn more.


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If you'd like to learn more about our forensic accounting program, let us know!