Accounting Certification


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


The Department of Management, Accounting Fraud and Forensics, and Justice Studies at Carlow University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. In granting candidacy status, the IACBE has determined that the business programs in the following degrees at the listed locations are eligible for accreditation:

 Master's Level Programs  

  • Master of Business Administration, Department of Business Administration 
  • Master of Science in Fraud and Forensics, Department of Accounting in Fraud and Forensics

 Bachelor's Level Programs

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Department of Accounting Fraud and Forensics
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Management, Department of Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Forensic Accounting, Department of Accounting Fraud and Forensics
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management and Technology, Department of Management  


Our forensic accounting program also offers the 


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