M.S. in Forensic Accounting - 1-year Program

AACSB accredited, CPA-ready, Specialized track

Complete your NYS CPA education requirements through attending the University at Albany School of Business one-year M.S. in  Forensic Accounting program.  Our one-year Masters in Forensic Accounting Program is designed for individuals with an undergraduate degree in accounting who wish to focus their graduate studies and professional progression in this specialized field of accounting.  As a student in the program, you have the opportunity to focus on the exciting and often complex integration of accounting, audit, and legal and investigative skills in the prevention, detection and investigation of financial fraud and dispute resolution. The one-year program successfully prepares you for the complex and challenging world of business and accounting fraud.

Choosing the University at Albany School of Business M.S. in Forensic Accounting Program to achieve your academic and professional success

  • In just one year, the M.S. in Forensic Accounting program prepares students with an undergraduate degree in accounting to meet the 150 credit hour NYS CPA Education requirements, and more importantly it prepares you to become a highly skilled investigative accountant in a wide variety of settings, including public accounting, government, industry and not-for-profit environments.
  • Graduates of this program are highly recruited by more than 16 top-tier accounting, governmental and private organizations around the world.  Recruiters for these organizations often hold office hours directly in the School of Business in order to meet with students and prospective applicants prior to interviews- providing our students with a tremendous resource and recruiters with direct access to our top level students.
  • The University at Albany School of Business has maintained a dual accreditation in Business and Accounting through the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), placing the school in the top 5% of business programs in the world.  This distinction ensures that you will receive an education from qualified field experts within a specialized curriculum focused on current and future economic events.

Setting Expectations – Curriculum and Coursework

The M.S. in Forensic Accounting program is a two-semester, cohort-based, full-time program, with admission during the Fall semester only.

In this program, you will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of business information and financial reporting systems, investigation and analysis of financial evidence, digital forensics, and analysis of complex financial transactions that lead to fraud.  Our program provides you with the ability to apply this knowledge to obtain a broad perspective on the environment (legal, economic, tax and financial) in which accounting operates. The program also covers the major topics included in the Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE) Examination positioning student to become future CFE’s.

Courses required to graduate from this program include:

Number  Course Credits
ACC 615 Financial Statement Analysis 3 credits
ACC 630 Advanced Management Accounting 3 credits
ACC 551 Fraud Examination 3 credits
ACC 680 Research Seminar in Accounting 3 credits
ACC 522 Statistical Methods for Forensic Accounting & Assurance 3 credits
ACC 552 Financial Statement Fraud & Corporate Governance 3 credits
ACC 661 Auditing of Advanced Accounting Systems 3 credits
ACC 553 Digital Forensics 3 credits
1 Graduate Accounting Elective 3 credits
1 Graduate Business Elective 3 credits
  Total Graduate Accounting Credits 27 credits
  Total Program Credits 30 credits


Let’s Get Acquainted – Ideal Candidates for the one year program

If you have a well rounded resume of extracurricular activities and leadership roles, an excellent academic record – with an undergraduate degree in accounting, and are highly motivated to begin or advance your career in a specialized field accounting and audit, the University at Albany M.S. in Forensic Accounting program is the ideal program for you.  We actively seek students from a wide variety of undergraduate accounting programs as well as applicants with previous professional accounting or business experience that have an undergraduate degree in accounting. 

  • Admission to the program requires an undergraduate degree in accounting, or the equivalent (24 accounting credits).

If you are ready to join a highly motivated group of graduate accounting students to further your career and meet the CPA education requirements, apply today online at the Graduate Admissions Office website. There you will be able to apply on-line as well as be provided with instructions and procedures for completing your online application.  We look forward to reviewing your application.

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