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Students in the forensic accounting program at Mount St. Mary's University.

Forensic Accounting

Follow the money.

From uncovering corporate financial fraud to testifying in court cases, and from tracking the finances of terrorist organizations to investigating government corruption, forensic accountants help bring criminals to justice.

Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business

The undergraduate degree program in forensic accounting is part of the Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business. The Bolte School has an impeccable reputation for producing successful business leaders, and the entire faculty shares a commitment to ensuring that you receive the knowledge, experience and insight to leave the Mount as a responsible, methodologically sound and ethical business professional.

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  • Undergraduate Major
  • Undergraduate Minor
  • Certificate
  • Graduate Program
  • Adult Undergraduate
  • Special Program

About the major.

The Mount is one of only seven universities in the U.S. – and the closest to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore – offering a Bachelor of Science degree in forensic accounting.

Through a case-study approach, you’ll learn the tools and techniques needed to investigate and uncover fraudulent financial reporting, theft, embezzlement and money laundering. You’ll also study federal income tax laws, including tax research, planning and ethics, as well as various auditing concepts, and how technology is used by both criminals and forensic accountants. Topics on the U.S. civil court system and the forensic accountant’s role in conducting business valuations and analysis, as well as electives in criminal justice, business and accounting are also offered, preparing you for any court testimony you’ll provide.

Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to sit for exams to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). You’ll be able to pursue a career as an auditor with a large accounting firm, investigate criminal financial activity with the FBI, or become a forensic accountant for a management consulting company.

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Lea Findley Mount St. Mary's University Class of 2018

Majoring in forensic accounting not only gave me the investigative skills I need in the workforce but also sharpened my oral communication skills. And, I can analyze financial statements for potential fraud knowing I have the appropriate skills from the Mount.

Lea Findley, C'18 Financial institution specialist, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

Where forensic accounting majors go.

Mount forensic accounting graduates have been hired by companies such as: 

  • PwC
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst & Young
  • KPMG
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
  • Hertzbach & Company, P.A.
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About the minor.

A forensic accounting minor from the Mount can pair with many different majors, providing you with additional skills. Combine with a criminal justice major to pursue a career in several law enforcement career tracks, including with the FBI or CIA, or a cybersecurity major, working with financial institutions or government agencies to prevent identify theft.

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Digital Forensic Laboratory

Accessible to all accounting students in the forensic accounting program is the Digital Forensic Laboratory, which is designed to support the teaching of digital forensics and data analysis. Special classes are held in the lab to teach students how to work with various investigative tools used by forensic accountants such as Microsoft Excel and Access, IDEA, EnCASE, Tableau and others. Students use the lab to complete assignments using data sets and other materials from real life and simulated case studies.