Bachelor of Science in
Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination 

Forensic Accouting

According to the industry trade publication Accounting Today, nearly 40 percent of the top 100 accounting firms in the U.S. are now expanding their forensics-related services. More than 75 percent of Fortune 500 companies employ Certified Fraud Examiners. The Bachelor of Science in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination at ERAU's Prescott Campus rewards inquisitive problem solvers looking for a career in accounting with a specialization in forensics. Graduates of the degree program will be prepared to identify and prevent fraud in public, private, and government sectors.
ERAU-Prescott is one of the only schools in the nation to offer this degree at the Bachelor level, on campus. Designed to meet the requirements of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, this program is created so that students can sit for the CPA exam and become certified after completing the additional 30 hours of education requirement.
The program, which is an educational partner with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, is also designed to meet the requirements of the federal government (24 semester hours in accounting and a CFE certification) so that students can be immediately hired by the FBI, CIA, or many other government agencies.
This degree program covers the following four major sections of the professional certification offered through the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners:

  • Financial Transactions and Fraud Schemes
  • Law
  • Investigation
  • Fraud Prevention and Deterrence

With the growing complexity of the overall business environment and the growing number of business related fraud investigations, Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination professionals are increasingly asked to assist in the investigations of financial issues by numerous federal, state, and local governmental agencies.

The Bachelor of Science in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination degree is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination (BSFAFE) requires successful completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours and is normally completed in eight semesters. Designed for students who want a strong accounting, investigative, and psychology foundation, the BSFAFE degree equips students for future success in the Fraud Examination business world. This degree program reflects the aftermath of accounting scandals around the world, the specialty of forensic accounting and fraud examination is continuing its rapids growth. The curriculum is focused in accounting and designed to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills essential to their successful entry into Forensic Account and Fraud Examination business. Emphasis is placed on accounting, with business, computer, law and security courses rounding out the students’ knowledge. The program focuses on effective communications, quantitative skills, social responsibility, technology, critical thinking skills, teamwork, and commitment to lifelong learning

Suggested Program of Study

Freshman Year
Credits
COM 122 English Composition and Literature 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
MA 120 Quantitative Methods I 3
or MA 140
College Algebra
BIO 104 Foundations of Biology 4
BA 201 Principles of Management 3
HU 14X Series 3
BA 221 Advanced Comp. Based Systems 3
SIS 200 Introduction To US Legal System 3
SIS 220 Investigative Method. & Forensic Science 4
  Credits Subtotal 29
Sophomore Year
Credits
BA 121 Software Based Bookkeeping 1
BA 210 Financial Accounting 3
MA 222 Business Statistics 3
PSY 306 Deceptions 3
or SS 310
Personality Development
BA 319 Managerial and Organizational Behavior 3
CS 304 Introduction to Cyber Forensics 3
BA 312 Managerial Accounting 3
EC 210 Microeconomics 4
or EC 211
Macroeconomics
COM 222 Business Communications 3
or COM 223
Intelligence Writing
BA 308 Public Administration 3
Open elective 3
  Credits Subtotal 31
Junior Year
Credits
COM 219 Speech 3
BA 340 International Accounting 3
BA 325 Social Responsibility & Ethics in Managemen 3
BA 329 Forensic Accounting & Fraud Examination 3
BA 332 Corporate Finance I 3
PSY 313 Personality & Profiling 3
BA 307 Government & Not-for-Profit Accounting 3
SIS 308 Courts & Criminal Justice 3
Open elective 3
Open elective 3
  Credits Subtotal 30
Senior Year
Credits
BA 351 Auditing Principles & Procedures 3
BA 352 Business Quantitative Methods 3
BA 390 Business Law 3
BA 401 Accounting Information Systems 3
BA 439 Federal Taxation 3
SIS 342 Interview Techniques & Tactics 3
SIS 411 Procedural Law & Evidence 3
Open elective 3
Open elective 3
Open elective 3
  Credits Subtotal 30
  Credits Total 120

*UNIV meets open elective or credit in excess of degree requirements.

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