Online Master of Accountancy: Forensic Accounting Concentration

Investigate the Story Behind the Numbers

Financial statements tell a story. Uncover it. The online Master of Accountancy degree with a Forensic Accounting concentration is designed to prepare you for careers in investigative accounting and fraud auditing. When you pursue a concentration in Forensic Accounting, you learn more than how to detect economic crimes — you learn to prevent them.

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Complete your degree in fewer than 2 years

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Why Choose Rider for Your Online MAcc with a Forensic Accounting Concentration?

Choosing the right school for you is an important decision. You want a program that will help further your value as an accounting professional. When you choose Rider University for your online Master of Accountancy with a concentration in Forensic Accounting, you gain the opportunity to learn from our AACSB-accredited Norm Brodsky College of Business. You can learn to examine complicated financial transactions and develop the knowledge to support criminal investigations.

What Does Our Forensic Accounting Concentration Cover?

Learn to read between the numbers. Your Forensic Accounting concentration is designed to build your accounting knowledge and investigative strategy. When you understand auditing and reporting processes, courtroom procedures and fraud examination techniques, you can do more than impact criminal investigations — you can lead them.

  • Learn about fraudulent financial reporting and key areas for detection of fraud, money laundering, transnational flows and cyber crime.
  • Explore contemporary forensic accounting topics pertaining to fraud examination, detection and deterrence. Develop fraud examination techniques to prevent and detect economic crimes.
  • Develop problem-solving skills by processing datasets, interpreting results and deploying solutions. Build a robust data mining methodology that can be applied to real-world investigations.

Your Career Options: Expanding Your Opportunities

Master of Accountancy graduates with a concentration in Forensic Accounting can advance their financial competencies and prepare for the CPA and other professional licensures. When you pursue your online Forensic Accounting concentration, you can gain the skills to think critically and interpret complex datasets to solve investigations.

The job growth for accountants is steadily expanding, projected at 10% from 2016 to 2026*. By pursuing a concentration in Forensic Accounting, you can use your online MAcc degree to advance your skills and help prove your value.

Your Master of Accountancy with a Forensic Accounting concentration can qualify you for the following roles and median salaries**:

Financial Examiner

Projected Job Growth: 10%

Criminal Investigator

Projected Job Growth: 5%


Projected Job Growth: 6%


Projected Job Growth: 10%

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics **Burning Glass job growth projected from 2016-2026

Admissions Requirements

Our online Master of Accountancy is a great option for those looking to enhance their career options. That’s why we do our best to make it as accessible as possible for anyone who has the desire to pursue it.

Here’s what you’ll need:

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Degrees earned abroad must be deemed equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree.

Official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended. You may transfer up to 6 graduate business credits (2 courses) from an AACSB-accredited graduate program into the online MAcc program. Transfer credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

A current résumé.

Accounting/business foundation courses may be required prior to the start of online MAcc courses. These foundation courses may be waived based on academic and professional experience. All courses are available online. Credential evaluation is available prior to applying.

Note: International students cannot obtain a student visa if admitted to the online MAcc program.

Why Earn Your Online MAcc with a Concentration in Forensic Accounting?

Your Forensic Accounting concentration can teach you the advanced technology and methodology to support litigation. Through Rider’s online MAcc program, you can learn to uncover evidence and translate your financial findings into everyday language.

By pursuing your MAcc degree online, you can advance your knowledge and career potential around your busy schedule. Rider’s online degree platform can make your learning more flexible and accessible, helping you build the career you want.

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Pick a Start Time That Works For You

Your program has to fit around your life. So in addition to making our MAcc degree 100% online, we also offer multiple start times throughout the year. Just choose the one that works best for you.

  • Spring A – February 1
  • Spring B – March 22
  • Summer A – May 18
  • Summer B – July 6
  • Fall A – September 8
  • Fall B – October 27

When you earn your Master of Accountancy degree from Rider’s AACSB-accredited Norm Brodsky College of Business, you can expand your career opportunities and earning potential. Let us help you achieve your goals and position yourself for success.

How Many Credits Are Required for Your Online MAcc with a Concentration in Forensic Accounting?

Your degree will consist of 10 courses and 30 credit hours. You can complete the entire curriculum online in fewer than two years.

  • 21 credit hours in core courses
  • 9 credit hours in concentration courses

Forensic Accounting Concentration (9 credit hours):

Note: Since Auditing Practice & Problems also serves as a required course in the MAcc core, students will need to select another elective course to fulfill their third elective.

MACC 662 Auditing: Practice & Problems 3 Credits
MACC 663 Fraud and Forensic Accounting 3 Credits
MACC 665 Fraud Detection and Deterrence 3 Credits

Forensic Accounting Electives (3 credit hours):

Choose one of the following or speak to your advisor about these and other options:

*Students can take MACC 667: Business Valuations: Fundamentals, Techniques and Theory as their third elective, along with their Forensic Accounting concentration courses, to earn a Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting.

MACC 667 Business Valuations: Fundamentals, Techniques and Theory 3 Credits
PMBA 8491 Business Law 3 Credits
MACC 658 Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting 3 Credits
MACC 668 Enterprise Risk Management 3 Credits

At Rider University, we want to help you be persistent in your pursuit. That’s why we offer 100% online coursework so you can work toward advancing your career around your busy schedule.

You’re ready to pursue your goals. We’re here to help you do it. At Rider, we’re committed to your growth, transformation and leadership.