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Best Forensic Accounting Schools: List of Top Schools

Forensic accounting is a specialized field where trained accountants use legal, financial and investigative skills to determine financial fraud. Often forensic accountants work with the law enforcement and legal system during investigations and are used as expert witnesses. Some schools provide a post-graduate certification in forensic accounting for those with a graduate degree in accounting, while other programs are offered as part of a master's degree program.

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Top Schools with Forensic Accounting Programs

1. CUNY John Jay College Criminal Justice in New York, NY

John Jay College is part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system and is a school that focuses on criminal justice and public service. The advanced certificate in forensic accounting is offered through the Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) program and also draws coursework from the criminal justice department. The certificate is designed for accounting professionals who are already working toward an M.P.A. degree at John Jay College.

Coursework includes analytical and inspection methods, auditing and advanced financial reporting. John Jay College was ranked 10th among graduate criminology programs in 2009 and 51st among public affairs schools in 2008 by U.S. News & World Report.

Contact Information

  • Address: 899 Tenth Ave., New York, NY 10019
  • Phone Number: (212) 237-8000

2. SUNY at Albany, New York

The State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany is located in upstate New York, in the state's capital. The school offers a Master of Science in Forensic Accounting, a one-year program that teaches students about the skills used to prevent, detect and investigate financial fraud. Classes include fraud examination, auditing of accounting systems and digital forensics.

SUNY at Albany's accounting program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The Princeton Review named the business school 2nd best for opportunities for women and a top business school in the northeast for 2011.

Contact Information

  • Address: 1400 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12222
  • Phone Number: (518) 442-3300

Good Schools for Forensic Accounting

College/University Name Total Student Enrollment Address Phone Number
West Virginia University 28,898 Stewart Hall, University Ave., Morgantown, WV 26506 (304) 293-0111
Florida Atlantic University 27,637 777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton, FL 33431 (561) 297-3000
Northeastern University 27,537 360 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115 (617) 373-2000
University of North Carolina at Charlotte 24,701 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28223 (704) 687-2000
Georgia Southern University 19,086 Hwy 301 South, Statesboro, GA 30460 (912) 478-5391
SUNY at Albany 18,020 1400 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12222 (518) 442-3300
Georgetown University 16,520 37th and O St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20057 (202) 687-0100
CUNY John Jay College Criminal Justice 15,330 899 Tenth Ave., New York, NY 10019 (212) 237-8000
Davenport University 11,507 6191 Kraft Ave. S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49512 (616) 698-7111
The University of West Florida 11,143 11000 University Pkwy., Pensacola, FL 32514 (850) 474-2000
Fairleigh Dickinson University - Metropolitan Campus 8,804 1000 River Rd., Teaneck, NJ 07666 (201) 692-2000
SUNY College at Brockport 8,490 350 New Campus Dr., Brockport, NY 14420 (585) 395-2211
Southern New Hampshire University 7,119 2500 N. River Rd., Manchester, NH 03106 (603) 668-2211
Rider University 6,036 2083 Lawrence Rd., Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 (609) 896-5000
Benedictine University 5,836 5700 College Rd., Lisle, IL 60532 (630) 829-6000
Western New England College 3,710 1215 Wilbraham Rd., Springfield, MA 01119 (413) 782-3111
Golden Gate University - San Francisco 3,586 536 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94105 (415) 442-7800
Guilford College 2,833 5800 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro, NC 27410 (336) 316-2000
Saint Thomas University 2,476 16401 N.W. 37th Ave, Miami Gardens, FL 33054 (305) 625-6000
University of Charleston 1,396 2300 MacCorkle Ave., S.E., Charleston, WV 25304 (304) 357-4800
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