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Online Master's in Forensic Accounting

Analyze & Prevent Financial Crimes

Develop the analytical and investigative skills to bring white collar criminals to justice. 
  • Program Overview

    Stevenson University Online's Master of Science in Forensic Accounting provides students with the necessary skills in asset protection and financial reporting to prepare them for careers in both investigative accounting and fraud prevention. In recent years, numerous multi-billion-dollar financial crimes have required organizations to become more aggressive in detecting and preventing fraud. Our graduate program trains accounting professionals to assess fraud risk and adequacy of internal control structures, evaluate financial evidence, and effectively communicate findings, analysis, and conclusions during legal proceedings.

    Developed for experienced working professionals and recent college graduates alike, Stevenson's Forensic Accounting graduate program is offered fully online and equips students with the knowledge to appear as expert witnesses at legal proceedings. Courses in Stevenson University’s online master’s in Forensic Accounting program are taught by practicing forensic accountants and focus on synthesizing accounting, auditing, computer, and investigative analyses into coherent, defensible conclusions.

    Career Opportunities on the Rise

    Employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. The vast number of financial violations in recent years have resulted in new legislation and professional auditing standards that require the expertise of forensic accountants to protect the integrity of the financial system both in the public and private sectors. Stricter laws and regulations in the financial sector will likely raise the demand for accounting services as organizations seek to comply with new standards. Additionally, the “CSI effect” has led to an increased reliance on expert witnesses such as forensic accountants whereas in the past, judges and juries were more willing to accept less forensic proof.  

    The Mock Trial Capstone

    A distinction of Stevenson University Online’s forensic programs, the Mock Trial Capstone provides students with real-world experience and training in investigation, evidence collection, and presenting forensic evidence in a courtroom setting. The capstone can be completed online and is also offered on campus in our state-of-the-art mock trial courtroom.

  • Courses


    Coursework in the Forensic Accounting graduate program is fully online and offered in 8-week sessions. The degree requires completion of 36-credit hours.


    • FSAAC 620 Forensic Information Technology
    • FSAAC 624 Fraud: Accounting
    • FSAAC 626 Investigation and Analysis: Auditing
    • FSAAC 628 Investigation and Analysis: Tax
    • FSAAC 640 Business Valuation
    • FSCOR 601 Foundations of Justice 
    • FSCOR 604 Evidence 
    • FSCOR 606 Forensic Journal Research and Review
    • FSINV 600 Investigative Techniques/Interviewing
    • FSLAW 668 White Collar Crimes
    • FSCOR 702 Mock Trial Capstone 
  • Admission Requirements

    Admission Requirements

    • Completed online application.
    • Completion of bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
    • Undergraduate major in Accounting OR advanced coursework/professional work experience in Accounting.
    • Official college transcript from your degree-granting institution; additional transcripts may be required to demonstrate satisfaction of program-specific prerequisites or at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.
    • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in past academic work.
    • Personal statement.
  • Faculty

    Joyce K. Becker (1995)
    Dean, Stevenson University Online and Professor, Law
    B.A., Notre Dame of Maryland University
    J.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore

    Thomas Byrd (2017)
    Program Coordinator and Adjunct Professor, Cyber Forensics
    B.S., University of Nebraska
    M.S., Illinois Institute of Technology
    J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law 

    Robert Carter (2015)
    Adjunct Instructor, Forensic Studies
    B.S., Stevenson University
    M.S., University of Baltimore

    Thomas D. Coogan (1988)
    Department Chair and Professor of Forensic Studies
    B.A., Hamilton College
    M.A., Antioch College
    J.D., Antioch School of Law

    Emmet Davitt (2005)
    Adjunct Professor, Forensic Studies
    B.A., University of Virginia
    J.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore

    John Grimes, CFE (2013)
    Adjunct Instructor, Forensic Studies
    B.A., Notre Dame of Maryland University
    M.S., Stevenson University

    Steven Engorn (2004)
    Program Coordinator, Business and Technology Management and Assistant Professor Information Technology
    A.A., Catonsville Community College
    B.S., American University
    M.B.A., Loyola College of Maryland

    Maria Howell (2006)
    Professor of Forensic Studies
    B.A., The Johns Hopkins University
    J.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore

    Carolyn H. Johnson (1998)
    Professor of Forensic Studies
    B.A., Dickinson College
    J.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore

    Barbara Jung (2015)
    Adjunct Professor, Forensic Studies
    J.D., University of Baltimore

    Pamela Kessler (2005)
    Adjunct Professor, Forensic Studies
    B.A., University of Maryland, College Park
    J.D., University of Baltimore

    Nicholas Marrocco, CFE (2004)
    Adjunct Instructor, Forensic Studies
    B.A., M.S., Loyola University of Maryland

    Gerald L. Maye (2007)
    Adjunct Instructor, Forensic Studies
    B.A., University of Alabama
    M.P.P.M., Birmingham Southern College

    Stephen W. Oliner, CPA (2004)
    Adjunct Instructor, Forensic Studies
    B.S., University of Maryland, College Park

    Michael K. Robinson (2009)
    Adjunct Professor, Forensic Studies and Cyber Forensics
    B.S., Drexel University
    M.S., University of Maryland University College
    M.S., Stevenson University

    Susan A. Schenning (2005) Associate Professor of Forensic Studies
    B.A., Notre Dame of Maryland University
    J.D., University of Baltimore

    Brian S. Tanen, CFE (2008)
    Adjunct Professor, Forensic Studies
    B.A., University of Maryland Baltimore County
    B.A., Ner Israel College
    M.S., Villa Julie College

    Richard K. West (2009)
    Adjunct Professor, Forensic Studies
    B.S., Lawrence University
    J.D., Northwestern University

    Larry Wolod (2011)
    Adjunct Professor, Forensic Studies
    B.S., University of Baltimore
    M.S., University of Hartford
    J.D., Potomac School of Law
    L.L.M., Georgetown University Law Center

    Joyce A. Zerhusen (2004)
    Adjunct Professor, Forensic Studies
    B.S., Villa Julie College
    M.S., University of Baltimore

  • Tuition


    Established in 1947, Stevenson University has a long history of providing students an affordable, private education. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, in addition to a reduced-tuition rate through partnerships with community colleges, healthcare organizations, and other organizations and corporations. For a full list of Stevenson's partners, please visit our Partnerships page.

    The following reflects the total cost of a master’s degree if completing 36-credit hours. Students are eligible to transfer up to 6-credit hours from a 4-year institution if applicable. 

    Stevenson University Online has simplified the cost of your education by eliminating all fees.

    Master's Program Cost Per
    Credit Hour
    Cost Per Course
    (3-Credit Hours)
    Total Cost of Master's
    (36-Credit Hours)
    Forensic Accounting $670.00 $2,010.00 $24,120.00*

    *Does not include books.


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