Fight Fraud with Specialized Forensic Accounting Classes

MSA_7You’ve seen the big names in the headlines. From Worldcom and Enron to AIG and Bernie Madoff, financial fraud has become a multi-billion dollar industry. In fact, it’s hard to scan a newspaper these days without coming across a story involving a corporate scandal or individual target.

To combat financial wrongdoing, companies must now turn to forensic accounting experts who can conduct thorough investigations and advise on effective solutions. It’s no wonder that forensics has become one of the fastest growing sectors in the accounting world, and the reason why many are choosing to pursue aMaster of Science in Accounting (MSA) to further develop their skills.

As featured recently in the Washington Post, the Kogod School of Business at American University offers a Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting. Many MSA students choose to earn the certificate while completing their degree. The certification demonstrates to prospective employers that you have what it takes to make a difference in this rapidly growing sector.

The Kogod difference means academic rigor, skill-set training and insights from the pros.


Students emerge from our MSA program well-prepared to work in international consulting, major corporations, and law enforcement agencies. Above all else, what sets Kogod apart is leadership.

Casey Evans, MSA program director and former senior director in the forensic and litigation consulting practice at FTI Consulting, uses her experiences to educate students about the world of fraud investigation. Evans has spent over a decade on the front lines of the field, investigating countless noteworthy cases such as Bernie Madoff’s $65 billion Ponzi scheme.

“The foundation of our program is built on professional experience and insight. Our instructors are leaders who strive to equip students with the investigative and analytic skills needed to be a successful fraud examiner,” she said.

An MSA from Kogod means access to top accounting faculty, to an innovative curriculum and to lectures from leading fraud professionals. Unique to the program is an invaluable anti-money laundering boot camp designed to further develop students’ investigative skill set.

In the past, speakers sharing their experiences have included: Frank Abagnale Jr., whose life inspired the movie Catch Me If You Can; Jordan Belfort, The Wolf of Wall Street; and Cynthia Cooper, whistleblower on the $9 billion WorldCom fraud and a former Time magazine person of the year.

Make a difference in a growing field.

Whether you’re advancing your forensics career or expanding into this exciting area of accounting, Kogod’s graduate degree and certificate programs are a great way to make your mark in burgeoning fields.


If you want to take a lead role in fighting fraud, check out the Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) at American University.

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