Forensic Studies Program Description

Forensic specialist is a general term for an individual or expert in a particular field that examines evidence for the purpose of presenting the findings in a court of law. Forensic specialists work throughout all areas of the business world, including public accounting firms, law firms, corporations, throughout the government. The accounting, information technology, investigations, interdisciplinary, and legal tracks in forensics are a direct outgrowth of the University's undergraduate programs in Accounting, Information Systems and Paralegal Studies. These tracks are designed to provide both the knowledge and the skills required of professional forensic accountants and other forensic specialists.

With the cost of U.S. economic crime growing dramatically—nearly doubling over the last decade to at least $200 billion annually—many accounting firms, law firms and government agencies incorporate forensic teams into their practices. Members of forensic teams assist in merger and acquisition analyses, tax investigations, economic crime investigations, cyber crime investigations, white collar crime investigations, money laundering investigations, security fraud investigations, litigation support services, specialized audits, fraud prevention and detection, and anti-terror investigations. The forensics team often includes technicians who maintain the chain of evidence, information technology professionals who analyze electronic data, field personnel who handle the investigative process, as well as attorneys, accountants, insurance fraud investigators, damage claims specialists, auditors, and computer forensic experts.