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Forensic Investigative Accounting

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Are you an analytical “numbers” person who loves to dig into the data? Do you have a natural curiosity and love to ask why things are the way they are? Are you most interested in the story behind the numbers? If so, then the Bachelor of Science Degree program in Forensic Investigative Accounting at Ohio Valley University may be your ticket to a rewarding and exciting future.

Strong Demand

According to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), forensic accounting is the fastest growing segment of the accounting profession. The spiraling growth of criminal, terrorist, and white collar crime has created strong demand for these highly-qualified professionals. Government and law enforcement agencies (from the FBI and CIA to offices of local authorities), insurance companies, law firms, banks, accounting firms, and large corporations all need accountants specifically trained to detect fraudulent activities, both foreign and domestic.

The Work

The work of a forensic accountant “focuses heavily on investigating and analyzing financial evidence. They must master accounting and financial analytical theories and practices and understand various funding mechanisms and monetary transfers. Because they work to solve white-collar crime such as money laundering, fraudulent insurance claims, embezzlement, and hidden assets, they must be skilled in intelligence-gathering and analysis and should also be familiar with generally-accepted accounting principles and relevant governmental regulations.”

- Payscale.com

Forensic accountants often assist in legal proceedings and serve as expert witnesses. Many establish lucrative private consulting practices.

Does this sound like the right opportunity for you? Apply online today!


Your future as a Forensic Investigative accountant

Character Matters

It is expected that a forensic accountant will be a person of high integrity and honesty, exhibiting the highest professional ethical standards. Many also hold certain levels of security clearance and must pass background checks. Forensic accountants are required to continue their education to maintain their professional certifications through workshops, conferences, and additional training. They are required to keep their knowledge current so they are able to deal with new technologies and new types of fraudulent activities.

Required Skill Set & Education:

To get the job in the field, you will need.

  • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in forensic accounting, general accounting, finance, or a related field
  • CPA, CFE, CFF-AICPA, CAMS, and/or CIA certification preferred by some employers
  • Analytical and financial information gathering skills
  • Online research and database management systems proficiency
  • Microsoft Office software proficiency (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)

OVU’s Forensic Investigative Accounting degree program will put you on the right path to completing these goals!

Program Benefits

  • Students are taught by experienced, internationally known agents and professionals many of whom have worked as investigators for the CIA, the FBI and state and local law enforcement agencies
  • Courses include accounting, business, information technology, forensic investigation, criminal justice, and psychology
  • Guaranteed internships with relevant, hands-on, experiential learning
  • Rigorous practical academic study in a small group learning environment
  • Program graduates are experienced and “work-ready” upon degree completion
  • Capstone project experiences to develop a major forensic investigation
  • Program graduates are highly qualified to sit for the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) exam and the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) exam


To learn more about this degree program, contact:

Peter Ianniciello, CPA, CMA, CIA
Forensic Investigative Accounting Program Director
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As President of Perry & Associates I’m very pleased to announce our partnership with Ohio Valley University. I commend the University for taking the initiative to create such a dynamic program.  There is a tremendous need for skilled forensic professionals. I foresee students graduating with knowledge and skills that set them apart from their peers.  I know as a recruiting firm we look forward to the first round of graduates. They’ll be exceptional candidates.

Jodey Altier - President, Perry & Associates

Jodey Altier
President, Perry & Associates