Business & Management
Forensic Accounting

If you love diving into the nitty-gritty details of a company's balance sheet, have a knack for accounting and noticing irregularities, and want to direct your talents toward investigating white-collar crime more than filling people's taxes each Spring, a degree in Forensic Accounting could be a great fit for you.

Types of Degrees

Forensic Accounting students can pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), or master's degree (6-7 years). Typically, students pursuing a career in Forensic Accounting opt to study accounting in a bachelor's degree program before pursuing a graduate certificate in forensic accounting, such as a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) or Certified Forensic Accountant (CrFA) certification.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in math coursework helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.

Career Opportunities After Earning A Forensic Accounting Degree

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Forensic Accounting include:

  • Forensic Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Financial Examiner
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for Accountants and Auditors was $71,550 in 2019 (1) while Financial Examiners earned a median salary of $81,090 in 2019. (2)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on the career chosen but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.