2007
The need for investigative accountants drives new program at Benedictine

The need for investigative accountants drives new program at Benedictine
November 30, 2007

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that an increase in the number of businesses, changing financial laws and regulations, and greater scrutiny of company finances will drive a growing demand for accountants and auditors over the next seven years. This increasingly broad and complex business environment will also drive a demand for forensic accountants who can conduct investigations into fraudulent bookkeeping practices and communicate that information clearly and concisely in a courtroom setting. This spring, Benedictine University will begin offering a concentration in Forensic Accounting for graduate students pursuing a Master of Science in Accountancy (M.S.A.), and a certificate in Forensic Accounting for undergraduate adult students seeking to enhance their employment potential or career options. The Forensic Accounting concentration will feature a series of four accounting courses – Forensic Accounting, Fraud Examination, Computer Fraud, and Fraud and the Legal Environment. The first course, Accounting 321 – Forensic Accounting, will be offered beginning in Spring 2008. “This program, in conjunction with our undergraduate adult and graduate programs in Accounting, will provide students with the professional skills, knowledge and competencies necessary to be successful, professional forensic accountants,” said Rick Cali, Assistant Dean in the College of Business at Benedictine University. Undergraduate adult accounting majors acquire the broad base of knowledge, represented by the University’s core courses taken by all students, that are invaluable in their future career development and daily lives as citizens of their community. They develop knowledge in the social sciences, in computer science and in finite mathematics. The M.S.A. program focuses on broad-based accounting knowledge. Courses in other business disciplines (economics, leadership, management and ethics) are integrated into the program to complement a professional accounting career. Students are taught by acknowledged experts in the field of accounting. For more information about the Forensic Accounting program, contact the College of Business at Benedictine University at (630) 829-6206.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.