Carlow University Offers New Master's Program in Fraud and Forensics

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Online Master's Degree Focuses on Detecting, Investigating and Preventing White Collar Crime

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"At the core of the program is Carlow's ongoing commitment to ethical and professional conduct,” said Dr. Mary Hines, the president of Carlow University.

Beginning with the fall 2011 semester, Carlow University will offer a new master of science degree in fraud and forensics that is dedicated to the detection, investigation, and prevention of white-collar crime.

“Carlow University developed this program to meet 'the next great need': preventing, investigating, and finding solutions to white collar crime. At the core of the program is Carlow's ongoing commitment to ethical and professional conduct,” said Dr. Mary Hines, the president of Carlow University. “With the guidance of experts in the field from across the United States, faculty worked diligently and rapidly to provide a broad-based, learner-centered, accessible and short-term program which can be completed on line in a year.”

Carlow designed this program with the help of licensed experts from law enforcement, government agencies, accounting firms, and the corporate community, making it one of the first, and few, of its kind in the United States. The program is also the first of its kind to be offered in the state and the tri-state region, and the curriculum and its design is unique in the nation.

“Carlow’s Fraud and Forensics master’s degree program is a response to the need for advanced training and education in the field of white-collar crime, as a result of global financial crises, increasing rates of white-collar crimes, and the growing instances of occupational fraud,” said Margaret K. McLaughlin, PhD, the provost of Carlow University.

According to the 2010 Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse from the Academy of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), organizations lose five percent of annual revenues to occupational fraud, which is more than an estimated $2.9 trillion of the Gross World Product. The report goes on to state that “certified fraud examiners are the first line of defense for safeguarding organizations, investments, and the economy.”

“Carlow is offering a program that helps students join the frontline in uncovering and preventing fraud like Ponzi schemes, identity theft, misuse of funds, hidden assets, and other white-collar crimes,” said Diane Matthews, PhD, director of the Fraud and Forensics program and associate dean of the School of Management at Carlow. “At the completion of the degree, students will be prepared to work for organizations that investigate fraudulent activities.”

A partial list of such organizations include the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Postal Service, insurance companies, health care organizations, financial institutions, accounting and forensic accounting firms, and law firms.

The Carlow program in fraud and forensics– which can be completed entirely online in as little as a year’s time:

  • Emphasizes ethical and professional conduct.
  • Develops investigative, analytical, and critically analysis skills.
  • Organizes, simplifies, and synthesizes results of discovery.
  • Strengthens oral and written communication skills; behavior analysis skills; interpersonal skills; management skills; and leadership skills.
  • Integrates accounting, auditing and investigative skills.

“Additionally, Carlow’s partnership with ACFE gives students access to the latest news and resources for forensic examiners,” said Matthews.

The 11 courses each can be taken in five-week intervals, making the degree possible to complete in one year. Two of the courses offer real-time online seminars that students can participate in from anywhere in the world.

For more information about Carlow’s master of science degree in fraud and forensics or to apply for the program, please call 1-800-333-2275 or 412-578-8764 or visit Carlow online at

About Carlow University
Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carlow University was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1929. Offering both undergraduate and graduate programs, Carlow University is a comprehensive master’s institution dedicated to learner-centered education.


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