What will I learn?

Accounting and financial forensics is a specialized field of accounting born out of the need to look beyond general accounting functions to identify concerns in the financial industry, including financial discrepancies, fraud, risk assessment, cybercrime, compliance concerns, and other issues related to complex financial transactions.

Students earning a Master of Science in Accounting and Financial Forensics (MSAFF) are also on the front lines of tax fraud and money laundering forensics, as well as non-criminal investigations such as determining the value of a business or collecting relevant data related to a bankruptcy.

The MSAFF at Florida Tech gives graduates advanced investigation, critical thinking, and financial auditing expertise to perform work such as financial and tax accounting research, information systems and internal auditing, fraud examination, information security and data intelligence, and financial management and portfolio analyses. Accounting and financial forensics experts can act as financial fraud prevention advisors and must be able to put complex financial information in simple terms for others—such as lawyers, CEOs, members of a jury, or other investigators—to understand.

Career Outlook

Careers might include such jobs as:

  • Analyst
  • Auditor
  • Valuation consultant
  • Forensic litigation consultant
  • Financial investigator
  • Tax examiner
  • Financial reconstruction specialist
  • Risk management accountant

An accounting and financial forensics background opens doors in every industry and government entity, giving graduates an array of specializations in the accounting and financial arena. In fact, accounting and financial forensics graduates are among the top three most recruited majors in the country, with some of the highest starting salaries too.

Which department am I in?

Nathan M. Bisk College of Business

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$18,000.00 per year
USD $600 per credit hour

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected June, October 2022

Start date

10 January 2022

Venue

Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne Campus,

150 W. University Blvd.,

MELBOURNE,

Florida,

32901, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Master’s applicants must submit all undergraduate transcripts with a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

For international students

The applicant to the master of science program must have a bachelor’s degree; however, the degree need not be in business administration. Applicants who are graduates of non-business programs are also encouraged to apply. An applicant is assigned an advisor soon after acceptance into the program and should meet with the advisor to prepare a program plan outlining the courses needed for the degree.

Students looking to enroll in a master's degree program at Florida Tech must hold a bachelor's degree (four-year degree) in a related field from a recognized, regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent). Applicants must have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 as an undergraduate in order to be considered for admission to a Florida Tech master's degree program.

English language proficiency:

Students whose home language is not English are considered to have demonstrated English language proficiency if they have accomplished any of the following: An Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) with an earned score of at least 79; or an IELTS with an earned score of at least 6.0; or a PTE Academic with an earned score of at least 58; or a Cambridge English: Advanced with an earned score of at least 180 (Grade of C); or a Duolingo English Test with an earned score of at least 100; ELS English for Academic Purposes level 112.

Application Deadlines: Fall - June 8; Spring - Oct. 14.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Florida Institute of Technology

Florida Institute of Technology is an internationally recognized institution providing a variety of degrees taught by industry-leading faculty.

  • One of the most internationally diverse student bodies in U.S
  • Outstanding reputation for STEM subjects
  • Provides scholarships to most students
  • Located in sunny Melbourne, Florida

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