2008
The need for accountants, auditors drives new programs at Benedictine

The need for accountants, auditors drives new programs at Benedictine
October 29, 2008

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, and auditors with up-to-date financial and business knowledge. Benedictine University offers concentrations in Forensic Accounting and Auditing for graduate students pursuing a Master of Science in Accountancy (M.S.A.), and certificates in Forensic Accounting and Auditing for undergraduate adult students seeking to enhance their employment potential or career options. “These programs, 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 accountants,” said Rick Cali, Assistant Dean in the College of Business at Benedictine University. The Forensic Accounting concentration in the M.S.A. program features a series of four accounting courses – Forensic Accounting, Fraud Examination, Computer Fraud, and Fraud and the Legal Environment. Students must complete three of the four courses to qualify for a concentration in forensic accounting. The Auditing concentration also features a series of four courses – Auditing and Assurance I, Auditing and Assurance II, Information System Auditing and Internal Auditing. Students must complete three of the four courses to qualify for a concentration in auditing. The certificate program in auditing is for students who are interested in sitting for the Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.) or the Certified Internal Auditor (C.I.A.) exams but who are not interested in participating in a master’s degree program. The certificate in forensic accounting is for those students interested in sitting for the C.P.A. or Certified Fraud Examiner (C.F.E.) exams but who are not interested in participating in a master’s degree program. Four courses are required for completion of the certificate in auditing or forensic accounting. 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. Students who complete an undergraduate degree in business administration, accounting or equivalent business degree are eligible to complete the M.B.A. degree with one additional year of full-time graduate study. The full-time 4+1 M.B.A. Program is developed specifically for recent college graduates, and better prepares graduates to be competitive in today’s tough job market. 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 and Auditing concentrations in the M.S.A. program, contact the College of Business at Benedictine University at (630) 829-6226 or the Enrollment Center at (630) 829-6300.

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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.