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Forensic Accounting Graduates Pass CFE Exam

Mount St. Mary’s University’s largest class of graduates in the undergraduate forensic accounting major in May 2019 has continued to excel since commencement. Matthew Nield, Derek Smith, Alex Kriss and Joshua Little recently passed the Certified Fraud Examiner exam administered by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

 forensic-accounting-thumbnail.jpg“The Mount’s forensic accounting program provided me with knowledge about the vast array of services that forensic accountants can provide, with a heavy focus on fraud-related topics. Thanks to this, it prepared me to take the Certified Fraud Examiners Exam, which I passed shortly after graduating!” said Matthew Nield, who is a staff accountant at Withum. “The program was a genuine challenge that paid off in the form of improved technical writing and critical thinking skills; signing up was one of the best choices I made during my time at the Mount.”

Alex Kriss, an audit associate with Kearney & Company, expressed his gratitude to Associate Professor Lawrence J. Hoffman and other forensic accounting faculty for unconditional support, mentorship, and professionalism. “Attitude. Work Ethic. Determination. These three characteristics paired with Professor Hoffman’s curriculum thoroughly prepared me to pass the four-part exam and earn my CFE,” Kriss said.

“The CFE exam was a great starting point for my professional career. Not only did it tie together everything that I learned throughout the Mount’s forensic accounting program, but it jump started my confidence going into the professional field,” said Derek Smith, an IT auditor at Kearney & Company. “Having passed the CFE exam a month after graduation, I have been able to use that experience with beginning the journey through the CPA exam. The Mount’s forensic accounting program thoroughly prepared me in obtaining the CFE designation.”

Like his peers, Joshua Little is employed in his field of study. He is an audit associate at CohnReznick.

“We are very proud of all forensic accounting students and their achievements. Many are already working in the forensic accounting field and applying the skills and knowledge gained through the program. We are excited to be training the next generation of forensic accountants and fraud fighters,” said Hoffman, who directs the forensic accounting program.

Forensic accounting is a fast-growing field. The Mount’s forensic accounting undergraduate major is a six-course, 18-hour program added to the traditional 30-hour accounting major. Students in other majors, such as business, criminal justice and economics may also minor in forensic accounting.  Mount St. Mary’s University is one of the few universities in the United States offering an undergraduate major in forensic accounting.

Graduates of the Mount’s undergraduate forensic accounting major are prepared for a career investigating complex financial crime and civil litigation matters. Students develop the skills and knowledge to assist in the ever-growing problem of white-collar crime and other financial conflicts.

Many Mount-prepared students qualify and pass the Certified Fraud Examiners exam immediately after completion of the program. According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the median compensation for those with a CFE credential is 31% greater than those without the designation.

For more information visit https://msmary.edu/academics/majors-minors/forensic-accounting.html and/or contact Forensic Accounting Program Director Lawrence Hoffman at hoffman@msmary.edu.