Accounting in the Criminal Justice Field

The first step to an accountant career is to earn a degree in accounting. There are many associate (2-year) and bachelor (4-year) accounting degree programs to choose from. We have put together some of the most well known and respected accounting schools in the country, so that you can easily request information about their programs. Federal agencies such as the FBI, IRS, and Treasurey require a 4-year degree. Also, to become a CPA you must have a bachelor's degree in accounting or business (if you choose a business degree, make sure to take many accounting based courses).

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Accounting and criminal justice don't seem like they should be mentioned in the same sentence. In reality, accountants play a significant role in solving and preventing crimes in all fields of law enforcement and criminal justice. The FBI and IRS/Treasury Department hire accountants. Most people think of special agent jobs with these organizations, however, with financial crimes being so prevalent, accountants are now an integral part of solving cases at these agencies. The FBI actually has a Special Entry program for individuals with a 4-year degree in accounting and for those in possession of their CPA credential. Read more about FBI Accounting Jobs and the Special Entry programs that were created to fill high priority positions at the FBI. IRS Special Agents are part of the IRS's Criminal Investigations division and are the only federal agency with jurisdiction to investigate violations of the Internal Revenue Code. Many of the IRS Special Agent investigations uncover more serious crimes such as embezzlement and murder.

An advanced degree in accounting can open up numerous job opportunities in the field of law enforcement and criminal justice. As was mentioned above, financial crime is one of the most prevalent areas of crime today. Following a trail of money and figuring out how it got somewhere or where it went takes the analytical mind of an accountant to decipher. An important trait for an accountant in law enforcement is the ability to interact and communicate with other non-accounting law enforcement agents or officers.

Online Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • BSA - Managerial Accountancy
  • BSA - Public Accountancy
  • BSA - Tax Accountancy
  • MS in Accounting
  • MS in Accounting - Audit Specialization
  • MS in Accounting - Finance Specialization
  • MS in Accounting - Government Specialization
  • MS in Accounting - Tax Specialization
  • AAS in Accounting
  • BS in Accounting
  • BSA - Auditing/Forensic Accountancy

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting (Online)
  • Master of Business Administration in Accounting (Online)
  • PhD in Accounting (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Accounting (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's in Business Management - Accounting (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Arts in Accounting (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Accounting (Online)
  • Master of Accountancy in General & Forensic Accounting (Online)
  • Master of Business Administration in Accounting (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master's - Accounting (Online)
  • Associate's - Accounting (Online)
  • Bachelor's - Accounting (Online)
  • Bachelor's - Business Administration: Accounting (Online)
  • Certificate - Forensic Accounting (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Accounting

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Accounting - Associate of Applied Science (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Accounting Specialist (Online)
  • Bachelor of Science in Private Sector Accounting (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor's - Accounting (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • BBA - Accounting (Online)
  • Bachelor of Accounting (Online)
  • Master of Accounting (Online)
  • Master of Business Administration in Accounting (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Accounting (Online)
  • Diploma - Accounting Assistant

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Business Administration (Online)
  • Master of Science in Accounting (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Accounting - Associate of Applied Business

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor's - Accounting (Online)
  • Bachelor's - Public Accounting (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Accounting (BS)
  • Accounting - Forensic Accounting (BS)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Accountancy

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Associates in Business - Accounting Administration (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Accounting & Tax Specialist
  • Associate's - Management Accounting
  • Bachelor's - Accounting
  • Bachelor's - Forensic Accounting
  • Master's - Business Administration: Accounting

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science - Accounting
  • Master of Business Administration - Accounting

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Accounting & Tax Specialist
  • Associate's - Management Accounting
  • Bachelor's - Accounting
  • Master's - Business Administration: Accounting

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Laws in Taxation
  • Master of Taxation

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • M.S. in Accounting (Online)
  • MBA in Accounting (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Accounting & Tax Specialist
  • Associate's - Management Accounting
  • Bachelor's - Accounting
  • Bachelor's - Forensic Accounting
  • Master's - Business Administration: Accounting

Kentucky Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Lexington, Louisville, Fort Knox

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Accounting
  • Accounting - AS
  • Administrative Accounting Specialist
  • Associate's - Business Administration - Accounting
  • Bachelor's - Business - Accounting

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Campuses: Louisville

Degrees Offered:

  • Accounting and Management, AAS
  • Accounting Diploma

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Campuses: Bowling Green

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate Degree - Accounting
  • Diploma in Accounting

Oregon Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Portland

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Accounting

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Campuses: Portland

Degrees Offered:

  • Business Administration with Accounting Emphasis (Associate Degree)

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Campuses: Springfield

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Business: Accounting
  • Bachelor's - Business Management Accounting

Missouri Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Springfield

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Accounting
  • Diploma - Business Accounting

Texas Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Fort Worth, Dallas

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Accounting

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Campuses: Austin

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma - Business Accounting

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Campuses: Amarillo

Degrees Offered:

  • Business Management - Accounting - Associate's

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Campuses: Amarillo

Degrees Offered:

  • Accounting - Certificate

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Campuses: Georgetown

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting

Nevada Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Henderson

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Accounting

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Campuses: Sparks

Degrees Offered:

  • Accounting - Certificate

Virginia Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Newport News, Chesapeake

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Accounting

Campuses: Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Newport News

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business-Concentration in Accounting Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Business with a Concentration in Accounting

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Campuses: Arlington

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science - Business Administration - Accounting

Colorado Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Colorado Springs, Thornton, Aurora

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Accounting
  • Diploma - Business Accounting

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Campuses: Denver

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science - Business Administration - Accounting

Campuses: Fort Collins, Denver, Colorado Springs

Degrees Offered:

  • Accounting (BS)
  • Accounting - Forensic Accounting (BS)

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Campuses: Aurora

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Accounting
  • Associate of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting

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Campuses: Colorado Springs

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting

California Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Reseda, Ontario

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma - Business Accounting
  • Associate's - Accounting

Campuses: Culver City, Hanford, Palm Desert, Walnut Creek, Ontario, Monterey, Roseville, Santa Maria, Irvine, Palmdale, Fairfield, San Diego, Salida, Visalia

Degrees Offered:

  • MBA in Business Administration (Accounting)

Campuses: San Bernardino, Orange, Los Angeles

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science - Business Administration - Accounting

Campuses: Hayward, San Francisco, Concord, Fresno, Salinas, Roseville, Milpitas, Stockton, Rancho Cordova, Salida

Degrees Offered:

  • Business Accounting (Certificate)
  • Business Accounting (Associate Degree)
  • Business Administration with Accounting Emphasis (Associate Degree)
  • Business Administration with Accounting Emphasis (Diploma)

Campuses: Palm Desert, Visalia

Degrees Offered:

  • Accounting - Certificate

Campuses: Anaheim, Los Angeles

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor's in Business Administration: Accounting

Washington Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Everett

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma - Business Accounting

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Campuses: Lacey

Degrees Offered:

  • MBA in Business Administration (Accounting)

Michigan Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Kalamazoo

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma - Business Accounting

New Jersey Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: South Plainfield

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma - Business Accounting

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Campuses: Cherry Hill

Degrees Offered:

  • Computerized Accounting Technology

Florida Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Orlando, Largo, Tampa, Pompano Beach, Melbourne, Lakeland, Orange Park

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma - Business Accounting
  • Associate's - Accounting
  • Bachelor's - Accounting
  • Diploma - Accounting

Campuses: Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, Tallahassee, Miami, Melbourne, West Palm Beach, Sarasota, Port St. Lucie, Tampa, Lakeland, Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, Orlando, Fort Myers

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Accounting
  • Associate of Arts in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Arts in Accounting (Online)
  • Master of Accountancy in General & Forensic Accounting (Online)
  • Associate of Arts in Accounting (Online)

Campuses: Lutz, Fort Myers, Tampa, Ocala, New Port Richey

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor's - Public Accounting
  • Associate's - Accounting
  • Bachelor's - Accounting

Pennsylvania Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Pittsburgh

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's in Accounting Management

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Campuses: Wyomissing

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate in Specialized Business - Accounting

Campuses: Dickson City, Pottsville, Wilkes-Barre

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma - Accounting Assistant
  • Associate in Specialized Business - Accounting

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Campuses: Philadelphia

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Taxation
  • Master of Business Administration in CPA

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Campuses: Oakdale

Degrees Offered:

  • A.A.S Business - Accounting Administration

Campuses: Phoenixville, Warminster, North Wales

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's in Accounting Management
  • Diploma in Accounting Specialist

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Campuses: Summerdale

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate in Accounting
  • Bachelor in Accounting

New Mexico Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Albuquerque

Degrees Offered:

  • Accounting (D)

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Campuses: Albuquerque

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting

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Campuses: Albuquerque

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Science - Accounting

Oklahoma Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Tulsa

Degrees Offered:

  • Accounting (D)
  • Accounting Technology (AAS)

Louisiana Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Shreveport, Baton Rouge, Lafayette

Degrees Offered:

  • Associates of Science in Business Administration: Bookkeeping

Ohio Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Cleveland

Degrees Offered:

  • Associates of Science in Business Administration: Bookkeeping

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Campuses: Columbus

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Applied Business - Accounting

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Campuses: Grove City

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Accounting

Tennessee Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Memphis

Degrees Offered:

  • Associates of Science in Business Administration: Bookkeeping

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Campuses: Clarksville

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma - Accounting
  • Associate - Accounting

Hawaii Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Honolulu

Degrees Offered:

  • Associates of Science in Business Administration: Bookkeeping

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Campuses: Honolulu

Degrees Offered:

  • Business Accounting (Certificate)
  • Business Accounting (Associate Degree)
  • Business Administration with Accounting Emphasis (Diploma)
  • Business Administration with Accounting Emphasis (Associate Degree)

New York Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Buffalo

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science - Accounting
  • Five-Year BS/MS - Accounting & International Business

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Campuses: Rochester

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Accounting

Campuses: Medford, Levittown

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma - Computerized Accounting

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Campuses: White Plains

Degrees Offered:

  • Certificate - Intensive Accounting/Computer Applications
  • Associate's - Accounting
  • Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting

Campuses: Bethpage, Patchogue

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Applied Science - Accounting
  • Diploma - Accounting
  • Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting

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Campuses: New York

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting

North Carolina Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Wilmington

Degrees Offered:

  • Accounting - Associate of Applied Science

Massachusetts Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Worcester

Degrees Offered:

  • Part-Time Master of Business Administration in Accounting

Arizona Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Phoenix

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science - Business Administration - Accounting

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Campuses: Tucson

Degrees Offered:

  • Accounting Technology (AS)

Campuses: Flagstaff, Phoenix

Degrees Offered:

  • Accounting (BS)
  • Accounting - Forensic Accounting (BS)

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Campuses: Phoenix

Degrees Offered:

  • M.S. in Accounting
  • MBA in Accounting

Illinois Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Schaumburg

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science - Business Administration - Accounting

Campuses: Aurora, Romeoville, Rockford, Mokena

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor's - Accounting

Campuses: Calumet City, Woodridge, Chicago

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor's in Business Administration: Accounting

Utah Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Draper

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science - Business Administration - Accounting

Campuses: Murray, Provo, Logan, Layton, Ogden

Degrees Offered:

  • Accounting (BS)
  • Accounting - Forensic Accounting (BS)

Campuses: Layton, Orem

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Management Accounting
  • Associate's - Accounting & Tax Specialist
  • Bachelor's - Accounting

Minnesota Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Eagan

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science - Business Administration - Accounting

Campuses: Mankato, Lake Elmo, St. Cloud, Moorhead, Bloomington, Blaine, Eagan, Brooklyn Park

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor's - Public Accounting
  • Bachelor's - Accounting
  • Associate's - Accounting

Campuses: Plymouth, Brooklyn Center, Blaine, Waite Park, Richfield, Rochester, Lakeville, Elk River

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Accounting & Tax Specialist
  • Bachelor's - Accounting
  • Associate's - Management Accounting
  • Bachelor's - Forensic Accounting

Campuses: Minneapolis, Moorhead, Woodbury

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Management Accounting
  • Bachelor's - Accounting
  • Associate's - Accounting & Tax Specialist
  • Master's - Business Administration: Accounting
  • Bachelor's - Forensic Accounting

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Campuses: Roseville

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting

Georgia Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Atlanta

Degrees Offered:

  • Accounting Technology (AAB)

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Campuses: Atlanta

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor's in Business Administration: Accounting

South Carolina Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Greenville

Degrees Offered:

  • Accounting Technology (AAS)

Wyoming Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Cheyenne

Degrees Offered:

  • Accounting (BS)
  • Accounting - Forensic Accounting (BS)

Wisconsin Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Appleton, Wasau, Green Bay

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor's - Public Accounting
  • Bachelor's - Accounting
  • Associate's - Accounting

Campuses: Madison, Middleton, Rothschild, Eau Claire, Onalaska, Grand Chute

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Management Accounting
  • Associate's - Accounting & Tax Specialist
  • Bachelor's - Accounting
  • Bachelor's - Forensic Accounting

North Dakota Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Fargo, Bismarck

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor's - Accounting
  • Associate's - Accounting

Kansas Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Topeka

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor's - Accounting
  • Associate's - Accounting

Campuses: Overland Park, Wichita

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting

Idaho Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Boise, Nampa, Idaho Falls

Degrees Offered:

  • Accounting (BS)
  • Accounting - Forensic Accounting (BS)

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Campuses: Meridian

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Accounting & Tax Specialist
  • Bachelor's - Forensic Accounting
  • Bachelor's - Accounting

Indiana Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Anderson, Terre Haute, Evansville, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Elkhart, Columbus, Lafayette

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Accounting
  • Diploma - Accounting Assistant
  • Bachelor's - Accounting

Connecticut Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Southington

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Applied Science - Accounting

Ontario Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: St. Catharines, Oshawa

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma in Accounting and Payroll Administration

Campuses: Toronto, Ajax, North York, Mississauga, Hamilton, Scarborough

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma - Accounting Assistant / Bookkeeper
  • Diploma - Accounting and Payroll Administration
  • Diploma - Accounting and Payroll Administrator

Rhode Island Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: West Warwick

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma in Accounting - Day
  • Diploma in Accounting - Eve

Alberta Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Lloydminster, Lethbridge, Edmonton, Calgary

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma - Accounting & Payroll Administrator
  • Diploma - Accounting Technician

Campuses: Calgary, Edmonton

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma - Accounting and Payroll Administration
  • Diploma - Business Accounting Technician

British Columbia Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Vancouver, Victoria, Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey

Degrees Offered:

  • Certificate - Payroll and Income Tax Practitioner
  • Diploma - Accounting and Payroll Administrator
  • Certificate - Accounting Certificate

Campuses: Kelowna, Surrey, Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Abbotsford

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma - Accounting & Payroll Administrator
  • Certificate - Payroll and Income Tax Practitioner

Manitoba Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Winnipeg

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma - Accounting and Payroll Administrator

South Dakota Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Sioux Falls

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate's - Management Accounting
  • Associate's - Accounting & Tax Specialist
  • Bachelor's - Accounting

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Campuses: Sioux Falls

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Accounting

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