MS in Forensic & Fraud Examination

West Virginia University - College of Business and Economics

Program Description

MS in Forensic & Fraud Examination

West Virginia University - College of Business and Economics

The widespread growth in white-collar crime, litigation disputes, the illegal international movement of money and terrorism financing have greatly raised the demand for forensic accountants, fraud examiners and for professionals who possess those skills. Federal, state, and local governmental agencies, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, The US Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, Homeland Security, Government Accounting Office and the Offices of Inspector General all need professionals with forensic accounting, fraud examination, litigation dispute and economic crime skills. In the private sector, legislation (e.g., Dodd-Frank of 2010, Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002) and auditing standards (Statement on Auditing Standard No. 99) require companies and their auditors to be more aggressive in detecting, preventing and deterring fraud.

Why WVU?

Many of our distinguished faculty have earned doctorates from leading business schools and are experts with extensive anti-fraud, forensic accounting, business and professional experience, enabling them to bridge the gap between theory and practice.

Hallmarks of our online program include exposure to practicing professionals and experiential learning. Throughout the program, students have extensive exposure to world-class practicing experts, in addition to our superior full-time faculty. The real-world expertise brought to the classroom in the areas of complex fraud and financial crime examination (e.g., organized crime, drug trafficking, money laundering, and terrorism financing), interviewing, international issues (e.g., moving money around the world, money laundering, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act), dispute serves and courtroom preparation yield students who not only know but have done what it takes to be successful in the real world.

CFE Exam Prep Course: Included in your tuition is the ACFE Exam Prep Course, making you eligible and qualified to sit for the CFE Exam.

Further, our experiential learning, complex case assignments are designed to ensure that graduates can "hit the ground running" in their jobs.

A unique program to answer the need
The Department of Accounting has responded to this demand by developing an academic program designed to prepare students for careers in litigation support, forensic accounting, and fraud examination. Although many schools offer a single fraud examination or forensic accounting course, very few offer a multi-course program.

Employment and Support for Job Placement
Students are eligible to participate in all College of Business & Economic’s Center for Career Development (CCD) services. Even for on-campus interviews, online students not residing in Morgantown, WV can participate via phone call / via internet-based interviews! WVU typically has more than 25 employers visit campus each year seeking qualified accounting students, and 100s more seeking qualified business professionals from WVU’s many programmatic offerings, many of which also recruit students with FAFE credentials.

WVU hosts the Institute for Fraud Prevention (IFP)

Executive Director, LaRue Williams and Dr. Richard Riley, Director of Research lead the IFP. The Institute for Fraud Prevention is an industry/university cooperative research effort dedicated to multi-disciplinary research, education, and prevention of fraud and corruption. The IFP's primary mission is to improve the ability of business and government to combat these crimes and to educate the general public on effective methods of recognizing and deterring them. The IFP acts as an "honest broker", supporting a dialog across practicing professionals and academics as well as financial and data support for academic researchers examining the challenges and complexities of fraud, white collar, and economic crimes.

MS-FFE Courses

Students will complete ten courses, six of those courses are devoted exclusively to forensic and fraud examination knowledge, skills and abilities development and four courses parallel those in our nationally ranked MBA program and develop the broader skills of the well-rounded business professional. All six FFE courses are taught using actual and simulated case materials, a hands-on approach to preparing students for their careers in litigation support, forensic accounting, and fraud examination.

The six FFE courses are:

  • ACCT 580 Forensic and Fraud Examination (FFE) Skills
  • ACCT 581 Fraud Investigation (MPA equivalent course is ACCT 556)
  • ACCT 582 Fraud Data Analysis (MPA equivalent course is ACCT 521)
  • ACCT 583 Fraud Criminology/Legal Issues
  • ACCT 584 Advanced Fraud Investigation
  • ACCT 585 Advanced Analytical Techniques

The Four Courses Mirroring the MBA curriculum are:

  • BADM 622 - Financial Statements Analysis
  • BADM 621 - Business Research
  • BADM 641 - Decision Analysis for Executives
  • BADM 644 - Legal Environment and Ethics

Academic Requirements

  • An overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above* and a score of 500 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

OR one of the following:

  • A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certificate
  • A related certification by an approved credentialing body
  • A Juris Doctor (JD) degree
  • Two years of relevant work experience

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 31, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Online & Campus Combined
Start Date
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Sept. 2018
1 - 2 years
Part time
USA - Morgantown, West Virginia
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USA - Morgantown, West Virginia
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