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M.S. in Forensic & Fraud Examination

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 prepare students for their careers in litigation support, forensic accounting and fraud examination. To mimic real-world expectations, students are required to perform two actual engagements and report their findings both in writing and orally – see pitch-to-prosecutor and moot court exercise description below.

Courses

Courses Mirroring the MBA curriculum:

Experiential Learning

The program includes two in-class/online case examinations and two examination engagements that students must complete in a team format. Both require students to present and defend their work in front of practicing professionals as follows:

Residency Requirements to Complete the Program

While WVU is embracing the online instructional delivery, we are also committed to experiential learning, so two 2-day residencies are required (generally, Thursday, Friday and/or Saturday). These residencies will enhance your educational experience by exposing you to practicing experts currently working in the fraud examination and forensic accounting profession. Meeting your classmates and expanding your WVU network adds to the experience.

The online format enables working professionals to take advantage of graduate education without taking a leave of absence from work or being confined to evening or weekend classroom commitments.

  • Residency 1: As part of the residency, students participate in (1) Financial Crime Scene Investigation (CSI-F) at WVU's Crime Scene Complex, (2) Pitch-to-Prosecutor and (3) Advanced Data Mining.
  • Residency 2: As part of the residency, following the successful completion of the Acct 583 and 584 on-line requirements, students participate in (1) a full day of Interviewing and Interrogation training, (2) Moot Court and (3) a wrap-up session.