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Online MS Forensic and Fraud Examination

WVU leads the way in developing the national curriculum for fraud and forensic accounting programs on behalf of the National Institute of Justice (Department of Justice). The effort sets WVU apart as a thought leader in FFE education.

The 30 credit-hour program is comprised of a core curriculum of forensic and fraud examination classes centered on data analytics for success in this career path. Students complete an intensive 12-month program with online classes and two required residencies. The core curriculum is paired with a focused selection of online MBA courses to create a well-balanced approach to the field. Courses build throughout the program to incorporate previously acquired skills and allow students to immediately put those skills to use through hands-on experiential learning. During the residencies, students will evaluate a simulated crime scene in order to make a pitch to a prosecutor as to whether or not an indictment should be pursued and serve as an expert witness in moot court. Content incorporates auditing, information technology, financial, and managerial accounting, etc. particularly as these topics interface with forensic and fraud examination material.


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.

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Expert Faculty. Real World Learning.

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 criminal, 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.

Why WVU M.S. in Forensic & Fraud Examination?

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.

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 John Chambers College of Business & Economics' 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 Developed the National Curriculum

Dr. Richard Riley was one of the leaders of a national effort to develop curriculum guidelines for fraud and forensic accounting programs on behalf of the National Institute of Justice (Department of Justice). The effort set WVU apart as a thought leader in FFE education. Examine and analyze accounting records to determine financial status of establishment and prepare financial reports concerning operating procedures. Possible job titles for this career include: Audit Manager.

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.


Whether you are a veteran, a reservist, or still serving on active duty, West Virginia University is a great place to further your education. WVU has earned G.I. Jobs Magazine’s Military Friendly School rating for six consecutive years. Military Advanced Education called WVU a Top Military-Friendly University and the Military Times ranked WVU as the 43rd Best College for Vets. At WVU you will find faculty, staff, and students who want to support you and help you succeed.

WVU leads the way in developing the national curriculum for fraud and forensic accounting programs on behalf of the National Institute of Justice (Department of Justice). The effort sets WVU apart as a thought leader in Forensic and Fraud Examination education.


West Virginia University has worked hard to make its programs affordable for military personnel and veterans. WVU is a Yellow Ribbon Program participant, meaning that the university agrees to waive a portion of tuition not covered by the G. I. Bill. Unlike most universities, WVU participates in the program for all graduate and professional programs. Additionally, the John Chambers College of Business and Economics offers a $100 discount per credit hour to all veterans pursuing the Forensic and Fraud Examination program.


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