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Online MS Forensic and Fraud Examination

Our Online MS in Forensic and Fraud Examination (FFE) program leads the way in developing the national curriculum for forensic and fraud 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. You can complete the intensive program in as little as 12-months. 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 virtual 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.


You will complete 10 courses, of which 6 are devoted exclusively to building forensic and fraud examination knowledge, skills, and abilities. The remaining 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.

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 services and courtroom preparation yield professionals with the skills to be successful in various financial and legal careers.

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.

Forensic and Fraud Examination ABM (Accelerated Bachelor's-to-Master's)

Our accelerated bachelor’s-to-master’s (ABM) program allows you to take 12 hours of graduate coursework while completing your undergraduate degree, leaving only 18 credit hours in order for you to achieve a master’s degree. Rather than 150 hours being needed for a bachelor’s and a master’s, this option allows you to finish with 138 hours.

Requirements for the Accounting to FFE ABM:

  • Have a cumulative 3.0 after the fall semester of your sophomore year,
  • Have completed 24 undergraduate credits in residence,
  • Indicate your interest in the program by March of your sophomore year and be approved for program admission by the beginning of your junior year, and
  • Follow the plan of study.

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 forensic accounting 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. 

WVU Hosts the Institute for Fraud Prevention (IFP)

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.

Bright Outlook Go somewhere


Whether you are a veteran, a reservist, a National Guardsman, or still serving on active duty, West Virginia University is a great place to further your education. The Military Times ranked WVU as the 19th Best College for Vets in 2022. At WVU you will find faculty, staff, and students who want to support you and help you succeed.


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 GI 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 current and former service personnel pursuing the Forensic and Fraud Examination program.


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