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Department of Accounting

Forensic and Fraud Examination


  • / 30 Hours / Full or Part Time
  • / Online
  • / Completed in 3-5 semesters
  • / Start in Fall or Spring
  • / No Prerequisites
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Application Deadlines:

Fall – June 1

Spring – December 1

Late applications accepted as space allows.

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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). This sets WVU apart as a thought leader in FFE education. Our hands-on simulated case examinations will ensure that you have the knowledge, skills and abilities to succeed in your FFE career.

You will choose and Area of Emphasis. Options are:

  • Business Cybersecurity Management/Compliance
  • Business Cybersecurity Technically-Focused
  • Business Data Analytics
  • Management

Real-World Simulated Cases

Put your investigative skills to the test in FFE’s capstone experiences. You will work on cases involving

  • Fraud 
  • Money laundering
  • Organized crime
  • Terrorism financing
  • Financial Statement Fraud
  • Litigation support

Some experiences include:

  • Pitching an investigative case to real IRS criminal investigators 
  • Testifying with findings in a moot court scenario and interacting with real attorneys to gain an understanding of the legal court process

This experiential learning curriculum ensures that you can “hit the ground running” in your job.

Certification Exam Prep Programs included:

  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners: Certified Fraud Examiners (CFEs)
  • National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts: Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) 

Included in your tuition are these prep courses and cases studies that make you eligible and qualified to sit for the CFE Exam and CVA Exam.


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.

Program Highlights

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FFE Core Courses

  • ACCT 580 - Accounting for Forensic and Fraud Investigators
  • ACCT 581 - Fraud Investigation
  • ACCT 582 - Fraud Data Analysis
  • ACCT 583 - Fraud: Criminology/Legal Issues
  • ACCT 584 - Advanced Fraud Investigation
  • ACCT 585 - Forensic and Fraud Examination Advanced Analytical Techniques
  • ACCT 586 - Private Company Valuation
  • Select an Area of Emphasis - 9 hours
    • Business Cybersecurity Management/Compliance
    • Business Cybersecurity Technically-Focused
    • Business Data Analytics
    • Management


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