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Forensic Accounting & Fraud Examination Certificate


A bachelor's degree with an overall GPA of 2.9 or above and a score of 500 on the  

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT); a higher GPA may offset a lower GMAT score and vice versa; OR a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certificate, a related Certification by an approved credentialing body, law degree, or two years of relevant work experience.

The following courses, or equivalent in terms of professional experience, are prerequisites for admission to the Certificate Program: 

Prerequisite Coursework
  • ACCT 201 Principles of Accounting
  • ACCT 311 Intermediate Accounting
  • ACCT 322 Accounting Systems
  • ACCT 451 Auditing Theory

The prerequisites may be taken at any accredited institution of higher education including online courses. Two years of related professional experience may be substituted for the prerequisite courses. An Admissions Committee for the Department of Accounting will assess prior experience.

Not all applicants may be admitted to the program. Because the program consists of intense hands-on cases and specialized assignments, enrollment in the program is limited. An Admissions Committee of three accounting faculty members will review applications and will accept individuals demonstrating the greatest potential for success.

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency.  The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is used as the measure of English language proficiency. A score of 250 on the computer-based TOEFL or 600 on the paper-based TOEFL is the minimum required of all such applicants. Applicants who have received a high school diploma or a bachelor's degree in the United States need not submit a TOEFL score.

Application Process

Applicants for the FAFE Graduate Certificate must be admitted to WVU as a non-degree graduate student using 2199 as the major code.

  1. Enter the WVU Application portal.
  2. Create a username and password.
  3. Once an account has been created, applicants can edit the application at their discretion. Please complete all questions asked.
  4. Upload an up-to-date resume: Your resume should include enough information for the admissions committee to trace your entire professional work history and should indicate any relevant affiliations.
  5. Pay application fee.
  6. Submit application.
  7. Applicants will then need to send their transcripts to WVU's Office of Admissions. If the applicants undergraduate school offers "e-script" (an official electronic copy of transcripts), email the transcripts to This will help expedite the admissions process. If they do not offer this service, please have your official transcripts mailed to:  
    West Virginia University Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment  
    PO Box 6510  
    Morgantown, WV 26506-6510
  8. For applicants submitting GMAT/GRE scores, the program GMAT code is C2S-6D-25 or 5904 for GRE.
  9. International Students are required to submit at TOEFL or IELTS score. Required for international students. The College of Business & Economics TOEFL requirement is higher than the University's - applicants must have a TOEFL score of either 580 (paper prior to July 27) or 68 (paper after July 27), 237 (computer), or 92 (Internet-based). If you have taken the IELTS instead of the TOEFL, the minimum score must be 6.5. English language exam scores should be sent to the Office of Admissions, West Virginia University, PO Box 6009, Morgantown, WV 26506-6009
  10. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis once all parts of the application are received including transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation.