The Department of Accounting has responded to the demand for forensic and fraud accountants 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 certificate program. The graduate certificate in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination requires students to complete four courses. All four 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.
The Graduate Certificate in GIS and Spatial Analysis is intended to augment the educational tracks of a wide number of students from across West Virginia University with the ability to analyze spatial data at an advanced level. The program provides advanced teaching, research and academic program support for the development of applications of GIS and spatial analysis across multiple disciplines. In addition to providing a more focused and deeper treatment of these skills, the certificate provides recognition for mastery of these tools.
Professionals wanting to learn new skills and polish old ones can do so with cutting-edge curriculum found in the Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) program. The 15-credit-hour IMC graduate certificate provides students with a broad overview of IMC, focusing on several integral aspects of the discipline. Students working toward their IMC certificate take one course per term for one calendar year (five sessions).
Professionals in the information technology and computer industries can enhance their education and career possibilities by earning a graduate certificate in Software Engineering. The courses are offered one evening each week, live, via the Internet, and students can also review the archived lectures online if they have to miss.