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Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination (FAFE) Graduate Certificate

May 15, 2023

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Investigate Financial Fraud

The Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination (FAFE), offered by the John Chambers College of Business and Economics, will prepare you for careers in financial fraud investigation. WVU leads the way in developing the national curriculum for fraud and forensic accounting programs on behalf of the National Institute of Justice and there is currently a high demand for professionals with these skills. You will experience rigorous, hands-on training by professionals in the field and will take part in moot court exercises. Very few schools offer a multi-course certificate program of this kind and our program is one of the best in the country.

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May 15, 2023
August 16, 2023

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John Chambers College of Business and Economics

Degree Awarded: Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination Graduate Certificate

Program Details

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The WVU John Chambers School of Business and Economics offers a specialized graduate certificate in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination to meet the demand for forensic accountants who are needed to combat widespread growth in white collar crime, fraud, and the illegal international movement of money. There are multiple career opportunities in the public and private sectors for those who earn this certificate. Federal agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission and the F.B.I. are seeking specialized accountants who possess this unique forensic knowledge. Private firms who must comply with legislation such as the Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley Acts also need auditors who are skilled at detecting, preventing and deterring fraud. The program includes two in-class/online case examinations and two examination engagements that students must complete in a team format. Both require students to present and defend their work in front of practicing professionals as follows:

  • Pitch to Prosecutor Exercise in Accounting 581
  • Moot Court Exercise (Capstone Experience) in Accounting 584

This online certificate provides accountants with additional knowledge and skills in these areas. WVU also offers a master’s degree in Forensic and Fraud Examination.

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Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university.



The following courses, or their equivalent in terms of course work or professional experience, are required for admission to the FAFE Certificate Program:

  • 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 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 applicant's 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 a TOEFL or IELTS score. The WVU John Chambers School of Business and 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.

Estimated Tuition and Fees

Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination (FAFE) Graduate Certificate requires 12 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $820.

Total Degree Cost

$9,840 – Residents and Non-Residents

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Financial Aid

This graduate certificate is not eligible for financial aid.

Career Paths

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Business Cybersecurity Data Analytics Graduate Certificate degree may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.

Fraud Examiner, Investigator and Analyst
Projected Growth: 4-6%

Private Detective or Investigator
Projected Growth: 7-10% *Bright Outlook

Police Identification and Records Officer
Projected Growth: 2-3%

Forensic Science Technician
Projected Growth: 11% or higher *Bright Outlook

Projected Growth: 4-6% *Bright Outlook

Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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