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Forensic and Fraud Examination M.S.

Aug. 21, 2024

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Courses Required


Cost Per Credit Hour
Military Discount Available


Total Credit Hours

Online Courses/Virtual residencies required

Learning Format

Detect Fraudulent Activity

The Master of Science in Forensic and Fraud Examination offered by the John Chambers College of Business and Economics leads the way in developing the national curriculum for fraud and forensic accounting programs on behalf of the National Institute of Justice. You will study curriculum that teaches you how to detect, uncover, and prove fraud and other financial crimes by businesses and employees. By gaining an interdisciplinary skill set which covers business, law, cost accounting, taxation, and data technology, you will gain real-world expertise in fraud and financial crime examination.

Female WVU FFE student in class, listening to a lecture.

The WVU John Chambers School of Business and Economics offers a specialized Master of Science in Forensic 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 degree. Federal agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission and the F.B.I. are seeking specialized accountants. 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. This program provides accountants with additional knowledge and skill in these areas. WVU business programs are recognized as Best Online Programs by US News and World Report.

You will choose an Area of Emphasis. Options are:

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

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 case studies that make you eligible and qualified to sit for the CFE Exam and CVA Exam.

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Forensic and Fraud Examination M.S. Admission Requirements

Successful completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

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  • Once an account has been created, applicants can edit the application at their discretion. Please complete all questions asked.
  • 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.
  • Request 1 letter of recommendation through the online portal.
  • Create a Statement of Purpose (not to exceed one page): Your statement of purpose should be a short, one-page essay which describes your interest in the program, why you wish to pursue the program at WVU, how the program will help you reach your career goals, and any additional information which may be necessary to understanding your candidacy.
  • 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
  • International Students are required to submit a TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo score. The John Chambers 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, the minimum score must be 6.5, and the minimum Duolingo score is a 105. English language exam scores should be sent to:
    • Office of Admissions
      West Virginia University
      P.O. Box 6009
      Morgantown, WV 26506-6009.

**The above-mentioned items are required for admission review. Additional documents may be requested after initial evaluation of a student’s admission application.

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Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.

Master of Science in Forensic and Fraud Examination total degree cost: $28,950 – Residents and Non-Residents

Tuition and fees are usually not the only educational expenses you may have while pursuing a degree. You may have other costs such as books, supplies and living expenses. Please see the Estimate Costs and Aid webpage for how to estimate and plan for other potential expenses.

The future for graduates with a Master of Science in 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). This sets WVU apart as a thought leader in FFE education.

The Benefits of pursuing a Master of Science in Forensic and Fraud Examination degree at WVU

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

  • Basic 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.

Career outlook for Master of Science in Forensic and Fraud Examination graduates

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment of forensic science technicians is projected to grow 11% from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Course Title Credit Hours
ACCT 580 Accounting for Forensic and Fraud Investigators 3
ACCT 581 Fraud Investigation 3
ACCT 582 Fraud Data Analysis 3
ACCT 583 Fraud: Criminology/Legal Issues 3
ACCT 584 Advanced Fraud Investigation 3
ACCT 585 Forensic and Fraud Examination Advanced Analytical Techniques 3
ACCT 586 Private Company Valuation 3

Select an Area of Emphasis

Area of Emphasis Credit Hours
Business Cybersecurity Management/Compliance 9
Business Cybersecurity Technically-Focused 9
Business Data Analytics 9
Management 9
Total 9

Total Hours: 30

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of jobs can I expect with a Master of Science in Forensic and Fraud Examination degree?

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Forensic and Fraud Examination M.S. 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
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Criminal Investigator or Special Agent
  • Quality Control Analyst
  • Private Detective

What makes a good Forensic and Fraud student?

For individuals who possess a keen aptitude for numbers and harbor a passion for finance, pursuing a career in forensic accounting may be a compelling option, particularly for those seeking opportunities within the realm of criminology. This profession calls for a specialized skill set, and for some individuals, the prospect of uncovering corrupt practices, fraudulent activities, and other forms of white-collar crime can be highly appealing.

Since Forensic Science technicians will be in demand, what exactly do they do?

Forensic Science Technicians collect and analyze evidence. They can also specialize in certain techniques and sciences. So, job responsibilities vary based on whether a person is a crime scene investigator, forensic biologist or a forensic chemist. There are even some forensic computer examiners or digital forensics analysts who specialize in computer-based crimes.

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