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Forensic and Fraud Examination M.S.

Aug. 17, 2022

Next Start Date

10

Courses Required

$820

Cost Per Credit Hour

30

Total Credit Hours

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.

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Learning Formats

Online Courses


Start Date

August 17, 2022
January 9, 2023
May 15, 2023
August 16, 2023


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Curriculum developed and taught by faculty from

John Chambers College of Business and Economics

Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Forensic and Fraud Examination

Program Details

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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.


Admission Requirements

Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.


Admissions

Prerequisite Coursework

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

Applicants without the prerequisite coursework may complete the WVU FFE Ivy Software courses instead.

Two years of related professional experience may be substituted for the prerequisite courses. The Admissions Committee will assess prior experience.

Application Process

  • Applicants must be admitted to WVU as a graduate student.
  • Enter the WVU Application portal.
  • Create a username and password.
  • Once an account has been created, applicants can edit the application at their discretion. Please complete all questions asked.
  • When selecting a start term, choose “fall”, “spring” or “summer."
  • 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.
  • Create a Personal Statement (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.
  • Pay application fee.
  • Submit application.
  • 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 GraduateAdmissions@mail.wvu.edu. 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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Estimated Tuition and Fees

Forensic and Fraud Examination M.S. requires 30 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $820.

Total Degree Cost

$24,600 – Residents and Non-Residents

The tuition shown is current for the 2021-2022 academic year. Tuition for the 2022-2023 academic year will be updated in late July.

Cost Breakdown by Credit Hours

Credits Cost
1 $820
3 $2,460
6 $4,920
9 $7,380

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“I am a graduate of the WVU John Chambers School of Business and Economics with a degree in business administration. I am here to service, support and simplify the enrollment process. Our online programs are the perfect opportunity for working individuals to pursue another degree.”

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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.


Career Paths

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 and Investigator
Projected Growth: 4-6%

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

Criminal Investigator or Special Agent
Projected Growth: 2-3%

Quality Control Analyst
Projected Growth: 7-10% *Bright Outlook

Private Detective
Projected Growth: 7-10% *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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