Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination Graduate Certificate


The College 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.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a GPA of 2.9 or higher and GMAT score of 500 unless the applicant is a certified public accountant, has a law degree, has been admitted to a law school, or has two years of anti-fraud or fraud-related (auditing) experience. Given that the undergraduate grade point average will be heavily relied upon to evaluate academic ability, applicants may want to consider taking the GMAT or GRE if the G.P.A. is under 3.0.


West Virginia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. WVU’s Forensic Accounting & Fraud Examination certificate program is accredited by AACSB International, the principal accrediting organization for business schools. Only 5% of business schools worldwide achieve this distinction.



Courses Required


Total Credit Hours

Course Formats

  • Online Courses
  • Residency Required

Estimated Tuition and Fees

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

Residents and Non-Residents

Financial Aid

This graduate certificate is not eligible for financial aid.

Next Start Date: January 13, 2020    Apply Now


What can you do with a Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination Graduate Certificate?

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination (FAFE) 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.

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).

Fraud Examiner, Investigator and Analyst

Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Forensic Science Technician

Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook

Private Detective or Investigator

Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook


Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Police Identification and Records Officer

Growth: 5-9%

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