Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination (FAFE) Graduate Certificate

Starts August 19, 2020

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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.

  • Online Courses
  • Residency Required
Degree Awarded
  • Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination Graduate Certificate
Next Start Date
  • August 19, 2020

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.

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