Master of Science in Forensic and Fraud Examination

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The College 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 2018 by US News and World Report.

This degree combines online learning with two campus visits. This low-residency approach allows students to have the convenience of web courses, and the benefit of face-to-face interaction with both faculty and peers.

Admissions Requirements

An overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above* and a score of 500 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). OR one of the following: A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certificate, a related certification by an approved credentialing body, a Juris Doctor (JD) degree, two years of relevant work experience.


West Virginia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. In addition to accreditation by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business—the Department of Accounting holds an additional accreditation by AACSB making it one of the top programs in the country.



Courses Required


Total Credit Hours

Course Formats

  • Online Courses
  • Residency Required

Estimated Tuition and Fees

The Master of Science in Forensic and Fraud Examination requires 30 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $1,063.

Residents and Non-Residents
Estimated Tuition Based on Credit Hours
Credit Hours Cost
1 $1,063
3 $3,189
6 $6,378
9 $9,567

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.

Next Start Date: August 21, 2019    Apply Now


What can you do with a Master of Science in Forensic and Fraud Examination?

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.

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

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Quality Control Analyst

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Forensic Science Technician

Projected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook

Private Detective

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Criminal Investigator or Special Agent

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Histologic Technician

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

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