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Curriculum & Schedule

The MFA is a module-based program, comprised of five 12-week modules (equivalent to 8 semester hours each) over a period of fourteen months. Each successive module builds upon the previous modules to create a unified learning experience. Students meet on campus for a total of eight  two-day class sessions, held on Fridays from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Meals, including dinner on Friday evening and breakfast and lunch on Saturday, are provided.

Between these on-campus sessions, course assignments and activities are facilitated through UC’s online learning portal. This includes online virtual classes, which are held every other week. Virtual classes are scheduled outside normal working hours, usually a weekday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Between class sessions, students complete both individual and group assignments and participate in a variety of interactive online learning experiences (e.g., discussion forums, live chats, videos).  All examinations and presentations, as well as the capstone experience, will be conducted during the on-campus sessions.

MFA JANUARY 2014 START

       
Module I - Rufus  Time  Location 
January 10-11, 2014  Fri: 1-9pm, Sat: 8am-5pm  On Campus 
January 23, 2014  6:30pm-8:30pm  Virtual 
February 6, 2014  6:30pm-8:30pm  Virtual 
February 20, 2014  6:30pm-8:30pm  Virtual 
March 6, 2014  6:30pm-8:30pm  Virtual 
March 21-22, 2014  Fri: 1-9pm, Sat: 8am-5pm  On Campus 
       
Module II - Tinsley      
April 10, 2014  6:30pm-8:30pm  Virtual 
April 24, 2014  6:30pm-8:30pm  Virtual 
May 8, 2014  6:30pm-8:30pm  Virtual 
May 22, 2014  6:30pm-8:30pm  Virtual 
June 5, 2014  6:30pm-8:30pm  Virtual 
June 20-21, 2014  Fri: 1-9pm, Sat: 8am-5pm  On Campus 
       
Module III - Langlois/Miller/Brunty      
July 3, 2014  6:30pm-8:30pm  Virtual 
July 17, 2014  6:30pm-8:30pm  Virtual 
July 31, 2014   6:30pm-8:30pm  Virtual 
August 14, 2014  6:30pm-8:30pm  Virtual 
August 28, 2014  6:30pm-8:30pm  Virtual 
September 12-13, 2014  Fri: 1-9pm, Sat: 8am-5pm  On Campus 
       
Module IV - Epperly/Miller/Rufus      
September 25, 2014  6:30pm-8:30pm  Virtual 
October 9, 2014  6:30pm-8:30pm  Virtual 
October 23, 2014  6:30pm-8:30pm  Virtual 
 October 31 - November 1, 2014  Fri: 1-9pm, Sat: 8am-5pm On Campus 
November 13, 2014  6:30pm-8:30pm  Virtual 
December 5-6, 2014  Fri: 1-9pm, Sat: 8am-5pm  On Campus 
       
Module V - Rufus/Tinsley      
January 8, 2015  6:30pm-8:30pm  Virtual 
January 22, 2015  6:30pm-8:30pm  Virtual 
February 5, 2015  6:30pm-8:30pm  Virtual 
February 19, 2015  6:30pm-8:30pm  Virtual 
March 6-7, 2015*  Fri: 1-9pm, Sat: 8am-5pm  On Campus 
March 12, 2015  6:30pm-8:30pm  Virtual 
March 27-28, 2015**  Fri: 1-9pm, Sat: 8am-5pm  On Campus 
       
May '15 Graduate      
*Mock Trial Depositions      
**Mock Trial       

MFA JANUARY 2015 START

       
Module I - Rufus  Time  Location 
January 9-10, 2015 Fri: 1-9pm, Sat: 8am-5pm On Campus
January 22, 2015 6:30pm-8:30pm Virtual
February 5, 2015 6:30pm-8:30pm Virtual
February 19, 2015 6:30pm-8:30pm Virtual
March 3, 2015 6:30pm-8:30pm Virtual
March 20-21, 2015 Fri: 1-9pm, Sat: 8am-5pm On Campus
     
Module II -Tinsley/Halloran/Clayman   
April 16, 2015 6:30pm-8:30pm Virtual
April 30, 2015 6:30pm-8:30pm Virtual
May 14, 2015 6:30pm-8:30pm Virtual
May 28, 2015 6:30pm-8:30pm Virtual
June 11, 2015 6:30pm-8:30pm Virtual
June 26-27, 2015 Fri: 1-9pm, Sat: 8am-5pm On Campus
     
Module III -Langlois/Miller/Brunty   
July 16, 2015 6:30pm-8:30pm Virtual
July 30, 2015 6:30pm-8:30pm Virtual
August 13, 2015 6:30pm-8:30pm Virtual
August 25, 2015 6:30pm-8:30pm Virtual
September 10, 2015 6:30pm-8:30pm Virtual
September 25-26, 2015 Fri: 1-9pm, Sat: 8am-5pm On Campus
     
Module IV - Miller/Epperly   
October 15, 2015 6:30pm-8:30pm Virtual
October 29, 2015 6:30pm-8:30pm Virtual
November 12, 2015 6:30pm-8:30pm Virtual
November 20-21, 2015 Fri: 1-9pm, Sat: 8am-5pm On Campus
December 3, 2015 6:30pm-8:30pm Virtual
December 18-19, 2015 Fri: 1-9pm, Sat: 8am-5pm On Campus
     
Module V - Epperly/Miller/Rufus   
January 7, 2016 6:30pm-8:30pm Virtual
January 21, 2016 6:30pm-8:30pm Virtual
February 4, 2016 6:30pm-8:30pm Virtual
February 18, 2016 6:30pm-8:30pm Virtual
March 4-5, 2016 Fri: 1-9pm, Sat: 8am-5pm On Campus (Mock Depo)
March 10, 2016 6:30pm-8:30pm Virtual
March 25-26, 2016 Fri: 1-9pm, Sat: 8am-5pm On Campus (Mock Trial)

 

Module One – Foundational Concepts & Introduction to Forensic Accounting

The first module introduces students to the world of forensic accounting and reviews foundational investigative and research concepts. Topics include fraud theory, criminal psychology, social research methodologies, the nature of forensic accounting assignments, and ethical considerations. In this module, students will learn to look “beyond the numbers,” integrating and applying their knowledge of the various functional disciplines.  Moreover, students will learn to think like investigators and appreciate the value and limitations of research.  Finally, students will gain experience in presenting investigative/research results in a clear, concise, and professional manner.

Module Two – Criminology & Legal Framework

The second module familiarizes students with the legal framework of forensic accounting. Specific legal concepts include:

  • The elements of a lawsuit
  • The discovery process 
  • The anatomy of civil and criminal trials
  • The rules of evidence
  • Qualifications for admission
  • The attorney/client privilege
  • Deposition and trial testimony

Module Three – Gathering and Analyzing Evidence

The third module introduces various approaches and methods forensic accountants use to gather and analyze quantitative and qualitative evidence. In this module, students learn to understand and appreciate the adversarial nature of financial reporting, as well as the interrelatedness of financial statements. Building upon this foundation, students practice the application of various tools of financial statements analysis. Basic statistical concepts are reviewed, along with the economic and financial concepts underlying valuation theory. Finally, specialized tools, including forensic interviewing techniques and digital forensic analysis, are introduced.

Module Four – Forensic Accounting Engagements

The fourth module presents the methods and processes of the most common forensic accounting engagements, including business valuations, economic damage calculations, fraud investigations, and internal control evaluations. Students have the opportunity to practice analysis and report writing for each type of engagement, as preparation for the capstone project.

Module Five – Litigation Services & Capstone Project

The fifth module is the culmination of the program, requiring integration and application of the concepts learned in all previous modules. Students are challenged to develop a case through each stage of the litigation process:  establishing the initial engagement, conducting discovery, preparing a written report, and concluding with mock trial testimony.

On-Campus Class Schedules

Friday      1:00 p.m.   9:00 p.m.

Saturday 8:00 a.m.   5:00 p.m.

Travel arrangements should allow
ample time for arrival and departure.

For hotel arrangements you may contact:

Cheryl Fout
Admin. Assistant to the Dean
304-357-4373
cherylfout@ucwv.edu