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Frequently Asked Questions


General FAQs

  1. Are you accredited?
  2. How long will it take to complete the program?
  3. Do you offer career placement?
  4. Can I transfer in credits?
  5. What classes are required to complete the program?
  6. Is there an internship?
  7. How much time will I need to dedicate to school each week?
  8. What is the online environment like?
  9. Are textbooks required?
  10. Is Utica College a Military Friendly/Yellow Ribbon School?

Executive MS in Economic Crime Management Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I do this program taking one class at a time?
  2. Is an ECM marketable in the corporate environment?
  3. What type of experience do I need to enter the program?
  4. What can I expect during the residency?
  5. What type of job can you move into after completion?

MBA-Economic Crime and Fraud Management Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Will I need a GMAT or another graduate entrance exam?
  2. How many courses do I take each semester?
  3. What is the job market like for this type of degree?
  4. I have no background in fraud, should I still consider this program?
  5. Does this program have any on-campus residencies?

BS in Economic Crime Investigations Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is a "Bachelor-completer?"
  2. How quickly can I complete this degree?
  3. What are the professional opportunities following graduation?

BS in Cybersecurity Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How quickly can I complete this degree?
  2. Would I be able to take the CCIA/CCIF specialization coursework simultaneously?
  3. How do I find a job upon graduation?

MS Cybersecurity Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How is Utica College's MS in Cybersecurity - Intelligence, Forensics & Cyber Operations program unique?
  2. What are the specializations available?
  3. What are the admissions requirements?
  4. Is it possible for individuals from diverse professional backgrounds to enroll in the program?
  5. How quickly can I complete this degree?
  6. Can I take more than 2 classes at a time?
  7. What can I expect during the residency?
  8. What facilities and other resources are available?

RN-BS Nursing (RN-BSN) Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are there clinicals?
  2. Do you accept transfer credits?
  3. Do you accept additional outside credit?
  4. How long is the program?
  5. Is the program 100% online?
  6. Are there books?
  7. Where do I find the Nursing Handbook?

Transitional DPT Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do I have to have a Master's degree to be admitted to the program?
  2. How do I prepare my professional portfolio?
  3. How long will it take me to complete the program?
  4. Are there on campus residencies?

MS-Health Care Administration Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is a graduate entrance exam required?
  2. Do I need health care experience to be eligible?
  3. What is the profile of a successful person in this program?
  4. What is the focus of the program?
  5. What are the specializations in the program?
  6. How long does the program take to complete?
  7. Will you explain the virtual residencies?



General Questions

1. Are you accredited?
Yes. The Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680, (215) 662-5606, accredits Utica College. This level of accreditation, commonly referred to as regional accreditation, is the most widely accepted form of accreditation in the United States.

2. How long will it take to complete the program?
The length of your program will vary based on your prior education background and how many credits you will need to graduate. In addition, the number of courses you are able to take each term will also impact the length of time it takes to complete the program.

3. Do you offer career placement?
The faculty, including your academic advisor, are experts in the industry and will be able to assist you as you explore the job market. Your fellow students located throughout the country and working in a variety of industry related professions also serve as a great resource.

4. Can I transfer in credits?
Utica College accepts transfer credits from other regionally accredited schools depending on the applicability to the UC curriculum and amount of credits you've completed. A detailed course by course evaluation of your prior earned credits is completed as part of the admissions process.

5. What classes are required to complete the program?
You can review the curriculum and course requirements for each program at the links below:

BS in Cybersecurity
MS in Cybersecurity

BS in Economic Crime Investigation
Executive MS in Economic Crime Management
MBA in Economic Crime and Fraud Management

Financial Crime Investigator Certificate

RN to BS in Nursing (RN-BSN)
MS in Health Care Administration
Post Professional (transitional) DPT

6. Is there an internship?
The undergraduate programs in Economic Crime Investigation and Cybersecurity and Information Assurance require an internship or a senior paper as part of the curriculum. Your faculty advisor will help you identify possible internship opportunities in your area. The online graduate programs do not require an internship.

7. How much time will I need to dedicate to school each week?
On average, you should expect to minimally dedicate 12-15 hours per week, per course. The rigor and expectations for campus and online instruction are the same.

8. What is the online environment like? Utica College delivers online courses through Engage – an online course management system. Engage allows students and faculty to communicate and share vital course information. You can securely access your courses anytime, anywhere by logging in with your username and password. All online courses are supported by 24 x 7 technical assistance.

9. Are textbooks required?
Yes. Students enrolled in an online program at Utica College purchase textbooks via our online bookstore. UC will ship the books to your home so that you have them in time for the start of class.

10. Is Utica College a Military Friendly/Yellow Ribbon School?
Yes. We are honored to be named one of America's Military Friendly Schools 2014 by G.I. Jobs magazine for the fourth consecutive year. Utica College is approved for both the Montgomery and Post 9/11 GI Bills and is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon program. We also offer an additional 10% tuition discount on our online programs for service members and spouses of Active Duty, Reserve, and Guard members.

** Have more questions? Please call (315) 732-2640 or toll-free (866) 295-3106 to speak with a Program Manager.

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MS-Economic Crime Management FAQs

1. Can I do this program taking one class at a time?
No, this program is designed as a cohort, meaning you start with a group and take two classes each semester for six semesters total in the span of two years. In some instances, with approval from your academic advisor, one class per semester may be allowed.

2. Is an ECM marketable in the corporate environment?
The executive MS program gives you the resources through the curriculum and the insights gained from interaction with high level professionals from all areas of the industry. Corporations are looking for individuals who can understand both the private and public sectors and can therefore be more effective in their investigations.

3. What type of experience do I need to enter the program? 
All applicants need to have at least 2+ years of fraud-related experience. Typical backgrounds of our students include: fraud investigations, law enforcement, attorneys at law, private investigators, military police, loss-prevention managers, auditors, compliance officers, etc. 

4. What can I expect during the residency?
The MS in Economic Crime Management residency is a four day seminar (Thursday-Sunday) at our campus in Utica, New York. The residency is a valuable opportunity to complete digital forensic work using state-of-the-art technology, develop your capstone project, tour the economic crime lab on campus, and network with other professionals in the program. Dates will be posted online at: www.utica.edu/residency.

5. What type of job can you move into after completion? 
Our students generally have background work experience in an area related to investigations. Utica's MS in Economic Crime Management program provides professionals the training and resources necessary to advance into high-level fraud management and law enforcement positions. This degree can open opportunities in auditing, compliance, risk management, economic crimes and anti-money laundering, to name a few.

** Have more questions? Please call (315) 732-2640 or toll-free (866) 295-3106 to speak with a Program Manager.

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MBA-Economic Crime and Fraud Management FAQs

1.Will I need a GMAT or another graduate entrance exam?
Files are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Applicants without a business background coupled with a GPA below a 3.0 may be required to take the GMAT.

2. How many courses do I take each semester?
This MBA degree is designed to be completed part-time. Students typically take one class every eight weeks or 6 credit hours every 16 weeks.

3. What is the job market like for this type of degree?
Fraud Investigation skills are very much in demand in all areas of industry. This degree propels your career by providing you an in-depth understanding of business at an advanced level. The curriculum combines fraud management and investigation skill sets; relevant to all industries interested in preventing and detecting fraud.

4. I have no background in fraud, should I still consider this program?
This degree was designed for the student who may not have a background in fraud or investigations but is looking to gain the specific training to market themselves into all areas of the fraud field.

5. Does this program have any on-campus residencies?
No. The MBA Fraud program is 100% online. There are no on-campus residencies required to complete this program. 

** Have more questions? Please call (315) 732-2640 or toll-free (866) 295-3106 to speak with a Program Manager.

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BS-Economic Crime Investigation FAQs

1.What is a "Bachelor-completer?"
This means that you enter Utica College as a transfer student with either an associate's degree or 57 credits from a 4 year school. You focus only on the major to graduate or "complete your bachelor's degree."

2. How quickly can I complete this degree?
The program is designed to be completed part time taking 6 credits per semester which typically takes about 3 years and 4 months. You have the ability to take more classes per semester, but you will want to work with your academic advisor to see what is best with your work and life schedule.

3. What are the professional opportunities following graduation?
While this can depend on the area in which you live, the job market is very strong for these types of positions. Through internships, a large alumni network, Career Resource Center, and our exclusive Economic Crime Institute comprised of multiple companies and government agencies, Utica College assists students in identifying employer opportunities upon graduation.

** Have more questions? Please call (315) 732-2640 or toll-free (866) 295-3106 to speak with a Program Manager.

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BS-Cybersecurity FAQs

1.How quickly can I complete this degree?
The program is designed for working professionals who are completing this BS Cybersecurity program on a part time basis taking 6 credits a semester (2 classes), thus completing the program in about 3 years. However, this program can be completed in a shorter time frame if the student is able to take on more than 6 credits per semester.

2. How do I find a job upon graduation?
There are multiple ways we help students obtain positions in the field at the time of graduation. First, we have an internship which is a required part of the program. This can be completed through working with a company or agency and having that time count as internship credit. For example, some students do empirical research for a company. Secondly, we track our alumni for the economic crime programs for 10 years after they graduate. This helps us find jobs in areas outside of NY. Finally, we have an Economic Crime Institute with a board of advisors from companies like Microsoft, KPMG, US Marshals, AOL, JC Penny, Lockheed Martin, etc. Many of these companies look to hire our graduates.

3. Would I be able to take the CCIA/CCIF specialization coursework simultaneously?
You can add a couple of electives to the Investigations & Forensics (CCIF) program from the Information Assurance (CCIA) program under the approval of your academic advisor. The CCIA program, however, does not offer any electives.

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MS Cybersecurity Frequently Asked Questions

1. How is Utica College's MS in Cybersecurity - Intelligence, Forensics & Cyber Operations program unique?
Our Master's degree program is unique in its specificity – designed to keep pace with changes in technology. The dynamic nature of the curriculum is intensely focused on three concentrations: Cyber Intelligence, Cyber Forensics and Cyber Operations. Utica College has established many corporate and government partnerships and enjoys endorsements from a number of federal agencies.

2. What are the specializations available?
Intelligence – Designed for professionals interested in cyber intelligence and counterintelligence, cyber counterterrorism and cyber counter sabotage.
Computer Forensics – Designed for individuals interested in collecting and preparing evidence of complex computer crimes and cyber incidents.
Cyber Operations – Designed for those who wish to protect and defend companies and individuals from cyber attacks.

3. What are the admissions requirements?
The traditional applicant holds a Bachelor's degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher.

4. Is it possible for individuals from diverse professional backgrounds to enroll in the program?
Yes. Individuals from diverse professional backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

5. How quickly can I complete this degree?
Our 30 credit hour Master's program is designed to be completed in about 18-20 months. This is based on taking two classes per semester. The program provides a core of courses at the heart of the discipline and then allows students to specialize in any of three areas.

6. Can I take more than 2 classes at a time?
Yes, with the approval of your academic advisor.

7. What can I expect during the residency?
The MS in Cybersecurity residency is a four day seminar (Thursday-Sunday) at our campus in Utica, New York. It occurs about halfway through the program (dual specialization students may have a different residency schedule). The residency provides unique, powerful opportunities to collaborate with faculty and peers, to participate in hands on team/individual lab work using state of the art technology, and to implement learned knowledge. Dates will be posted online at: www.utica.edu/residency.

8. What facilities and other resources are available?
Utica College has remained at the forefront of research collaboration. The Center for Identity Management and Information Protection, housed at Utica College, is a research collaborative dedicated to furthering a national research agenda on identity management, information sharing, and data protection. The Computer Forensics Research and Development Center of Utica College supports education and research in economic crime and information security, providing a reliable resource for innovative solutions to corporate, government, and law enforcement entities.

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RN-BS Nursing (RN-BSN) FAQs

1.Are there clinicals?
Utica College values the clinical application of theory. Student directed clinical practicums are part of some courses (e.g. Community Health Nursing (NUR 474C) and Nursing Management (NUR 475C)) and occur in the student's own community.

2. Do you accept transfer credits?
Yes. We will accept between 60 to 90 transfer credits if past coursework meets Utica's criteria.

3. Do you accept additional outside credit?
We will accept up to 6 additional credit hours to be applied towards your degree. You can receive credit by being accredited through ANCC (3 credits) and work experience (3 credits).

4. How long is the program?  
The program can typically be completed in 3 years or less. However, it may be completed sooner based on transfer credits or student case load.

5. Is the program 100% online?
Yes. You will take all coursework and tests online. There are also no residencies.

6. Are there books?
Yes. You will take all coursework and tests online. Students enrolled in an online program at Utica College purchase textbooks via our online bookstore. UC will ship the books to your home so that you have them in time for the start of class.

7. Where do I find the Nursing Handbook?
Please click on the appropriate link below:
   » For students beginning before Spring 2013    » For students beginning in or after Spring 2013

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Post-professional (transitional) DPT FAQs

1. Do I have to have a Master's degree to be admitted to the program?
No. The program is designed for all licensed physical therapists in the United States. You may enter the program with a certificate, bachelor's, or master's degree in physical therapy. Each application will be reviewed to determine the coursework that will be required to complete the degree.

2. How do I prepare my professional portfolio?
Once you request more information regarding the program, we will send you a portfolio checklist that will detail how to prepare your professional portfolio. Typically, the portfolio must include a curriculum vitae and proof of licensure.

3. How long will it take me to complete the program?
Completion of the program varies. Most students continue to work full time while pursuing their degree and are encouraged taking one course per semester. The time to complete the program will be determined by how many courses you need to take and how many you take per semester.

4. Are there on campus residencies?
There will be brief (typically one weekend) on site residencies at the beginning of each of the 5 core courses. The week end residencies are designed to meet a number of needs from getting the "business" end of things accomplished to course content delivery. A common focus for all residencies throughout the program will be professional networking so that you may interact with your professional peers.

** Have more questions? Please call (315) 732-2640 or toll-free (866) 295-3106 to speak with a Program Manager.

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MS-Health Care Administration FAQs

1. Is a graduate entrance exam required?
Typically a graduate entrance exam is not required, but this will be based on your education credentials.

2. Do I need health care experience to be eligible?
We will consider a wide variety of candidates and backgrounds.

3. What is the profile of a successful person in this program?
This program is designed for leaders and/or aspiring leaders in the health care field. A successful admissions candidate will bring three plus years of health care or management experience. As this is a broad scope, we have seen students from many different areas of the field.

4. What is the focus of the program?
There are three main areas that are woven into each class: management, leadership, and the continuum of care. These dimensions are offered to help students understand the foundational theories that integrate with current and future best practices in health care.

5. What are the specializations in the program?

  • Acute Care – Students explore financial management, the development and implementation of IT systems, and leadership practices for administrators of hospitals and other acute care facilities.

  • Service Organization – Coursework covers tools, concepts, and methods of organizational development and organizational leadership for students interested in working for government, corporate, insurance, or research companies and agencies in the health care field.

  • Long Term Care – Focuses on effective management practices related to planning, staffing, quality improvement, and other administrative areas, as well as tools and principles of financial management.

    (Please note that in some states such as New York, the curriculum of Utica College's online MS in Health Care Administration meets the course requirements for Nursing Home Administrator licensure. Potential applicants should check with their states' licensing agency or contact an Admissions Representative at (315) 732-2640 or toll-free at (866) 295-3106 to verify the necessary coursework. Faculty advisers are available to work with students to offer guidance and help them meet the academic requirements of this field.)

  • Advocacy & Navigation – Students will acquire the knowledge and skills to help patients (and their families and caregivers) understand their patient rights, insurance coverage, diagnosis and treatment options, including the option to seek a second or third opinion or to forego treatment entirely.

6. How long does the program take to complete?
While this is largely determined by your persistence to complete the program, this Master's Degree is designed to be completed in two years.

7. Will you explain the virtual residencies?
Rather than requiring students to travel to campus, you will have four virtual residencies throughout the whole program. Expect a Saturday afternoon spent online with your classmates and professor using webcams and audio.

** Have more questions? Please call (315) 732-2640 or toll-free (866) 295-3106 to speak with a Program Manager.


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