Economic Crime Professional

Online Executive Master of Science in Financial Crime and Compliance Management

Also known as Economic Crime Management


The online Executive Master of Science in Financial Crime and Compliance Management is designed for professionals in the economic crime field and equips students for careers such as fraud investigators, attorneys, loss-prevention managers, auditors, and compliance managers. The high quality curriculum and goals of the program match the intensity of the regulatory regime and allow students to easily relate what they learn in their master's degree to their career.

Established since 1999 at Utica College, the Executive Master of Science degree in Financial Crime and Compliance Management remains the only graduate level program of its kind in the Americas.

This groundbreaking, advanced degree provides professional education to members of private corporations, government agencies, and professional associations who desire to advance their competencies in managing corporate and advanced technological resources to combat financial crime. Graduates are prepared for careers in auditing, compliance, risk management, anti-money laundering, and more.

Economic Crime Professional The Financial Crime and Compliance Management Executive Master's program combines the areas of management, technology, and analytical skills with a knowledge and understanding of economic crime from a global perspective, and focuses on fraud and compliance risk management strategies, current economic crime challenges, and applying innovative technological and analytical solutions. It has been designed to meet the growing financial crime and compliance demands placed on experienced personnel in law enforcement, private corporations, government, and the military in the post 9/11 global environment.

A Respected and Professional Financial Crime and Compliance
Management Program

The Executive Master in Financial Crime and Compliance Management program was developed in cooperation with the Board of Advisors of the Economic Crime & Cybersecurity Institute at Utica College, which is comprised of individuals who are leaders in various industries and governmental organizations that aggressively and proactively combat economic and cybercrime. Utica College and the ECCI are affiliated with some of the leading organizations in the fields of financial crime and cybersecurity.

  • ::  The Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), the largest international membership organization dedicated to combating money laundering and terrorism financing, has recognized Utica College as one of its education and training partners for the high level of anti-money laundering training provided by the executive MS program
  • ::  The National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) has recognized Utica College as one its Pilot Schools and Trusted Partners; there are currently only 11 CDFAE designated schools in the United States
  • ::  Utica College's undergraduate and graduate courses in cybersecurity are validated by the Committee on National Security Systems and the National Security Agency

In addition, Utica's MS in Financial Crime and Compliance Management program is also renowned for its professional faculty. Distinguished faculty have held high level fraud management positions in the financial services industry with extensive experience in areas such as risk analysis, fraud control implementation & investigations. Faculty also bring experience working with leading organizations such as the Center for Identity Management and Information Protection, National White Collar Crime Center, and the New York Clearing House Check Fraud Committee. Students will gain tremendous insights from former financial crime investigators and fraud prevention specialists.

Current students and graduates of the prestigious Financial Crime and Compliance Management program become part of a large global network through their affiliation with each other, the faculty, and the Economic Crime and Cybersecurity Institute.

An Innovative Financial Crime and Compliance Management Curriculum

The curriculum-based on the four themes of management, technology, analytical methods, and economic crime-was developed in collaboration with experts in private industry, government, and law enforcement. The Financial Crime and Compliance Management curriculum is continually reviewed and updated to meet the industry's changing needs, as well as in response to changing money laundering laws and white collar crime prevention methods.

The courses cover organizational theory and risk management, economic crime, legal and regulatory compliance issues, Internet and computer security, and fraud analysis. Students develop the ability to analyze and differentiate between various types of white collar crime, and will learn real-world investigative skills that are invaluable to a career in economic crime investigation and prevention, such as:

  • ::  How to detect financial crimes
  • ::  How to perform fraud analysis
  • ::  How to investigate financial crimes
  • ::  How to prepare an investigative case report
  • ::  How to assess and respond to economic threats

Students are required to complete a professional project or thesis as a capstone to their academic experience. This capstone project will serve students after graduation by giving employers and recruiters a look at the specific skills acquired in satisfying the MS in Financial Crime and Compliance Management degree requirements.

View the online Financial Crime and Compliance Management curriculum

The award-winning program can be completed in two years of part-time study. The two-year program is fully integrated, so that the courses that the students take each semester build upon the courses they have already completed and lead into the courses they will take in the coming semesters. The students progress as a cohort, meaning they attend all classes together working towards attaining their degree. Students benefit from networking with one another during the course of the program by building deep personal and professional relationships with fellow members of the economic crime and cybersecurity sectors.

The Financial Crime and Compliance Management program utilizes a flexible, online format with faculty-directed study and one, four-day residency at our beautiful campus in Utica, New York. This on-campus residency will provide you with hands-on digital forensics training using state-of-the-art computer forensics tools and technologies. Students will also develop their capstone project, tour Utica's economic crime lab, and network with fellow students and faculty members.

The flexible online nature of the program allows students to acquire the requisite knowledge, skills, and vision to lead organizations operating in a global environment, with minimal impact on their full-time positions.

Admissions Requirements

This Executive Master of Science program requires 3-5 years of fraud, auditing, financial investigation or related industry experience in addition to the following:

  • ::  Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • ::  Minimum 3.0 GPA

Evolve your professional skills in the critical field of economic crime with our Executive Master in Financial Crime and Compliance Management online. Request More Information or call us today toll-free at (866) 295-3106 to speak with a Program Manager.

Tools, Tips and Other Resources

Here are a few interesting tools, valuable tips, and other resources in articles, industry links, and press releases to increase your Financial Crime and Compliance Management industry knowledge and assist you as you pursue your education goals.

Fraud awareness week Webinar: "Follow the Money"

Watch our economic crime investigation experts discuss a terrorist financing scenario and show how financial crime investigation can help foil terrorist groups and their acts of mayhem and crime.

  • Original Air Date: Monday, November 16, 2015

View the archived recording.

Industry Certifications

Utica College is the first college in the nation to become an education partner with the preeminent association for financial crime specialists, the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS). The partnership provides some very important benefits to both ACAMS members and Utica students, including tuition discounts and preparation for the CAMS certification exam. The CAMS credential is one of the premier anti-money laundering certifications and is recognized by the leading financial institutions, governments, and regulators in the world. Click here for the press release or request more information about the discounts available to Utica students and ACAMS members.

The comprehensive curriculum in our Master's in Financial Crime and Compliance Management program will also support your preparation for the CFE exam presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), another premier certification for anti-fraud professionals around the world.

By supporting your preparation for the CFE and CAMS exams, Utica College is committed to your success in the financial crime detection and prevention fields. Practitioners who earn the CFE and/or CAMS certification are among the most respected professionals in the industry, as well as the highest paid. Combine that with the prestige of graduating from the only Financial Crime and Compliance Management program in the country and you'll see how earning your industry certifications will propel your career as a senior fraud analyst, risk and compliance manager, anti-money laundering officer, or enterprise risk management director.

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For more information about our online Executive Master in Financial Crime and Compliance Management, Request More Information or call us today at 315.732.2940 or toll-free at 866.295.3106 to speak with a Program Manager.