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Bachelor of Science in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation

Take action against fraud, money laundering, and corruption

No sector is safe from financial corruption and fraud. Data breaches are at an all-time high in the United States,1 but even if you ignore external attacks, estimates show internal fraud costs companies an average of 5 percent of their annual revenue.2 Make an impact in the fight against crimes like these with our online financial crime investigation degree.

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  • Duration 2-4 years
  • Cost per Credit $450
  • Credit Hours 120

Program Benefits

  • Stay on the front lines of a rapidly expanding industry
  • Two in-demand specializations to customize your degree
  • Gain hands-on experience detecting and preventing fraud

Learn to Investigate and Prevent Financial Crimes With a Specialized Degree

As one of the first programs of its kind in the United States, Utica College’s online B.S. in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation degree takes a holistic approach to the investigation and deterrence of economic crime.

Our fraud and financial crime investigation curriculum was developed as part of our suite of economic crime and criminal justice studies, so courses not only teach you deep-knowledge forensic accounting skills but also round out your business acumen with subject matter pertaining to broader disciplines, including:

  • Criminal justice
  • Mathematics
  • Economics
  • Ethics
  • Sociology

Explore common causes of financial mismanagement, corruption, all kinds of fraud, and the steps investigators take to gather, analyze, and preserve evidence of criminal financial activity. Choose one of two concentrations — Financial Investigation or Fraud Prevention and Detection — and focus on the career track of your choice to deepen your expertise in this area.

Get Qualified for In-Demand Careers

The top 10 percent of financial examiners earned more than $158,200 in 2019, with the number of job opportunities expected to grow seven percent through 2029.3

With your financial crime investigation degree, you’ll be prepared to improve the bottom line in any industry as you ensure best practices to prevent, deter, and minimize the impacts of financial crime.

Jobs and Income

Certification: Lead Investigations in Cryptocurrency Fraud and Theft

Through a unique partnership with CipherTrace — a leading cryptocurrency intelligence company — you can become a CipherTrace Certified Examiner (CTCE) and learn how to analyze and trace funds lost in cryptocurrency fraud and theft. You’ll use the same tools and get the same CTCE training as regulators and law enforcement members around the world do in becoming expert cryptocurrency financial investigators.

Once certified, you’ll be able to complete an active investigation at CipherTrace and write the case report, giving you direct, hands-on experience and demonstrating an incredibly valuable skill set to employers.

Curriculum: An Innovative Approach to Fighting Fraud

The cutting-edge curriculum in our online B.S. in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation program is built to respond to the realities of financial crime today. Dig into the laws, regulations, and processes designed to prevent economic fraud, the math to detect and analyze its occurrence, and the investigative procedures for prosecuting the people responsible.

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Choose Your Concentration

As you learn, choose your preferred concentration and specialize. Each path offers the opportunity to build your skills and prepares you to enter the field ready to make an impact.

B.S. in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation: Financial Investigation

Learn accounting skills to pinpoint and document potential financial misdeeds with coursework that emphasizes accounting concepts and procedures, data analysis, methods of detecting fraud and damage assessment.

B.S. in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation: Fraud Prevention and Detection

Learn to identify potential deception and other forms of economic crimes as well as areas of potential vulnerability to fraud and economic crime.

Admission Requirements

Our financial crime investigation degree accepts applications from first-time freshmen, as well as students with some college credit. Other requirements include:

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Tuition and Financial Aid

This 120 credit financial crime investigation degree costs $450 per credit hour. Utica College is dedicated to making an advanced education accessible and affordable and offers many avenues for financial aid, from scholarships to military benefits.

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Faculty Spotlight: Experts From the Front Lines

Our professors bring years of experience in real-world business and criminal justice environments — from Mastercard and Goldman Sachs to the FBI, Department of the Interior, and the Secret Service.

Learn from their years in the field and enter your career with an advantage.

Suzanne Lynch

Suzanne Lynch, M.S.

Professor, Financial Crime and Compliance Management

Suzanne Lynch, M.S., has global experience in risk analysis and fraud control development and investigations in the financial services industry. She has held fraud management positions at MasterCard Worldwide, Goldman Sachs, and Comerica Bank.

In these positions, Lynch was responsible for overseeing electronic banking fraud and implementing fraud control procedures. She also conducted fraud operations reviews on banks to determine the levels of existing fraud controls, global fraud investigations, and third-party processing system risk controls.

Lynch has led training sessions on fraud detection and investigations for global law enforcement groups and financial institutions throughout the world. She also consults for fraud detection software companies in the New York City area.

At Utica College, Lynch developed and enhanced course materials and created specific courses for both graduate and undergraduate financial crime programs. She served as the lead academic for the program’s new prevention and detection concentration and the redesign of the undergraduate online certificate program—adding courses that enhance relevancy to the investigation of financial crime.

Her outreach efforts have drawn in entities like the Association of Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), the U.S. Marshals Service, and the New York National Guard to invest professional effort in aligning respective personnel with tailored certificate programs.

Honors and Distinctions

  • M.S. in Economic Crime Management, Utica College
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice, Wayne State University
  • Former Director of the Financial Crime and Compliance Management Program, Utica College, 2001–2015
  • Former Director of Corporate and Professional Programs, Utica College
  • Assistant Executive Director of The Economic Crime Institute, Utica College
Kyung Seok Choo

Kyung-Seok Choo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Criminal Justice & Economic Crime

Kyung-Seok Choo, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Criminal Justice & Economic Crime program and has been teaching at Utica College since 2001.

Previously, Dr. Kyung-Seok Choo worked as a senior research associate and deputy director at the WestEd Justice and Prevention Research Center where he led a federal project to develop and test Juvenile Drug Court Guidelines funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).

Kyung-Seok Choo has been involved in federal, state, and foreign government-funded projects, including a National Institute of Justice-funded study for a school safety intelligence fusion center in Miami-Dale, a Department of Education’s Louisiana Safe and Successful Schools Initiative, a Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)-funded research project on sex offender authentication, and more.

His research results have been published as academic journal articles in Asian Journal of Criminology, Victims and Offenders, Sex Offender Law Report, British Journal of Community Justice, Crime and Criminal Justice International, and Women and Criminal Justice.

Honors and Distinctions

  • More than 15 years of experience as a criminal justice researcher and educator
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University
  • Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University

Selected Publications

  • Choo, K. (2007). Gangs and Immigrant Youth. New York: LFB Scholarly Pub. LLC.
  • Choo, K., Jang, J., & Choi, K. (2010). Methodological and ethical challenges to conducting human trafficking studies: A case study of Korean trafficking and smuggling for sexual exploitation to the United States. Women & Criminal Justice, 20 (1-2). Retrieved from https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/08974451003641461
  • Choo, K. (2015). Space of Detention: The making of a transnational gang crisis between Los Angeles and San Salvador. Contemporary Sociology, 44(1). Retrieved from http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0094306114562201ggg?journalCode=csxa#articleCitationDownloadContainer

Benefits of Being an Online Student

Whether you are advancing your career or switching it, online learning gives you a unique perspective from your instructors and fellow students. You’ll get the same high-quality education, credentials, and faculty support without slowing down your life.

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Planning Your Budget

Paying for an online education doesn’t have to be stressful. We’ve compiled helpful resources that can get you well on your way to financing your education. Learn more about available options and how you can get started.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Advancing your life and career with an online fraud and financial crime investigation degree comes with lots of questions, and we want to ensure your search for answers is effortless. If you have a question we haven’t covered, call (866) 295-3106 to speak with an enrollment counselor.

The program is designed to fit into the lives of students as they maintain full-time employment. As such, students are expected to take one class every eight weeks in each 16-week semester. The length of time students take to complete the 120 credit hours required to earn the degree, depends on the number of credits transferred in, as well as other factors such as credit load each semester.
You have the ability to take more classes per semester with approval from the program director, then work with your success coach to see what is best with your work and life schedule.

Utica College’s B.S. in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation is one of very few in the country to offer a curriculum tailored to help you combat economic crime.
Become familiar with the laws and regulations related to fraud while you learn to apply the accounting and investigative methods used to bring those responsible to justice.
Select either the Financial Investigation or the Fraud Prevention and Detection concentration and become a specialist in the path of your choice.

With data breaches at an all-time high and internal fraud an all-too-common occurrence in every sector from banking to healthcare, you’ll graduate with many options.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that opportunities for the general category of financial examiners will grow by 10% between 2016 and 2026, and shows a current median income of $81,690, with the top 10 percent earning more than $153,850.

See our B.S. in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation Career Outlook page for detailed information about the career paths, jobs, and salaries that may be available to you after graduation

No. Our B.S. in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation accepts students regardless of college credit or work experience who meet the admission requirements.

See our full list of admissions requirements for the B.S. in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation program.

The Bachelor of Science in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation program requires 120 total credits. At a cost of $450 per credit hour, the total estimated tuition cost for the program is $54,000 or less depending on amount of credits transferred in.

For a detailed list of all related expenses and fees, see the B.S. in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation Tuitions and Fees page.

Sources

  1. Identity Theft Resource Center (2017). 2017 Data Breaches. Accessed February 7, 2019, from https://notified.idtheftcenter.org/s/
  2. Lexis Nexis (2017). 2017 True Cost of Fraud Report. Accessed February 7, 2019, from http://solutions.lexisnexis.com/fraud.tcof.lp-65303.t-92611
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook: Financial Examiners. Accessed October 14, 2020, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/financial-examiners.htm