Bachelor of Science in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation

Program Overview

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.

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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Fast Facts

Modality

100% Online

Total Credits

120

Cost Per Credit

$450

Time To Complete

4–6 years

Specializations

2

 
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          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

          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.

          EXPLORE COURSES

          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.

          EXPLORE COURSES

          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.

          Admission Requirements

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

          • Minimum GPA of 2.5 for any college transfer credit
          • Minimum GPA of 3.0 for any high school transcripts
          • Completed application
          • Résumé
          • Personal Statement
          • Letter of Recommendation
          • Official transcript
            • Official final high school transcripts (with graduation date) are required for all undergraduate students.
            • If you are entering with an associate degree or transferring a minimum of 57 credits from a four-year college, your general educational requirements are considered complete.
          • SAT or ACT scores for first-time freshmen if you’d like these to be considered

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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: 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.

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          Why Learn Online
          With Utica College?

          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 a program manager.

          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:

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