Protect critical assets and become essential anywhere.
Whether the attack comes from outside hackers or employees within, no sector is safe from fraud. Banks, governmental institutions, educational systems, healthcare organizations, and retailers are all facing the same reality: Preventing exploitation by hiring a professional examiner or investigator is much more cost-effective than becoming its latest victim.
- DATA BREACHES IN THE U.S. HAVE SPIKED. 1,862 BREACHES IN 2021 MARK A 68% INCREASE OVER 2020.1
- EVERY DOLLAR OF FRAUD COSTS BUSINESSES ROUGHLY $2.67 IN REFUNDS, FEES, INTEREST, AND LABOR2
- COMPANIES ARE ESTIMATED TO LOSE 5% OF THEIR TOTAL ANNUAL REVENUE TO INTERNALLY COMMITTED FRAUD, WITH HALF INVOLVING EXPLOITATION OF INTERNAL CONTROL WEAKNESSES3
With your Bachelor of Science in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation from Utica University, you’ll be ready to fight against fraud and enter a rewarding and profitable career. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports opportunities for financial examiners will grow by 18 percent between 2020 and 2030 and shows a current median income of $81,410, with the top 10 percent earning more than $160,850.4
As a financial examiner, you would monitor the activities and systems of financial institutions, evaluate processes and practices for vulnerabilities and risk, and make recommendations to improve financial stability.4
As a fraud investigator, you would gather and analyze evidence, conduct interviews and interrogations, and build a case to identify and bring responsible parties to justice.5,6
By carefully analyzing financial data, forensic accountants are able to trace the path of funds through accounting systems and processes to identify where fraud has occurred and identify those responsible.7,8
Additional roles for fraud and financial crime experts:
- Fraud Detection Analyst ($60,992/year)9
- Insurance Claims Investigator ($58,483/year)10
- Fraud Prevention Analyst ($49,297/year)11
- Internal Auditor ($60,994/year)12
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Choose Between Two Economic Crime Concentrations
Utica University’s B.S. in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation offers concentrations in two unique areas of economic crime investigation, offering you different outcomes and career and credential paths.
These concentrations were developed in coordination with Utica’s Economic Crime and Cybersecurity Institute, a leader in studying economic crime for more than 20 years.
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.
Key Skills Employers Need
- Identify primary components of economic crime detection, investigation, and prevention
- Understand and discuss criminology theories explaining the causation of economic and white-collar crime
- Conduct fraud examinations and investigations by applying accounting principles
- Distinguish key economic crime and criminal typologies applied to characteristics of specific economic crimes
- Apply law and regulations related to fraud in public- and private-sector organizations
- Examine the impact of implementing private- and public-sector ethics programs for economic crime prevention
- Explain the role of technological advances in the field of economic crime investigation
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- ITRC Identity Theft Resource Center (2022). 2021 Data Breach Annual Report. Retrieved on September 7, 2022, from https://notified.idtheftcenter.org/s/
- LexisNexis Risk Solutions (2018, March 1). “U.S. Financial Service Companies Spend $2.67 for Every Dollar of Fraud, LexisNexis Risk Solutions Survey Finds.” Retrieved on December 3, 2018, from http://solutions.lexisnexis.com/fraud.tcof.lp-65303.t-92611
- Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (2018). “2018 Report to the Nations.” Retrieved December 3, 2018, from https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/acfepublic/2018-report-to-the-nations.pdf
- Financial Examiners. (2022, April 18). Retrieved September 7, 2022, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/financial-examiners.htm
- Claims Adjusters, Appraisers, Examiners, and Investigators. (2018, April 13). Retrieved December 3, 2018, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/claims-adjusters-appraisers-examiners-and-investigators.htm
- PayScale (2022). “Fraud Investigator: Salary.” Retrieved September 7, 2022, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Fraud_Investigator/Salary
- PayScale (2022). “Forensic Accountant: Salary.” Retrieved September 7, 2022, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Forensic_Accountant/Salary
- ACFE Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (2018). “Career Path/Accounting/Forensic Accountant.” Retrieved December 3, 2018, from https://www.acfe.com/career-path-forensic-accountant.aspx
- PayScale (2022). “Fraud Detection Analyst: Salary.” Retrieved September 7, 2022, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Fraud_Detection_Analyst/Salary
- PayScale (2022). “Claims Adjuster/Examiner/Investigator: Salary.” Retrieved September 7, 2022, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Claims_Adjuster_%2F_Examiner_%2F_Investigator/Salary
- PayScale (2022). “Fraud Prevention Analyst: Salary.” Retrieved September 7, 2022, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Fraud_Prevention_Analyst/Salary
- PayScale (2022). “Internal Auditor: Salary.” Retrieved September 7, 2022, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Internal_Auditor/Salary