Certificate of Advanced Studies – Financial Crime and Compliance Operations: Curriculum

Prepare for the growing field of fraud, financial, and white-collar crime.

Curriculum Details


Learn to gather, analyze, and preserve evidence of economic and financial misdeeds in Utica College's Certificate of Advanced Studies in Financial Crime and Compliance Operations.

This program brings together criminal justice, cybersecurity, cybercrime investigation, and ethics to create a cutting-edge approach to financial crime and compliance management. You'll study fraud and compliance management strategies, current and developing crime challenges, and innovative technological and analytical solutions, and prepare to meet the demands of this field.

The course abstracts on this page are meant to provide a high-level course overview and subject to change based on term, faculty, and/or institutional requirements. View the official course descriptions as written in the Utica College Academic Catalog and in adherence to regional compliance.

Required Courses

Credit Hours

Major Course Requirements Total Hours:

FCM 623 Advanced Fraud Investigation and AnalysisCredit Hours: 3

In this advanced course, you'll look at the different types of criminal fraud, methods used to detect and analyze occurrences of fraud, and techniques used in fraud investigation. You'll also examine the principles of interviewing and interrogation, file and case management, interaction with external investigation, regulations, and law enforcement.

FCM 627 Fraud Management: Risk and ComplianceCredit Hours: 3

Become familiar with the principles and practices of compliance and operational risk assessment and mitigation. You'll also examine the management of fraud prevention detection and investigation.

FCM 631 Fraud Management and TechnologyCredit Hours: 3

You'll examine the challenges of management in an increasingly technological environment. You'll also explore the history and evolutionary development of counter-fraud technology and the integration of fraud management in the development of new corporate products or instruments. You'll learn to anticipate new forms of fraud based on the application of new and anticipated technologies.

FCM 632 Information and Communication SecurityCredit Hours: 3

Study the issues and concepts related to the protection of information and information systems. You'll explore the threats and vulnerabilities that can impact communication, and the methods of securing communications, information systems, and computer technology. Examine the legal, ethical, and privacy issues related to information security.

CYB 673 Principles of Cybercrime InvestigationsCredit Hours: 3

Examine the legal and technical aspects of cybercrime investigations, then compare them with techniques of traditional investigations.

ACC 604 Seminar in Assurance and Forensic AuditingCredit Hours: 3

Learn about the control and auditing of mainframe and networked information systems. You'll also explore the assessment of audit risk, assurance methods, and the causes, consequences, and prevention of audit failure.

Additional Credentials

The curriculum also prepares you to take advantage of testing for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) certification exams. According to the ACFE's "2015/2016 Compensation Guide for Anti-Fraud Professionals," these certifications can increase your income potential by up to 23 percent.1

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          1Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). (2016). Compensation Guide for Anti-Fraud Professionals (Rep.). Retrieved February 4, 2019, from https://www.acfe.com/compguide2015/pdf/comp-guide-2015.pdf