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Certificate in Financial Crime Investigation

Set yourself apart with the skills to prevent, detect, and investigate fraud.

As daily headlines report the latest data breach and credit card fraud is on the rise, companies across sectors are looking for professionals with the skills to fight back. Utica College’s Financial Crime Investigation online certificate program prepares you to join the fight.

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  • Duration 1 year
  • Cost per Credit $450
  • Credit Hours 18

Program Benefits

  • 100% online
  • Supports preparation for the CAMS exam
  • Develop a network of professional experts

In-Demand Across Industries

Explore the principles and politics of economic criminal justice and gain insights into the latest tools and techniques for preventing fraud—or finding those responsible once it has occurred.

The program will also support your preparation for the Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) exam, the gold-standard anti-money laundering certification. Beyond just preparation, you’ll also receive a significant discount when you sit for the exam.

Career Outlook

No sector is safe from fraud, and professionals with the skills to detect, prevent, and investigate financial crimes are in high demand. Set yourself apart with a certificate in financial crime investigation and prepare for potential roles in internal auditing, fraud investigation, and risk management. 

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Curriculum: 18 Credits to Fighting Fraud

In 18 credit hours, you’ll cover the basics of forensic accounting and financial crime law, then delve deeper into the principles and practices related to the tools and techniques employed in the prevention, detection, and investigation of fraud and financial crime.


Admission Requirements

To apply to this undergraduate certificate, you’ll need to meet the following requirements:

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Tuition and Financial Aid

This 18-credit online certificate costs $450 per credit hour. Utica College is dedicated to making an advanced education accessible and affordable and offers many avenues for financial aid.

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Faculty: Field-Proven Experience

Benefit from our faculty members’ extensive fraud-management experience in risk analysis, fraud prevention, and financial crime investigation across the public and private sectors. Learn from their real-world perspective and leave the program with a professional network of experts.

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, she was responsible for overseeing electronic banking fraud and implementing fraud control procedures.

Lynch 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
Donald Rebovich

Donald J. Rebovich, Ph.D.

Professor, Criminal Justice | Coordinator, Financial Crime Investigation and Financial Crime and Compliance Management

Before joining Utica in 2001, Donald J. Rebovich, Ph.D., served as research director for the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) and the American Prosecutors Research Institute, where he was responsible for directing the analysis of internet crime report data and the National Public Survey on White Collar Crime. Rebovich serves as executive director of Utica’s Center for Identity Management and Information Protection.

Dr. Rebovich is the author of Dangerous Ground: The World of Hazardous Waste Crime, which presented the results of the first empirical study of environmental crime in the United States, and co-author of the 2015 U.S. Department of Justice study, Hiding in Plain Sight? A Nationwide Study of the Use of Identity Manipulation by Registered Sex Offenders. Rebovich is also co-editor of The New Technology of Crime, Law and Social Control.

Rebovich has served as an advisor to The Global Center for Evidence-Based Corrections and Sentencing and to the U.S. Department of Justice on tribal technology, information sharing, and environmental crime control.

Honors and Distinctions

  • Published author and pioneer for environmental crime research
  • More than 15 years teaching criminal justice with Utica College
  • B.S. in Psychology from the College of New Jersey
  • M.A. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University
  • Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University

Selected Publications

  • Rebovich, D. (2015) Dangerous Ground: The World of Hazardous Waste Crime. Piscataway, New Jersey: Transaction Publishers.
  • Rebovich, D. (Principal Investigator), Byrne, J. (Research Coordinator), Et al. (2015) Hiding in Plain Sight? A Nationwide Study of the Use of Identity Manipulation by Registered Sex Offenders. Utica, New York: 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 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.

Fraud and financial crime are everywhere. Job opportunities in forensic auditing, fraud investigation, and financial examination are available in many sectors from banking and financial services to education and healthcare.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, opportunities for financial examiners are projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, which is faster than average for all occupations. Current median salary for information security professionals is $81,690 per year.

See the Certificate in Financial Crime Investigation career outlook page for more.

Utica College’s suite of financial crime programs is nationally acclaimed and has been formally recognized for its excellence by the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA).

We are also the first college in the nation to become an education partner with the preeminent association for financial crime specialists—Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS). As such, the curriculum will also support your preparation for the CAMS certification exam.

Utica provides all the perks of a larger institution, but with the intimate, personal attention usually associated with small, private colleges. We believe that effective learning can take place anywhere and at anytime.

Our online programs provide the same rich academic experience with rigorous coursework, direct interaction with professors, and discussion with classmates to help you succeed beyond the classroom.

A background in the financial field is helpful to have, but not required to be admitted into the online Financial Crime Investigation certificate program.

Admission to the program does require a high school diploma or résumé with relevant career experience.

If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to connect with a program manager at (866) 295-3106 to see if you would be a good fit for this certificate.

Tuition cost for this certificate is an estimated $8,100. Note that additional fees and costs may apply. Visit the online Financial Crime Investigation Certificate tuition and fees page for full details.

Utica College is dedicated to making an advanced education accessible and affordable and offers many avenues for financial aid, from scholarships to military benefits.

It’s up to you. You can take this certificate as a full- or part-time student. Students taking six credits or more per semester are considered full-time, while students taking at least three credits are part-time.