Certificate in Financial Crime Investigation: Career Outlook

Protect vital assets and become an essential part of any organization.

Fraud is everywhere and the white-collar criminals responsible are constantly finding new ways to trick defenses and exploit vulnerabilities in financial systems. Rather than become the latest victim, companies everywhere are hiring professionals with the skills to protect their assets.

  • $800 billion to $2 trillion estimated laundered money each year around the world1
  • 1,579 data breaches in 2017, marking a 44.7% increase over 20162
  • 5% average annual revenue loss to internally committed fraud3

By setting yourself apart with an online certificate, and the skills it represents, you'll take the first step toward joining the front lines in the fight against fraud.

Career Opportunities

Professionals with skills explored in this program hold positions like these:

  • Financial Examiner: Monitor the activities and systems of financial institutions, evaluate processes and practices for vulnerabilities and risk, and make recommendations to improve financial stability.
  • Fraud Investigator: Gather and analyze evidence, conduct interviews and interrogations, and build a case to identify and bring responsible parties to justice.
  • Forensic Accountant: 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.

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          Learning Outcomes

          • Identify the primary components of financial crime investigation

          • Examine how accounting principles relate to financial crime investigation

          • Describe criminal law and regulations and how they relate to economic crime investigation

          • Discuss the role of technology in the etiology and control of financial crime

          • Apply appropriate accounting principles in corporate and government settings

          • Perform quantitative and qualitative analyses of economic crime data and interpret the results of these analyses

          • Distinguish between ethical and unethical behavior in investigating financial crimes

          • Communicate effectively about the prevention of financial crimes

          Beyond the Degree

          We have the tools to help you make your next career move:

          One-on-One Mentors

          Work with your program director and professors for professional mentorship and support.

          Job Search Assistance

          Build your résumé, do mock interviews, and find new opportunities in your area.

          Career Counseling

          Have our experts review your résumé and LinkedIn and learn to stand out from the crowd.


          Register for events, create a visual profile for employers, and apply for jobs and internships through our online portal.


          1Money Laundering. Retrieved April 13, 2021, from  https://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/money-laundering/overview.html.  
          22017 Annual Data Breach Year-End Review. (2017). Retrieved January 7, 2019, from https://www.idtheftcenter.org/images/breach/2017Breaches/2017AnnualDataBreachYearEndReview.pdf.
          3(2018). Report to the Nations: 2018 Global Study on Occupational Fraud and Abuse. Retrieved January 7, 2019, from https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/acfepublic/2018-report-to-the-nations.pdf.