M.S. in Cybersecurity: Electronic Crime Specialization

Program Overview

Stand out as the first line of defense against financial cybercrime.

Cybersecurity and financial crime investigation are more interconnected than ever, with modern criminals using cyber tools and advanced malware to commit advanced, high-technology crimes.

Cybersecurity and financial crime investigation are more interconnected than ever, with modern criminals using cyber tools and advanced malware to commit advanced, high-technology crimes.

Protect Organizations From Devastating Losses

Crimes of this nature result in the loss of substantial amounts of money and have a serious effect on business, government, individuals, and the national economy. Today's information-intensive organizations are in desperate need of employees who understand both cybersecurity and financial crime investigation.

Apply your cybersecurity background to the realm of fraud with Utica College's Master of Science in Cybersecurity Electronic Crime specialization. You'll learn to leverage fraud risk and compliance best practices, as well as how to utilize fraud management technologies to protect businesses from cybercriminals.

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          Career Outlook

          The electronic crime specialization is designed to provide you with a comprehensive skill set that is particularly valuable for professionals in banking and other financial institutions. With that said, graduates of this program are also equipped to enter industries ranging from healthcare to insurance and beyond.

          Career Spotlight: Risk Analyst


          As a risk analyst, specifically in the banking and financial industry, you would be responsible for compiling and analyzing data in order to calculate risks associated with the approval of client and/or vendor relationships. These professionals create reports, establish quality control measures, and more.1

          Career Spotlight: Anti Money Laundering (AML) Compliance Officer


          As a compliance officer, specifically with AML skills, you would be responsible for assessing and ensuring state and federal compliance by conducting periodic internal financial audits and establishing risk management strategies.2

          Other titles you may qualify for:

          • Fraud Examiner or Fraud Analyst
          • Cybercrime Investigator
          • Cyber Fraud Investigator
          • Law Enforcement


          Curriculum: Innovative Methods to Combat Cybercrime

          Through our innovative curriculum, you'll examine current issues and trends in financial crime and compliance management, white-collar crime investigation, and fraud prevention and detection. Courses you'll take include:

          Course Spotlight: FCM 535 – Legal and Regulatory Issues for Fraud Management

          Explore the structure and design of organizations while focusing on systems theory and its impact on economic crime and applicability to today's environment.


          Course Spotlight: FCM 627 – Fraud Management: Risk and Compliance

          Apply the principles of compliance and operational risk assessment and mitigation to the management of fraud prevention, detection, and investigation.

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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 a program manager.

          The M.S. in Cybersecurity program is designed to be completed in less than two years by taking two classes per 16-week semester. Through 30 credit hours, you'll develop both a foundational understanding of cybersecurity principles, ethics, and critical thinking related to cybersecurity, and specialize in any of seven areas: Cyber Intelligence, Cyber Forensics, Malware Analysis, Electronic Crime, Cyber Operations, Cyber Policy, and Data Analytics.

          The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Utica College as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CD) through academic year 2024.

          Our cybersecurity programs have also been recognized for their excellence by the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) and EC-Council, one of the premier international certifying cybersecurity bodies.

          When you graduate with a new set of expert-level skills in cybersecurity, information assurance, and computer forensics, you'll be in high demand wherever you're interested in protecting data and deterring cybercrime.

          In-demand jobs are available in corporate, governmental, analytical, or investigative environments. Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow much faster than average 12 percent through 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

          See our M.S. in Cybersecurity Career Outlook page for detailed information about the career paths, jobs, and earning potential that may be possible for you after graduation.

          No. While previous experience in computer and information security may provide valuable context to your studies, work history in the field is not required for admittance to the program. See our full list of admissions requirements for the M.S. in Cybersecurity program.

          The Master of Science in Cybersecurity program is a 30-credit-hour program at a cost of $895 per credit hour, for a total estimated tuition cost of $26,850. Dual-specialization students will require 42 credit hours for a total of $37,590.

          For a detailed list of all related expenses and fees, see the M.S. in Cybersecurity tuitions and fees page.

          In order to complete the program, you'll be required to complete 30 credit hours, which will include a foundational set of courses as well as your chosen specialization. Dual-specialization students will require 42 credit hours. See the full M.S. in Cybersecurity curriculum for detailed information.


          1PayScale (n.d.). "Average Risk Analyst Salary." Retrieved on April 26, 2019, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Risk_Analyst/Salary
          2PayScale (n.d.). Average Compliance Officer with Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Skills Salary. (n.d.). Retrieved on April 26, 2019, https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Compliance_Officer/Salary/86503f63/Anti-Money-Laundering-AML