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Master's in Financial Crime and Compliance Management: Curriculum

Curriculum Details


This two-year, 36-credit online program provides rigorous coursework grounded in expert insights from government, private industry, and law enforcement professionals.

Prepare for this intense field through 3 courses in management, 3 in economic crime, 3 in technology, 1 on analytic skills, and a final, two-course cumulative experience. You will gain relevant, relatable knowledge to meet growing financial crime and compliance demands.

Additionally, the curriculum will support your preparation for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) certification exams. These certifications are known to increase job opportunities and income potential.1,2

The curriculum 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 University Academic Catalog and in adherence to regional compliance. Select the appropriate Graduate Catalog from the dropdown.



Study the foundations of financial crime and compliance management. Focus on thematic areas: Management, economic crime, technology, analytics, and research skills.

This course is designed to familiarize students with the structure and design of organizations. Emphasis will be on systems theory and its applicability to today’s environment, identifying external environmental forces, designing optimal corporate structure for the organization’s mission, changing organizational structure, and analyzing the process and effects of corporate infrastructure.

This course is designed to familiarize students with the challenges faced by managers and organizations precipitated by the post-industrial knowledge-based global society. Discussions will include topics such as the changing concepts of technology and knowledge, impact of workforce changes on managers and organizations, the evolution of management thought and concepts, managing in foreign cultures, international law issues, and managing a multi-cultural workforce.

Economic Crime


Using case studies, you’ll analyze business and economic crime, including the criminal liability of business entities, their officers, and managers.

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.



The challenges of management in an increasingly technological environment. The history and evolutionary development of counter fraud technology. The integration of fraud management in the development of new corporate products or instruments. Anticipating new forms of frauds based on the application of new and projected technologies.

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.

You’ll study the key components associated with threats and vulnerabilities to computers and networks. Develop your understanding of distributed systems and how they work, an appreciation for various methods of network and internet security, and the strategies necessary to promote successful business plans and policies. You’ll also become familiar with intersecting legal, ethical, and privacy issues. Course content is linked to the CompTIA ® Security+ certification exam.

Analytical skills


This course is designed to familiarize students with innovative analytic approaches used to perform complex fraud analysis. Topics include: link analysis, data mining, advanced statistical tools, case management systems, and expert system approaches such as neural network early-warning software.

You’ll study financial crime in the context of business operations, methods of detection, and methods of investigation including the analysis of financial documents, investigative process and techniques, and preparation of investigative case reports.

Cumulative experience (Option 1)


Develop and finalize your professional project proposal following the Graduate Research Proposal Guidelines for the Financial Crime and Compliance Management program.

Complete your professional project including data collection, analysis, and submission of reports, or other methodologies approved by the Research Committee.

Prerequisite: FCM 651

Cumulative experience (Option 2)


Your thesis proposal will be developed during this semester. You’ll plan, research, and write with direction from your thesis committee and adhere to the Graduate Research Proposal Guidelines for the M.S. in Financial Crime and Compliance Management program.

Complete the data collection, analysis, and submission of your thesis while adhering to the Graduate Research Proposal Guidelines for the M.S. in Financial Crime and Compliance Management program.

Prerequisite: FCM 653

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  1. CFEs earn 31 percent more than their non-credentialed counterparts. Fraud Magazine (September/October 2017). Retrieved from Accessed on Oct. 31, 2018.
  2. Guest, N. (2016, June 10). CAMS Certification – Cost/Benefit?. Retrieved from Accessed on Oct. 31, 2018.