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Economic Crime Investigation, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 40 months
Online BS in Economic Crime Investigation – with specializations in Financial Investigation, and in Fraud Prevention and Detection: teaches skills and techniques for gathering, analyzing, and preserving evidence of economic and financial misdeeds. Coursework covers areas such as forensic accounting, data analysis, damage assessment, investigation and interviewing techniques, and how to recognize suspicious behavior patterns.


Economic crime encompasses fraud, money laundering, and corruption as well as counter efforts including institutional and corporate compliance and due diligence programs, regulatory and enforcement efforts of government agencies, and the recovery of assets wrongfully taken or held by financial criminals.

Recent economic misdeeds in the United States –such as the credit card breaches at major retailers, the Bernard Madoff investment fraud scandal and the subprime mortgage debacle—have only highlighted the need for more stringent oversight and scrutiny in the business and financial arenas and have driven demand for qualified fraud investigators in both the public and private sectors.

The online bachelor's degree in Economic Crime Investigation from Utica College will prepare you for a career in the growing field of economic and financial crime investigation by teaching skills and techniques for gathering, analyzing, and preserving evidence of economic and financial misdeeds. The only online academic program of its kind in the nation, it draws from a variety of disciplines—including criminal justice, mathematics, economics, ethics, and sociology—to create a holistic approach to the study of economic crime.

Other major types of financial crime covered in the Economic Crime Investigation program include – financial institution fraud (bank fraud, credit/debit card fraud, loan fraud), money laundering, identity theft, wire fraud, insurance fraud, public corruption, health care fraud, embezzlement, environmental and investment fraud.

Economic Crime Investigation Concentrations

The program offers two concentrations in distinct areas of economic crime investigation.

  • The Financial Investigation concentration teaches students forensic accounting skills to pinpoint and document potential financial misdeeds. Coursework in the concentration includes accounting concepts and procedures, data analysis, methods of detecting fraud and tracing illicit funds, the steps of due diligence, and damage assessment.
  • Students in the Fraud Prevention and Detection concentration learn to identify potential deception as well as areas of potential vulnerability to fraud and economic crime. Topics include investigation and interviewing techniques, the use of technology in detecting and preventing crime, government and legal regulations, and how to recognize suspicious behavior patterns.

Utica College's online economic crime investigation degree program was developed in conjunction with the Board of Advisors of the college's Economic Crime Institute, a research and educational institution on the leading edge of the study of financial crime for more than 20 years. Instructors in the online economic degree program are highly regarded, top-level industry professionals in the field.


Utica College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680, (215) 662-5606. The Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education and the Commission on Recognition of Postseconday Accreditation.

Utica College is chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York.

Program-Specific Accreditations and Recognitions

Individual programs are also accredited by discipline-specific accrediting agencies.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 40 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    30+ based on transfer credits alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments

Programme Structure

Courses include:

Major Course Requirements

  • Intro to Criminal Justice Research Methods
  • Intro to Criminal Justice
  • Economic Crime Theory
  • Economic Crime Investigation
  • Cybercrime Law and Investigations
  • Information Privacy
  • Law of Economic Crime
  • Senior Seminar
  • Internship OR
  • Special Project

Major Related Requirements(18 credit hours)

  • Financial Accounting
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Criminology
  • Basic Statistics, OR
  • Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences, OR
  • Statistics
  • Criminological Research Methods
  • Jurisprudence of the Criminal Law

Financial Investigation Concentration Courses (18 credit hours)

  • Managerial Accounting
  • Intermediate Accounting I
  • Intermediate Accounting II
  • Cost Management, OR
  • Auditing
  • Forensic Accounting & Fraud Auditing
  • Corporate Finance

Fraud Prevention and Detection Concentration Courses(18 credit hours)

  • Fraud Prevention and Detection Technologies
  • Fraud Prevention Techniques
  • Payment Systems and Fraud
  • Advanced Issues in Economic Crime
  • Fraud and Compliance Operations

Select one of the following:

  • Corruption and Organized Crime, OR
  • Modern Techniques in Crime Investigation, OR
  • Money and Banking, OR
  • Introduction to Risk Management, OR
  • Professional Ethics

The program is designed to be completed part time taking 6 credits per semester which typically takes about 3 years and 4 months. You have the ability to take more classes per semester, but you will want to work with your academic advisor to see what is best with your work and life schedule.

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

The online BS in Economic Crime Investigation is a completer program, which means that students must have an Associate's degree or at least 57 credits from a 4-year institution prior to enrolling in the program.

International Student Admissions Requirements

What we need from you:

  • A completed online application

  • $50 application fee (or waiver request) for Graduate Programs or $40.00 application fee (or waiver request) for Undergraduate Programs

  • Official transcripts of all previous academic works in English and an explanation of the grading system

  • English language proficiency tests such as TOEFL or IELTS if English is not your first language -- UC requires a TOEFL score of 550 written, 213 computer-based, 79 internet-based and IELTS of 6.0

Getting a Student Visa

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    400 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 400 USD per credit and a duration of 40 months.
  • National

    400 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 400 USD per credit and a duration of 40 months.
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Scholarships, Grants, and Awards:

Utica College scholarships, grants, and awards generally fall into three categories:

  • College Scholarships

College scholarships are awarded to full-time freshmen upon admission to the College on the basis of academic and personal achievements.

  • Endowed Scholarships

These have been established by alumni, friends of the College, and organizations for the purpose of permanently providing support to deserving and/or outstanding students.

  • Annual Awards

Annual Awards are grants and prizes awarded to deserving students on a yearly basis.

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