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There’s a growing need today for professionals who can skillfully prevent, detect, and manage illicit finance.

The Financial Crime Management program gives you the skills and confidence to pursue a career in the fields of finance, security, business, and research, and in government agencies and NGOs.


The Institute’s Financial Crime Management Certificate can be taken as a specialization area for students currently enrolled in an Institute degree program or as a stand-alone certificate for nondegree students. Individuals interested in the stand-alone certificate should have a graduate degree or several years of relevant work experience in areas such as law, law enforcement, intelligence, or data analytics.

Upon completion, students will be prepared to do the following:

  • Uncover financial crime in public, private, and nonprofit contexts.

  • Analyze cyber risks relating to financial crimes and help organizations take measures to prevent them.

  • Help organizations make effective use of information technology in financial crime compliance.

  • Ensure conformity to laws regulating financial crimes, such as the Bank Secrecy Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, Sarbanes Oxley Act, and Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctions, as well as non-U.S. laws, such as the U.K. Bribery Act, and international standards issued by the Financial Action Task Force.

  • Communicate financial crime analyses in clear, direct, jargon-free style via written, verbal, and visual schematics.

  • Identify violations of laws and regulations in the context of organized crime, corruption, terrorism, and WMD proliferation, and work to proactively thwart such acts.


The certificate consists of 16 credits. Core classes are offered in spring semester. Electives are available in spring and fall semesters and winter term.

Core (6 credits)

  • Money Laundering and Trade-Based Financial Crimes (2 credits)

  • Legal Aspects of Compliance (2 credits)

  • Financial Investigations and Compliance Management (2 credits)

Electives (10 credits)

Sample courses:

  • Network Analysis (4 credits)

  • Cyber Security Governance (2 credit)

  • Fundamentals of Cyber Security (1 credit)

  • Forensic Accounting (2 credits; accounting course is a prerequisite)

  • Advanced Data Analysis (4 credits)

  • Threat Financing Seminar (4 credits)

  • Programming with Python (2 credits)

  • Nonproliferation Laws, Sanctions, Policy, and Financing (1 credit)

  • Financial Statement Fraud Detection (1 credit)

  • Strategic Trade Controls (4 credits)


To apply to the Financial Crime Management Certificate program, contact admissions.