There’s a growing need today for professionals who can skillfully prevent, detect, and investigate illicit financial activities.

The Financial Crime Management program gives you the skills and confidence to pursue a career in the fields of private sector compliance and investigations, government intelligence, training and research with multilateral organizations, and anti-corruption compliance for NGOs.


The Institute’s Financial Crime Management Certificate can be taken as a specialization 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, banking, 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 data analytics 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 a financial crime analysis report 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 activities.

Study In Person and/or Online

Your courses are available in person and online. Please note that many of your online courses will be live (synchronous) so you will have to keep time zones in mind. The faculty, curriculum, and per-credit cost are the same for both formats so you will have the flexibility to study online or in person, or easily switch between the two experiences as your personal and professional needs allow.


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

Core (6 credits)

  • Financial Crime Typologies (3 credits)

  • Legal Aspects of Compliance (3 credits)

Electives (10 credits)

Sample courses:

  • Financial Crime Investigations & Compliance in Practice (2 credits)

  • Network Analysis (4 credits)

  • Intro to Crypto, Web 3.0, and DeFi (2 credits)

  • Blockchain Analytics (2 credits)

  • CyberSecurity: Operational Perspective (2 credits)

  • Quantitative Data Analysis with Excel (1 credit)

  • SQL Basics (1 credit)

  • Intro to Intelligence (4 credits)Terrorism Financing Seminar (4 credits)

  • Transnational Crime & Terrorism (1 credit)

  • Corruption Seminar (4 credits)

  • WMD Proliferation Financing (1 credit)

  • Strategic Trade Controls (4 credits)

  • Import/Export/Trade Law Compliance (3 credits)


Alumni of the financial crime management program have used the skills they learned in the following sectors and organizations:


  • FBI
  • CIA
  • DEA
  • Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)
  • Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury
    • Terrorism and Financial Intelligence
    • Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)
    • Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)
  • U.S. State Department
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry & Security 
  • U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

Private sector intelligence

  • Kroll
  • Thomson Reuters Special Services
  • TR Worldcheck
  • Steele CIS
  • Mintz Group
  • Camstoll Group


  • Charles Schwab
  • HSBC
  • JPMorganChase
  • BNP Paribas
  • Wells Fargo
  • Western Union
  • Bank of the West


    • Deloitte
    • Ernst & Young
    • PwC


    • U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
    • Interpol


      • Paypal
      • Square/Block
      • FinClusive
      • AirBnB
      • Google
      • Facebook
      • Ripple


      If you take 12–16 credits in a semester, you will be charged the full-time rate.

      If you take 11 or fewer credits in a semester, you will be charged at the per credit rate:

      Visit our tuition page for details of each rate.

      How to Apply

      If you are interested in the certificate, visit the how to apply page for the MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies but please note that the following are not required for applicants to the certificate program:

      • Admissions interview
      • Second language proficiency


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