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 On-Site 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 spring semester. Electives are available in spring and fall semesters and winter term.

Core (6 credits)

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

  • Legal Aspects of Compliance (3 credits)

  • Financial Crime Investigations and Compliance Management (2 credits)

Electives (10 credits)

Sample courses:

  • Network Analysis (4 credits)

  • Cyber Security Governance (2 credit)

  • Teaching Cybersecurity (1 credit)

  • Advanced Data Analysis (4 credits)

  • Terrorism Financing Seminar (4 credits)

  • WMD Proliferation Financing (2 credits)  

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

  • Financial Statement Fraud Detection (1 credit)

  • Strategic Trade Controls and Nonproliferation (4 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
  • First Republic Bank
  • HSBC
  • JPMorganChase
  • BNP Paribas
  • Silicon Valley Bank 
  • Wells Fargo
  • Western Union
  • Bank of the West


    • Deloitte
    • Ernst & Young
    • PwC


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


      • Paypal
      • Square
      • Ripple
      • AirBnB
      • Google
      • Facebook

        Tuition and Scholarships

        If you take 12–16 credits in a semester, you will be charged the comprehensive fee:

        • $21,317 per semester for the 2021–22 academic year
        • $22,383 per semester for the 2022–23 academic year 

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

        • $1,777 for the 2021–22 academic year.
        • $1,600 for the 2022–23 academic year.

        Next Steps

        To connect with an enrollment advisor and get personalized guidance on the program, how to apply, and financing your education, please contact our admissions team

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