Utica College


Utica College is a private and independent college founded in 1946 through Syracuse University, and offering undergraduate and graduate degree options. The college offers special programs that focus on economic crime and cybersecurity programs.  

At the Bachelor’s degree level, two areas of concentration are of special interest to law enforcement personnel. The Bachelor of Science degree in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance is one the few such programs in the U.S. that is offered online and at the undergraduate level. Its curriculum focuses on the approaches and practices needed to protect computer systems and online data from attack and infiltration. 

The degree concentrations can be customized to either cybercrime investigation and forensics (including credit card fraud, intellectual property theft, pedophilia, terrorism and hacking); or information assurance (assessing vulnerabilities and threats affecting government and corporate computer networks). Faculty includes individuals who are industry-leading experts in cybersecurity, counter-terrorism and information assurance.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Economic Crime Investigation involves studies in financial crime, financial institution fraud, money laundering, identity theft, computer fraud, insurance fraud, public corruption, health care fraud, consumer fraud, gaming fraud, and environmental fraud. It is a one-of-a-kind program in the U.S., drawing from a variety of disciplines such as criminal justice, economics, mathematics and sociology. 

There are two concentrations in the degree program: financial investigation, and fraud prevention and detection. The curriculum includes a foundation in accounting and other forensic techniques, and in application of technology against economic crime. Bachelor’s degree program tuition is about $425 per credit hour.        

Utica College offers Master’s degree programs for specialized training. The Cybersecurity Intelligence and Forensics degree has studies in attack and infiltration techniques in cybersecurity with a specialization in either intelligence (counterintelligence, cyber counter-terrorism and cyber counter-sabotage), or computer forensics (the collecting and preparing of evidence in computer crimes). Critical thinking and decision-making skills are emphasized as they relate to attacks on critical infrastructure, cybersecurity operations and policy. 

The Executive Master of Science in Economic Crime Management program is a degree program unique to Utica College. It is designed for those who want to increase their competencies in managing advanced technological resources to combat financial crime.  The program involves management, technology and analytical skills with knowledge of economic crime, focusing on fraud, risk management, economic crime challenges, innovative technological and analytical solutions, research methods, and legal issues.  This particular program can be completed in two years of part-time study (students take two courses each semester).   

Master’s degrees are also offered in Criminal Justice Administration with specializations in either Homeland Security and Emergency Management (incident management for human-caused or natural attacks or disasters, and incident command systems), or Planning and Leadership (for those moving into supervisory roles in criminal justice). Master’s degree tuition is about $900 per credit hour. 

Utica College also offers a six-course certificate in financial crime investigation, which blends criminal justice with forensic accounting. The credits earned in the certificate program can be transferred into the Bachelor’s degree in Economic Crime Investigation.  Courses in the certificate program include forensic accounting, fraud auditing, criminal justice, information security, economic crime, and fraud prevention/detection. Tuition is about $400 per credit hour.

Utica College is chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York and is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Online degree programs usually require about 12-15 hours per week, per course. An online course management system allows students and faculty to communicate and share vital course information, and technical assistance is always available.   

Utica College is home to the Center for Identity Management and Information Protection, a research and information sharing unit in identity fraud and theft, cybercrime, technology, and other resources for law enforcement, government agencies, corporations and the public through publications and the www.cimip.org website.

Stephenie Slahor, Ph.D., J.D., writes in the fields of law enforcement and security. She can be reached at drss12@msn.com.

Published in Law and Order, Nov 2012

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