Description of the Program
The goal of this program is to prepare students to enter the field of economic crime and digital forensics in careers such as internal and external fraud auditors, digital forensics specialists, and data and network security managers. The program prepares individuals to detect, deter, and investigate instances of economic crime, misconduct, and abuse. This program is unique to the Eastern Pennsylvania geographic area.
The M.S. in ECF incorporates key components from La Salle's graduate programs in Computer Information Science, Information Technology Leadership, and Master of Business Administration. The program adds additional theory in areas of criminal justice, litigation preparation, and corporate ethics. The program also provides an additional path for technology managers interested in pursuing a leadership career by integrating financial compliance with corporate business goals. Students complete a capstone experience which integrates theory and practice through either an industry specific research project or a program-related experiential position.
The M.S. in ECF focuses on a set of theoretical core competencies which include the following:
- Economic crime definition, analysis, and prevention;
- Legal and corporate compliance and ethical issues;
- Economic risk analysis and mitigation; and
- Investigative practices, principles, and prosecution.