Online Master of Science in Economic Crime Forensics

La Salle University's online Master of Science in Economic Crime Forensics prepares individuals to detect, deter, and investigate instances of economic crime, misconduct, and abuse.

Our Master of Science in Economic Crime Forensics blends key components from La Salle's graduate programs in Computer Information Science, Information Technology Leadership, and the Master of Business Administration with additional training in the theory of criminal justice, litigation preparation, and corporate ethics to create a unique master's degree program. Our program also provides an additional path for technology managers interested in pursuing a leadership career by integrating financial compliance with corporate business goals. 

Online learning at La Salle offers the same rigorous curriculum as face-to-face learning with increased flexibility for those juggling busy schedules. Courses will meet both asynchronously, using discussion boards, and synchronously, using programs that allow real-time chat and video or audio web conferencing to help you stay connected with your instructors and classmates.

The Master of Science in Economic Crime Forensics is designed to address the need for students skilled in detection, prevention, and litigation support of economic crime. The curriculum combines theory with practice through evaluation of economic crime cases. Students assess real-world situations, estimate risk mitigation, and prepare evidence to support causation. Each course is designed to formulate the relevant theory and devise practical application of theory through evaluation of relevant case studies, evaluation and analysis of computer software products and data, and justification of research areas related to economic crime. This program will give students the opportunity to select one of two areas of focus:

  • Corporate Fraud
  • Network Security

The program consists of ten core courses:

  • Fraud Detection and Prevention
  • The Computer and Internet Fraud
  • Corporate Ethics and Compliance
  • Criminal Justice and Legal Concepts of Fraud
  • Litigation Support Practices and Procedures
  • Data Security Technologies
  • Self-Assessment for Leadership
  • Fraud Cases: Special Examples
  • Data Mining
  • Integrative Capstone

View the course descriptions

Students will choose the Corporate Fraud or Network Security track and complete two courses from the track.

Corporate Fraud

  • Financial Statement Fraud
  • Occupational Fraud and Abuse

Network Security

  • LAN Administration
  • Computer Digital Forensics


Two additional foundation courses, MBA 615: Financial Accounting: A Customer Focus; and BUS 776: Law for the Business Manager, may be required of students without sufficient training or background in Accounting or Business Law.

The pre-requisites for those in the Network Security Track CIS 540: Network Theory.

Program Goals

Prepare students to participate ethically and professionally in a global market.

  • Propose business law standards, standards of ethics, and professional codes of conduct related to corporate leadership.
  • Assess corporate cultures related to global markets, including concepts and perceptions related to economic crime and fraudulent activity.
  • Evaluate legal and regulatory environments supporting the market.

Prepare students to enter the field of economic crime prevention and detection.

  • Evaluate and support accounting and auditing concepts related to the causation of corporate economic crime.
  • Devise plans and processes to prevent and deter economic crime.
  • Evaluate the design of fraud deterrence techniques and controls.
  • Design, plan, and execute procedures to secure corporate data and networks.

Prepare students to apply standards and best practices of forensics and litigation support.

  • Select and prepare evidence for litigation.
  • Develop standards of conduct relative to litigation services, including conflicts of interest and background considerations.
  • Propose legal, regulatory, and professional environments relative to deterring economic crime.
  • Develop standards and procedures for handling custody of digital evidence.

Prepare students to be corporate leaders in fraud prevention.

  • Develop managerial and communication skills to measure and support fraud deterrence.
  • Develop plans to prevent corrupt behavior.
  • Evaluate and select computer usage and tools in support of economic crime deterrence.
  • Construct corporate risk mitigation strategies and procedures related to economic crime.
  • Devise, implement, and assess leadership policies, procedures, and standards to remediate corporate economic crime.