MASTER IN COMPLIANCE & CRIME PREVENTION IN BUSINESS, financial crime prevention, masters in financial crime compliance, masters in financial crime

Master in Financial Crime Prevention

Graduate Programs (Master)
2 years
Obtained title
Master's Level Degree
Dana Duda
Head of Admission for International Programs
Dana Duda
About the studies
Basic information

The Master in Financial Crime Prevention is a 2-year master's program conducted in English, which adresses the increasing demand for experienced specialists in the entire shared services industry, which currently amounts up to 350.000 job positions, in Warsaw alone that number is 60.000 and still rising. This industry includes IT services, accounting services and broadly defined compliance.

Graduates of the program will gain the necessary skills to work properly and effectively as a manager in the field of risk management, compliance monitoring and anti-money laundering (AML).

This program is perfect for potential candidates, who already have experience, and are looking to update their knowledge regarding compliance monitoring, AML and risk control of financial institutions.

The leaders of the program are experienced professionals, who took part in multiple international projects concerning the implementation of AML departments in corporations and effective risk management. This allowed them to gain the necessary knowledge and good practices to develop a program, which also suits the needs of candidates, who just started to think about a future in financial enterprises.

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Unique values
Demand on the job market

Compliance and bank operation sector in Poland currently ads up to 200.000 job opportunities on the market, which in turn gives the graduate of this program a high chance of jump starting their career.


Poland is becoming the main European center of compliance and AML related sevices.

The program's partner

The program is partnered with Citibank Europe plc., which currently is one of the biggest players in the shared services industry.

Expert knowledge and best practices

More than 25% of the curriculum is conducted by experts provided by our corporate partner.

Paid internships

The partner offers paid internship opportunities to the students of the program.

A highely practical experience

Courses are conducted mainly by practitioners with experience in many economic areas. Most of the subjects are run in the form of workshops based on real business cases. Students will also have the possibility to benefit from computer workshops using the Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters (Refinitiv) Financial Data Bases.

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A word from the leader of the program
Błażej Podgórski, Ph.D.

Compliance functions in financial institutions have experienced a period of dynamic growth over the past years. The reason for this change is the increasing threat of financial crime and the socio-economic costs associated with this form of criminal activity.

A natural response to this state of affairs is to create control mechanisms through market regulators. The Master's  Program in Financial Crime Prevention which we have created in cooperation with Citi Solutions Center. is an academic response to the market's demand for high standard specialists. The curriculum has been designed with five modules in mind.

The first one is an introduction to economics, finance and law, implemented in the first semester. The second one consists of the major courses covering expanding issues from the first semester and basic issues of compliance monitoring and crime prevention. The third module is a specialized course, which is conducted in the evening during the third and fourth semesters. The fourth module is an eight-week professional internship, which is recommended for the third and fourth semesters. The last component is the master thesis.

The main objective of the program is conducting part of the courses by business practitioners from the area of compliance, anti-money loundering, and KYC (Know Your Client). An additional advantages are the possibility of undertaking a fully paid internship in the prospective profession and an additional scholarship system compensating for tuition fees in the last semester for the best students.

Błażej Podgórski, Ph.D., Vice-Dean of the College of Economcis and Finance, Leader of the Master in Financial Crime Prevention Program

What you gain from your studies?

During your studies you will gain knowledge, skills and social competences sought after on the job market, among others in:

  • risk analysis in the area of compliance, AML and financial crime prevention
  • advice on risk interpretation
  • administration of information processing for risk assessment purposes
  • key knowledge and analytical skills training in compliance, anti-money laundering and financial crime
  • the knowledge needed to build and manage mechanisms to effectively prevent financial crime
  • knowledge of international legislation and guidelines of the European Union, the United States and the United Kingdom
Career opportunities after your studies

After graduating the Master in Financial Crime Prevention program conducted in English, you can find employment in:

  • banks
  • international financial institutions
  • public listed companies
  • insurance companies
  • public sector market regulator

Examples of professions that a graduate of the program will be well prepared for:

  • Compliance Officer
  • Risk Management and Control Officer
  • KYC (Know Your Customer) Specialist
  • AML Monitoring Expert
Program structure

General Courses:

  • Introduction to Financial Markets
  • Introduction to Excel and SQL
  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Commercial Law
  • Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Banking
  • Tax Planning

Core Courses:

  • Compliance
  • Introduction into Finance and Accounting
  • Introduction into Reuters, Bloomberg and Other Databases
  • Communications and Negotiations
  • Advanced SQL and VBA
  • Introduction to AML and Compliance in Banking
  • Financial Crime Prevention
  • Modern Banking System
  • Development of Project Management Skills
  • Psychology of Financial Markets
  • Financial Products
  • Application of Statistics and Econometrics in R
  • Information Security and Cyber Security
  • Structure Framework for Investigations
  • Banking Law
  • Modern Tax Strategy
  • Ethical Issues in Finance and Accounting
  • Risk and Control
  • Financial Intelligence Challenge
  • Corporate Clients Monitoring

Elective Courses

  • Financial Scandals History
  • Preparation to ACAMS
  • Advanced AML and Compliance Risk Management
  • Dynamically Evolving Regulatory Landscape
  • Advanced AML
  • Foreign Correspondent Banking
  • Retail Clients Monitoring
  • Advanced KYC and Name Screening
  • Identity Matching
  • The Power of KYC
Class schedule
  • Full-time programs

Classes take place from Monday to Friday in the morning and in the afternoon.

Program Leader
Błażej Podgórski, Ph.D.

Lecturer at Kozminski University, scientific supervisor of the program. His research and scientific interests focus on three areas: capital market, evaluation of investment projects, and the use of IT tools in financial analysis. He is the author and co-author of many articles on these issues and one book.

Admission Requirements

The employees of the Admission Office are available during the office hours (8:30 - 16:00 from Monday till Friday) via e-mail ( or by calling +48 22 519 22 69. There is the possibility to schedule an individual meeting with the employees ON CAMPUS, after scheduling an appointment following this link. Admission for full-time and part-time Master programs at Kozminski University is based on 2 criteria: GPA on your previous studies and results of an online entry test. Maximum score is 100 points - 50 points for the test and 50 for GPA. Candidates who scored at least 60 points from both criteria will be qualified to the program.

Entry Test

The entry test is scheduled for 40 minutes and is meant to check the background of the candidate, analytical and logical thinking skills, as well as, possession of basic knowledge in the field, corresponding to the knowledge a Business-related Bachelor alumni should possess. Test is composed of 25 close-ended questions - 10 quantitative questions, 10 on general knowledge and current world situation and 5 on specialized knowledge in Business.

Required Documents

Application for full time and part time Master's programs at Kozminski University must include:   

  • application form - complete the form online, print and sign
  • original Bachelor/Master degree diploma or notarized copy and transcript of records (translation of the documents into Polish)
  • 1 passport photograph 
  • copy of the national ID or a passport 
  • CV in English
  • proof of payment of the admission fee (non-refundable)
  • certificate confirming proficiency in English
    • FCE, CAE, CPE, BEC, CEIBT issued by the University of Cambridge
    • IELTS  (at least 6.0 points, academic level)
    • TOEFL iBT (at least 87 points)
    • TOEIC (at least 700 points from the test)
    • LCCI (English for Business Level 2, 3, 4)
    • FTBE (Foundation Certificate for Teachers of Business English)
    • TELC (B2 Certificate in English)
    • Pearson certificate at least B2 level

Only candidates who scored at least 95% on the basic level or 80% in the extended level from English language at the Polish "Matura" examination, completed European Baccalaureate, completed International Baccalaureate or completed education instructed in English in one of the EU countries, Great Britain, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, can be excluded from submitting an English proficiency certificate.

Step by Step Procedures
Register On-Line

The admission form is available online.  

Transfer from another university  

Make Payment of the admission fee

The admission fee should be transferred to the Kozminski University bank account or made through the system available after completing the online application form.

Submit Your Application

All of the required documents should be submitted in the Admissions Office (in person or via regular post).

Entry test

Participation in online entry test is required for all candidates. Candidates are enrolled to the test after the application is reviewed and accepted by the Admission Committee.

Admission decision

The decision is issued in few working days after the test is cleared. Candidates who obtained at least 60 points from both admission criteria are qualified for program. 


Signing of the contract

The final step of the admission process is signing the agreement

Additional support

In case of visa, accommodations and other daily issues please contact our Students Support and Service Center: 

Foreigners who need a visa to study in Poland are additionally required to make payment of tuition for one full year of studies before we can issue documents necessary in the visa application process i.e. invitation to come to Poland and the admission decision.

Admission commission issues a conditional acceptance letter including individual account number to which the payment should be transferred in Polish Złoty (PLN) calculated according to the exchange rates of the National Bank of Poland ( In case the candidate is denied a visa tuition is returned.

Admission fee is non-refundable.

Tuition and Fees

The full tuition for this program in PLN is:

  • Paid in full: 51 300 PLN
  • Paid in installments: 51 700 PLN

The full tuition for this program in EUR is:

  • Paid in full: 11 320 EUR*
  • Paid in installments: 11 500 EUR*

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Master in Financial Crime Prevention - tuition fees
I year II year
Tuition per year paid in full (PLN) 25 000 PLN 26 300 PLN
Tuition per year paid in 10 installments (PLN) 10 x 2 520 PLN 10 x 2 650 PLN
Tuition per year paid in full (EUR) 5 520 EUR* 5 800 EUR*
Tuition per year paid in 10 installments (PLN) 10 x 560 EUR* 10 x 590 EUR*
Admission fee: 100 PLN / 24 EUR*

* Exchange rates according to NBP table of 2020-01-20: 1 EUR = 4,534 PLN PRICES IN PLN ARE APPLIED. If you pay in EURO please note that payments in EUR are recalculated into PLN according to the exchange rate of Millennium Bank based on the day of receipt of payment to the Kozminski University bank account. Check current exchange rate.

Payment of the admission fee should be made to the following bank account:   

Name of the bank: Pekao S.A. II o/Warszawa  Address: Grzybowska 53/57,  Warszawa  Bank account number: 20 1240 1024 1111 0010 1646 0637  SWIFT code: PKOPPLPW  IBAN: PL 

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