St. Thomas Adds Online Master’s Degree To Ethics and Compliance Program

The University of St. Thomas School of Law is adding an online master’s degree program in organizational ethics and compliance this fall.

St. Thomas boasts a long history of shaping businesses in this way through the work of its Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions, Center for Ethical Business Cultures and the Veritas Institute, which are known nationwide for their research and programming on ethics and professionalism. The school devotes a significant amount of time in the program to the topics of ethics and culture, equipping students to make a positive impact on corporate behavior. 

St. Thomas Law’s ethics and compliance programs are accredited by AACSB International. Its LL.M. program is one of just two LL.M. programs in the U.S. with this accreditation, and the only one in the compliance and ethics discipline. 

The Master of Studies in Law program will be the law school’s second online program and sixth degree option in the ethics and compliance discipline. Both programs are also offered in person at St. Thomas’s downtown Minneapolis campus. St. Thomas also offers a J.D./LL.M. joint degree option and a J.D. with concentration in organizational ethics and compliance to its traditional law students.  The law school’s first cohort of online LL.M. students begins classes next week. 

Students participating in the Master of Studies in Law program will complete 30-credits over the course of 21 months. The degree option is available to non-lawyers as well.

An open house will be held from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, on the law school's downtown Minneapolis campus to share more detailed information about the Organizational Ethics and Compliance programs. For those who cannot attend in person, a virtual information session will be held at noon CST on Friday, Feb. 23. Register online at

Applications for admission to the program will open Feb. 1 and close July 15. 


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