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School of Law

Master’s Degree Programs

Master of Studies in Law

Whether you are new to the field of ethics and compliance or a seasoned practitioner, St. Thomas’ program will help you take the next step in your career.

Our classes are taught by industry experts who are committed to preparing graduates to:

  • find, fix and prevent compliance issues,
  • develop effective compliance programming, and
  • advise senior management on key decisions.

You will also develop the soft skills necessary to persuade and influence your business partners.

Our Master of Studies in Law, or M.S.L., in Organizational Ethics and Compliance is for those who hold an undergraduate degree and seek a graduate degree specifically tailored to a career in ethics and compliance.

The M.S.L. program is offered in partnership with the St. Thomas Opus College of Business.

Program Options

Online M.S.L.

The online and hybrid M.S.L. programs are formatted for part-time students, although the hybrid program can be taken full-time.

The online M.S.L. program allows you to earn a specialized graduate degree from anywhere in the world.

Learn more about Online M.S.L

Hybrid (online and on-campus) M.S.L.

Our hybrid program combines online classes and on-campus classes offered on our campus in the heart of downtown Minneapolis.
Learn more about the hybrid M.S.L.
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A Degree With Impact

Among our 2021 graduates, 79% say they got a new job, promotion or salary increase as a result of earning their ethics and compliance degree at St. Thomas Law.

Earn CEUs While You Purse Your Degree

Because many of our courses directly cover compliance, ethics, risk, corporate governance, internal controls and other relevant topics, they can be submitted to count toward live training and/or continuing professional education requirements. This includes certifications offered by:

  • SCCE/CCB including the following trademarked certifications: CCEP, CCEP-I, CCEP-F, CHC, CHC-F, CHRC, and CHPC;
  • CPE credits related to the Certified Internal Auditor certifications offered by The Institute of Internal Auditors;
  • CE credits required for any of the certifications offered by the American Bankers Association; and
  • CPEs required by The American Anti-Corruption Institute for its Certified Anti-Corruption Manager professional qualification

If your certifying body is not listed, but you would like to explore whether courses in our program would count as continuing professional education in your chosen focus area, please contact Colleen Dorsey at colleen.dorsey@stthomas.edu or 651-952-4864.

M.S.L. Alumni

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Joshua Welle

"I really enjoyed the risk classes. Much of the work I do is to mitigate risk, so these classes helped me better understand risk from all levels and all geographies."

Susan Hamilton

"The Organizational Ethics & Compliance Program was even more than I expected it to be. I eagerly anticipated each class, and there isn't one that did not surpass my expectations. Collectively, the program gave me an educational foundation to round out my work experience in the ethics and compliance field. I continuously pull from my education at St. Thomas as I go about my work."