Great businesses need ethical culture and regulatory compliance in order to thrive. That’s why, in this era of headline-making corporate scandals, business for risk and compliance professionals is booming.

The University of St. Thomas is at the forefront of education in this area, offering the only LL.M. program in the U.S. accredited by AACSB International. St. Thomas offers five degree options in organizational ethics and compliance:

Whether you are a lawyer looking to get a leg up on your competition, or a human resources, accounting, auditing, health care, banking, retail or software engineering professional seeking to position yourself for career growth and marketability, a degree in organizational ethics and compliance will help you stand out among talented business professionals.

Never has it been more important for ethics and compliance leaders to be equipped with the education necessary to influence and shape businesses well into the future.


Since 1885, St. Thomas has been committed to educating morally responsible leaders. The School of Law—including the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions—and the Opus College of Business—including the Center for Ethical Business Cultures and the Veritas Institute—are known nationwide for their research and programming on ethics and professionalism. 

The goal of the Organizational Ethics and Compliance Program is to build on this tradition by providing the university’s hallmark “whole student” approach to better position ethics and compliance professionals to shape corporate practices and priorities well into the future. 


The Organizational Ethics and Compliance Program curriculum was designed with the practical, real-life needs of the ethics and compliance professional in mind. The required courses provide both practical detail relating to the nuts and bolts of creating and maintaining an ethics and compliance program, as well as ways to create and enhance sound ethical cultures and how to remediate weak ones.


Program faculty include professionals currently working in the ethics and compliance field, as well as professors from the School of Law and Opus College of Business. This breadth and depth of institutional and academic knowledge provides a solid foundation for any student – whether you are new to the field or a mid-level career-changer.

Check out the June 2016 issue of Compliance Week, where Professor Christopher Michaelson was named a 2016 Top Mind in the industry.


The Compliance Externship Program provides students with the opportunity to work side by side with corporate ethics and compliance professionals to increase working knowledge of the field. Through this program, our students have been placed with Ecolab, Medtronic, Piper Jaffray, TCF, Donaldson, Toro, Thomson Reuters and the city of St. Paul, to name just a few. The commitment of the professional community to enriching the education of our students is solid proof of the difference that such a program can make to the corporate community at large.