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MSL in Compliance

Your path to advancing your compliance career.

Students in the Fordham Law MSL in Compliance Program

Compliance is a growing field that is global in scope.

Fordham is at the vanguard of this evolving and expanding field—and our master's degree in compliance will put you there, too. 

Whether you're already working in compliance or want to forge an exciting new career path, the program will help you develop a sophisticated understanding of compliance, and you will be learning in New York City, the world capital of business and finance.

This flexible master’s degree can accelerate your career.

You can choose between full-time study to complete the degree
in one year (two semesters) or enroll on a part-time basis. Either
way, you'll gain the skills needed to effectively design, implement,
monitor, and evaluate corporate compliance programs. You'll learn
about core topics such as international financial crime, legislation
and regulation, and risk assessment.

In the last semester of your degree, you will complete a "capstone" paper or project where you will demonstrate your ability to practically apply what you've learned in the program.

You'll also have opportunities to network with leading compliance professionals through events and programs available through Fordham Law School and its Corporate Law Center, as well as Fordham University's Gabelli School of Business.

Scholarship funding is available, including one full tuition scholarship for a full-time student.  Review the MSL Scholarships page and the deadlines for scholarship information.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who teaches the classes?

Courses are taught by a mix of Fordham Law's full-time faculty, practitioners, and industry professionals.

Who may apply?

Anyone who has earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited university in the US or abroad may apply. Individuals who have earned a JD, LLB, or other law degree are not eligible for MSL admission. Instead, they should apply for admission to the LLM in Corporate Compliance.

Is the program full-time or part-time?

Both options are available. The full-time program can be completed in one year (two semesters). Students enrolled in the part-time program may complete the program in as few three semesters or extend their studies to fit their busy schedules.

How long does the program take to complete?

The full-time program can be completed in one year (two semesters). Students enrolled in the part-time program may take up to three years to complete the degree. Extensions are available upon request. There is only one start per year, in the fall, for our in-person program. There are three starts per year (August, January, and May) for our online program.

Is the program available online?

Yes. Please visit  for more information.

What is the tuition?

Learn more about MSL tuition and cost of attendance.

Is financial aid available?

Yes. A limited number of partial, merit-based scholarships are available, and one full-tuition scholarship for one full-time student. Review the MSL Scholarships page and the deadlines for scholarship information. 



What academic guidelines govern the program?

All students in the MSL programs are expected to adhere to Fordham Law’s Code of Academic Responsibility and are subject to the School’s Academic Regulations.

Could my credits count toward a JD degree?

American Bar Association rules prohibit Fordham Law School from counting credits earned in the MSL program toward the JD degree.

Are there any important deadlines that I should be mindful of?

Application Period Opens: September 15 (for the following fall semester)
Application Deadline: June 1 

*Note: priority consideration for Graduate Student Scholarships is given to those with applications completed by May 1.

Rolling Admissions Decisions

We make admissions decisions as we receive applications.  Thus, applicants are encouraged to apply early. 

Late Applications

We accept applications after the application deadline if space is available.  However, applicants considering late submission should be aware of course registration dates, typically in the beginning of June.  After the initial registration date, course selection may be restricted as many classes close quickly due to enrollment limits.  If you are admitted after the registration date, we will do our best to help you register for the courses that interest you, but cannot guarantee course availability.  For exact registration dates, please see the law school academic calendar.

Please also be advised that if you require a visa to study at Fordham, visa processing times are lengthy and are out of our control.  Fordham's Office for International Services requires several weeks to issue I-20 documentation.  If you are unable to secure a visa before our start date, you will have to defer to another semester.


May I defer my enrollment?

After you are admitted to our program, we understand that other commitments arise which may affect the date of your enrollment. If you need to defer to a following semester, please contact our office at so that we can address your request for deferment.

What TOEFL or IELTS score is required for admission?

To demonstrate sufficient fluency on the TOEFL, applicants are expected to attain a score of 100 or above on the internet-based TOEFL, 250 or above on the computer-based TOEFL, or 600 or above on the paper-based TOEFL; for IELTS, the minimum score is 7.

The language assessment score factors strongly into the decision process. However, the admissions committee will consider applicants who do not attain the minimum score. Phone interviews and a conditional acceptance are sometimes offered to applicants with lower scores, but these options are offered solely at the discretion of the admissions committee; you may not request conditional acceptance or a phone interview.

For applicants unable to demonstrate sufficient English proficiency through our TOEFL or IELTS requirement, we are pleased to offer admission contingent on full-time enrollment and satisfactory progress in the Legal English Institute. For more information, visit

Are externships available?

The Graduate Externship Program gives  MSL students the opportunity to engage in for-credit externships with a wide variety of host organizations, including non-profit organizations, corporate legal and compliance departments, government organizations, and law firms. Such placement experiences are intended to enrich the educational experience students receive in the Law School’s doctrinal courses and to promote students’ professional development by assisting them in integrating legal theory with skills and professional values.

On-campus MSL Admissions

Fordham University School of Law
International and Non-J.D. Programs
150 West 62nd Street, Suite 8-131, New York, NY 10023 USA

Tel: 212-636-6883

Fax: 212-636-6922


Online MSL Admissions

Fordham University School of Law
International and Non-J.D. Programs
150 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023

Tel: 1-833-894-7711