MSL in Compliance

Your path to becoming a Chief Compliance Officer.

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.

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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—in New York City, a 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.

As a capstone to your degree, you’ll have the option to write a 10,000-word thesis or to complete a team project designing an end-to-end compliance 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.


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 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.

Is the program available online?

No, at this time, we do not offer an online option.

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. Review the deadlines for scholarship consideration.

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.

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

Email: MSL@law.fordham.edu