Corporate Compliance

Lead For The Future.

Organizations need leaders who can apply compliance with a conscience while addressing the most urgent challenges their businesses face. In an increasingly digital corporate environment, the challenges are pressing and the solutions are far from simple. Claim your seat at the table with our online Master of Legal Studies in Compliance and Risk Management program, which prepares you for leadership roles in this growing and increasingly important field. 

Strategic Leadership Starts Here

Our MLS degree will help you become a vital contributor to the strategic success of organizations that lead innovation, promote corporate responsibility, and contribute to economic development. Get ready for your role with courses focused on privacy, ethics, and compliance.

  • Build a strong foundation in the Business Law Fundamentals course, where you’ll explore the regulations and processes that impact organizational corporate compliance. 
  • Hone your ethical judgment as you practice applying compliance with a conscience in the Corporate Compliance And Ethics course.
  • Examine some of the most pressing compliance issues faced by modern businesses in the Financial Privacy and Cybersecurity course. 

This online MLS program will help you develop critical, analytical, and creative approaches to problem-solving. With hands-on projects and real-world scenarios, you’ll hone your professionalism, critical thinking skills, and professional principles. 

By the end of the program, you’ll have a working knowledge of a range of laws and regulations, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the whistle-blower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act, and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Plus, because corporate and financial compliance are closely interconnected, you’ll also learn about the Gramm-Leach Bliley Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and the Bank Secrecy Act. 

Guide Corporate Principles

Organizations of all sizes need leaders who can do more than meet regulatory requirements. Corporate compliance leaders drive business success through the thoughtful and ethical application of their expertise. The corporate compliance concentration prepares you a multitude of career opportunities, including:

Chief Compliance Officer – Oversee a team of compliance experts to build a culture of compliance within a large or complex organization. 

Compliance Specialist – Develop, implement, and enforce policies to ensure full compliance with internal processes and external regulations. 

Compliance Analyst – Perform internal audits of corporate activities to manage risk and ensure compliance. 

You can select from other concentrations depending on your professional goals and interests:


Important Dates


Priority Application Deadline

June 6th, Fall 2022 Term

Next Start

September 6th Fall 2022 Term

“Our curriculum is designed to help leaders see beyond ‘checking a box’ and learn to ethically create value for any organization.”
Linda Hiemer, JD, Senior Director, Graduate Law Programs, Seattle University School of Law

“The rapid expansion of teleworking and remote operations management occurring across the world in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic will forever change the way companies need to address organizational compliance and ethics.”
David Chen, JD, Affiliate faculty and Seattle University School of Law alumnus