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Tools to Succeed for MBEC Graduates

The MBEC degree prepares students for career roles in compliance, corporate communications, corporate philanthropy, auditing, risk management, corporate social responsibility and business ethics. This pioneering program prepares students to successfully manage their firm’s relationships with regulatory bodies, community groups and other external stakeholders. It provides the tools students need to assume career roles in the areas of:

  • Compliance
  • Business ethics
  • Supplier management
  • Risk management
  • Corporate communication
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Corporate philanthropy
  • Auditing

Why Choose New England College of Business?

New England College of Business has been educating successful finance and business professionals for over 100 years. Our online learning platform is ideal for today's busy working adult. We understand the need for access to high-quality online degrees and provide programs that are:


Lowest tuition among all private four-year colleges in New England (U.S. Department of Education College Affordability and Transparency Center, 2011-2017).


Courses are 100% online, allowing you to study anytime and anywhere.


Career-focused coursework is led by faculty with real-world experience.


Our degree programs are regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).


Our interactive online learning environment was recognized with a 2014 Gold Award for Best Practices (USDLA) and the ACHE Award for Creative Use of Technology, and our degree programs are consistently recognized by U.S. News and World Report.

Master's in Business Ethics and Compliance Online

High-performing corporations pursue a balanced vision of competition and success. Their ethical, social and environmental practices improve their performance and enhance the reputation of the firm. These firms need skilled managers with creativity and integrity to lead them. To help address this need, New England College of Business offers one of the only business ethics master's programs of its kind in the United States: the Master of Science in Business Ethics and Compliance (MBEC) degree.

The online Master of Science in Business Ethics and Compliance degree program is structured so that students can tailor their studies to their career aspirations and complete the degree in less than a year and a half.

Master of Science in Business Ethics and Compliance Degree Concentrations

Our Master of Science in Business Ethics and Compliance online business degree program can be custom-tailored to a range of industries. MBEC concentrations include:

For a complete list of courses, download the curriculum worksheet. You may also view full course descriptions here.

What You Will Learn in the Online Master of Science in Business Ethics and Compliance Program

One of the few U.S. colleges to offer an online business degree program focused on a combination of ethics, compliance and corporate responsibility, New England College of Business designed the Master of Science in Business Ethics and Compliance (MBEC) degree program to prepare managers to meet new leadership challenges. The program introduces students to approaches and strategies that add value to the firm by reducing risk, promoting ethical business practices and developing relations with governments, communities, regulating bodies and other stakeholders.

“Going through the MBEC program really prepared me because it gave me a deeper knowledge behind what I was doing every day.”

James Pailthrope, 2015 graduate

The four foundation courses are designed to provide students with a broad-based understanding of how business ethics influence decision-making and behavior in a corporation. They include:

  • Culture of Ethics
  • Regulations and Regulators
  • Governance and Ethics
  • Accounting and Ethics

The Capstone course comes at the end of a student's degree studies and allows students to apply what they've learned to a real-world project or initiative, when possible, for the firm with which the student is employed. The hands-on project is completed under supervision of faculty, who coach and support the student. This course is designed to allow the student to showcase newly acquired know-how and position the student for the next career step.

Compliance Certification Board

The Compliance Certification Board (CCB)® has approved this event for up to 9 CCB CEUs. Continuing Education Units are awarded based on individual attendance records. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by CCB of this program content or of the program sponsor. Should you wish to receive credits for an MBEC course you complete for certification or recertification with the SCCE, contact for further details and to make the necessary arrangements.

Is the Online Master of Science in Business Ethics and Compliance Program Right for You?

The online Master of Science in Business Ethics and Compliance program is designed so that working adults can earn their business degree online and seek careers that benefit from knowledge of corporate governance, ethical philosophy, law and regulation, and accounting and performance management. A business undergraduate degree is not required for admission into the Master of Science in Business Ethics and Compliance program.

Nearly all of our students are working adults who recognize New England College of Business as a good fit for its convenience and flexibility. Sixty-three percent of them are employed at organizations which have a Corporate Partner relationship with New England College of Business.

Will Montague

“The faculty was top-notch. Everyone was very accessible. The online learning platform was strong. There was always the support you needed when you needed it.”

Will Montague

Admissions Requirements

We accept admission applications for our accelerated online Master of Business Ethics and Compliance program throughout the year. Evaluation of each candidate's application is based on the following:

  • Online application for admission
  • Payment of $75 application fee (one-time, non-refundable)
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or foreign credential equivalent established by a third party evaluation agency
  • Official copies of all college/university-level transcripts (undergraduate and graduate) along with program and course descriptions if student is seeking to transfer credit
  • Essay (approximately one to two pages) describing how the Master of Science in Business Ethics and Compliance (MBEC) will help the student achieve long- and short-term personal and professional goals
  • Current resume
  • Required personal interview, generally conducted via telephone

Neither the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) nor the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) are required. However, you can submit those scores to strengthen your admission application.

Students that do not already have foundational coursework in business may be conditionally accepted, subject to satisfactory completion of one prerequisite course: Principles of Management.

Foreign language students must submit TOEFL or IELTS testing scores that meet the New England College of Business admissions requirements for admittance to Graduate Programs found in the Academic Catalog and Student Handbook.

For more information and detailed admissions requirements, consult the Academic Catalog and Student Handbook.


Deborah Sementa, Faculty

Deborah Sementa

Program Chair, MBEC
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Neville Bedford, Faculty

Neville Bedford

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Shane Creel, Faculty

Shane Creel

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Richard (Rik) Cudmore, Faculty

Richard Cudmore

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Marie Gerardin, Faculty

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Cecile Morris, Faculty

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