SOURCE: New England College of Business and Finance

New England College of Business and Finance

October 22, 2009 15:03 ET

Master's in Business Ethics Is a Degree Whose Time Has Come

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - October 22, 2009) - The uncertainty of the current business climate has forced business educators to rethink the role of ethics in business school curricula. As reported in a recent edition of Fortune Magazine, business schools from Harvard to Stanford have begun adding courses or changing content to more closely examine social responsibility. The Fortune article cites as one example the New England College of Business and Finance (NECB), which is now offering an online Master's Degree in Business Ethics and Compliance -- a first-of-its-kind in the nation. The program uses both traditional instruction and also the case method in looking at what went wrong with some infamous corporations such as Enron. Courses such as the "Culture of Ethics and Competition" are balanced with more hard-nosed "Forensic Accounting." Graduates learn what makes good governance and ethical conduct. They also learn to spot problems in their companies before those problems get bigger.

NECB brought in both government leaders like the former Attorney General of Massachusetts, Scott Harshbarger, and banking compliance officers to help formulate the curriculum. "We wanted to make sure that our curriculum was pragmatically grounded and not just an exercise in philosophy," said Dr. Carol Anderson, NECB Vice President of Academic Affairs. With the expected overhaul in financial regulations, the number of compliance jobs is likely to grow exponentially. In today's downsized job market, NECB graduates will gain a potential edge for those kinds of jobs.

NECB's MBE degree is offered entirely online at a cost per student of under $20,000. This unique online degree program can be completed in 15 months. Enrollment inquiries can be directed to


The mission of New England College of Business and Finance is to provide high quality undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as professional training, for students interested in careers in business and finance.

New England College of Business and Finance (NECB) is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges for the Associate in Science in Business Administration and has received licensure and initial approval for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, the Master of Science in Finance, and the Master of Science in Business Ethics and Compliance. NECB is also licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. For more information, visit

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Dr. Carol Anderson
    VP Academic Affairs
    617-951-2350, ext. 241

    Mina Goldman
    Director of Admissions and Student Services
    617-951-2350, ext. 301