School of Leadership and Professional Advancement

705 Libermann Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Phone: 412.396.5600
Fax: 412.396.5072

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Success in today's global marketplace depends on your ability to think critically, make ethical decisions, resolve conflict and empower others.

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Business Ethics

The Master of Science in Leadership, concentration in Business Ethics (MSLB) program was developed in response to feedback from employers and managers who indicated a healthy demand for ethical skills and values in today's complex global marketplace.

The MSLB program will enable students to:

  • Embrace change in a rapidly changing organization and external environment
  • Become a change agent in your organization
  • Encourage and support individuals to behave ethically
  • Make decisions from leadership, ethical and analytical perspectives
  • Understand management in diverse business environments
  • Adapt new and creative perspectives on organizational issues

MSLB students are typically professionals from a wide variety of industries and career levels including:

  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Sales Manager
  • Senate Research Analysis
  • Air Force Instructor
  • Rabbi, Priest, Minister
  • Compliance Manager
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Procurement Analyst
  • Domestic Relations Officer

Business ethics programs train these professionals by teaching students to think critically, empower others, make ethical choices and resolve conflict. Upon completion of Duquesne's Business Ethics program, individuals will be able to:

  • Become agents of change within their companies
  • Encourages others to behave ethically
  • Make well-reasoned and ethical decisions
  • Manage the business environment economically and socially
  • Adopt creative perspectives and solutions to company challenges
  • Embrace rapid change within organizations and external environments

The corporate climate is ever-changing. The business world of today now demands an unyielding emphasis on transparency and ethical behavior. A commitment to moralistic professional practices is essential for any and all leaders to be successful. Becoming a part of that ongoing campaign centered on honesty appeals to you. You are determined to pursue a career where you can model behavior that demonstrates the importance of a well-developed and active conscience in work as in life. That same commitment is the reason why you are interested in studying at a university that places values on an equal plane with knowledge. This is what sparked your interest in the study of ethics at Duquesne from the start.

Business Ethics Program Core Focus

The MSLB program trains students to apply ethical practices in everyday business activities. The program accomplishes this by enhancing students' views of themselves as leaders and increases their sensitivity to ethical challenges at work. Students gain extensive knowledge of ethical theory through the study of topics including:

  • Information, organizational and global ethics
  • Workplace diversity
  • Legal issues
  • Conflict resolution
  • Additional ethics subjects

It is now more important than ever to have a solid ethical foundation in business dealings. People want to know that they can trust the professionals that they're dealing with. Business ethics programs can help increase your awareness of the value of honesty and integrity in the workplace, and make you a better person. At the completion of the program, students will have developed a vision of leadership along with the skills and knowledge to translate that vision and ethical commitment into reality.

This Degree Prepares Graduates for Careers in:

  • Compliance Officer
  • Marketing Professional
  • Corporate Auditor
  • Finance Compliance Education Coordinator
  • Ethics and Compliance Manager

Action indeed is the sole medium of expression for ethics.

- Jane Addams


The MSLB curriculum addresses ethical theory as well as application of ethics and leadership in the business environment. Courses include global ethics, information ethics, leading people and managing relationships, conflict resolution and organizational ethics.

Program Structure

These 36 credit master’s degree programs are available entirely online.  As a student you'll have access to learning resources and support services including the Duquesne University Library, online writing center, and contact with faculty and advisors.  You’ll join a peer-learning network of people from the community and corporate, nonprofit, government and military sectors. As a graduate you’ll join a network of more than 86,000 active alumni located around the globe.

The academic year is structured with three semesters per year: a 15-week term in fall and spring and an eight-week term in summer. If you take two courses for the fall, spring and summer semesters, the degree can be completed in two years.

The Master of Science in Leadership, concentration in Business Ethics is also offered in Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County and Moon Township, PA.

Learning Community

You will learn about organizational design and development; strengthening the overall societal impact of individuals and organization; nonprofit governance; and creating powerful community change toward a sustainable future.  Current students include: nonprofit consultant, executive director, grants administrator, case manager, director of development, academic advisor, and alumni director.