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Transform Yourself and the World We Live In

Principled Leadership

Principled leadership is an important part of who we are and everything we do. At the Opus College of Business, we want to inspire each student to find meaningful work, transform how businesses operate and ultimately contribute to the Common Good.
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Make a Difference for the Common Good

When you’re able to rise above self-interests (pride, prestige, and ego) to improve the welfare and prosperity of your organization, its stakeholders, and the broader community, you demonstrate principled leadership. As a framework used across disciplines, principled leadership embraces business ethics, integrity, and transforming how businesses operate.

Academic Programs

MSL in Organizational Ethics and Compliance

The Master of Studies in Law (M.S.L.) or a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Organizational Ethics & Compliance provides a deep understanding of how compliance work fits within the broader vision of corporate responsibility and the common good.

Organizational Ethics and Compliance

Strategic Risk & Responsibility Graduate Certificate

The Strategic Risk & Responsibility Graduate Certificate explores the political, legal, economic and environmental risks that organizations face and educates students on compliance and corporate governance.

Strategic Risk & Responsibility

Ethics and Business Law Concentration

Successful managers need to understand how to integrate legal considerations into their business planning and operations, and graduates with a concentration in Ethics & Business Law are well prepared to work in compliance, ethical values and legal responsibilities.

Ethics and Business Law

Centers and Institutes

Melrose and The Toro Company Center for Principled Leadership

The Melrose and The Toro Company Center for Principled Leadership connects learning in the liberal arts and humanities to leadership practice, meaningful work for employees, and the greater societal purpose of business in advancing the common good.

Center for Principled Leadership

The Risk Leadership Initiative

The Risk Leadership Initiative leads the promotion and development of informed risk thinking in management practice, providing leadership development opportunities, supporting degree programming and sponsoring events and forums.

Risk Leadership Initiative
Pleasant Radford Jr., '14 MBA
Kelsey Vatasaas '11 MBA
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Ensuring Health Equity for All

Pleasant Radford Jr., '14 MBA, is leading the charge at work to bring better care for diverse populations.
Ensuring Health Equity for All

Doing Work That Matters

Kelsey discovered advancing the common good is more than just a conversation in class.

Doing Work that Matters

Learning Through Service

Business 200

A service learning course required for all undergraduate business students, Business 200 requires students to complete 40 hours of community service and process what they’ve learned in a series of reflective lectures.

Business 200

Consulting with the non-profit community

Students throughout Opus College of Business courses engage in consulting projects and opportunities for local nonprofit organizations, from assisting with business plans to helping community partners with marketing or operations challenges.

Study Abroad

St. Thomas is ranked 6th in the nation for the number of undergraduate students who participate in study abroad. And Opus graduate students are engaging in short-term global experiences in growing numbers. Many of these offerings include a service learning component while in country. You might volunteer for a day at a local orphanage or shelter, visit a local non-governmental organization to serve and learn about their mission and operations, or conduct field visits with social entrepreneurs.


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