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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.
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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.
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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.
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Centers and Institutes

Veritas Institute

Veritas Institute fosters ethically and socially responsible organizational conduct by promoting, applying, adapting and continually improving the Self-Assessment and Improvement Process (SAIP). Veritas also aids the formation of ethical, effective leaders.
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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.
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Center for Ethics in Practice

The Center for Ethics in Practice serves to connect working professionals and academic communities in a community based on mutual learning and meaningful innovation. Through dialogues, special programming and events, these partnerships facilitate practical learning and actionable research to develop ethical leaders, build successful organizations and advance the common good.
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Kelsey Vatasaas '11 MBA
Shannon Hendricks M.S.L ’18
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Doing Work That Matters

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

A leader in risk management, Shannon comes from a family of proud Tommies.

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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.
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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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