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Delaware Law School to offer graduate degree in higher education compliance


Widener University Delaware Law School will begin offering a graduate-level degree in higher education compliance beginning in the fall 2016 semester. The program is designed to assist academic professionals with the laws, regulations and policies needed for a compliance program.

Students who pursue the general master of jurisprudence degree with a concentration in higher education compliance will develop the skills and knowledge needed to function as a compliance professional within a college or university.

“Compliance requirements in higher education are complex and broad,” Assistant Dean for Graduate and Compliance Programs Eileen A. Grena said. “This program was designed to develop professionals who are charged with ensuring compliance in their select areas, including coursework on things like Title IX, privacy and risk management.”

Program classes will be taught online by leading professionals in the field and offer in-depth practical skills training. Students will locate, analyze and apply the regulations and laws impacting higher education. The curriculum includes a legal analysis and writing course and specialized classes that cover issues including network security, risk assessment, the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (or HIPPA), internal auditing, the Americans with Disabilities Act (or ADA), ethics, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (or FERPA) and more.

“This program was designed with the needs of working academic professionals in mind,” Grena said. “Courses are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so students can study when and where it fits into their schedules. They also will have access to Delaware Law School’s library of online databases, and faculty will be available online or through virtual, one-to-one connections.”

The degree is earned through 29 credits, full time in one year or part time in two years. More information is available at

Delaware Law School’s intensive compliance programs are among the few of their kind in the nation. The school is setting itself apart even more by offering this new, cutting edge line of study. Delaware Law has the added distinction of being accredited by the Compliance Certification Board. Students who complete the accredited compliance coursework from a board-accredited university like Delaware Law, are exempt from the 1,500 hours of work experience in a compliance-related field that is normally required to sit for a board exam.

The law school received the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics’ International Compliance Award for Excellence in 2011. It recognized the school for developing educational programs that promote the professions of compliance and ethics.

Widener University is a metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, applied leadership, and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience.  Its Delaware Law School is the First State’s only law school, providing juris doctor, legal graduate and paralegal degree programs with an emphasis on developing legal professionals who reflect the Delaware Way and its traditions of civility, integrity and mutual respect. The school offers signature programs in corporate and business law, environmental law, family health law and policy, and trial advocacy. Widener University is proud to be tobacco free. Visit for more information.