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Risk, Compliance, and the Law (Z108)   

Program Title and Classification

Risk, Compliance, and the Law

Graduate Certificate Program

College: Behavioral and Social Sciences


The Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies in Risk, Compliance, and the Law, offered through the Center of the Study of Business Ethics, Regulation, & Crime, provides post-baccalaureate training and knowledge in the interdisciplinary fields of business law, ethics, criminology, and accounting. This program, along with the Center of the Study of Business Ethics, Regulation, & Crime, is a joint effort between the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (2)
  • CV/Resume

*Visa Eligibility: This program is not eligible for I-20 or DS-2019 issuance by the University of Maryland.

Applicants must meet the following minimum admission criteria as established by the Graduate School:

  • Applicants must have earned a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution.

  • Applicants must have earned a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in all prior undergraduate and graduate coursework.

  • Applicants must provide an official copy of a transcript for all of their post-secondary work.

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
This program is currently not admitting students.
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
This program is currently not admitting students.

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (P.B.C.)

Total CreditsCore Requirements

12 credits required

BERC 600: Legal and Regulatory Compliance (3 credits)

BERC 601: White-Collar Crime and Victimization (3 credits)

BERC 602: Accounting and Its Uses in the Forensic Process (3 credits)

BERC 603: Investigative tools and Data Analysis (3 credits)


Full-time students complete the 12-credit program in one year by taking three credits (one course) in each of the four 12-week terms. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required to maintain good academic progress for graduation. Students are responsible for keeping track of their progress and should review their academic record to ensure accuracy.


Facilities and Special Resources

To serve the needs of working professionals, courses in Risk, Compliance, and the Law Certificate program are currently offered 100% online in a hybrid format where students will be expected to work both individually and in teams to complete course requirements asynchronously, as well as to participate once per week in a synchronous lecture.

Financial Assistance

This program does not provide departmental assistantships or fellowships. Loans, work-study and need-based grants for citizens and permanent residents with demonstrated financial need may submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by appropriate FAFSA deadlines.

Contact Statement

For more information, please contact the program at or Professor Simpson at the below address.



Sally Simpson, Director of the Center for the Study of Business Ethics, Regulation, & Crime

2220L Lefrak Hall

University of Maryland

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: 301-4054726


Associated Information


White collar crime, forensic accounting, data analysis, cyber victimization, regulatory compliance, legal compliance, business law, criminology, business ethics