Compliance - DUW Degree Course

Ensuring Compliance in the Enterprise

Berufsbegleitender Fernstudiengang in Compliance (Master)

As a compliance officer, you reduce the liability of your company, agency or organization. Whether in an in-house compliance department or as an outside consultant, you prevent regulatory infractions and the consequent losses. You are familiar with the pertinent national and international laws, from the Data Protection implementations to Basel II and anti-trust regulations. You develop, optimize and implement guidelines, motivate employees to observe them, and sanction violations.

The Master’s Degree Program in Compliance prepares you to fulfill complex management duties at the intersection of ethics, law, management and information technology. You will learn to plan, implement and monitor effective strategies for action in conformance with regulations.

Compliance (M.A.)


  • Master of Arts (M.A.)

Type of course

  • Distance education with in-class units


  • 24 months (standard program duration)


Please be advised that in the academic year 2014 no new students will be admitted to this program.



The Master’s Program General Management (MBA) has under the umbrella of Steinbeis University Berlin been upgraded with specializations.  You can now choose between a specialization in Education and Competence Management, Compliance, Security Management and Enterprise Security, or Corporate Communications.

Course Goals

Building on your profound knowledge of your industry and the pertinent regulations, the Master’s Degree Program for working professionals in Compliance allows you to acquire and consolidate the expertise you need to develop and ensure compliance in all operational departments and at all hierarchical levels of a business or organization. You will learn to solve the challenges involved in compliance with regard to your day-to-day work, such as regulatory requirements in the field of business law or IT, in a balanced combination of individual study, online and in-class units. You will also be able to harmonize the implementation and enforcement of compliance with the overall strategic goals of your enterprise or organization. As in all of DUW’s continuing education programs, the focus of your course of study is on relevance to professional practice: throughout the master’s degree program at DUW, you will bring in issues and problems involving compliance that arise in your own work, and examine them in the light of current research findings and methods. At the same time, you will be able to integrate and test your new and deeper knowledge in your day-to-day professional activity.

Target Group

The Master’s Degree Program in Compliance is aimed at employees at all levels in businesses, government agencies and organizations in all industries who deal with regulatory compliance. This program of study is particularly advantageous for those who:

  • want to take up a management, executive or interdepartmental position in the field of compliance;
  • work as experienced specialists in a legal, commercial, or data processing department;
  • want to address compliance issues in their practice as consultants.
Professional Field

Whether your work is concerned with data privacy, Basel II, the Bilanzrechtsmodernisierungsgesetz (German Accounting Law Modernization Law, BilMoG), capital market regulations, anti-corruption laws, or anti-trust rules such as price-fixing prohibitions, the compliance issues involved always affect all areas of a business or other organization. From decisions on corporate goals to monitoring of staff conformance with rules and regulations, all processes in a company or organization must adhere to specifications and be oriented towards effective compliance. As a compliance officer or manager, you use your knowledge of legal, management and IT issues to develop company-wide guidelines that ensure compliant behavior. You implement and optimize these specifications, and monitor their observance.

Admission Requirements

To enroll in the Master’s Degree Program in Compliance, you must have an undergraduate degree in economics, business administration, law, or business informatics, plus 2 years of related work experience.

Prospective students with other degrees may be admitted upon proof of economic or legal knowledge.

Although this Master's degree program is taught primarily in German, some units may be held in English. Hence, applicants are required to have sufficient command of the English language.

Non-native German speakers must prove (no later than date of registration) B2 level German proficiency by means of a corresponding language test (e.g. TestDaF or DSH) or equivalent proof, such as of one semester of university studies with German as the sole language of instruction or work experience in an exclusively German-speaking work environment.

Persons without a university degree may be admitted by means of an assessment of their competency. In this case several years of work experience and appropriate qualifications are required. For further information please contact the study advisory service.

Tuition Fees

For further information on the Master’s Degree (M.A.) Program in Compliance, visit our Information and Download Center. You can request free, direct online access to detailed information including:

  • Tuition fees and application forms
  • The syllabus
  • Study and examination regulations
  • Timetable of in-class units

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