Loyola University Chicago

Quinlan School of Business

Business Ethics Certificate

Become an ethical leader in your company with the support of the Business Ethics certificate program. The certificate explores ethical issues in business and the challenges of managing corporate ethics programs.

About the Certificate Program

The Graduate Certificate in Business Ethics has been developed as a flexible course of study for:

  • Ethics professionals who develop and implement corporate ethics programs
  • Academics who seek to teach and do research in business ethics
  • Others who seek a greater knowledge of business ethics to enhance their careers

Courses (3)

The certificate requires completion of three to four courses.

  • Degree-seeking MBA and other graduate business students: Qualify for the certificate by completing three business ethics courses in the Quinlan School of Business. To add the certificate to your degree, contact the Graduate Programs Office at QuinlanGrad@luc.edu.
  • Non-degree-seeking students: Qualify for the certificate after completing three business ethics courses and one additional Quinlan School of Business course that fits your interests and is approved for credit by the director of the program. All courses completed in the Business Ethics certificate program can be applied toward a Quinlan MBA degree. About the MBA →

Ethics Courses

This course examines the ethical aspects of individual and corporate decision making in business and provides resources for making ethical decisions within the context of managerial practice.

Outcome: Students will be acquainted with the concepts and principles of ethical reasoning that have been developed in ethical theory; be aware of the specific ethical issues that arise in management and of the ways in which these issues are commonly analyzed; and be able to make sound ethical and managerial decisions and to implement those decisions within the context of an organization in a competitive marketplace

This course develops an understanding of the ethical issues and responsibilities arising from human interaction with the non-human natural environment. Perspectives from various religious traditions, Western philosophy, and the science of ecology are considered.

Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate ethical awareness, reflection, and application of ethical principles in decision making.

This is an advanced business ethics course that addresses the ethical issues that arise in the global business environment, including the standards for the operation of multinational corporations and the ethical perspectives of managers in different countries.

Outcome: Students will understand the specific ethical problems of international business and of different ethical perspectives; develop skills for personal decision making and for developing and implementing ethical corporate policies in international business; and learn how to work toward more effective background institutions and forms of international business regulation.

This is an advanced business ethics course that addresses the ethical challenges in finance, which includes financial markets, financial services, financial management, and finance theory. The aim of this course is to understand the ethical issues that arise in the various areas of finance and to develop an ability to resolve these issues effectively and responsibly. Topics include: fairness in financial markets, the rationale for market regulation, duties of agents, fiduciaries, and professionals, conflict of interest, insider trading, manipulation and fraud, marketing and sales, consumer privacy, abusive credit practices, financial management, financial reporting, bankruptcy, acquisitions and mergers, and building an ethical corporate culture.

Program Structure

Courses are scheduled to enable completion of the certificate within 9 to 12 months. Sessions meet once per week for ten weeks. Courses are offered at our Water Tower Campus in Chicago (weekday evenings or Saturdays), with some courses also available online. 


Students applying for this certificate should have the U.S. equivalent of a BA or BS degree.

Application Requirements

Application Deadlines

All academic programs in the Quinlan School of Business are on the quarter system, and new students begin during all quarters.

QuarterApplication DeadlineQuarter Starts
Fall July 15 Late August
Winter Oct. 1 Early November
Spring Jan. 15 Late February
Summer April 1 Late May

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