Online Graduate Programs

Financial Compliance and Risk Management


in Flexibility



Master’s Program


TOP 20

Most Innovative Law School

(PreLaw Magazine)


New York Hosts the Financial Center in the World

(The Global Financial Centres Index for 2017)


U.S. GDP Is in Financial Services

(Bureau of Economic Analysis)


The Financial Compliance and Risk Management Programs are designed to provide financial services professionals with the knowledge and skills to navigate the rapidly evolving industry. With financial technology, the blockchain, the gig economy, and big tech's continued growth, corporations need regulatory- and policy-minded professionals now more than ever.

We offer a rigorous curriculum that blends financial services topics with general corporate compliance studies. All courses are taught by faculty who are thought leaders in the fields of banking, insurance, wealth management, financial technology, energy, corporate governance, and more.

  • The financial services industry is growing and is currently at 20% of the U.S. GDP, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
  • The blockchain market — alone — is expected to grow by nearly 70% in the next five years, according to Markets and Markets.
  • Drawing from geographically-diverse pool of active practitioner faculty, our courses are taught by some of the best in the field, from New York City's financial district and well beyond.

Master’s Degree (100% online)

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Complete in a little over a year
  • Dual degree options available

LL.M. Degree (100% online)

  • J.D. or LL.B. required
  • Complete in one year
  • Dual degree options available

Advanced Certificate in Financial Compliance and Risk Management (100% online)

  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Complete in as little as 3 months

At Albany Law the faculty support you and find time for you. You’re not just a number and this is what drew me here: The school size, the location, and the ability to do work online and still have interactions and relationships with the faculty.

- Justan Foster, MS student

    Financial Compliance and Risk Management courses (each course is offered every year!)

    The Master’s degree requires 30 credits, the LL.M. 24 credits, and the Certificate program 9 credits. To earn a concentration at least 18 credits must be completed from courses within the concentration. The Master’s and LL.M. require a Thesis course and the Master’s requires Introduction to Law and Legal Methods. That leaves room for either completing additional courses within the concentration or taking some electives. The programs are built for flexibility

    • Technology & Financial Markets:  FinTech & Big Data (3 credits)
    • Market Structure & Investment Products, Vehicles (3 credits)
    • Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, Technology & Financial Markets (3 credits)
    • The Compliance Officer: Risk Management and Compliance Obligations (3 credits)
    • Financial Crimes (3 credits)
    • Securities Fraud, Financial Crimes, and Internal Investigations (3 credits)
    • Introduction to Financial Institutions, Products, Professionals & Associated Regulatory Structure (1 credit)
    • Introduction to Broker-Dealer Regulation (1 credit)
    • Introduction to Investment Adviser Regulation (1 credit)
    • Introduction to Bank Regulation (1 credit)
    • Introduction to the Insurance Regulation (1 credit)
    • Compliance in the Retail Customer Relationship (1 credit)

    Sample of Elective courses (email graduateadmissions@albanylaw.edu for more information)