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Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs (MA) [CAS/PHIL]

Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs

The MA in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs is an interdisciplinary program administered jointly by the School of International Service (SIS) and the Department of Philosophy and Religion in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS).

Admission to the Program

Students may apply to either the Department of Philosophy and Religion or the School of International Service. In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for graduate study, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required. Students applying to SIS must apply by January 15 for fall and October 1 for spring to be considered for merit-based aid.

Degree Requirements

  • 39 credit hours of approved graduate work with a cumulative GPA of 3.00, including 18 credit hours in the core, 6 credit hours of research methodology, 3 credit hours of capstone coursework, 9 credit hours in an area of concentration, and 3 credits hours in elective coursework that complements the chosen concentration
  • Capstone experience: demonstration of research and writing skills through completion of a substantial research paper requirement, a thesis, or an integrated professional research experience

Course Requirements

Research Methodology (6 credit hours)

Two courses from the following:

Capstone Experience (3 credit hours)

One course from the following:

Concentration (9 credit hours)

  • Three thematically related courses in one of the following areas, or in another academically sound concentration approved by the student's faculty advisor:

Peace and Conflict Resolution

Human Rights and Social Justice

Global Environmental Justice

Ethics of Development

International Economic Justice

Global Governance and International Organizations

Elective (3 credit hours)

  • 3 credit hours from skills workshops, master's thesis requirement, or other elective courses chosen in consultation with faculty and advisor