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MA in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs

The Master of Arts in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs offers an ethical response to contemporary global problems. This 39-credit, interdisciplinary program is offered jointly by International Peace and Conflict Resolution in the School of International Service and the Department of Philosophy and Religion in the College of Arts and Sciences. The program prepares students broadly in the practical application of ethical theory and policy analysis to difficult ethical choices in global affairs, and specifically to the dynamics of war, peace, and conflict resolution. Hallmarks of the curriculum include interdisciplinary inquiry; solid grounding in the foundational concepts and issues of both philosophical ethics and international affairs, practical applications of ethical and policy analysis to contemporary social problems in global affairs; and interactive teaching utilizing case studies, simulations, interactive exercises, and intensive class discussion.

The program builds directly on the intersection of the IPCR idea of “positive peace” and contemporary ethical theory. Students select one of six different tracks—specially selected sets of courses in a content area of specialization. These tracks are human rights and social justice, peace and conflict resolution, global environmental justice, ethics of development, international economic justice, and global governance and international organizations.

Admission

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

Students may apply to either the Department of Philosophy and Religion or the School of International Service. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. For students who apply to the School of International Service, non-native English speakers must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum TOEFL score for full admissions consideration is 100 on the Internet-based test (IBT), 250 on the computer-based test, or 600 on the paper-based test. The minimum IELTS score is 7.0. 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 course work with a cumulative GPA of 3.00, including 18 credit hours in the core field, 6 credit hours in research methodology, 3 credit hours of capstone coursework, 9 credit hours in an area of concentration, and 3 credit 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

Core (18 credit hours)

  • PHIL-525 Seminar on Modern Moral Problems (3) 
  • PHIL-693 Global Ethics (3) 
  • SIS-607 Peace Paradigms (3) 
  • SIS-622 Human Rights (3)
  • One course from the following: PHIL-520 Seminar on Ethical Theory (3) PHIL-616 Feminist Philosophy (3) PHIL-617 Race and Philosophy (3) PHIL-655 Philosophy of Religion (3) PHIL-702 Graduate SEminar in Philosophy (3) (topics)
  • One course from the following: SIS-517 Gender and Conflict (3) SIS-519 Special Studies in International Politics: Human Rights and Conflict (3) SIS-610 Theories of Violence and War (3) SIS-621 International Law and the Legal Order (3) SIS-625 International Organizations (3)

Research Methodology (6 credit hours)

  • Two courses in the following: ANTH-652 Anthropological Research Design (3) SIS-600 Statistics, Research Design, and Research Methods for International Affairs (3)
  • SIS-612 Qualitative Research Methods in Peace and Conflict Resolution (3) SIS-680 Topics in Research Methods in International Affairs: Qualitative Methods and Methodology (3) SOCY-620 Social Research Methods (3) Approved graduate seminar in Philosophy and one qualifying paper
  • Another approved methodology course

Capstone Experience (3 credit hours)

One course from the following:

  • PHIL-691 Internship in Philosophy (3)
  • PHIL-797 Master's Thesis Research (3-6) (may include 3 elective credit hours)
  • SIS-793 Practicum in International Affairs (3)
  • SIS-795 Master’s Research Requirement (3)
  • SIS-797 Master's Thesis Supervision (3-6) (may include 3 elective credit hours)

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

  • SIS-609 Conflict Analysis and Resolution: Theory and Practice (3) 
  • Three courses from the following:
    • PHIL-613 Studies in Asian Philosophy (3) (approved topic) 
    • PHIL-686 Selected Topics in Philosophy (3) (approved topic) 
    • SIS-515 Islamic Peace Paradigms (3) 
    • SIS-516 Peacebuilding in Divided Societies (3) 
    • SIS-517 Gender, Human Rights, and Conflict (3) 
    • SIS-540 Conflict and Development (3) 
    • SIS-606 Culture and Peace and Conflict Resolution: Alternatives to Violence (3) 
    • SIS-611 International Negotiation (3) 
    • SIS-613 Reconciliation and Justice (3) 
    • SIS-619 Special Studies in International Politics: Human Rights and Conflict (3) 

Human Rights and Social Justice

Four courses from the following: 

  • PHIL-616 Feminist Philosophy (3) 
  • PHIL-617 Race and Philosophy (3) 
  • PHIL-686 Selected Topics in Philosophy (3) (approved topic) 
  • SIS-613 Reconciliation and Justice (3) 
  • SIS-517 Gender, Human Rights, and Conflict (3) 
  • SIS-619 Special Studies in International Politics: Human Rights and Conflict (3) 
  • SIS-621 International Law and the Legal Order (3) 

Global Environmental Justice

  • SIS-660 Environment and Politics (3) 
  • Three courses from the following:
    • PHIL-686 Selected Topics in Philosophy (3) (approved topic) 
    • SIS-619 Special Studies in International Politics: 
    • Global Environmental Politics and Policy (3) 
    • SIS-649 Environment and Development (3) 
    • SIS-663 Washington Workshop: Advanced Studies and Research in Environmental Policy (3) 

Ethics of Development

  • SIS-637 International Development (3) 
  • Three courses from the following:
    • PHIL-686 Selected Topics in Philosophy (3) (approved topic) 
    • SIS-540 Conflict and Development (3) 
    • SIS-636 Micropolitics of Development (3) 
    • SIS-647 Governance, Democracy, and Development (3) 
    • SIS-648 Women and Development (3) 
    • SIS-649 Environment and Development (3) 
    • SIS-650 Global Economy and Sustainable Development (3) 

International Economic Justice

  • SIS-616 International Economics (3) (prerequisite: ECON-603 Introduction to Economic Theory) 
  • Three courses from the following:
    • PHIL-686 Selected Topics in Philosophy (3) (approved topic) 
    • SIS-504 Multinational Corporations (3) 
    • SIS-587 Globalization: Power, Production, and Culture (3) 
    • SIS-650 Global Economy and Sustainable Development (3) 
    • SIS-665 International Trade and Investment Relations (3) 
    • SIS-666 International Monetary and Financial Relations (3) 
    • SIS-673 Comparative Political Economy (3) 

Global Governance and International Organizations

  • SIS-621 International Law and the Legal Order (3) 
  • SIS-625 International Organizations (3) 
  • Two courses from the following:
    • PHIL-686 Selected Topics in Philosophy (3) (approved topic) 
    • SIS-587 Globalization: Power, Production, and Culture (3) 
    • SIS-605 Theory of Cooperative Global Politics (3) 
    • SIS-647 Governance, Democracy, and Development (3) 
    • SIS-672 Theories of Comparative and International Studies (3)
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