Requirements at a Glance

Entrance Semester
Fall and Spring
Application Deadline
January 15 for the fall semester
October 1 for the spring semester (September 15 for international applicants)
Additional Requirements
Undergraduate degree
GRE score, or TOEFL/IELTS score if non-native English speaker
Two letters of recommendation
Resume
Application
Completion of online application

Ethics, Peace, and Human Rights (MA)

An interdisciplinary program administered jointly by the School of International Service and the Department of Philosophy and Religion, College of Arts and Sciences, the Ethics, Peace, and Human Rights (MA) program enhances students' ethical reasoning skills and prepares them to be practitioners in the analysis, development, and application of policy responses to contemporary global issues. Whether working in the public, non-profit, or private sector, or in academia, the program provides students with the interdisciplinary tools needed to comprehensively grapple with the world's most pressing problems.

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

  • 36 credit hours of approved graduate work
  • Minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA required to remain in good academic standing and to earn the degree
  • Capstone Experience: Completion of coursework that clearly relates to the field of Ethics, Peace, and Human Rights via one of the following:
    • Approved Internship: 3-6 credit hours, with grade of B or better
    • Practicum: 3 credit hours, with grade of B or better
    • Substantial Research Paper: 3 credit hours, with grade of B or better
    • Master's Thesis: 3-6 credit hours and submission of the thesis, with grade of SP

Course Requirements

Core (15 credit hours)

Research Methods (6 credit hours)

Complete 6 credit hours from the following, or another approved methodology course, or approved graduate seminar in Philosophy and one qualifying paper:

Concentration (9 credit hours)

Complete 9 thematically-related credit hours in one of the following areas, or in another academically sound concentration approved by the student's faculty advisor:

Ethics of Development

Global Environmental Justice

Global Governance and International Organizations

Human Rights and Social Justice

International Economic Justice

Peace and Conflict Resolution

Elective (3 credit hours)

Complete 3 credit hours from the following, or other approved courses:

Capstone (3 credit hours)

Complete at least 3 credit hours from one the following:

Ethics, Peace, and Human Rights (MA) and Business Administration (MBA)

For approved dual degree program, see Ethics, Peace, and Human Rights (MA) and Business Administration (MBA).