Master of Arts in Ethics and Society Frequently Asked Questions
CAN CURRENT FORDHAM UNIVERSITY GRADUATE STUDENTS APPLY?
Students may earn their primary degrees and the Master of Arts in Ethics and Society concurrently. Up to 12 credits earned in pursuit of the primary degree may be applied toward completion of the Master of Arts in Ethics and Society. Please see the information on our website regarding admission requirements.
CAN CURRENT FORDHAM UNIVERSITY UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS APPLY?
Undergraduate students currently matriculated in one of the colleges of Fordham University with a GPA of 3.5 or better may apply in the spring semester of the junior year. If accepted, students will take two of the foundational courses of the master's program during the senior year. These students will also take the three-day summer session course "Theories and Applications in Contemporary Ethics" in May, following the close of the spring term of the senior year. As full-time students, individuals who successfully complete two foundational courses and "Theories and Applications in Contemporary Ethics" during the undergraduate senior year and subsequent summer session may be able to earn a bachelor’s degree and the Master of Arts in Ethics and Society in a total of five years. Please see the information on our website regarding the five-year B.A./M.A. program and its admission requirements.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION?
Please see the information on our website regarding admission requirements. Please note that there are separate admissions requirements for applicants not currently enrolled at Fordham University, those currently enrolled in a Fordham University graduate degree program, and current Fordham undergraduates seeking to complete a five-year combined bachelor's and master's degree program.
HOW DO I SUBMIT AN APPLICATION?
Applicants can only apply online. We also prefer that applicants submit most of their documents online, including letters of recommendation, the personal statement, writing samples, and resume. The only credentials that must be mailed separately are academic transcripts and any submissions that are not word-processed documents (e.g., videotapes, artwork, photocopies of articles). All supporting documentation must be submitted before the application deadline.
WHEN IS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE?
Applicants who are interested in being considered for financial aid must submit completed application by the early-January deadline (for matriculation during the following fall term) established by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Other applicants are urged to submit their applications as soon as possible to assure prompt consideration. We will continue to review files that are completed by mid-April, although later applications may also be accepted and considered on a rolling basis. Please contact the program director if you have questions about submitting an application.
DOES MY BACHELOR'S DEGREE NEED TO HAVE BEEN IN A SPECIFIC AREA OR DISCIPLINE IN ORDER TO APPLY?
No. We encourage students from a wide range of undergraduate backgrounds to apply. Applicants are generally expected to have demonstrated some previous education, experience, or training in at least one of the core areas of ethics scholarship (philosophy, theology, or the human sciences/practice). Applicants who do not have this background may be asked to complete one or more undergraduate courses prior to entry into the master’s program in order to orient them to its topics and methods of study.
WHO SHOULD WRITE MY LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION?
We urge applicants to attempt to submit at least one reference letter from an academic, but you should choose individuals who are best able to evaluate whether you are qualified for Master of Artsin Ethics and Society program.
WHAT MUST I INCLUDE IN MY STATEMENT OF PURPOSE?
This should be clear and concise statement of what you want to accomplish while enrolled in the program. One or two pages should suffice.
IS THE GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATION (GRE) REQUIRED?
GRE scores are required of all applicants except current Fordham University graduate students and Fordham University undergraduates applying for the five-year combined bachelor's and master's degree program. Please see the information on our website regarding admission requirements for details. Please note that GRE scores are valid for only five years. Should your GRE scores expire before the application deadline for the year you are applying, then you must retake the GRE and submit the new scores.
CAN THE TEST OF ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE (TOEFL) BE WAIVED FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS?
The TOEFL is required of all international students who did not receive a bachelor's degree from an institution in which the language of instruction was English. Please see the information on our website regarding admission requirements for details.
HOW LONG WILL THE PROGRAM TAKE TO COMPLETE?
The program of study is designed to be completed within 12-15 months, including one three-day summer intensive course.
CAN THE MASTER'S PROGRAM BE DONE ON A PART-TIME BASIS?
Yes. Students may take one, two, three or four courses per semester and complete the program at their own pace. Several of our students are working professionals and complete one to two courses per semester. You may also complete the program on a full-time basis, which is usually four courses per semester. Most courses are offered during the evening to accommodate students who work or have other commitments during the day.
HOW MUCH IS TUITION?
For current tuition rates and fees please visit the website for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for a schedule of fees. Outside students may be eligible for tuition discounts.
IS FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR MASTER'S STUDENTS?
Some financial aid may be available in the form of merit-based fellowships or assistantships. See the Fordham University web site for information about financial aid for graduate students. Students are strongly encouraged to obtain funding from external sources. Additionally, tuition discounts may be available for some students. Please contact the Center for Ethics Education for more information.
DOES THE UNIVERSITY PROVIDE HOUSING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS?
While most graduate students do not live in university sponsored housing, Fordham does have a limited number of graduate student apartments near campus.
CAN I MEET WITH FACULTY OR SIT IN ON A CLASS?
Prospective applicants are invited to contact the program director to arrange campus visits or meetings at any time.