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Master of Arts Degree in Ethics and Society

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At the Forefront of Moral Debate Integrity in Action

From bioethics to business, from the courtroom to the classroom, the need for ethical decision-making has never been greater. Whether online or in-person, our Master's Degree Program in  Ethics and Society in the Center for Ethics Education will provide you with the tools for critical and compassionate engagement with the most pressing ethical issues. During these unprecendented times, our courses address issues of current ethical import including the fight for racial justice and equality.

Both academically rigorous and practical, our cross-disciplinary MA program is grounded in the Jesuit tradition of intellectual excellence—enriched through moral values, religious concerns, and a commitment to creating a caring and just world. You will gain a foundation in the moral frameworks of philosophy, theology, psychology, bioethics, and social justice while observing professionals whose work requires ethical decision-making.

Program Highlights

  • Find a career in the service of ethics, social justice, sustainability, and the common good
  • Areas of specialization to reflect students' current interests and future career goals
  • Monthly community building events
  • Weekly hands-on practicum that allows you to shadow professionals involved in ethical decision-making
  • Contribute to the Ethics & Society blog on ethics-related current news events, scholarship, and contemporary issues
  • Opportunity to network with faculty, alumni, and ethics professionals
  • Exposure to national leaders in ethics theory and practice through Center for Ethics Education events

Program Basics

  • Can be completed in one-year
  • Part-time study and evening classes available
  • Curriculum requires 10 courses—two in cross-disciplinary ethics and society (including the capstone), two in moral philosophy, two in moral theology, two in social and natural sciences, and two electives—for a total of 30 credits
  • Opportunities to tailor curriculum and align electives to your interests and goals
  • Practicum sites include U.N.-affiliated Global Bioethics Initiative, St. Barnabas Hospital, Harlem United, Families and Work Institute, and the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership


  • Health care and bioethics
  • Law and legal study
  • Ethics compliance and regulation
  • Research and public policy
  • Nonprofits and social justice
  • Medicine
  • Philosophy
  • Theology
  • Psychology

Alumni have also gone on to professional and doctoral programs in humanities, sciences, and law. Learn more about careers in ethics.

For a detailed overview of the interdisciplinary Master of Arts Degree in Ethics and Society, please view our 2020 Ethics and Society Program Introduction.

Students and Alumni in the News

  • Master's Student Ava Randel '24 was awarded Second Place at Fordham University's GSAS Three Minute Thesis Competition for her paper, "The Kids are Alt-Right: Echo Chambers, Ethical Malformation, and the Dangers of Algorithmic Overdependence."
  • Master's Student Valerie Joly Chock '22 recently published a new article, "Do No Harm: Notes on The Ethical Use of Nudges" in the Journal of Design Studies

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