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Ethics and Society, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #801 (QS) Manhattan, NY, United States
From bioethics to business, from the courtroom to Congress, the need for ethical decision-making has never been greater. At Fordham, our Ethics and Society master’s program will provide you with the tools for critical and compassionate engagement with the most pressing moral, social, political and environmental issues of our time.
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The students are change agents embarking on careers in medicine, public health, law, business, science and the non-profit sector as paths to making the world a better place.

The interdisciplinary approach will expose you to diverse perspectives from faculty experts on topics including moral philosophy, moral theology, ethics in the health professions, research ethics and environmental justice. Grounded in the Jesuit tradition of intellectual excellence and social justice, graduates of our program work to create a caring, just and ethical world.

Program Highlights
  • Opportunity to network with faculty, alumni, and ethics professionals
  • A field practicum that allows you to work with leaders across a broad range of professions
  • Exposure to renowned national and international scholars, policy makers and business and media leaders through Center for Ethics Education events

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Ethics & Society: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives
  • Topics in Legal Philosophy
  • Natural Law: The Nature, Foundations and Content of Justice
  • Topics in Legal Philosophy (Law School)
  • Natural Law Ethics (Philosophy)
  • Introduction to Aristotle (Philosophy)
  • Introduction to Saint Thomas Aquinas (Philosophy)
  • Normative Ethical Theories (Philosophy)
  • Environmental Philosophy and Ethics (Philosophy)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university;
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • Coursework, experience, or training in at least one of the core areas of ethics scholarship (philosophy, theology, or the social or natural sciences) or
Application Documents and Materials:
  • A statement of intent detailing both your academic aims and interests at Fordham (1-2 pages);
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended;
  • GRE General Test scores* and, for all nonnative speakers of English, TOEFL scores;
  • Three letters of recommendation;
  • Resume or CV or
  • Application Fee (currently $35).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1261 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1261 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    1261 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1261 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Manhattan

  • 2638 - 5760 USD/month
    Living Costs

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