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About

The Military Ethics program of Case Western Reserve University studies a broadly interdisciplinary field, incorporating concerns about the conduct of war, decisions on how and when to engage in military operations, and issues relating to the moral psychology and care of those who serve and of veterans of military service.

Overview

It focuses on the core values and moral principles that collectively govern the men and women serving in the military forces of nations around the world, as members of what is sometimes termed the “military profession” or “the profession of arms.” The ethical foundations that define the profession of arms have developed over millennia from the shared values and experiences, unique role responsibilities, and reflections of members of the profession on their own practices—eventually coming to serve as the basis for various warrior codes and the Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC). Traditional just war theory (political and moral philosophy governing when the use of military force is justified for the resolution of international conflicts) plays a key role in international relations as well as in international law, including the LOAC and international humanitarian law.

The Program

The Military Ethics program of Case Western Reserve University has been designed to educate students on and guide their research into vital global issues in military ethics. These issues include (but are not limited to) modern applications of classical just war theory and traditional warrior’s codes, the principle of noncombatant immunity, human rights, international humanitarian law, humanitarian intervention, the ethical use of emerging military technologies, civil-military relations and society’s obligations to troops and veterans, transitional justice, and the moral foundations of sustainable peace.

The study of military ethics supports long-term humanitarian goals, such as preventing unjust wars; decreasing incidents of war crimes, genocide, human rights abuses, and other atrocities produced by the dehumanizing effects of armed conflict; supporting the mental health and successful transitions of military service members and combat veterans; and fostering a lasting peace founded in justice.

Curriculum

The program curriculum is interdisciplinary, with a foundation in moral and political philosophy and international relations. Each student will complete a minimum of 30 credit hours, including a six-credit “capstone course” that will typically be completed during the summer term following a full academic year of course work.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Ethics
  • War and Morality
  • Military Ethics, the Military Profession, and International Law
  • Ethics and Public Policy
  • Representations of War in Ancient Rome
  • International Law

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

30 SCH

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
3
GRE admission requirements GRE®
Required

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online application, including a statement of purpose
  • $50 application fee; a waiver may be requested
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a 3.0 minimum GPA (either already complete, or will be complete before you enroll); a GPA waiver may be requested
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Test scores for GRE (optional)
  • International applicants: Results of TOEFL or IELTS

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    50838 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25419 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    50838 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25419 USD per semester during 24 months.

Funding

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