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MA in Applied Philosophy and Ethics

About the MAAPE

The graduate program, including the M.A. in Applied Philosophy and Ethics (MAAPE) and the Graduate Certificate in Professional Ethics, is central to the mission of the Philosophy Department and to our vision of its future. The MAAPE is a new and flourishing program, with over sixty students receiving their MA during its first seven years. The MAAPE has become nationally and internationally competitive, attracting students from over a dozen U.S. states as well as from Central America and Asia.

 

While our graduate program can be pursued for career enhancement or personal enrichment, it can also serve as preparation for more advanced graduate studies in the field. Our program in general is aimed at working with outstanding and dedicated students who did not major in philosophy as undergraduates, but naturally welcomes those with a background in the discipline.

We conceive of applied philosophy as developing the capacity to engage philosophical concepts with other disciplines and the affairs and concerns of contemporary life. In both research and teaching the department emphasizes the relevance of philosophy to technology, engineering, mathematics, computer science, disciplines in the natural sciences, medicine, the social sciences, public policy, law, the humanities and the arts. The Department has interdisciplinary ties through the participation of faculty members in the Honors College, the Center for Diversity and Gender Studies, the program in International Studies, the Certified Public Manager program, the PhD in Materials Science, Engineering and Commercialization, Physics and Sustainability Studies. Additionally, the Department houses a growing program for research in, and teaching of, Responsible Conduct of Research.

The M.A. in Applied Philosophy and Ethics prepares students to enter professions in business, nonprofits and public agencies through a strong grounding in the analysis and application of ethical theories in professional and community settings. By fostering a love of learning, an appreciation of the value of critical and reflective thinking and a collaborative intellectual community, we encourage our students to become engaged, reflective citizens and lifelong learners while also providing a foundation for graduate study or careers in government, law, the non-profit sector, business or education.