American University

College of Arts and Sciences

Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs (MA)


4400 Massachusetts Ave NW

Washington, DC 20016

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master of Arts in ethics, peace, and global affairs is an interdisciplinary program administered jointly by the School of International Service and the Department of Philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences. The program offers an ethical response to contemporary global problems and prepares students broadly in the practical application of ethical theory and policy analysis to difficult ethical choices in global affairs, and specifically to the dynamics of war, peace, and conflict resolution. Hallmarks of the curriculum include: interdisciplinary inquiry, solid grounding in the foundational concepts and issues of both philosophical ethics and international affairs, practical applications of ethical and policy analysis to contemporary social problems in global affairs, and interactive teaching utilizing case studies, simulations, interactive exercises, and intensive class discussion. Students select one of six different tracks -- specially selected sets of courses in a content area of specialization -- that will forward their career goals. These tracks are: human rights and social justice, peace and conflict resolution, global environmental justice, ethics of development, international economic justice, and global governance and international organizations.


American University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association, an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education & the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

International Student Requirements:

Please see American University's College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Admission’s website for admission requirements.

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 39

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

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