Master’s Degree Program in Ethics and Society

The Center for Ethics Education at Fordham University administers a Master of Arts Degree Program in Ethics and Society – a unique interdisciplinary graduate program in applied ethics. Integrating theory and practice, the program’s innovative curriculum provides a strong foundation in the main ethical perspectives of moral philosophy, theology, bioethics, social justice, professional ethics, and ethics in science, paired with a wide range of applied courses that use these foundational perspectives to take on some of today’s most pressing challenges in ethics and social justice.

Both academically rigorous and practical, our cross-disciplinary ethics master’s 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.

Program Highlights

  • 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 facultyalumni, 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.

Please feel free to contact the Director of the Master’s Degree in Ethics, Dr. Steven Swartzer (, with any questions or to discuss the program in more detail.

For a detailed overview of the interdisciplinary Master of Arts Degree in Ethics and Society, please visit Master’s Degree in Ethics and Society Program Introduction or download below.

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