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The Master of Arts in Public Ethics program consists of coursework and a research paper or thesis. 

The Master’s program with research paper is normally a one-year program, divided into three sessions, which constitute the residency requirement. 

The Master’s program with thesis is normally a two-year program with the first year being divided into three sessions, which constitute the residency requirement. 

Students may arrange to complete part of the program on a part-time basis as long as the three-session residency requirement will have been met. All students, whether part-time or full-time, must complete all degree requirements within four years of having first registered in the program. 

Master's Program with Research Paper (24 cr.)

Compulsory courses (6 cr.)

  • EPE6300 MAIN ETHICAL THEORIES (3cr.)
  • EPE6310 SEMINAR IN PUBLIC ETHICS (3cr.)

Electives (12 cr.)
Four courses (12 cr.) chosen from among the following:

  • CMN5115 COMMUNICATION ETHICS (3cr.)
  • ECS5304 ETHICAL DIMENSIONS OF CONFLICT (3cr.)
  • PAP6102 DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE (3cr.)
  • EPE6301 MILITARY AND PEACEKEEPING ETHICS (3cr.)
  • EPE6302 ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS (3cr.)
  • EPE6303 ETHICS AND HUMAN RIGHTS (3cr.)
  • EPE6304 ETHICS AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (3cr.)
  • EPE6305 ETHICS AND HEALTH CARE (3cr.)
  • EPE6306 ETHICS, PRIVACY AND INFORMATION (3cr.)
  • EPE6320 SELECTED TOPICS IN ETHICS (3cr.)
  • EPE6901 LECTURES DIRIGÉES / DIRECTED READINGS (3cr.)
  • SOC7150 INTERETHNIC RELATIONS: CRITICAL EXAMINATION OF THEORIES AND RESEARCH (3cr.)

Research Paper (6 cr.)

  • EPE6098 MEMOIRE / RESEARCH PAPER (6cr.)

Master's Program with Thesis (24 cr.)

Compulsory courses (6 cr.)

  • EPE6300 MAIN ETHICAL THEORIES (3cr.)
  • EPE6310 SEMINAR IN PUBLIC ETHICS (3cr.)

Electives (6 cr.)
Two courses (6 cr.) chosen from among the following:

  • CMN5115 COMMUNICATION ETHICS (3cr.)
  • ECS5304 ETHICAL DIMENSIONS OF CONFLICT (3cr.)
  • PAP6102 DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE (3cr.)
  • EPE6301 MILITARY AND PEACEKEEPING ETHICS (3cr.)
  • EPE6302 ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS (3cr.)
  • EPE6303 ETHICS AND HUMAN RIGHTS (3cr.)
  • EPE6304 ETHICS AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (3cr.)
  • EPE6305 ETHICS AND HEALTH CARE (3cr.)
  • EPE6306 ETHICS, PRIVACY AND INFORMATION (3cr.)
  • EPE6320 SELECTED TOPICS IN ETHICS (3cr.)
  • EPE6901 LECTURES DIRIGÉES / DIRECTED READINGS (3cr.)
  • SOC7150 INTERETHNIC RELATIONS: CRITICAL EXAMINATION OF THEORIES AND RESEARCH (3cr.)

Master's Thesis (12 cr.)

  • EPE6999 THÈSE DE MAÎTRISE / MASTER'S THESIS (12cr.)

Before being allowed to register for the thesis, students must have had their detailed plan of research accepted by a potential supervisor and by the program committee.

Language of Instruction

In accordance with Saint Paul University and the University of Ottawa policy, students have a right to produce their work and to answer examination questions in French or in English.

Duration of the Program

Students are expected to complete all requirements within two years. The thesis must be submitted within four years of the date of initial registration in the program.

Minimum Standards

The passing grade in all courses is C+. Students who fail two courses (equivalent to 6 credits) must withdraw from the program.