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The EPGA Program

American University’s MA in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs (EPGA) offers an ethical response to some of the world’s most pressing problems. Founded as part of an effort to deepen the ethical context for international studies, the purpose of this interdisciplinary program is to prepare students broadly in the practical application of ethical theory and policy analysis to complex issues in global affairs. The EPGA program is jointly administered by the Department of Philosophy and Religion in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School for International Service, so students have access to two tremendous faculties to help them synthesize their knowledge of international affairs and ethics. Please see more about the

About the EPGA Program

American University’s MA in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs (EPGA) offers an ethical response to some of the world’s most pressing problems. Founded as part of an effort to deepen the ethical context for international studies, the purpose of this interdisciplinary program is to prepare students broadly in the practical application of ethical theory and policy analysis to complex issues in global affairs. 

The EPGA Program is jointly administered by the Department of Philosophy and Religion in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School for International Service, so students have access to two tremendous faculties to help them synthesize their knowledge of international affairs and ethics.

The EPGA Program uniquely combines ethics with an international policy focus. Hallmarks of the degree include interdisciplinary inquiry, solid grounding in the foundational concepts and issues of both philosophical ethics as well as 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. The program has special strengths in developing students’ abilities to grapple with the complex dynamics of war and peace, conflict resolution, and human rights.

In preparing graduates to be ethical and responsible leaders, this program directly supports the global vision of American University. The EPGA Program is built around a set of core courses that provide a strong foundation in international relations, moral philosophy, human rights, and peace studies. 

Expanding on their knowledge of core concepts, students select a track in which to concentrate their learning and to advance their particular interests. The six tracks are:

  • Human Rights and Social Justice
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • Global Environmental Justice
  • Ethics of Development
  • International Economic Justice
  • Global Governance & International Organizations

As students near completion, they further tailor their program by completing a capstone requirement: a traditional master's thesis, an independent research project, an internship, or a collaborative practicum with an organization related to their intended career field.

Contact Us

QUESTIONS?

Contact:

Evan Berry, Program Co-Director
berry@american.edu

Jeffrey Bachman, Program Co-Director
bachman@american.edu

How to Apply

The MA in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs is an interdisciplinary degree administered jointly by the School of International Service (SIS) and the Department of Philosophy and Religion in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS).

Students may apply to either the School of International Service or the Department of Philosophy and Religion. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. For students who apply to the School of International Service, non-native English speakers must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum TOEFL score for full admissions consideration is 100 on the Internet-based test (IBT), 250 on the computer-based test, or 600 on the paper-based test. The minimum IELTS score is 7.0. Students applying to SIS must apply by January 15 for fall and October 1 for spring to be considered for merit-based aid. The College of Arts and Sciences uses a rolling admissions process, though to be considered for a merit award applications must be received by February 1.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to the EPGA program?

Prospective students can apply to the program either through the School of International Service Graduate Admissions Office or through the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Admissions Office. Degree requirements and coursework are the same for students entering through either school, but your undergraduate or professional background might make one or the other institution a more appropriate fit. Please feel free to be in touch with the Program Directors as you make this decision.

Can I visit campus to learn more about the program?

Please do! If you are able to visit campus, we encourage you to do so-please get in contact with the Program Directors so that we can help arrange your tour.

Where do I get information about course offerings?

Current students can view course offerings for each semester on-line through the Eagle Service portal. The Schedule of Classes page provides course title, time, location, instructor, availability (open or closed) and a brief description. For philosophy and religion courses, the department's online Course Offerings brochure provides more detailed course descriptions. You can find out more specific information about the course offerings from the SIS faculty and specifically IPCR faculty by by contacting the IPCR office. Syllabi for IPCR courses can be found on the IPCR Course Syllabi page.

Where do I go for advising?

Feel free to speak to any faculty member in the EPGA program in seeking advice on substantive issues. All faculty hold office hours and welcome students to visit, whether it be to seek advice about courses, assignments, research topics and interests, future career plans, or simply to get to know the professor and the department better. However, when it comes to administrative issues, such as specific requirements or procedures, please contact either the graduate advisors, the program coordinators, or the administrative assistants in Philosophy or IPCR.

May I substitute courses?

With the approval of your advisor and one faculty member, you may substitute courses should circumstances warrant such a change. The degree requirements are designed to maximize flexibility and to allow you to concentrate your course work in areas that are most appropriate to your goals and interests.

How and when do I apply for graduation?

You should apply for graduation by filling out the online "Apply to Graduate" form available through myau.american.edu (under the "Academics" link). For the fall-semester graduation in December, the deadline for applications is usually mid-September; for the spring-semester graduation in May, the deadline is usually mid-January; and for the summer graduation in August, the deadline is usually mid-May. For current deadlines, check the Office of the Registrar's web site. Once you submit your application for graduation to the registrar's office, the appropriate unit (Department of Philosophy and Religion or SIS Graduate Advising) will receive notification from them and will verify your eligibility for graduation. The university grants degrees at the end of each summer, fall, and spring term. Commencement ceremonies are held once a year at the end of the spring semester to recognize summer and fall graduates and spring degree candidates. Detailed information about commencement is available online at http://www.american.edu/commencement/.

How do I find information about jobs?

Information on university job openings can be found on the Human Resources web site ( http://www.american.edu/hr). For jobs in the DC area, try the American University Career Center ( http://american.edu/careercenter), 202-885-1800, Butler Pavilion 5th Floor, or the Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/). Listserves at the university also announce a variety of job openings and internship opportunities.

How do I find information about post-graduate grants?

Contact Paula Warrick in the Office of Merit Awards at 202-885-1817 or warrick@american.edu.