Carleton University - Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

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Ethics and Public Affairs

Carleton University - Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

Faculty:Institute of European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies
Field of Study:Ethics
Public Policy Analysis
Cost per year:*
Provincial: $6,657
National: $6,976


We are offering two graduate diplomas in the Ethics and Public Affairs (EPAF), as well as a full PhD program. One is for current graduate students in current grad programs at Carleton and the other is for professionals. What makes our programs unique is that they combine ethical analysis with social science. EPAF students are taught and supervised collaboratively by philosophers who research public issues along with social science and public policy specialists interested in the values underlying those issues. The guiding framework is public reason – the idea that the exercise of power must be justifiable to the people over whom it is exercised. Alumni will be prepared to compete for academic jobs or for policy-related jobs in government and civil society, or as consultants.


Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 86] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5]
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Portfolio
The typical requirement for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Public Affairs is an average of A- or above in honours or graduate courses, with evidence of proficiency in both (a) analytical ethics or political philosophy, and (b) social science or interdisciplinary studies including social science.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on September 02, 2022