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
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
Provincial: $6,381
National: $6,381


Students in the Ethics and Public Affairs (EPAF) PhD program will gain a comprehensive understanding of options for solving particular public issues in many different areas. What makes our program unique is that it combines 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
Admission to the Ph.D. Ethics and Public Affairs requires one of: a master’s degree in a relevant field and an A average in relevant honours or graduate courses both in (a) analytical ethics or political philosophy and in (b) social science or interdisciplinary studies; or a master’s degree in a relevant field, and successful performance in an EPAF graduate diploma program with an A average.

* 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