Military Ethics

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Master of Arts

About the Program

As the first of its kind in the U.S., the Master of Arts in Military Ethics program at Case Western Reserve University blends a foundation in philosophy with electives in law, history, political science, and other disciplines to prepare you for a career in the military, law, education, international relations, and more. Finish in a year or take classes at your own pace. And when you graduate, you’ll help make the world a more justice-driven place.

What to Expect

Start your program with a variety of philosophy courses, ranging from ethics and public policy to war and morality to military conflicts. In addition to your core courses, you’ll choose a concentration that will be driven by your choice of electives, taking courses through both our College of Arts and Sciences and our School of Law. Depending on what you choose, this degree can be a stepping stone for a PhD, used as a precursor to law school, or stand alone.

Guest speakers and instructors—including active duty and retired international military members—join Case Western Reserve’s faculty experts each semester to give you a worldwide perspective on military ethics. This program was created in partnership with the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, which advocates for an international and interdisciplinary understanding of the importance of ethics. So from the coursework to the speakers, you know your pursuit of this degree is for the greater good.

Studying military ethics is not only a way to satisfy my intellectual curiosities, but, more importantly, it provides a beautiful opportunity to enact positive change. I love being able to do philosophy in an intentional way, producing scholarship with the goal of improving and supporting the experiences of all military personnel.

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Beyond the Classroom

While you work toward your MA, you can take part in an internship or volunteer service to put your knowledge to practice. You can also gain experience as a teaching or research assistant at CWRU.  

Whether you’re midway through your service, an established chaplain, or someone with a deep interest in the military, this degree can propel you forward within many career paths. Our graduates have ended up in clinical psychology programs; at Yale Law School, as public policy fellows in Washington D.C., as U.S. military officers in the Green to Gold and JAG Corps programs, and more. 

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Admissions Requirements

Our program thrives when we have students with diverse perspectives and a range of educational, professional, and life experiences. We look forward to learning more about you!

The application process requires:

  • Online application, including a statement of purpose
  • $50 application fee; a waiver may be requested 
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a 3.0 minimum GPA (either already complete, or will be complete before you enroll); a GPA waiver may be requested 
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Test scores for GRE (optional)
  • International applicants: Results of TOEFL or IELTS

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