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The MA in Applied Ethics

There is a great need for people who can make wise decisions about the moral and ethical issues facing the workplace, the community, and the larger world.   YOU can be one of those people. 

OSU’s Masters in Applied Ethics program is designed to develop your moral reasoning and critical thinking skills in the service of an engaged life. Through coursework, a real-world practicum, and a thesis, you’ll learn how to identify, analyze, and resolve ethical issues, mentored by faculty who are actively involved in ethics research across a wide array of disciplines. 

Engaged ethics at OSU begins with transforming our discipline.  We take seriously our responsibilities to create a diverse and welcoming philosophical community, dedicated to social justice. Members of historically under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Consistent with Oregon State University’s Signature Areas of Distinction, students in our program consider the many ethical issues connected with Advancing the Science of Sustainable Earth Systems, Improving Human Health and Wellness, and Promoting Economic Growth and Social Progress.

Our faculty have research strength in Social and Political Philosophy, Power, Environmental Philosophy and Environmental Justice, Biomedical Ethics and Biomedicine, Religion, and Philosophies of Art. 

Dr. Courtney Campbell ethical decision-making, professionalism, ethics committees, ethics consultation, genetic technologies, end-of-life care, public policy, narrative ethics, religion and ethics

Dr. Sharyn Clough –  values and science (especially biomedicine), feminist science studies, critical race theory, pragmatism, religion and science

Dr. Robert Figueroa – environmental philosophy, critical race/ethnic studies, environmental identity and environmental heritage, science-technology-society studies, climate refugees, indigenous studies, environmental policy, social-political philosophy, justice theory, ethics (normative, value theory, practical ethics), critical disability studies and the environment, critical geography, political ecology

Dr. Stephanie Jenkinsmoral considerability, disability studies, critical animal studies, feminist theory, bioethics, engaged/public philosophy, ethics pedagogy, continental philosophy 

Dr. Jonathan Kaplan – critical race theory, biomedical ethics and the social determinants of health, human behavior genetics (violence, addiction, cognition), economic justice        

Dr. Flo Leibowitz – art, ethics, and politics, antiquities and cultural property, art in public spaces, taste and the evaluation of art, technology and art, nature and art, the body and art, photographs and documentary film

Dr. Barbara Muraca - global environmental justice, degrowth, post-development, political ecology, sustainability theory, ecosystem services & human well-being, feminist philosophy, philosophy of nature, process philosophy, ecological economics, social transformation theories

Dr. Joseph Orosco – democratic theory, social movements, Latino/a and Latin American thought, utopian theory, peace and nonviolence, global and social justice, human rights, immigration, American Pragmatism

Dr. Stuart Sarbacker – contemplative practices, spirituality and ecology, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, Indian philosophy, comparative study of religion

Dr. Allen Thompson – novel ecosystems, climate change mitigation and adaptation, conservation, environmental virtue ethics, stewardship, future generations, geoengineering, ecosystem management, metaethical and normative ethical theory, social and political philosophy, practical reason