As a Jesuit and Catholic institution, Georgetown is deeply committed to the study of ethics.

The university is home to leading experts in fields such as bioethics, metaethics, and philosophy. Faculty research explores the moral dilemmas associated with an array of issues, such as international affairs, business, medicine, and human rights. Across schools, Georgetown’s commitment to educating future leaders about ethical values is reflected in its curricula and student programming. Several university centers, such as the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, are devoted to understanding the importance of moral principles in education, science and technology, and international relations, among other fields and disciplines.

Ph.D. in Philosophy

Georgetown's Department of Philosophy sponsors this Ph.D. program for graduate students. The program has particular strengths in bioethics, ethical theory, the history of philosophy (especially medieval philosophy and nineteenth and twentieth century German philosophy), the Roman Catholic philosophical tradition, the philosophy of language and mind, and political philosophy.

Kennedy Institute of Ethics

The Kennedy Institute of Ethics is a center for practically engaged ethics at Georgetown University. Established in 1971 with a founding interest in medical ethics, it is one of the oldest academic ethics centers in the world.

Program on Justice and Peace

The Georgetown University Program on Justice and Peace is a transdisciplinary, cross-cultural community that fosters creative and collaborative explorations of complex questions of practical morality and domestic and global politics. The program…