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The study of ethics is incredibly practical to daily life application, both professional and private. This certificate is designed to provide you with relevant, university-level education and the ability to apply the principles of ethics whether you work in the private or public sector. You’ll learn how to defend and monitor ethical decision-making in your organization, develop a knowledge and practice in applied ethics, as well as learn to recognize, counsel, and train in analyzing and resolving ethical dilemmas.

Industry and Careers
This certificate can lead to career paths in:

  • Employment equity 
  • Policy development

This certificate has specific streams in environment, medical fields, legal, human rights, business ethics, and philosophical ethics. These streams allow you to focus on your specific area of interest and tailor them to your career aspirations. 

Who Should Take This Certificate?

  • University graduates who wish to distinguish themselves in their chosen field or focus their research interests in ethics
  • Professionals looking to play a more significant role in their organizations

What Will You Learn?

After completing this certificate, you will able to:

  • Critically analyze approaches to ethics
  • Understand the theoretical underpinnings of ethics
  • Develop writing skills for clear presentation and defence of ethical policies and procedures
  • Communicate in a more effective and persuasive manner

Certificate Requirements

  • 1 required courses
  • 5 electives*
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+

*You must take 2 selections from Electives – Group A and 3 selections from Electives – Group B (that you haven't already taken in Electives – Group A).


Admission Criteria


  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
    • With 6 Grade 12 U or M credits 


  • Mature student status

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