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Professional Ethics


This certificate program will enhance your abilities to analyze arguments, your capacities to reason and express yourself clearly, your leadership skills, and your awareness of the ethical dimensions of work and public life. The certificate is available online or face-to-face and is open to all interested persons who hold a bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 minimum GPA.

The graduate certificate in professional ethics will help you engage more fully with ethical issues in your professional life.

This certificate program requires 12 hours to complete.

 Contact The Graduate College for general questions about getting started with your application, funding your degree, and more.
If you have program-specific questions after reviewing the program details, we encourage you to contact the following:

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Anthony Cross
Nueces (NUEC), Room 208

Course Work

The graduate certificate in professional ethics requires 12 semester credit hours: six hours of required course work (two courses), three hours of a directed PHIL elective, and three hours of elective course work.

Required courses:

  • PHIL 5301 Applied Philosophy
  • PHIL 5322 Professional Ethics

The directed elective must be chosen from:

  • PHIL 5303 Philosophy of Technology
  • PHIL 5320 History of Ethics
  • PHIL 5323 Environmental Ethics
  • PHIL 5327 Medical Ethics and Bioethics
  • PHIL 5329 Food Ethics
  • PHIL 5360A Ethics and Dementia
  • PHIL 5360B Moral Psychology
  • PHIL 5360C Philosophy, Nonviolence, Sustainability, and Social Change
  • PHIL 5395 Internship in Applied Philosophy
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  Online Availability
The majority of this program may be offered online. If you are not a Texas resident and will not relocate, please visit the Office of Distance and Extended Learning. International students, please visit the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) regarding additional considerations in taking online courses.

Application Process

Step 1

Review Requirements

Application Deadlines

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall June 15 June 1
Spring October 15 October 1
Summer I April 15 March 15
Summer II June 1 No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline, which means applications received after the posted deadline may be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, with no guarantees for admission consideration.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.


  Review important information about the online application.

Application Fee

  • $20 nonrefundable application fee
  • $60 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

  Review important information about application fees.

Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 2.5 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work 
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in all completed graduate course work (if applicable)

  Review important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted.

GRE Scores

  • GRE not required


  • additional documents not required


Applicants are required to submit TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

  Review important information about official test scores.