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Concurrent Ethics and Policy for Technological Innovation Certificate (EPTIC)

Department of Philosophy
University Hall, Room 310, ext. 24275

The Ethics and Policy for Technological Innovation Certificate (EPTIC) is designed to prepare undergraduate students from health sciences, engineering, business, humanities, science, and social science to work together on teams to identify and resolve the ethical, institutional, and policy challenges posed by novel technologies that are highly promising but also potentially socially disruptive. The Certificate will recognize students for having gained core subject matter competencies and experience as members of such interdisciplinary research teams under the direction of faculty and staff associated with the McMaster University Institute for Ethics and Policy Innovation (IEPI).

Certificate Requirements

Any student in an undergraduate program at McMaster may declare the certificate at the time of graduation and upon satisfaction of each of the following requirements:

  1. The student must be accepted by the Ethics and Policy for Technological Innovation Certificate Committee (the EPTIC Selection Committee). The EPTIC Selection Committee will consider supplemental applications soon after the end of Winter term of each academic year, but only from students who are enrolled in an undergraduate program at McMaster University and who have completed PHILOS 2D03  and either (or both) PHILOS 2S03  or PHILOS 2G03 . The EPTIC Selection Committee’s selections will be made on the basis of the student’s cumulative grades and answers to the supplemental application questions.
  2. The student must complete 15 units in accordance with the following requirements.


15 units total


  1. Students accepted and enrolled in the Justice, Political Philosophy, and Law Honours BA Program are not eligible to apply for the Certificate.
  2. Any student seeking a Philosophy Honours BA may satisfy no more than 2 courses (6 units) of the Philosophy Honours BA Program requirements with courses that the student has also designated as counting toward the satisfaction of the Certificate’s requirements.
  3. Students who declare the certificate are precluded from declaring a philosophy minor.
  4. Transfer credits will not be accepted in lieu of PHILOS 4V03. Students accepted into the certificate program are free to request transfer credit in lieu of any other certificate course requirement. The student may submit such a request to the Selection Committee (via at any time.
  5. Note that selection by the selection committee is distinct from the successful declaration of the certificate, and a student’s selection does not imply that the candidate has satisfied all certificate requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that at the time of graduation, all requirements of the certificate as enumerated above have been fulfilled