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Concurrent Certificate for Applied Ethics and Policy (CAEP)

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Department of Philosophy
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The Certificate for Applied Ethics and Policy (CAEP) is designed to prepare undergraduate students from Health Sciences, Engineering, Business, Humanities, Science, and Social Sciences 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 disruptive. The Certificate will recognize students for having gained skills in ethics and critical reasoning, the development of policy recommendations, working within multi-disciplinary teams, and engaging with relevant stakeholders.

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 Certificate for Applied Ethics and Policy Committee (the CAEP Selection Committee). The CAEP 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 one of PHILOS 2D03  or 2YY3 . The CAEP 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.
  3. Students who entered CAEP prior to Fall 2022 may continue to proceed with requirements as listed in the year of their entry into the certificate. Students are advised to consult the 2021-2022 Undergraduate Calendar for these earlier requirements.


  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 philadm@mcmaster.ca) 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.
  6. Integrated Business and Humanities students may substitute IBH 2BD3 for PHILOS 2D03.


15 units total

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