Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

Santa Clara University's Markkula Center for Applied Ethics is offering two free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to the public. Already more than 3,000 executives, professors and students have enrolled, and we invite you to join them.

The MOOCs are hosted on the platform and are taught by Kirk O. Hanson, longtime professor of business ethics at Stanford Graduate School of Business and Santa Clara University.


This course explores the nature of ethics, its role in a business career, and how to make practical ethical decisions. Available through June 2015. Register


This course examines how managers and executives can create and sustain an ethical culture.Available through June 2015. Register

Two to Three Hours of Business Ethics Training Each Week for Four Weeks: Each course is organized to take no more than 2-3 hours per week, and the course is designed to be completed in four weeks. You can take the courses anytime during the period they are open.

Online Activities on Business Ethics: Each week you will have 2 or 3 short lectures to watch, each no more than 10-15 minutes in length. After watching the lectures, you will have three things to do: a case discussion, a short exercise, and a quiz. The cases are real business situations. The final project for each course is an ethical analysis, which you write, and peer reviews of other students' analyses.

Letter of Completion: Students who complete all of the course requirements will receive a letter of completion from the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. No academic credit is granted.

Contact Patrick Coutermarsh at for questions or further information.

What students are saying

This is an excellent course. I recommend to anyone interested in the subject.
Hemantha De Silva May 12

I found the course interesting and true to life - fielding problems that we encounter in the everyday world of work.
Jean Forbes May 13

I took both courses Business Ethics for the Real World and Creating an Ethical Corporate Culture as requisites for my new job as Communications Manager. My experience was great, I found the lectures very engaging, the activities interesting and down to earth cases study. This courses helped me a lot to develop the company's ethical corporate culture, with interesting tips and step by step work. Would recommend the courses to everyone that's interested in this topics! Keep up the good work!
Luisa Fainchtein May 14