The mission of the MSU Ethics Institute is to promote ethical thinking and acting as the center of university life and as the animating principle of the university’s engagement with local, regional, and global communities. 

The purpose of the MSU Ethics Institute is to strengthen teaching, research, experiential learning activities, and co-curricular activities for students, staff, and faculty around the theory and practice of ethics; to make MSU students leaders in ethical decision making and ready to face emerging ethical challenges for their times; to foster sound norms of ethical reasoning and civic discussion within and beyond the university; to enhance ethical theory through applied practice, and enrich practice in dialogue with leading-edge ethical theory, to support communities (local, regional, and global) in addressing pressing and important local and global ethical issues.