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Graduate School Programs in Bioethics

Despite the relatively young age of bioethics as a field, there are now a number of graduate programs available to help students and professionals develop strategies to understand the moral problems that arise in medicine and the life sciences. This list of degree-granting programs in the United States may be useful to those considering the inclusion of bioethics in their professional education or graduate work. The listing of website links here, however, does not constitute an endorsement of any particular program or course of study by The Hastings Center.

The information for this resource was compiled by Tia Powell, MD at The Montefiore–Einstein Center for Bioethics with assistance from Melissa Kurtz, RN, in collaboration with The Hastings Center.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, but applicants should confirm details with the individual programs. Any additions or corrections may be sent to publications@thehastingscenter.org.

Last updated: September 5, 2014

 

Master's Degree Programs in Bioethics

Albany Medical College
Alden March Bioethics Institute

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  • Location: Albany, NY
  • Type of Program: online
  • Length: not specified; full-time or part-time
  • Cost of Program: $2,500/course ($25,000 total for MS)
  • Undergraduate Degree Required? Yes.
  • GRE Test Required? Yes, for applicants without a terminal degree.
  • Other Accepted Scores: MCAT, LSAT, GMAT
  • Application Requirements: online application, essay expressing interest in the program, two letters of reference, all transcripts
  • Degree Program(s) Offered: 2 MS degrees; 2 joint degree programs with JD; joint programs with MD, PhD, and MS
  • Degree Requirements: 30 credits: 6 required courses, 3 elective courses, final project

 

Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Einstein–Cardozo Masters of Science in Bioethics

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  • Location: New York, NY (Classes are divided between two campuses, one in the Greenwich Village area of NYC and the other at the medical school campus in the Bronx.)
  • Type of Program: on-site
  • Length: full-time & part-time
  • Cost of Program: $33,000 (total, less for joint degree students at Einstein College of Medicine)
  • Undergraduate Degree Required? Yes.
  • GRE Test Required? Not required.
  • Application Requirements: application/personal statement; CV; 2 letters of recommendation; TOEFL (if not US citizen or if English is not primary language)
  • Degree Program(s) Offered: MS; joint program offered for current law or medical students
  • Degree Requirements: 32 credits (8 core credits); thesis or capstone

 

Case Western Reserve University
Department of Bioethics

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  • Location: Cleveland, OH
  • Type of Program: on-site
  • Length: 1 year full-time; up to 3 years part-time
  • Cost of Program: $34,320 (total)
  • Undergraduate Degree Required? Yes.
  • GRE Test Required? Yes.
  • Other Accepted Scores: MAT, MCAT, LSAT, and GMAT
  • Application Requirements: application/statement of objectives; interview; 3 letters of recommendation; TOEFL (if not US citizen or if English is not primary language)
  • Degree Program(s) Offered: MA; PhD in bioethics and joint degree programs with JD, MSN, PhD in Genetics, MPH, MSSA, or MD also available
  • Degree Requirements: 27 credits (12 hrs core, 12 hrs elective, 3 clinical)

 

 

Columbia University, School of Continuing Education
Masters of Science in Bioethics

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  • Location: New York, NY
  • Type of Program: on-site
  • Length: 1 year full-time, 3 years part-time
  • Cost of Program: Approximately $51,000 (total)
  • Undergraduate Degree Required? Yes.
  • GRE Test Required? Yes, for applicants without a terminal degree.
  • Other Accepted Scores: MCAT, LSAT, MAT
  • Application Requirements: application form/purpose statement; $80 application fee; interview; 2 letters of recommendation; TOEFL  (if not US citizen or if English is not primary language); all transcripts
  • Degree Program(s) Offered: MS
  • Degree Requirements: 36 credits (including 5 core courses, 6 elective courses, and master's thesis)

 

 

Creighton University Online 
Health Care Ethics Graduate Program

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  • Location: Omaha, NE
  • Type of Program: online
  • Length: (Part-Time) At one online course per eight-week session (most working adults), the program is less than two years.
  • Undergraduate Degree Required? Yes.
  • GRE Test Required? Yes. However, you can request an exam waiver if you already possess an advanced degree or can show evidence of successful completion of at least two graduate-level courses. While the GRE is generally the preferred exam for admission to the program, scores from other post-baccalaureate entrance exams will be accepted.
  • Other Accepted Scores: MCAT, GMAT, LSAT and MAT
  • Application Requirements: Application form; $50 application fee; Curriculum vitae including relevant education and any employment history; Essay; 3 letters of recommendation; Transcripts ; Graduate Record Examination official score report ; TOEFL  (All international applicants from countries in which English is not the primary language must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by submitting a minimum TOEFL score of 80 iBT (213 CBT/550 PBT). International applicants who received their baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited institution in the U.S., United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or Africa (English-speaking only) are not required to submit a TOEFL score report.);
  • Degree Program(s) Offered: MSHCE (Masters of Science in Health Care Ethics)
  • Degree Requirements: 31 credits (28 hours of core courses and 3 hours of electives)

  

 

 

 

 

 

Drew University
Medical Humanities Program

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  • Location: Madison, NJ
  • Type of Program: on-site
  • Length: 2 years
  • Cost of Program: $909 per credit (classes are three credits)
  • Undergraduate Degree Required? Yes.
  • GRE Test Required? No.
  • Other Accepted Scores: MCAT, LSAT, MAT
  • Application Requirements: personal statement; application form; $35 application fee; interview; 2 letters of recommendation; TOEFL  (for international applicants whose first language is not English; scores must me more than two years old); all transcripts
  • Degree Program(s) Offered: MMH (Masters of Medical Humanities)
  • Degree Requirements: 30 credits (4 core classes, 6 electives, thesis)

 

 

Duke University

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  • Location: Durham, NC
  • Type of Program: on site
  • Length: 1 year full-time, 2-3 years part-time
  • Undergraduate Degree Required? Yes
  • GRE Test Required? Yes
  • Other Accepted Scores: MCAT and LSAT (with a waiver)
  • Application Requirements: Duke Graduate School’s Online Application form, MA supplemental questions, three academic letters of recommendation, transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended, official GRE scores, official TOEFL or IELTS scores (International applicants only)
  • Degree Program Offered: MA
  • Degree Requirements: 9 courses (27 credits) and 1 capstone project (9 credits), for a total of 36 credits. The breakdown is: 5 core courses, 4 electives, and 1 capstone project. This final project may be either a research paper or a practicum with a written report.

 

 

 

Duquesne University, Pittsburgh
Center for Healthcare Ethics

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  • Location: Pittsburgh, PA
  • Type of program: on-site (with significant distance learning components)
  • Length: 10 courses (full-time & part-time)
  • Cost of program: $ 3,447/course; 25% tuition deduction possible
  • Undergraduate degree required? Yes
  • GRE test required? Yes
  • Other accepted scores: -
  • Application requirements: application/purpose statement; 3 letters of recommendation; writing sample
  • Degree Program(s) offered: MA in healthcare ethics, dual degree program with JD
  • Degree requirements: 30 credits

Emory University
Center for Ethics

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  • Location: Atlanta, GA
  • Type of Program: on-site
  • Length: 12 months full-time; part-time students may take as few as 1 course/semester (three year plan) or 2 courses/semester (two year plan)
  • Cost of Program: $42,000/year (full-time), $1,750/credit (part time)
  • Undergraduate Degree Required? Yes.
  • GRE Test Required? Yes.
  • Other Accepted Scores: LSAT, in special circumstances, a sample of scholarly writing may replace this requirement
  • Application Requirements: application/personal statement; 3 letters of recommendation; 2 writing samples (one in response to a prompt)
  • Degree Program(s) Offered: MA, MA-MTS (Mater of Theological Studies) dual degree; dual degree programs with MD, JD, and MPH in development
  • Degree Requirements:30 credits (18 core, including capstone, practicum; 12 elective)

 

 

Fordham University
Center for Ethics Education, Master's in Ethics and Society 

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  • Location: New York, NY
  • Type of Program: on-site
  • Length: 12 months full-time; part-time students may take as few as 1 course/semester
  • Cost of Program: $41,100/year (full-time), $1,370/credit (part time); tuition discounts and assistantships available
  • Undergraduate Degree Required? Yes.
  • GRE Test Required? Yes.
  • Other Accepted Scores: LSAT or MCAT, in special circumstances
  • Application Requirements: application/personal statement; 3 letters of recommendation; 1 writing sample
  • Degree Program(s) Offered: MA, dual degree program with JD
  • Degree Requirements:30 credits 

Indiana University
Indiana University Center for Bioethics

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  • Location: Indianapolis, IN
  • Type of Program: on-site
  • Length: 2 years full-time; maximum of five years part-time (for MA in philosophy with bioethics concentration); maximum 6 years for dual degree program
  • Undergraduate Degree Required? Yes.
  • GRE Test Required? Yes, for applicants without an advanced degree.
  • Application Requirements: application; statement of purpose; 3 letters of recommendation; writing sample or professional resume; TOEFL scores (non-native English speakers only)
  • Degree Program(s) Offered: MA through philosophy department; MA/JD, LLMl MA/MD also offered
  • Degree Requirements: 30 credits (18 must be in philosophy)

 

Iowa State University
Bioethics Program

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  • Location: Ames, IA
  • Type of Program: on-site
  • Length: 1–2 year full-time
  • Undergraduate Degree Required? Yes.
  • GRE Test Required? Optional.
  • Application Requirements: application/personal statement; 3 letters of recommendation
  • Degree Program(s) Offered: MA through Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies program
  • Degree Requirements: 35 credits (thesis optional)

 

Kansas City University
College of Medicine and Biosciences

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  • Location: Kansas City, MO
  • Type of Program: on-site
  • Length: 1 year full-time; variable part-time
  • Cost of Program: $20,280 (plus living expenses)
  • Undergraduate Degree Required? Yes, science GPA >3.00.
  • GRE Test Required? Yes.
  • Other Accepted Scores: MCAT, LSAT, MAT
  • Application Requirements: 2 letters of recommendation
  • Degree Program(s) Offered: MA; dual degree with doctor osteopathic medicine (DO/MA)
  • Degree Requirements: 30 credits (5 core classes, 3–4 elective classes, thesis, capstone)

 

 

Kings College
MA Bioethics & Society

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  • Location: London, UK
  • Type of Program: on-site
  • Length:  full-time 1 year, or part-time 2 years (September to September)
  • Cost of Program: full-time EU students: £8750, full-time overseas students: £16500 (2013), part-time EU students: £4375, part-time overseas students: £8250 (all fees for 2013)
  • Undergraduate Degree Required? Yes.
  • GRE Test Required? Not required
  • Other Accepted Scores: please consult prospectus: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/prospectus/graduate/bioethics-and-society/entryrequirements
  • Application Requirements: A relevant UK honours degree of 2:1 standard or overseas equivalent. If an applicant possesses an undergraduate degree below 2:1 standard, subsequent postgraduate qualifications may be taken into account. For English language requirements, see here: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/prospectus/graduate/bioethics-and-society/entryrequirements. Application includes 1 page (max) personal essay and two references.
  • Degree Program(s) Offered: MA
  • Degree Requirements: credit value 180 UK/ 90 ECTS, consisting of: Social and Ethical Controversies in Biomedicine (SSHM; 30 credits)
• Moral Theory and Medical Ethics (at Centre for Medical Law and Ethics; 20 credits)
• Dissertation in Bioethics and Society (SSHM or Centre for Medical Law and Ethics; 60 credits)
 

 

 

King's College
MSc Global Health and Social Justice 

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  • Location: London, UK 
  • Type of Program: on-site 
  • Length:  full-time 1 year, or part-time 2 years (September to September) 
  • Cost of Program: full-time EU students: £8750, full-time overseas students: £16500 (2013), part-time EU students: £4375, part-time overseas students: £8250 (all fees for 2013) 
  • Undergraduate Degree Required? Yes. 
  • GRE Test Required? Accepted but not mandatory 
  • Other Accepted Scores: please consult prospectus: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/prospectus/graduate/entryrequirements/name/global-health-social/alpha//header_search/global+health  
  • Application Requirements: A relevant UK honours degree of at least 2:1 standard or overseas equivalent. If an applicant possesses an undergraduate degree below 2:1 standard, subsequent postgraduate qualifications may be taken into account. For English language requirements, see here: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/prospectus/graduate/entryrequirements/name/global-health-social/alpha//header_search/global+health Application includes 1 page (max) personal essay and two references.  
  • Degree Program(s) Offered: MSc  
  • Degree Requirements: 180 credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent), consisting of the following modules: Critical Global Health, Global Health Ethics, Dissertation in Global Health & Social Justice, Designing Quantitative Research for Social Science & Health OR Designing Qualitative Research for Social Science & Health. Students can also select additional optional modules.  For more information see http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/sshm/study/ghsj.aspx  

 

 

Loma Linda University
Master's Program in Bioethics

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  • Location: Loma Linda, CA
  • Type of Program: on-site
  • Undergraduate Degree Required? Yes.
  • GRE Test Required? Yes, 60th percentile on verbal and quantitative sections; 4/6 on writing section
  • Other Accepted Scores: MCAT
  • Application Requirements: 3 letters of recommendation; online application
  • Degree Program(s) Offered: MA; joint degree programs with DDS, MD, PhD (in Psychology, Social Policy, or Social Research), PhD in nursing also available
  • Degree Requirements: 48 credits (5 required courses, 6 elective courses, capstone, optional thesis)

 

Loyola Marymount University, Bioethics Institute

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  • Location: Los Angeles, CA
  • Type of Program: on-site
  • Length: 2 years full-time; up to 4 years part-time
  • Cost of Program: $31,000 for MA; $12,000 for Grad Certificate
  • Undergraduate Degree Required? Yes.
  • GRE Test Required? Yes (or MAT)
  • Application Requirements: Application, personal statement, short essay response, postsecondary transcripts; 2 letters of recommendation; $50 application fee; personal interview. International students may be required to submit TOEFL scores and transcript translations and evaluations.
  • Degree Program(s) Offered: Master of Arts in Bioethics; Graduate Certificate in Bioethics
  • Degree Requirements: 30 credits for MA; 12 credits for Graduate Certificate

  

Loyola University Chicago
Online Graduate Program in Bioethics & Health Policy

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  • Location: Maywood, IL
  • Type of Program: online
  • Length: 1 year full time, up to 5 years part time 
  • Cost of Program: $28,950; $965/credit  
  • Undergraduate Degree Required? Yes
  • GRE Test Required? Yes, for applicants without an advanced degree.
  • Other Accepted Scores: MCAT, LSAT, or GMAT
  • Application Requirements: application/purpose statement/writing sample; 3 letters of recommendation
  • Degree Program(s) Offered: MA; Doctorate in bioethics (D.Be.)
  • Degree Requirements: 30 credits (10 courses, 15 required)

 

Medical College of Wisconsin
Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities

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  • Location: Milwaukee, WI
  • Type of Program: on-site or online
  • Length: 1 year on-site full-time (thesis can be completed via distance); up to 4 years part-time
  • Cost of Program: $11,700 per year (full-time); $650/credit (part-time)
  • Undergraduate Degree Required? Yes.
  • GRE Test Required? Yes, unless holding a PhD, MD, JD.
  • Other Accepted Scores: MCAT, LSAT accepted
  • Application Requirements: 3 letters of recommendation
  • Degree Program(s) Offered: MA
  • Degree Requirements: 30 credits (9 core credits, 21 credits elective, thesis or final paper, clinical requirement, successful completion of comprehensive examination after completing core requirements)

 

Northwestern University
Master of Arts in Medical Humanities & Bioethics

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  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Type of Program: on-site; special topic lectures are archived online
  • Length: 2 years part-time
  • Cost of Program: $49,340; $4,934/course
  • Undergraduate Degree Required? Yes.
  • GRE Test Required? Optional.
  • Other Scores Accepted: MCAT
  • Application Requirements: application/purpose statement; writing sample (optional); 2 letters of recommendation
  • Degree Program(s) Offered: MA
  • Degree Requirements: 10 courses (all required; thesis)

 

New York University
Program in Bioethics: Life, Health & Environment

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  • Location: New York, NY
  • Type of Program: on-site
  • Length: 2 semesters (plus independent study)
  • Cost of Program: $45,000
  • Undergraduate Degree Required? Yes.
  • GRE Test Required? Yes, unless holding a PhD, MD, JD.
  • Application Requirements: application/purpose statement; 10-page writing sample; 3 letters of recommendation; CV/Resume
  • Degree Program(s) Offered: MA
  • Degree Requirements: 32 credits (2 core courses, 20 credits of electives, practicum, master's report)

 

Rush University
Department of Religion, Health, & Human Values

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  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Type of Program: on-site and online
  • Length: 1 year full-time; up to 7 years part-time
  • Cost of Program: $511/credit hour
  • Undergraduate Degree Required? Yes, with minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • GRE Test Required? Yes.
  • Other Accepted Scores: other scores (e.g. MCAT, LSAT, GMAT) accepted
  • Application Requirements: application; 3 letters of recommendation; recommended: previous coursework in philosophy, ethics, human behavior, English composition
  • Degree Program(s) Offered: MA in Health Care Ethics
  • Degree Requirements: 45 credits (set curriculum), practicum, thesis

 

Stony Brook University
Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics

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  • Location: Stony Brook, NY
  • Type of Program: on-site
  • Length: up to 3 years part-time; can be completed in 1 year full-time with summer courses
  • Cost of Program: Variable, based on number of credits and residency status; approx. $7,000/year for NY residents; $11,000/year for non-residents
  • Undergraduate Degree Required? Yes.
  • GRE Test Required? Yes.
  • Other Accepted Tests: MCAT, LSAT, GMAT, MAT, DAT
  • Application Requirements: application/personal statement; 3 letters of recommendation
  • Degree Program(s) Offered: MA in Biological Sciences, with a Concentration in Bioethics
  • Degree Requirements: 30 credits (5 required courses, 5 electives)

 

Trinity International University

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  • Location: Deerfield, IL
  • Type of Program: on-site and distance study options
  • Length: 1 year without thesis; 1½ years with thesis full-time; degree completion within 5 years part-time
  • Cost of Program: $14,200/year; $590/credit hour
  • Undergraduate Degree Required? Yes.
  • GRE Test Required? Yes, unless holding a prior professional degree.
  • Other Accepted Scores: GMAT accepted
  • Application Requirements: application/personal statement; 3 letters of recommendation
  • Degree Program(s) Offered: MA, may be pursued with BA or Mdiv
  • Degree Requirements: 30 credits (13 hrs required courses, 17 hrs elective courses, capstone or thesis)

 

Union Graduate College—Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
The Bioethics Program

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  • Location: Schenectady, NY and New York, NY
  • Type of Program: on-site and online mix
  • Length: 1 year full-time; typically 3, but up to 6, years part-time
  • Cost of Program: $29,820; $2,485 per course
  • Undergraduate Degree Required? Yes.
  • GRE Test Required? the admissions committee may require some applicants to complete a standardized test 
  • Application Requirements: application/personal statement; 3 letters of recommendation; all transcripts
  • Degree Program(s) Offered: MS, may be pursued with PhD in philosophy, MSW, MPH, or JD.
  • Degree Requirements: 12 courses, including capstone assessment and a master's project

 

 

University of Louisville
Interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Bioethics and Medical Humanities

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  • Location: Louisville, KY
  • Type of Program: on-site or online
  • Length: 2 years full-time; up to 6 years part-time
  • Cost of Program: $4,846/semester (KY residents, full-time); $10,084/semester (non-residents, full-time); $660/credit hour (distance learning)
  • Undergraduate Degree Required? Yes.
  • GRE Test Required? Yes.
  • Other Accepted Scores: MCAT, LSAT
  • Application Requirements: application/personal statement; CV; minimum undergraduate GPA: 2.75/4.00; 2 letters of recommendation; final transcripts; preference given to candidates with philosophy/humanities experience
  • Degree Program(s) Offered: MA, may be pursued as a dual degree with either JD or MD
  • Degree Requirements: 33 hours (7 required courses, 4 elective courses), final collaborative project (no thesis)

 

University of Minnesota
Center for Bioethics

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  • Location: Minneapolis, MN
  • Type of Program: on-site
  • Length: must be completed in 7 years
  • Cost of Program: not specified
  • Undergraduate Degree Required? Yes.
  • GRE Test Required? Yes. (Other standardized tests accepted and testing may be waived for students with advanced graduate or professional degrees.)
  • Other Accepted Scores: MCAT, LSAT
  • Application Requirements: application/personal statement; writing sample; CV; 3 letters of recommendation; TOEFL exam (for students whose first language is not English)
  • Degree Program(s) Offered: MA, may be pursued with other degrees such as PhD, JD, or MD
  • Degree Requirements: 30 credits total; 20 course credits, 10 thesis credits

 

University of Pennsylvania
Center for Bioethics

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  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
  • Type of Program: on-site, some online options, some clinical options in Albany, NY
  • Length: 1 year full-time; up to 3 years part-time
  • Cost of Program: $45,000 (total) or $5,100 per Course
  • Undergraduate Degree Required? Yes.
  • GRE Test Required? Not required.
  • Application Requirements: application; 2 essays (2 pages each); post-baccalaureate applicants must have an minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.5; CV; 3 letters of recommendation
  • Degree Program(s) Offered: MBE, may be pursued with other degrees such as MD, JD, MSN, LLM, DSD, MSW, MSEd, Nursing PhD
  • Degree Requirements: 9 courses

 

University of Pittsburgh
Center for Bioethics and Health Law

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  • Location: Pittsburgh, PA
  • Type of Program: on-site
  • Length: 1-2 years
  • Cost of Program: not specified
  • Undergraduate Degree Required? Yes.
  • GRE Test Required? Yes.
  • Other Accepted Scores: MCAT may be substituted for MA/MD; LSAT for MA/JD
  • Application Requirements: application/personal statement; writing sample; 3 letters of recommendation
  • Degree Program(s) Offered: MA, may be pursued with JD or MD
  • Degree Requirements: 3 core courses, 1 thesis course, 2 practicums, elective coursework

 

University of South Florida College of Medicine
Masters Program in Bioethics and Medical Humanities

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  • Location: Tampa, FL
  • Type of Program: on-site & online mix
  • Length: 1–2 years; full-time or part-time
  • Cost of Program: $365/Credit hr (FL resident); $775/Credit hr (non-FL resident)
  • Undergraduate Degree Required? Yes, with 3.0/4.0 minimum GPA.
  • GRE Test Required? Yes, with 500V, 500Q minimum score.
  • Other Accepted Scores: MCAT, GMAT (500 minimum)
  • Application Requirements: competency in basic research design; 2 copies of official transcripts; 1–3 letters of recommendation; statement of purpose
  • Degree Program(s) Offered: MA in Bioethics and Medical Humanities
  • Degree Requirements: 36 credits (4 core courses, 6 elective courses, 6 credits of internship and independent/directed study)

 

University of Washington
Department of Bioethics and Humanities

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  • Location: Seattle, Washington
  • Type of Program: on-site
  • Length: flexible 2 years
  • Cost of Program: variable, based on joint degree or fellowship status
  • Undergraduate Degree Required? Yes.
  • GRE Test Required? No.
  • Application Requirements: qualified candidates include practicing clinicians, biomedical scientists, health lawyers, post-doctoral fellows (including Treuman Katz Pediatric Bioethics Fellows) and students enrolled in professional degree programs at the University of Washington (i.e. law, nursing, or medicine). Program encourages prospective students to contact the Director of Graduate Studies prior to applying.
  • Degree Program(s) Offered: MA, students typically have an advanced degree or pursue the MA along with another degree such as MD, MSN, or JD
  • Degree Requirements: 40 credits (10 credits ethical theory; 6 credits empirical research methods; 6 credits clinical ethics; 3 credits research ethics; 6 credits elective; 3 credits practicum; 6 credits master's project)

 

 

Wake Forest University
Center for Bioethics, Health, and Society

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  • Location: Winston–Salem, NC
  • Type of Program: on-site
  • Length: 1 year full-time; part-time available
  • Cost of Program: $32,208 (full-time); $1,114/credit
  • Undergraduate Degree Required? Yes.
  • GRE Test Required? Yes, but may be waived for applicants with advanced degrees or with five or more years relevant work experience.
  • Application Requirements: application/statement of interest; CV/resume; 3 letters of recommendation
  • Degree Program(s) Offered: MA, may be pursued with other degrees such as Mdiv, JD, or MD
  • Degree Requirements: 30 credits (24 hours coursework, 6 hours thesis)

 

Ph.D. Programs in Bioethics

 

Case Western Reserve University
Department of Bioethics

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  • Location: Cleveland, OH
  • Type of Program: residency requirement: 4 years?
  • Length: 4 years, plus dissertation
  • Cost of Program: graduate assistantships are available for 2 years; tuition will be covered by full scholarship for 4 years; stipends are expected to seek funding for dissertation support
  • Undergraduate Degree Required? Yes.
  • GRE Test Required? Yes, with scores less than 3 years old.
  • Application Requirements: application/purpose statement; 3 letters of recommendation
  • Degree Program(s) Offered: PhD
  • Degree Requirements: 69 credit hours total: 51 hrs coursework (33 hrs in bioethics coursework, 12 hrs elective coursework, 6 hrs in discipline-specific theory); applicants with a master's degree can receive credit for up to 9 of these 69 required credit hours; 18 hrs dissertation research
  

 

Duquesne University, Pittsburgh
Center for Healthcare Ethics 

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  • Location: Pittsburgh, PA
  • Type of program: on-site (with significant distance learning components
  • Length: 3-6 years
  • Cost of program: The Center offers a number of competitive scholarships, including tuition and stipend during coursework
  • Undergraduate degree required? Yes
  • GRE test required? Yes
  • Other accepted scores: -
  • Application requirements: application/purpose statement; 3 letters of recommendation; writing sample
  • Degree Program(s) offered: PhD in healthcare ethics; DHCE (Doctor of Health Care Ethics); joint program with JD.
  • Degree requirements: 2 years of coursework; comprehensive examination; dissertation

 

Georgetown University
Kennedy Institute of Ethics

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  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Type of Program: on-site
  • Length: 7 years (average) for PhD; 2 years for MA portion of MA/MD or MA/JD
  • Cost of Program: only admits students with funding
  • Undergraduate Degree Required? Yes.
  • GRE Test Required? Yes.
  • Application Requirements: application/purpose statement; 3 letters of recommendation; writing sample
  • Degree Program(s) Offered: PhD offered through philosophy department
  • Degree Requirements: 45 semester hours of course in philosophy, subject to distribution requirements; dissertation

 

 

Johns Hopkins University
Department of Health Policy and Management

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  • Location: Baltimore, MD
  • Type of Program: residency requirement: 4 years; 4 consecutive terms of full-time registration
  • Length: 4–5 years
  • Cost of Program: the department offers NIH-sponsored pre-doctoral fellowship opportunities for U.S. citizens, including tuition and stipend; a limited number of department scholarships are available, covering tuition and stipend; students are expected to seek funding for dissertation support
  • Undergraduate Degree Required? Yes.
  • GRE Test Required? Yes, scores less than 5 years old.
  • Application Requirements: application/purpose statement; 3 letters of recommendation; resume/CV
  • Degree Program(s) Offered: PhD
  • Degree Requirements: 2 years of coursework in the School of Public Health, the Department of Health Policy and Management, and the Bioethics track; 300 hours of research assistance; dissertation

 

St. Louis University
Center for Health Care Ethics

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  • Location: St. Louis, MO
  • Cost of Program: graduate school assistantships and funding from other partners is available
  • Undergraduate Degree Required? Yes.
  • GRE Test Required? Yes.
  • Application Requirements: application/purpose statement; writing sample; 3 letters of recommendation
  • Degree Program(s) Offered: PhD in health care ethics; joint programs with MD, JD, MA (theology) also offered; PhD concentration in research ethics available; PhD concentration in Catholic tradition health care ethics available
  • Degree Requirements: 60 credits (48 if already holding a master's degree); competency in medical terminology; competency in library database skills; competency in reading statistics and study design; completion of competency examinations; dissertation

 

University of Virginia
Department of Religious Studies

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  • Location: Charlottesville, VA
  • Type of Program: on-site
  • Length: 3–6 years
  • Cost of Program: tuition waivers for PhD students are limited, but common; MA applicants are encouraged to apply for merit fellowships, work study, and loan programs as full financial support for students is rare; 2011-12 tuition for in-state is $15,108 and out-of-state is $25,104
  • Undergraduate Degree Required? Yes.
  • GRE Test Required? Yes.
  • Application Requirements: application/purpose statement; 3 letters of recommendation
  • Degree Program(s) Offered: PhD housed within the department of religious studies, under the theology, ethics and culture specialty; joint degrees are not encouraged
  • Degree Requirements: 72 credits for a PhD (applicants with a prior MA/MDiv may petition to wave 24 credit hours); completion of French/German reading competency examinations; dissertation. 30 credits for MA with language requirement and with or without thesis.

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