Our program is under transition and we are not currently accepting applications.  Please contact us if you would like to be notified when our program reopens to receive applications.

How to Apply

The MA program in Bioethics admits students for matriculation in fall semester only. Applications begin to be accepted the first day of fall semester. Our primary deadline is March 1. If space in our program remains, we will offer an extended deadline of May 1.
Because our program recommends pairing the Bioethics degree with another graduate or professional degree, we recognize applicants may need to answer to another program prior to our deadline. If this is the case, please email [email protected] with your concern.


  • Unofficial transcripts or academic records from ALL institutions should be uploaded directly to the online application.  Once admitted, the University will request official copies of this material.
  • International students should also upload an English translation if the transcript is not in English.
  • Important information about uploading your transcripts and credentials

Supplementary Information

Submit the following in the section, "Graduate Program Supplementary Information":

  • Writing sample, preferably on a topic in bioethics
  • Description of your research or relevant work experience
  • Resume or CV


Provide information for at least three individuals who will supply letters of reference for you using the "Recommendations" link. Letter writers should be individuals who can assess your potential for graduate work in bioethics. The Graduate School will contact these individuals and ask them to submit their letters of reference online. Note: Letters of reference must be submitted online using this process. Please notify your references that paper copies of letters to the Graduate School or the Center for Bioethics will not be accepted.


Applicants for whom English is a second language should supply TOEFL scores. The Center for Bioethics may also require an interview to verify English fluency for applicants for whom English is a second language.

Please Note

Given the interdisciplinary nature of bioethics, prospective students are advised against viewing the Bioethics MA as a stand alone degree that prepares them for career placement. Instead, students are encouraged to link their degree in bioethics to a degree in another field. This model prompts students to acquire a firm disciplinary grounding as well as interdisciplinary bioethics expertise -- a practice which best prepares students for bioethics-related career placement. The admissions process will give preference to students who have already earned or are in the process of earning an advanced degree in a related field, although this will not strictly be required for admission.