Who Should Apply?

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Many of the most pressing and controversial issues facing society involve bioethics concerns: definitions of death, end of life decision making, ethics of research on human subjects, conflicts of interest in research, ethics of human embryonic stem cell research, ethics of organ donation and transplantation, and ethics of public health emergency planning to name only a few. Professionals facing these issues, policy makers charged with crafting public policy about them, and individuals facing them in their own lives all benefit from thoughtful, critical examination of such moral concerns.

Bioethics Degree Options

The University has had and will continue to offer a graduate minor in bioethics, which is the appropriate option for those students interested in showing bioethics as an area of competence rather than an area of specialization.

For students desiring a more comprehensive education in bioethics, a graduate major taken through an MA program is the appropriate course of study. The curriculum for this program includes a set of required core courses, the opportunity for study of electives in bioethics, as well as a requirement for coursework in other fields that are related to bioethics. Students will be required to write a master’s thesis.

Link Your MA Degree

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 a related field (either before entering the Bioethics MA program or at the same time).