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Bioethics, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #924 (BCR) , MD,
Interdisciplinary masters degree designed to help students gain clinical experience along with academic knowledge within the field of bioethics. Graduates are prepared for education, research and service pertinent to the ethical issues in health care and human biology.


Loma Linda University’s MA in Bioethics program provides a dynamic, interdisciplinary approach to exploring historic traditions of ethical thought while also developing critical skills for dealing with contemporary, moral, and social issues facing society today. An integral part of the program is the opportunity to gain clinical experience while learning from experienced, qualified professors, all within a Christian context and perspective.

Students may choose to enroll in this program concurrently with the following other programs: Medicine (MD), Dentistry (DDS), Pharmacy (PharmD), PhD in Clinical Psychology, Psychology (PsyD), PhD in Nursing, PhD in Social Policy & Social Research.

A post-baccalaureate certificate program is also available for students who wish to complete only the coursework within the Program.

Possible Careers: This program is especially valuable for those preparing for careers as clinical ethicists, nurses, physicians, theologians, lawyers, and most healthcare fields.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Bioethics and Society
  • Philosophical Resources for Bioethics
  • Bible,Theology, and Bioethics
  • Masters Seminar 
  • Research Methods
  • Ethics for Scientists
  • Ethical Issues in Public Health

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution; minimum 3.3 gpa
  • GRE scores with following minimums:
  • 60th percentile on verbal and quantitative sections
  • 4.0 out of 6.0 on the analytical writing section
    • An 800-word essay on the applicant’s background and goals, and how a bioethics degree would further these goals
    • An admissions interview
    • International: Internet-based TOEFL test score of 83 or higher (computer and paper-based tests vary)

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      31379 USD/year
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    • National

      31379 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 31379 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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    Living costs for California

    • 1570 - 2660 USD/month
      Living Costs

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