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Bioethics and Science Policy

Duke University

12 months
57900 USD/year
57900 USD/year
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The Master of Arts in Bioethics and Science Policy program at Duke University is the only program in the country that combines bioethics and science policy to teach students how to thoughtfully identify, analyze, and propose solutions to address cutting edge and historical developments in science, medicine, technology and policy. 


The Master of Arts in Bioethics and Science Policy program at Duke University will provide a foundation in the history, philosophy, legal, social, and theoretical approaches to bioethical analysis, as well as in science and health policy. Another distinctive feature of the program is the option for students to select a topical area in which to concentrate their advanced studies. These concentrations represent existing or emerging areas of knowledge that pose complex questions about the relationship between science, ethics, and society.  The three pre-designed concentrations are Genomics, Neuroscience, and Public Impact and Engagement. 

Students may also design an independent concentration with program faculty.  In addition to coursework, each student will complete a capstone project under the guidance of a faculty mentor:  either an in-depth research paper, or a field placement to gain practical experience (“practicum”), with a written report analyzing the experience and integrating concepts learned in the program.  The capstone project is designed to demonstrate that a student has acquired extensive knowledge of current thinking in bioethics; has collected, synthesized, and reflected on these issues; and has developed competence in scholarly writing.

Extra-curricular offerings 

Situated within the Science & Society initiative at Duke, the Master of Arts in Bioethics and Science Policy and the broader initiative offer a host of workshops and programs to deepen student understanding of the field, help students consider career options, and connect students with leaders in bioethics and science policy and with other departments on campus.

These extra-curricular offerings include:

  • Science & Society Dialogs
  • Distinguished Speaker Series
  • Science Communication
  • Science Policy Tracking
  • Joint workshops with other Duke entities
Full time students can complete the program in 3 semesters, including a summer. The option of undertaking an extra semester of study is available for students who wish to expand their research or coursework. The program can also be completed over two (or more) years on a part time basis. While most of the students begin the program in the Fall semester, matriculation in the Spring is also possible.

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Law, Research, & Bioethics
  • Clinical Bioethics & Health Policy
  • Contemporary Issues in Bioethics & Science Policy
  • Science, Law, & Policy
  • Electives for concentration

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or science from an accredited institution (transcripts required, including an estimated GPA and a grade scale)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume
  • Three recommendations
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or equivalent—official results
  • English Language Testing (TOEFL or IELTS)—official results 
  • Interview and/or a video introduction
  • Nonrefundable application fee of US$75— paid by credit card, or by a check made payable to Duke University

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    57900 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28950 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    57900 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28950 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Durham

990 - 1670 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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