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Bioethics, M.A.

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University rank #101 (ARWU) Cleveland Heights, OH, United States
The Department of Bioethics offers a program leading to the Master of Arts degree in bioethics, emphasizing the interdisciplinary and inter-professional nature of the field. This graduate program is designed to provide advance training in bioethics for students and professionals who anticipate encountering ethical issues in the course of their primary careers.


The mission of the Department of Bioethics is to improve public and professional understanding of the ethical issues involved in health sciences research, health care delivery, and health policy development through teaching, research and community dialogue.

The department has offices at the Case’s School of Medicine and at MetroHealth Medical Center and has faculty from multiple disciplines, including philosophy, religion, law, political science, anthropology, history, sociology, nursing and medicine.

The Master of Arts program provides students with a firm understanding of the intellectual content of the study of bioethics, of bioethical literature, and of the underlying philosophical arguments and empirical assumptions that inform it. Students are taught to understand the institutions and structures of health care and the ethical issues that arise in medical practice. They are trained to identify and analyze a range of clinical ethics issues.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations in Bioethics I
  • Foundations in Bioethics II
  • Clinical Rotation
  • Ethics, Law, and Research
  • Ethical Issues in Genetics/Genomics
  • International Health Research Ethics
  • International Bioethics Policy and Practice in the Netherlands and the US
  • International Bioethics Policy and Practice:: Costa Rica
  • International Bioethics Policy and Practice: Paris, France
  • International Bioethics Policy and Practice: Salamanca, Spain
  • International Bioethics Policy and Practice: San Sebastian, Spain
  • Introduction to Public Health Ethics
  • Critical Issues in Research Ethics
  • Research Ethics Practicum
  • Clinical Ethics Theory and Practice
  • Research Ethics and Regulation
  • Special Topics in Bioethics

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

  • Statement of Objectives 
  • Academic Transcripts – You are required to identify all post-secondary educational institutions you have attended on your application form, and to submit an official transcript from each. 
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Test Scores
  • Application Fee - A nonrefundable application fee of $50 is required for each application submitted

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1827 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1827 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    1827 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1827 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    1827 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1827 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
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Financial Aid

The Department of Bioethics awards partial tuition support for a limited number of assistantships. Awards are based on merit and need. Assistantships require students to work a minimum of 10 hours/week for the Department.

Work-Study Assistants

Students who qualify financially as work-study assistants receive an hourly wage in return for a variety of clerical and instruction-related services. Payments to work-study assistants do not include tuition remissions.

International Program Assistants

Enrolled students can apply to be an assistant for an international program. The assistantship requires the student to assist the faculty on the course as a leader for the student group. The assistantship includes airfare, lodging, and meal stipends for the recipient.

Research Assistants

Research Assistant positions on funded research projects are available on an intermittent basis. Such employment opportunities for research assistants fluctuate unpredictably from semester to semester.

Student Loans

Contact the Financial Aid office (216.368.4530) for information regarding student loans. Students financed by federal loans must remain registered for not fewer than six semester hours (defined as half-time) each semester to maintain continued eligibility for funding or to initiate such a loan.

Other Sources

Students are also encouraged to seek funding from sources other than CWRU. Most universities and colleges maintain files on granting agencies and foundations. Applicants may find it to their advantage to consult financial aid offices of the institutions in which they are currently enrolled to learn about fellowships and loan support for their intended graduate studies. FinAid, the Financial Aid Information Page ( provides a free, comprehensive, independent, and objective guide to student financial aid.

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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