Medical College of Wisconsin

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24 months
1056 USD/credit
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If you’re focused on helping physicians and healthcare institutions analyze and resolve difficult ethical issues that arise at the bedside in individual patient cases, the Bioethics program of Medical College of Wisconsin may be just for you.


The coursework to earn your degree is a combination of classes, seminars, and clinical and teaching practicums. Additionally, you will complete a project – applied or theoretical in nature – conducted under the supervision of a faculty member and overseen by a thesis committee. Our program was the first Bioethics program of its kind, providing flexible convenience for both working and distance learners.

The Bioethics program of Medical College of Wisconsin provides advanced training for professionals, academics, and other interested individuals in health care, law, the humanities, and public policy who wish to become prepared for teaching, research, policy development, and clinical consultation work related to bioethics. The program provides students an opportunity for the study and research of current and emerging issues through a combination of didactic, clinical, and research activities. 

The core curriculum of the program provides a solid foundation in the language and literature of bioethics and develops related critical thinking skills. Students can explore an area of particular interest in bioethics through independent research and the thesis/final paper topic. The program allows for full-time or part-time study in order to accommodate the needs of working professionals. The program offers an engaging online curriculum that makes advanced education in bioethics available to individuals in almost any location throughout the world. The curriculum requires participation in a minimum of one summer intensive session, which includes one week on campus. The remaining credits of the program are all offered online.

What are My Career Options with a Master's Degree in Bioethics?

The best answer to this question is it depends. We see the MA in Bioethics primarily as a "value-added" degree, which means it is a wonderful opportunity for those who already possess an advanced degree (or who plan to obtain one) to broaden their career options. While some graduates of our program have had great career success after obtaining a Master's degree in Bioethics, we do not recommend that a student view a Master's degree in Bioethics as a "stand-alone" degree. The recent trend in most employment arenas for bioethics has been decidedly favorable for those with another degree or degrees in addition to the MA. So, what you can do with an MA in bioethics depends largely on you.

Some of our graduates serve on ethics committees and/or institutional review boards at their home institutions, provided ethics or research ethics consultation or ethics-related education activities, either as independent contractors or in their respective institutions, have pursued academic careers...the list goes on. Please feel free to contact us regarding your personal interests as related to career options.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Clinical Topics in Bioethics
  • Philosophical Bioethics
  • Law and Bioethics
  • Bioethics Consultation and Committees
  • Justice and Healthcare
  • Ethics Beyond the Acute Care Setting

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 48 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines




60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete and submit the online application form with a $50 application fee
  • Official transcript for all prior coursework directly to the Graduate School
  • Official test score report for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) directly to the Graduate School
  • Letters of recommendation with recommendation forms from at least three references who can comment on the applicant’s ability to succeed in the program
  • An official International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test score is required of all applicants who did not receive a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a U.S.-based, non-online degree granting program

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1056 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1056 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    1056 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1056 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


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