University of Pittsburgh

24 months
39898 USD/year
39898 USD/year
23530 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Center for Bioethics & Health Law and the Kenneth P. Dietrichd School of Arts and Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh offer an Interdisciplinary Master of Arts (MA) in Bioethics. 


Designed for clinicians, lawyers, and students of the humanities and social sciences, the program emphasizes the philosophical foundation of bioethics. This program, founded in 1989, affords students the opportunity to observe ethical issues as they arise in clinical practice and to pursue in-depth research. 

Course work allows students to combine study in ethical theory, philosophy, history of medicine, cultural and gender studies, health law, public health, and the social sciences. The program may be completed in one or two years, depending on the student’s prior experience and training.

The MA curriculum in Bioethics program from the University of Pittsburgh includes core courses, electives, clinical practica, and the MA thesis project. The degree is intended primarily to complement and enhance other graduate or professional education, although some students pursue the degree immediately upon graduation from college.

Programme Structure

  • The Center provides Program students with a full calendar of educational opportunities in bioethics, health policy, and the medical humanities including Bioethics Grand Rounds in several clinical departments and the School of Public Health, the Center’s Medical Humanities Lecture series, Center colloquia, and the CF Reynolds Medical History Society Lecture Series. 
  • These forums feature visiting scholars as well as University of Pittsburgh faculty, and allow students to engage with members of a national and international community of bioethicists.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online application form.
  • $75 application fee. The fee can be paid by credit card or by check or money order payable to the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Digital scans of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Official transcripts are not required during the application process. Applicants who are accepted will be required to submit certified transcripts when they accept the offer of admission and matriculate.
  • Three letters of recommendation. The most informative letters of recommendation comment on the applicant’s critical reasoning ability and writing skills.
  • A personal statement of reasons for entering the program and goals for study within it.
  • A writing sample.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    39898 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39898 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    39898 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39898 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    23530 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23530 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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