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Bioethics, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #47 (BCR) Pittsburgh, PA, United States
The Center for Bioethics & Health Law and the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences 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.

Overview

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 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.

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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Philosophy of Medicine
  • Theoretical Foundations of Applied Ethics
  • Bioethics
  • Clinical Practicum
  • MA Thesis in Bioethics

Detailed Programme Facts

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

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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General Requirements

  • Online application form.
  • $50 application fee. 
  • Digital scans of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts. 
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A personal statement of reasons for entering the program and goals for study within it.
  • A writiing sample, preferably on a topic in bioethics, ethics, philosophy, or some other field of the humanities.
  • GRE scores 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24666 USD/year
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    Based on the original amount of 24666 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    24666 USD/year
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  • In-State

    13198 USD/year
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    Based on the original amount of 13198 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Pittsburgh

  • 1148 - 1950 USD/month
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