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Law and Bioethics, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #47 (BCR) Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Students enrolled in the University of Pittsburgh School of Law may elect to earn the Master of Arts Degree in Bioethics from the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences in conjunction with their law degree. 


Students wishing to enter this program may apply before matriculation in the School of Law or while enrolled in the JD program.

This joint degree program allows students to earn the two degrees in a shorter period of time than if they were pursued separately. Students typically begin to blend work in bioethics into the law curriculum during their second year of study, though in rare instances may, in consultation with program advisors, take one of the core courses of the Bioethics Program during their first year of study.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

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

Detailed Programme Facts

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

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General Requirements

  • Students wishing to enroll in this joint degree program must first be admitted to each of the individual programs.  
  • Students must therefore complete and submit two separate applications, one with the Center for Bioethics and Health Law and one with the School of Law. The bioethics program will accept the unofficial photocopies of transcripts and LSAT score so long as the official copies are on file with the School of Law. Application to both programs may be made simultaneously, or students may apply to the bioethics program during the first or second year of law school. It is preferable for students to apply early

Tuition Fee

  • International

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

    24666 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24666 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    13198 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    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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