Degree Type(s): Master of Science
Bioethics is a new field of study developed in the last third of the twentieth century in response to technological advances made in the areas of science, medicine, and health care. It is the field of inquiry that addresses the ethical problems posed by advances made in several specific disciplines such as the life sciences, psychology, biomedical engineering, and genetics. Advances such as organ transplants, stem cells, genetic engineering, and life-support increase our ability to influence the length and quality of life. Bioethics is broadly interdisciplinary and encourages collaboration of various stakeholders in the discourse that helps people make morally sound decisions made within our Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine tradition, about responsible use of biomedical advances.
The Master of Science in Bioethics Degree provides advanced training in bioethics for students and professionals who will encounter bioethical issues in the course of their primary careers. Health care workers, attorneys, those in life sciences, church leaders, chaplains, ethics committee members (policy analysis & development), educators, researchers, compliance officers (risk managers or institutional review board positions), grant writers, and public policy makers are likely to enroll in this program.
Programs of Study
M.S. in Bioethics with NCBC Certification
The interdisciplinary Master of Science in Bioethics Degree offered in partnership with the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) consists of 32 credits and can be completed in two years. In the first year, the student enrolls in the NCBC Certification Program in Health Care Ethics.
Upon successful completion, the student may transcript up to 10 graduate credits through the University of Mary. The second year, completed within three semesters, begins directly after completion of the NCBC Certification in May and will include bioethics courses in faith and reason, law, health care, biomedical industries, medicine, and health policy. The degree program includes a practicum and capstone project.
M.S. in Bioethics without NCBC Certification
The University of Mary Bioethics Program offers a Master of Science for those seeking a post-Baccalaureate Graduate degree. This program consists of 32 credits and can be completed in two years. The program begins in August of each year and offers foundational and advanced Bioethics courses in key ethical principles, faith and reason, law, biomedical industries, medicine, and health policy. The degree program includes a practicum and capstone project.
To prepare our students to provide leadership in the making of morally good and sound bioethical decisions through the integration of faith, reason, and science.
Informed by the Christian, Catholic and Benedictine tradition, the program in Bioethics prepares graduates to meet bioethical health care challenges with confidence, courage and clarity. Housed in the School of Health Sciences, the program seeks to advance the bioethical discourse in all areas of health care: education, clinical practice, and research. Our graduates are recognized leaders who serve the common good and every individual with mindfulness and compassion.
After completing the required curriculum in the bioethics program, graduates will be able to:
- Integrate the philosophical and scientific underpinnings of faith and reason in ethical decision making
- Integrate the philosophical underpinnings of faith and reason into a framework for ethical decision making
- Apply the ethical decision making framework to a complex ethical situation in the areas of clinical practice, education and research.
- Develop a scholarly thesis or paper utilizing the faith and reason framework to critically analyze a complex ethical dilemma in health care.
Applications can be found at the University of Mary website (www.umary.edu/apply) and are accepted online up to one year prior to the program start date.
In addition to meeting the University of Mary’s admission requirements and being accepted, the following criteria must be met for enrollment into the M.S. in Bioethics program:
M.S. in Bioethics with NCBC Certification:
- Successful completion of the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) Certification Program in Health Care Ethics evidenced by a certificate of completion from NCBC that must be received prior to the end of the student’s first semester at the University of Mary.
- Must have a bachelor’s degree or have completed at least 90 credits toward a bachelor’s degree and have graduated with the bachelor’s degree by the end of the NCBC Certification Program.
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the NCBC Certification Program in Health Care Ethics • Letter grade no lower than a “C” on any individual course in the NCBC Certification Program in Health Care Ethics.
M.S. in Bioethics without NCBC Certification:
- Bachelor’s degree
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Official Transcripts
- Professional Goals Statement (2-3 paragraphs describing your career goals)
- Two Letters of Recommendation
- International student language proficiency requirement: for applicants from a foreign country where English is not the first/primary spoken language, the bioethics program requires a minimum TOEFL score of 95 (IELTS 7.0) on the internet based test (IBT) or documentation showing that one of the exemptions listed in the Graduate Admissions Policy for International Students applies. All exams are valid for two years.