The Master of Science in Bioethics is a 30 credit-hour program that is offered fully online (no residency requirement) and includes 18 credit hours of core courses and 12 credit hours of electives from the Bioethics or Medical Humanities curriculum. Since the program targets working professionals, most students will be enrolled part-time, usually taking only six credits per semester in either an 8-week or 16-week format. Students who take six credits per semester and three credits in the summer will complete the program in about two years. Full-time graduate students can finish the degree in 12-18 months.
Near the end of their coursework, students take MHE 609 Capstone as their culminating learning experience where they have the opportunity to integrate insights gained and competencies acquired throughout the program. Applying methods of bioethical inquiry and composition, students will undertake one of two projects: a) develop a consultative report on a specific challenge necessitating a practical response, whether a clinical case, an existing policy, a proposed law or any other urgent practical challenge or b) develop a scholarly paper analyzing a theme of current bioethical relevance with the purpose of contributing a new insights to the existing body of bioethical literature.
M.S., Bioethics requirements: (33 credits)
|MHE 600||Scholarly Reading and Writing||3|
|MHE 604||Social and Cultural Contexts of Health Care||3|
|MHE 605||Philosophical Bioethics||3|
|MHE 606||Theories of Justice||3|
|MHE 610||Introduction to Bioethics||3|
|Electives: Choose five courses from the following:||15|
|Practical Ethics in Health Care Settings|
|Law and Health Care Ethics|
|Ethical Aspects of End-of-Life Care|
|Public Health Ethics|