Bioethics Graduate Programs

Apply Now for Fall 2019 Entrance

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Currently accepting applications for fall 2019 entrance, the Bioethics Institute offers two distinct graduate programs, leading to a Master of Arts degree or a Graduate Certificate in Bioethics. These graduate programs engage students in systematic reflection on contemporary bioethical issues through a challenging liberal arts and sciences curriculum with a commitment to social justice.



    The Master of Arts in Bioethics is a multidisciplinary program that facilitates learning and thinking from an interdisciplinary perspective. It fosters the critical analysis of bioethical topics through the interplay between moral theory and medical practice. An MA in Bioethics can prepare students for doctoral study at another institution or complement other graduate work in fields such as Philosophy, Law, Medicine, Theology and Spiritual Care.

    The Graduate Certificate in Bioethics program prepares individuals to deal with the complexities of bioethical issues arising in clinical practice and to become leaders in decision-making about bioethical problems in their respective institutions. A Graduate Certificate in Bioethics can augment clinical practice and prepare healthcare professionals (e.g. physicians, nurses, clinical social workers, pastoral care personnel, hospital administrators, etc.) to serve on a medical center bioethics committee.  


    The Bioethics Institute at LMU is fortunate to be able to offer its students financial support during their course of study. Students may receive financial support in the form of Scholarships and Grants and are also eligible to apply for the Graduate Assistantship.


    Applying for Admission: There is a single process and set of criteria for applying for admission to either the Master of Arts or Graduate Certificate programs, outlined on our Application and Admission page.

    Applying for Scholarships and Grants: Applying for financial assistance entails a separate, additional process, outlined on our Scholarships & Grants page.